Welcome to the tablet game, Amazon. Just two weeks after taking the wraps off its Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon has already been hit with a lawsuit from patent licensing firm Acacia Research — a company that makes money by buying up other companies’ intellectual property and then licenses it out through a variety of subsidiaries. In other words, Acacia is a patent troll. The firm alleges that Amazon’s Kindle Fire infringes on several of its patents, including one that covers graphics on a touchscreen that respond when a user “writes” on said screen, and a second titled “System And Method For Displaying And Manipulating Multiple Calendars On A Personal Digital Assistant.” Acacia currently has multiple pending patent suits against Apple and other defendants that refused to settle with the firm.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.