iPhone 4 imports banned in patent case

Jun 5, 2013
The U.S. International Trade Commission has banned the import of some of Apple's older devices -- the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G. Some experts argue courts are unlikely to uphold the ban.

You may be surprised at who is a 'patent troll'

Jun 4, 2013
President Barack Obama is taking steps to rein in 'patent trolls', but some of America's biggest companies use similar tactics.
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Patent race: Patent rules switch from first-to-invent to first-to-file

Mar 18, 2013
Monday is the first day on which patents will be awarded to the first filer of the patent not the first person to come up with an idea. Many worry this will favor applicants with big money behind them.

The invention of the Chicken McNugget

Jan 14, 2013
Chicken McNuggets have generated huge amount of money for McDonald's. But the credit for their invention may belong to a little known poultry scientist who freely shared his research.

Key Apple smartphone patent rejected

Dec 20, 2012
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has dealt Apple some bitter news.

Fiscal cliff? WebMD hit by the patent cliff

Dec 11, 2012
Online health site WebMD plans to lay off 14 percent of its staff. Drug companies have curtailed ads because lucrative patents have expired.

Facebook's Photo Sync, Verizon's new patent, and the government's Death Star

Dec 5, 2012
Facebook would like to become that set of shoeboxes in the attic: A place to store all your photographs, even ones you have no intention of sharing with any of your friends. It's called Photo Sync, and Google-Plus already has something like this.

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Xbox's Orwellian patent, and when social media politics gets old

Nov 8, 2012
A new patent for Xbox Kinect might be trying to watch you for copyright owners, and users are getting tired of politics on social media, even though they're still posting about it.

Apple-Samsung ruling resonates hard in South Korea

Aug 27, 2012
The court ruling that Samsung infringed on Apple patents has complicated fallout in South Korea, where Samsung's success has been very much a part of the national identity.

What the Apple-Samsung ruling means for you

Aug 26, 2012
Apple's win over Samsung could mean big changes for the smartphone and tablet markets.