Articles about Patents

Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition

Verizon has today confirmed it will splash out $4.83bn (£3.7bn) buying Yahoo, with the deal expected to close in the first financial quarter of next year. The telco was one of 40 suitors rumoured earlier this year to be interested, including Google parent Alphabet, Time and even Daily Mail parent DMG. Yahoo! has been on a …
Kat Hall, 25 Jul 2016
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Huawei big, margins slimmer

Huawei revenue rose 40 per cent over the first half 2016, from the same period a year ago, although the employee-owned company didn’t disclose its profits. Revenue was declared at ¥245.5bn ($36.6bn) for the first six months of 2016. Margins were lower, at 12 per cent, down from 18 per cent. Huawei has increased its consumer …
Team Register, 25 Jul 2016
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Samsung: You won't settle? Fine, we'll do this the Huawei

Samsung has filed a countersuit against Huawei in China over allegations of patent infringement. The South Korean electronics behemoth filed allegations of infringement on six patents it holds in China. According to filings seen by Reuters reporters in Beijing, the Samsung claim would seek to collect 161 million yuan (around …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

Intel and pals chuck money at another Fibre Channel killer

+Comment Kazan Networks just got $4.5m A-round funding from Intel, Samsung Ventures and Western Digital Corp for its storage array access acceleration technology. So what? So Fibre Channel and iSCSI external array access are poised to be devastated by NVME over Fabrics (NVMeF) and Kazan is developing a hot little ASIC number that it …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016

Everyone's favorite infosec biz – Blue Coat – must cough up $40m to rival in patent rip-off row

Blue Coat has lost its appeal challenging a nearly $40m patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival security company Finjan. The California Northern District Court upheld the 2015 jury decision awarding $39,528,487 to Finjan for infringement by Blue Coat on five of its patents: 6,804,780 identifying downloadable files 6, …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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South Korea mulls TREEELLION-Won fine for Qualcomm

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has Qualcomm in its sights again, telling the Korea Times the company could be up for a trillion-won fine (nearly US$880 million) over anti-trust violations. The fine (which would set a KFTC record) concerns an ongoing dispute in South Korea over how Qualcomm levies royalties for its …
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Shock: Apple patents the phone book

Apple has been granted a patent that suggests its future MacBooks will come with built-in phone hardware, giving the notebooks mobile broadband connectivity. The patent, granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, describes a method for embedding high-speed LTE hardware into the shell of a notebook computer, using the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Huawei sues T-Mobile US: Why can't we be FRANDS with benefits?

Huawei is suing T‑Mobile US for patent infringement – claiming the American carrier's core network is reliant on its technology and yet T-Mob isn't opening its wallet. In a lawsuit filed to the notoriously plaintiff-friendly Eastern Texas District Court this week, Huawei said T‑Mobile US has been using software and hardware …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2016
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Qualcomm sues Chinese biz

California-based chip designer Qualcomm has sued Chinese electronics maker Meizu in Beijing and Shanghai. The lawsuits, announced one week apart, cover Qualcomm's WCDMA, CDMA2000 and LTE patents, alleging that Meizu copied the designs for use in their own 3G and LTE chips. "Although Qualcomm would have preferred to reach a …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
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Florida man sues Apple for $10bn, claims iPod, iPhone was his idea

A Florida man is suing Apple for $10bn and demanding a 0.5 per cent cut of future sales – because the iPhone, iPod and iPad allegedly ripped off his ideas. In 1992, Thomas S. Ross filed a US patent for a rectangular device with rounded corners and a backlit screen that could play music, store books, or have mobile …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2016
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Single silo in the cloud, looking to mingle: Axcient takes on Cohesity, Actifio

DR-as-a-Service supplier Axcient has extended its offering to provide a single silo in the cloud for five secondary storage workloads, taking on vendors such as Cohesity and Actifio. Axcient CEO Justin Moore said: “Axcient Fusion [replaces] all non-production IT infrastructure with one elastic, cloud-converged platform. ... we …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016

Europe's UK-backed Unified Patent Court 'could be derailed'

