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Amazon Kindle Fire tablet already targeted by patent troll

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 first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.