A company called Ultramercial has for years claimed that a monopoly over an “invention” for showing pre-roll ads on the internet, and sued the likes of Hulu and YouTube for royalty payments.
Sound, fury and legal bills — after three trials, the patent battle between Apple and Samsung has changed nothing. It’s time for the companies to declare a peace.
Congress was poised to go forward with patent reform this week but an unexpected hold-up in the Senate suggests the process could be in trouble.
Typo, the Ryan Seacrest-backed keyboard startup, intends to defend itself against patent infringement allegations from BlackBerry and will be officially launching its iPhone keyboard accessory at CES this week.
BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against Typo, the Ryan Seacrest-funded keyboard startup, alleging patent infringement of the company’s keyboard.
Apple has been awarded a patent for a new, more efficient way to manufacture curved touch displays.
Newegg’s use of industry-standard online encryption techniques infringed on an obscure modem patent, a Texas jury found. However, the e-commerce outfit has promised to appeal, which has worked out well for it in the past.
Patent trolls are plundering the economy like never before — even though a 2011 law was supposed to stop this. Now, Congress is trying again, and it might actually work.
It’s a sad fact that patent trolling is pretty much everywhere these days, with businesses large and small — and even Martha Stewart — among the victims. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation is trying to take down one troll, Personal Audio, by filing to invalidate the company’s patent — in which it claims to have invented podcasting. The EFF has raised more than $75,000 to challenge Personal Audio, which has spent the year harassing popular podcasters and slammed three television networks with lawsuits. Now, it’s up to the EFF to hurdle through the red tape.
The ghosts of products past have come back to haunt Apple (s AAPL), as the Tokyo District Court ordered the Cupertino company to pay ¥330 million (roughly $3.4 million) in damages regarding a patent infringement case over the old iPod click-wheel. That damages amount, which is relatively small compared to the ¥10 billion sought after by plaintiff Norihiko Saito, partially reflects the sales of the classic iPod still on shelves. But, all in all, it’s another one of Apple’s myriad patent cases that is finally put to rest.