Europe's multi-million-pound Unified Patent Court could be derailed entirely following the UK's decision to leave the EU. The court was planned to open in 2017 and was intended to hear cases regarding infringements of European patents across EU member states. Only full membership of the EU allows countries to participate in …
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2016

Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

Brexit Businesses will likely need to re-file their patents and trademarks in the UK following the Brexit vote, leading intellectual property lawyers have warned. The decision to leave the European Union puts a big question mark over "automatic EU-wide IP protection," says patent law specialist Iain Connor of Pinsent Masons, writing …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jun 2016
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Arista-scat! Possible import ban looms after US ITC decision

Ethernet switch vendor Arista faces a possible import ban, after losing a key round in its ongoing patent battle with Cisco. Since 2014, Switchzilla has been pursuing Arista, chiefly on the accusation that the upstart's command-line interface is the same as the IOS CLI. While Arista was cleared over two patents, the ITC has …

Open letter from EPO staff pleads with country reps to fire president

Update Tension between staff and management at the European Patent Office (EPO) has descended into open warfare with the publication of an open letter by some staff, calling on the organization's Administrative Council to get rid of its president. The letter, signed by a group calling itself the EPO-FLIER Team, goes through an …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jun 2016

Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

Wannabe Bitcoin creator Dr Craig yeah Wright has filed more than 50 patent applications relating to the crypto currency with the UK Intellectual Property Office. Dr Wright submitted the paperwork in the UK through EITC Holdings registered in Antigua. EITC Holdings filed 25 patents with the Office last week. These bear titles …
Darren Pauli, 22 Jun 2016
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Twitter buys Magic Pony

Twitter has announced its acquisition of London-based machine learning firm Magic Pony Technology for an undisclosed amount. Magic Pony Technology, which claims to have more than 20 international patents for machine learning based approaches for visual processing, said it has now joined forces with Twitter to improve the …
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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

Google parent company Alphabet has been hit with a lawsuit that claims the Mountain View ads giant stole the idea for its Project Loon network. Space Data Corporation of Chandler, Arizona, claims that it holds patents covering a system for using balloons to carry broadband antennae to power a wireless data network. It has …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016
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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

Opinion In 2017, the EU is going to open the Unified Patent Court. This court will make it much easier for patent trolls and corporations in the US – armed with dodgy patent applications and IP attorneys – to reach into the UK and strangle your startup at birth. Think about it. Last week the Financial Times reported that two-thirds of …
Andrew Fentem, 15 Jun 2016
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Digital adaption, you're doing it wrong. STEM education needs rethink

With surprising timing, the Productivity Commission has dropped a report during the election campaign, criticising the widespread belief that science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM) education is an employment panacea in the digital era. In a report likely to be dismissed by both sides of politics, the commission also …
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Supreme Court okays troll toll increase

The US Supreme Court has struck down rules limiting patent infringement damages in a decision opponents fear will embolden trolls. In a unanimous opinion [PDF], the court overturned a lower court's ruling in the Halo Electronics v Pulse Electronics case and, in the process, shot down a review standard that has been used to …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2016
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Bin Apple's $500m patent judgment, US DoJ tells Supreme Court

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has recommended that the half-billion-dollar judgment awarded to Apple for iPhone patent infringement be thrown out. In an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court, the DoJ does not formally take sides but does recommend that a federal appeal court ruling that decided Samsung had illegally copied …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jun 2016
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Robot lung probe wins licence from US authorities

Startup Auris Surgical Robots has formally joined the robotic surgery market, securing a United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) license. Don't worry, you're not going to see The Terminator looming over you as the anaesthetic takes hold: the device, from Auris Surgical Robots, is a bronchoscope. Auris doesn't have …

Yahoo!'s $1bn! for! patents!

