The Morning Briefing: Patent wars

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about patent battles.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about patent battles.

1.) Patent Wars 2012: Six key battles in the technology industry. A war broke out in 2012, a war that spanned the globe, cost billions of dollars and saw battles lines drawn between the East and West.

2.) Owner of OpenTV slaps Netflix with patent lawsuit. The owner of interactive television pioneer OpenTV sued Netflix Inc on Wednesday, alleging the company infringed on patents that cover technology underpinning the fast-growing Internet video sector.

3.) EU unitary patent has obvious flaws. After almost 40 years of discussions, last week the EU Parliament and Council approved regulations creating a Unitary Patent - a single patent right that will take effect across the EU, except in Spain and Italy

4.) Intel wins ethernet data communication patent fight. Intel has landed a victory against Negotiated Data Solutions (N-Data) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, following a 4-year long battle.

5.) U.S. agency makes initial ruling against Apple "pinch-to-zoom" patent. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple Inc's 'pinch-to-zoom' patent in a preliminary ruling that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd argues supports its request for a new trial in the patent war against its rival.

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