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Mark Cuban Patent System

Mark Cuban unloads on American patent system, says bad patents are ‘crushing small businesses’

February 1st, 2013

You wouldn’t like Mark Cuban when he’s angry, patent trolls. In an interview with TechCrunch this week, the famed businessman and investor issued a sweeping broadside against the United States patent system by claiming that “dumbass patents are crushing small businesses.” Cuban has recently teamed up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation digital rights group to …

DOJ Opposes Sales Bans

DOJ tells companies to stop seeking sales bans for standard essential patents

January 9th, 2013

The United States Department of Justice is wondering what part of “standard essential patents” tech companies don’t understand. Per Reuters, the DOJ and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week put out a joint policy statement saying that companies should only be entitled to modest monetary compensation if others use their standard essential patents, and …

LG Samsung Patent Lawsuit

Android vs. Android: LG looks to ban Samsung tablet in South Korea

December 28th, 2012

Are there any technology companies Samsung (005930) isn’t fighting in court right now? LG Display (LPL), of which Android vendor LG Electronics (066570) owns a majority stake, confirmed on Friday that it has filed an injunction seeking to ban Galaxy Note 10.1 sales in South Korea. The panel maker claims the tablet infringes three of its …

Samsung Fine Apple Ban

Samsung could face $15 billion fine for trying to ban iPhone, other Apple devices

December 28th, 2012

Samsung (005930) could face a $15 billion fine in Europe alone for using “standard-essential” patents in its attempts to ban devices like the iPhone in its ongoing patent battle with Apple (AAPL). The Guardian reports that the European commission could impose a massive fine of up to 10% of Samsung’s global turnover following its investigation …

RIM Nokia Patent Settlement

RIM’s patent payoff to Nokia revealed in filing

December 27th, 2012

Research In Motion (RIMM) and Nokia (NOK) announced last week that the companies had settled their differences and agreed to end all unresolved patent disputes. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it was believed that RIM would pay a hefty up-front free in addition to ongoing royalty payments in order to license …

Apple Google Kodak Patent Sale

Apple, Google among companies that snapped up Kodak patents for $525 million

December 19th, 2012

Kodak announced on Wednesday it has successfully sold its digital imaging patents to “12 intellectual property licensees organized by Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation” for $525 million. As Engadget notes, Intellectual Ventures is working on behalf of Apple (AAPL) and RPX Corporation is representing Google (GOOG). The new deal is “one of Kodak’s key restructuring objectives” …

Patent Trolls Lawsuit

Trolls are behind more than half of all patent lawsuits in the U.S.

December 10th, 2012

According to research from a law professor at Santa Clara University, individuals and companies that do not create technology themselves but instead acquire patents to target other companies were behind a majority of the patent infringement lawsuits in the United States in 2012 for the first time ever, Reuters reported. These companies, more commonly known …

Apple iPhone iPad patents

Apple snags design patents for Steve Jobs and Jony Ive’s iPhone 4, iPad 2

December 4th, 2012

Steve Jobs’ impact on Apple (AAPL) is still being felt more than a year after his passing. According to patents discovered by AppleInsider, Apple now owns the patent to the iPhone 4 and its external antenna design, iPad 2, Smart Cover, iPhone 4/4S Bumper, L-shaped MagSafe found on previous generation MacBooks. The patents are accredited to the late Jobs and Jonathan …

RIM Nokia Patent Lawsuit

BlackBerry ban looms following loss in Nokia suit

November 28th, 2012

Research In Motion (RIMM) shares were riding high recently until new market share data released by Kantar Worldpanel sent RIM’s stock tumbling on Tuesday. More bad news comes Wednesday morning as RIM has lost a patent dispute with Nokia (NOK) that could see BlackBerry smartphones banned unless RIM agrees to pay royalties. The dispute surrounding Nokia …

HTC Apple Patent Settlement Fees

HTC CEO refutes reports of hefty licensing fees in Apple patent deal

November 20th, 2012

Apple (AAPL) and HTC (2498) shocked the tech world last week when the pair announced that they had agreed to a patent settlement and resolved all of their open disputes. The deal served as a ray of light for other Android vendors, and a sign that Apple’s “thermonuclear war” on Android might be coming to …