Patent reform failed in Congress this year but a spec of hope has arrived in the form of a spate of court decisions in which courts are deciding that so-called inventions can’t be patented because they are old and abstract ideas.
A new Supreme Court decision will cut down the number of computer-related patents, but will not, as some had hoped, eliminate software patents altogether.
Patent fights over iPhones and Galaxy devices — will they ever end? Apparent not, since 10 jurors settle in today for another long trial.
The Supreme Court is hearing what many regard as the most important patent case in years, which is expected to provide new rules on what can and can’t be patented.
An obscure company claims to own the rights to talking avatars, and is suing many game makers. Its plans received a big setback this week.
The Supreme Court says it will return to the thorny issue of when software-related “inventions” are eligible for review under patent law.
Microsoft and its allies delivered a big blow to a plan to fix the software patent mess. Here’s an account of what happened and why forces in the Senate could still bring real reform.
As the problem of patent trolling grows, calls for reform are coming from all quarters — including from a famous economist who proposes major changes to the system.
The United States Patent Office will open a branch in San Jose this year as part of its effort to provide better quality patents for regional economies. The office’s first leader will be from a company that has been a prominent critic of the patent system.
I don’t agree with it — very small things I don’t really call that innovative.
Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, doesn’t care for the Apple(s aapl) v. Samsung patent case, saying “I hate it,” when asked about the situation from Bloomberg. Last month, a jury ruled in favor of Apple to the tune of $1.05 billion for patent infringement by Samsung but Woz says, “I don’t think the decision of California will hold.”
Wozniak of course isn’t a lawyer — nor am I — but I can’t say that I disagree with the court’s finding. Where Woz and I would likely agree is that perhaps such software patents shouldn’t exist in the first place. In a court of law, however, that opinion is irrelevant and I’d be surprised if the court decision was overturned as a result.
Regardless, Woz is reportedly looking forward to purchasing an iPhone 5, which ironically will supplement his Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone.