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Intellectual Ventures: Toshiba is violating our patent! Toshiba: What patent?

Toshiba has prevailed in its battle with patent-hoarders Intellectual Ventures over a patent infringement case regarding computer memory. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) found that [PDF] Intellectual Ventures can not collect damages on US Patent 5,687,132 relating to the operation of hardware memory sub-arrays due …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2015
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US judge lobs antivirus patents back to Hell

A US district court has torn the heart out of two patents wielded by Intellectual Ventures against two antivirus makers. In a judgment [PDF] this week, Chief Judge Leonard Stark ruled that Intellectual Ventures' US patents 6,460,050 and 6,073,142 were "ineligible," meaning they are too vague and the technologies they described …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2015

Motorola Mobility loses another patent suit to über-troll Intellectual Ventures

Motorola Mobility has suffered another defeat at the hands of patent hoarder Intellectual Ventures, with a Delaware jury finding that Moto infringed a patent describing a way for handheld devices to connect to docking stations. Law360 reports that the jury only deliberated for about an hour before deciding in Intellectual …
Neil McAllister, 30 Mar 2015

Win some, lose some: Motorola 1, patent troll 1

Motorola Mobility got some bad news and good news on Wednesday when a US jury found it ripped off an Intellectual Ventures-owned technology patent although denied a second infringement claim. The panel of peers, sitting in a federal court in Delaware, ruled that a range of Moto smartphones in 2011 infringed US patent 7,810,144 …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015
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Motorola Mobility up before the beak over alleged IP infringment

It’s usually Motorola Mobility which takes companies to court over IP infringements, but the tables were turned this week at the Delaware federal court with Intellectual Ventures flexing its muscles. Intellectual Ventures is a patent portfolio company founded by former Microsoft CTO and occasional chef Nathan Myhrvold, author …
Simon Rockman, 17 Mar 2015
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Symantec to cough up $17m after bloody dust-up with patent troll

Symantec must pay out $17m after losing a patent infringement battle to IP-hoarding house Intellectual Ventures. A jury in Delaware found in favor of Intellectual Ventures on two of three infringement claims, awarding the biz $8m in damages for one claim and $9m for the other. Symantec was found to have infringed on two …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2015
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Tech patent hoarder Intellectual Ventures to lose a fifth of its trolls

Notorious patent troll license enforcer Intellectual Ventures has fallen on hard times, it seems, with Bloomberg reporting mass layoffs at the company. According to this report, 20 per cent of the company's 700 staff will be looking for other non-practising entities to work for. That would mean between 130 and 140 of the …
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Google and Cisco sheath swords in patent-war deal

Google has signed another patent-licensing deal, this time with Cisco, signaling that it has had enough of the Great Patent War litigation frenzy – for the moment, at least. "Our agreement with Cisco will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products," said Allen Lo, Google's …
Iain Thomson, 4 Feb 2014

SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

The US House of Representatives has momentarily put aside its internecine warfare and actually passed a bill aimed at stopping the worst excesses of the patent trolling business, and most of the technology industry is rejoicing at the news. "Today Congress worked in bipartisan fashion to do the right thing and secure America's …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2013
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Patent trolling to go under anti-trust spotlight

America’s Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are to take a look at whether patent trolls are breaching US anti-trust laws. The Wall Street Journal is reporting (paywalled) that the process will be kicked off by informal hearings in December. That report claims that Cisco and Nokia have confirmed they will …

Patent troll Intellectual Ventures is more like a HYDRA

Stanford University researchers have compiled the most extensive set of documentation to date of the activities of patent troll Intellectual Ventures – and their work reveals a behemoth of truly epic scale. The study, The Giant Among Us, turned up an impressive 1,276 shell companies operated by Intellectual Ventures, at least …
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Bill Gates discusses nuclear development deal with China

Bill Gates is holding talks with the China National Nuclear Corporation about building the first of a new breed of nuclear reactors that are fueled with what is currently considered radioactive waste. The system, dubbed a travelling wave reactor, is being developed by Intellectual Ventures, the investment vehicle and sometime …
Iain Thomson, 7 Dec 2011
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Intellectual Ventures wages patent war on Motorola

Intellectual Ventures, the patent holding firm set up by former Microsoft Chief Technical Officer Nathan Myhrvold, has filed suit against Motorola for patent infringement. According to court documents (PDF), Intellectual Ventures is claiming the violation of six patents it holds. These include patents for a file transfer …
Iain Thomson, 7 Oct 2011
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Bloated US patent holder sues 9 tech companies

An Intellectual Property-gathering outfit founded by ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has thrown a patent infringement sueball at nine tech companies. Intellectual Ventures filed a lawsuit against three semiconductor vendors - Altera Corp, Microsemi Corp and Lattice Semiconductor Corp - in the US District Court of Delaware. …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Dec 2010
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HTC inks patent pact with Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures

Mobile handset manufacturer and Google pal HTC has announced a licensing deal that gives it access to the more than 30,000 patents owned by Intellectual Ventures (IV), the IP-gathering outfit founded by former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold. A joint press release from HTC and IV says that HTC will use the …
Cade Metz, 24 Nov 2010
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Transmeta IP sold to not-patent troll

Transmeta - the low-power chip supplier that tried to make netbook silicon before there was a market for netbooks - is officially dead and picked apart. The company's $255m acquisition by Novafora closed late last week and a good chunk of the its patent portfolio jumped to the IP licensing firm, Intellectual Ventures. IV said …
Austin Modine, 2 Feb 2009

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