Yahoo! is auctioning off its portfolio of roughly 3,000 patents and it wants $1bn for them. The news comes as bidding for the company's "core business" comes to a head. The failing internet company has set a mid-June deadline for initial bids for the patents – most of which cover web search and advertising. The patents have …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Jun 2016
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Broadcom sues Sony over MPEG, wireless etc patents in PlayStation 4

Chip designer Broadcom is suing Sony over allegations the PlayStation 4 has been using patents without a license. Filing suit [PDF] in the Central California District Court, Broadcom claims that the latest Sony gaming box infringes on ten of its patents covering basic activities performed by a home console, such as decoding …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jun 2016

Verizon! to! bid! $3bn! for! Yahoo!'s assets!

Verizon has submitted a second-round bid to acquire Yahoo!'s core internet business, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal reported that the telco would offer $3bn in Yahoo!'s second bidding round, which closed earlier this morning. It is unlikely to be the final round of bidding, with Jerry and David's Guide to the …

Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

Comment Oracle will ultimately prevail in its Java copyright lawsuit against Google. And if you're a free software developer or supporter, you should be cheering them all the way to the wire. Blogger John Gruber last week observed that virtually no one is rooting for Big Red. This is really quite astonishing. That's because Google has …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jun 2016
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Computex 2016: Full of people in cold sweats, retching after VR demos

They've gone and done it: USB 2.0 connectors can now be reversed! Taiwanese company Jpower has done the deed by putting a hinge on that little white wedge of plastic in the middle of the USB 2.0 Typo A connector. On the company's stand at Computex, the colossal Taiwanese tech trade show, it was showing off USB cables that just …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jun 2016
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This storage upstart knows its technical onions: Symbolic IO

Analysis Symbolic IO is a startup that claims its storage and compute technology can run database queries 60 times or more faster than other systems, and offers ”limitless enterprise storage.” It was founded in 2012 by Brian Ignomirello, a former CTO of Hewlett Packard’s Global storage unit, and secured $1.4m in debt financing in 2013 …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2016
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Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi

Xiaomi has agreed to buy 1,500 patents from Microsoft in a move that has been framed as an "expansion of their global partnership". Under the deal, Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android smartphones and tablets. Yes, you read that right. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed and it is unclear to what …
Kat Hall, 01 Jun 2016
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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

Analysis Have you noticed that with copyright, the people who complain loudest and longest about how unfair it all is often the least talented? Grumbly bass players. Science fiction "novelists". Otherwise-unemployable "academics". It's a union of the bitter and grudgeful, with a distinct talent deficit. It doesn't take much to …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Jun 2016

Broadcom, Apple sueballed

Caltech has lobbed a sueball at Apple and Broadcom over its Wi-Fi patents. The case, 2:16-cv-03714-GW-JPR in the Central District Court of California, alleges breaches of US patents 7,116,710, 7,421,032, 7,916,781 and 8,284,833. The focus of the patents is error correction used in 802.11n and 802.11ac – in particular, IRA/ …
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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

Apple, your iPhones are making phone calls so we're suing you: that's the substance of the latest round of patent-trolling attempt against Cupertino. The patent accumulator in the case is Texas-based Corydoras Technologies (its filing explains that it's a subsidiary of Japanese company Anubias Technologies). Its sueball …
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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

Google has been granted a patent on a system that would adhere victims of car strikes to the vehicle for their own safety. US Patent 9,340,178 describes a substance that would be hidden under a protective layer, only to be exposed on impact to adhere pedestrians or crash victims to the car rather than tumbling to the pavement …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2016
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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

IBM has filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a patent on a printer that checks for copyright violations. Big Blue's application describes a device that can check print jobs for text or images that have already been copyrighted, and then delete or block the infringing content from being printed. "The …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2016
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Apple, AT&T, Verizon named in $7bn VoIP patent claim

A company is suing Apple, AT&T and Verizon for a combined total of $7bn over claims that they violated its voice-over-IP patents. Voip-Pal.com has posted a pair of complaints against Apple (PDF) and Verizon and AT&T (PDF) in the Nevada US District Court alleging that all three companies' products infringe on two patents it …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2016
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Groupon fires patent suit at IBM

IBM has been taken to court by online marketplace Groupon over claimed patent violation. Groupon filed a counter claim on Monday in a court in Chicago after IBM accused Groupon of patent infringement in an earlier, separate suit. The online marketplace is reported to have targeted IBM’s WebSphere Commerce platform. Its claim …
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2016
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EMC says Pure Storage dedupe is both in-line and post-process

