• Are the days of tax patents numbered?

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 8:33 pm

    In 1998, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in State Street Bank & Trust v. Signature Financial Group that financial services software that contains algorithms is patentable, according to this case summary by Cornell Law School. Since then, over 130 patents for tax strategies have been granted and over 150 patent applications for tax planning methods are pending, the AICPA reports. The patents cover a range of activities, including real estate transactions, charitable giving, retirement planning, and the granting of stock options.
  • Lodsys sues six more, including The New York Times

    Posted July 5, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Lodsys, the patent-holding company suing iOS and other developers over alleged patent infringement, has now brought suit against a variety of other companies, including the New York Times Company. As reported by FOSS Patents, Lodsys on Tuesday filed a new patent-infringement lawsuit against DriveTime Automotive Group, ESET, ForeSee Results, LivePerson, OpinionLab, and the Times. Each of those six companies has previously filed its own declaratory judgment action against Lodsys in various other jurisdictions.
  • Google loss in Nortel patent bids undermines Android, analyst says

    Posted July 4, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Google's failure to win a bid on 6,000 Nortel patents raises doubts about its commitment to Android and its large community of developers and device manufacturers, intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller said Friday.
  • Kodak patent claim against Apple, RIM goes back to judge

    Posted July 1, 2011 - 9:44 am

    The U.S. International Trade Commission handed down a split decision in Kodak’s high-stakes patent dispute with Apple and Research In Motion over the built-in cameras in smartphones late Thursday. The commission’s latest ruling sends the case back to an administrative law judge, with a final decision not expected until the end of August.
  • Striking close to home: Apple sues Samsung in South Korea

    Posted June 24, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Apple shows Samsung that it too can play the international lawsuit game.
  • Oracle's patents case against Google weakening

    Posted June 22, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    Oracle's Java infringement case against Google isn't going well for the database giant these days, with another setback delivered by the USPTO in the form of a patent reexamination this week.
  • Breakfast links: Kinect to make ads touchable

    Posted June 21, 2011 - 8:23 am

    Plus: Nokia is trying to get to the Windows Phone future ASAP.
  • Apple moves to intervene in lawsuit against developers

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 9:22 am

    Apple has filed a motion to intervene in Lodsys’s lawsuit against seven developers. As first reported by anti-patent crusader Florian Mueller on his blog, Apple’s filing already includes its answer to Lodsys’s complaint, and its own counterclaim—should the court approve Apple’s initial intervention motion.
  • Supreme Court gives Microsoft small victory, say patent experts

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 6:47 am

    Although the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Microsoft's appeal of a four-year-old patent dispute woth i4i, its efforts weren't wasted, legal experts said.
  • HP: Oracle is legally bound to reverse Itanium decision

    Posted June 8, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Oracle's decision in March to stop developing software for Intel's Itanium chips is in violation of "legally-binding commitments" Oracle has made to Hewlett-Packard and the companies' approximately 140,000 shared customers, HP said Wednesday.
  • Report: DOJ examines Nortel patent sale

    Posted June 3, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice is examining bidders, including Apple and Google, interested in Nortel's patent portfolio, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that cites unnamed people familiar with the situation.
  • Morning links: Intel starts to panic over Windows on ARM

    Posted May 18, 2011 - 10:00 am

    Plus: Facebook photos secured legally if not actually.
  • Morning wrap-up: Apple's valuation to get another zero?

    Posted May 4, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Plus: Accusations of patent trollery, kind words for Oracle.
  • Smartphone patent fight: 'World War III'

    Posted May 2, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    Smartphone-related patent infringement lawsuits Apple and Samsung recently filed against each other are but the latest in an escalating series of Android and open-source-related complaints filed by major corporations over the past 18 months.
  • Patent verdict no reason to worry about Linux

    Posted April 25, 2011 - 11:00 am

    A patent troll wins minor damages against Linux user Google. Don't write off Linux yet.
  • Why Samsung took the Apple patent battle international

    Posted April 22, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    It is no surprise that Samsung retaliated against Apple's claims of patent infringement with some patent accusations of its own, but the fact that Samsung chose to file lawsuits internationally against Apple in three different countries seems a bit perplexing. While it may seem like a random move on the part of Samsung to include the world in the patent silliness, there is a method to the madness.
  • Google found guilty of patent infringement for using Linux

    Posted April 21, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    A jury in the Eastern District of Texas told Google that it owes Bedrock Computer Technologies $5 million in damages for using versions of Linux that infringe on Bedrock's patents.
  • Oracle-Google case could be decided by November

    Posted April 20, 2011 - 10:38 pm

    The judge hearing Oracle's Java patent lawsuit against Google hopes to get the case wrapped up before the end of November, he said Wednesday, but it won't help his cause that the U.S. patent office has agreed to reexamine Oracle's patents in the case.
  • Linux patent protection network gets boost from Facebook, HP

    Posted April 20, 2011 - 12:53 am

    Facebook, HP, Rackspace, Juniper, Fujitsu and dozens of other organizations have joined a group building a defensive patent portfolio to protect Linux-using members from potential lawsuits.
  • Samsung to strike back against Apple's patent suit

    Posted April 19, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Samsung has vowed revenge over Apple's recent lawsuit against the electronics maker that claims Samsung "slavishly" copied Apple's iOS devices for its line of Android-based Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Apple is reportedly miffed at Samsung for taking technologies and design ideas such as organizing application icons into grids and making smartphones with rounded corners. "Rather than innovate ... Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface, and innovative style in these infringing products," Apple argued in its filing. Samsung isn't taking the charge lightly and says it will "respond actively to this legal action," according to [<a
  • Judge tosses $625.5M patent judgment against Apple

    Posted April 5, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    A federal judge has tossed a $625.5 million patent infringement judgment against Apple, discarding a 2010 jury verdict that said the company violated patents in its iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac OS X.
  • The biggest legal danger for open source?

    Posted April 4, 2011 - 9:30 am

    There is an undercurrent of legal issues troubling the open source world these days. While things are going great in some aspects--cloud, mobile, server--there is a definite potential for trouble from litigious attacks on any of the successful technologies open source has helped create.
  • US government sides against Microsoft in Supreme Court patent case

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    The U.S. government itself has come out against Microsoft in a Supreme Court case that may decide the way patents are protected. The U.S. solicitor general, which represents the federal government in the highest court, on Friday filed an amicus brief in support of i4i.
  • Cloud computing and patent trolls: How to prepare now

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 7:08 pm

    Here's the scenario: Your IT team writes a web service, and part of its WSDL interface includes a hash algorithm the team came up with on their own. You publish the API and your business partners use your clever little hash in integrating with across cloud services. Years later, you get a letter from a lawyer from a town in Texas you've never heard of, claiming you've infringed on a patent you never heard of. Your team scrambles to replace that hash algorithm, but that means a change to your API and some of your business partners resist making the change. It doesn't matter though: the infringement has already occurred, and you're going to pay somebody quite a bit of money even if you can prove your innocence.
  • Red Hat, Google challenge software patents

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    The companies have filed an amicus brief contending that the burden of proof to invalidate patents impedes innovation.

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