EMC has won $14m in damages because Pure, it claimed, infringed its patented inline deduplication – yet it is also claiming Pure’s deduplication is not inline in a “Pure Top Ten Lies” document. According to Pure, Hopkinton is arguing in a Massachusetts District Court case1 concerning recruitment of EMC employees by Pure, that …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2016

Ireland's tax arrangements are as clear as a pint of Guinness

Comment Ireland has repeatedly been in the spotlight for its favourable and controversial tax incentives - which have attracted numerous large tech companies to its shores. However, the country has also been accused of being less than transparent in some of its tax arrangements. The European Commission is currently investigating the …
Kat Hall, 09 May 2016

Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

A long-standing lawsuit between thermostat company Honeywell and Google over the Nest smart thermostat has been settled, with both sides agreeing to a "long-term patent cross-license agreement". No details beyond that vague agreement were provided. So it's unclear whether there was any financial compensation, or agreement that …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 May 2016

Google-backed Yieldify has acquired IP from ‘world’s biggest patent troll’

Yieldify, the Google Ventures-backed startup accused of stealing code from British adtech company Bounce Exchange, has been making some unusual friends. Yieldify has acquired an ancient web patent from III Holdings which was first filed in 2007. III Holdings is better known as Inside Intellectual Ventures, co-founded by Nathan …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016
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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair. Just hours before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to rule on the duo's chip design infringement squabbles, the two companies have suddenly agreed to a deal that will dismiss their complaints before …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2016
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Score one for the patent trolls: US appeals court says it's OK to shop for patent-friendly judges

US appeal judges have shot down a bid to end the practice of so-called venue shopping in patent battles. That's where companies alleging infringement pick judges who typically back those bringing a case, which puts defendants at an immediate disadvantage. On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected [ …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2016

Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

A new project to uncover the symbiotic relationship between Google and the US government has uncovered some mind-boggling details. The Campaign for Accountability (CFA) this week launched the first two of its Google Transparency Projects. One of the projects – a visualisation of the revolving door between Google, the White …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2016
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X-IO and Pivot3 enter mutual back-scratch deal

X-IO is going to add Pivot3 hyper-converged products to its customers and provide IP, software and engineering services to Pivot3. Here's the juice. We know X-IO is offering Nexsan's E60 arrays as a cold storage tier to its customers and partners. Now it's allying itself with hyper-converged and hybrid array startup Pivot3 in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

It's World Intellectual Property day! So it's time again to think about the plight of IP lawyers, tens of thousands of whom are forced to undergo the daily indignity of people shaking their heads at them as they try to explain why everything in the world, including your own thoughts, are owned by someone else and you should pay …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2016
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Jaron Lanier: Big Tech is worse than Big Oil

Intellectual property isn't just vital to human dignity. It might be the only thing that can save your kids having a job, thanks to today's robber barons, like Google. So says virtual-reality pioneer and musician Jaron Lanier, who's come out swinging harder than ever at the Silicon Valley. Big Tech is seriously worse than Big …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Apr 2016

Database of patent licence terms could help resolve FRAND disputes, says expert

Making the terms on which patents are licensed available for public scrutiny could help businesses, courts and regulators determine if the terms of other patent agreements are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND), an expert in valuing intellectual property (IP) has said. Dr Roya Ghafele, director of Oxfirst, told …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Apr 2016
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Apple design guru exits

Veteran Apple designer Daniel Coster has moved. Coster is named on almost 900 patents and over 20 years at Apple. The Information reports that Coster joined action camera company GoPro as VP of design. Man in a suit drinking tea out doors reading from his tablet
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Apr 2016
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Arista scores vs. Cisco

The ITC is to review its February decision in the Cisco/Arista patent case. The case has been going on since 2014, when Cisco lobbed the first sueball accusing the upstart of infringing its patents and copyrights. In January this year, Arista filed a countersuit saying Cisco had encouraged the industry to base their command …