Do you feel ‘lucky’, well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim

Google has won a patent dispute over its famous “I’m feeling lucky” button that immediately connects a user to its top-raking search link with a single click. The search engine giant was sued in 2016 by Israeli company Spring Ventures (previously Buy2 Networks) for allegedly infringing on its patent, US 8,661,094, that covers displaying a Read more about Do you feel ‘lucky’, well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim[…]

Qualcomm Says Apple Is $7 Billion Behind in Royalty Payments

Qualcomm Inc. says its fight with Apple Inc. over how much the chipmaker can charge for essential patented technology used in iPhones and iPads is getting pricey. “They’re trying to destroy our business,” Qualcomm lawyer Evan Chesler said at a hearing Friday in federal court in San Diego. “They’re now $7 billion dollars behind in Read more about Qualcomm Says Apple Is $7 Billion Behind in Royalty Payments[…]

Aptoide, alternative app store: EU National Court Rules Against Google in Anti-Trust Process, it has to be shown in the Play Store and can’t be removed by Google

The Portuguese Courts issued today a decision against Google in relation to the injunction filed by Aptoide. It is applicable on 82 countries including UK, Germany, USA, India, among others. Google will have to stop Google Play Protect from removing the competitor Aptoide‘s app store from users‘ phone without users‘ knowledge which has caused losses Read more about Aptoide, alternative app store: EU National Court Rules Against Google in Anti-Trust Process, it has to be shown in the Play Store and can’t be removed by Google[…]

Microsoft wants to patent mind control – show how stupid the patent system really is

Microsoft has applied to patent a brain control interface, so you’ll be able to “think” your way around a computer device, hands free.Last year, Facebook claimed to have 60 engineers engaged in BCI [brain computer interface] but Microsoft isn’t going to take this sitting down. It’s erm, sitting down and thinking really hard.The application Changing Read more about Microsoft wants to patent mind control – show how stupid the patent system really is[…]

These experts figured out why so many bogus US patents get approved

If you’ve read our coverage of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Stupid Patent of the Month” series, you know America has a patent quality problem. People apply for patents on ideas that are obvious, vague, or were invented years earlier. Too often, applications get approved and low-quality patents fall into the hands of patent trolls, creating Read more about These experts figured out why so many bogus US patents get approved[…]

Pirate Bay Founders Ordered to Pay Music Labels $477,000

Two founders of The Pirate Bay have been ordered by a court in Finland to pay record labels more than $477,000 in compensation. Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm were found liable for ongoing copyright breaches on the site. Neither appeared to mount a defense so both were found guilty in their absence. In November 2011, Read more about Pirate Bay Founders Ordered to Pay Music Labels $477,000[…]

Supreme Court rules Lexmark sales exhausted patent rights domestically and internationally

When a patent owner sells a product the sale exhausted patent rights regardless of any restrictions the patentee attempts to impose on location of the sale. Source: Supreme Court rules Lexmark sales exhausted patent rights domestically and internationally – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law Earlier this morning the United States Supreme Court issued an Read more about Supreme Court rules Lexmark sales exhausted patent rights domestically and internationally[…]

For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge • The Register

A question mark over whether the GNU GPL – the widely used free-software license – is enforceable as a contract may have been resolved by a US federal judge. In a California district court, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley refused [PDF] to accept what has been an uncomfortable legal precedent for the past decade. She ruled Read more about For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge • The Register[…]

Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll Blackbird, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties

Rather than a corporation that hires outside lawyers to pursue infringement claims, Blackbird is a small law firm strapped to a war chest of patents. It is an all-in-one form-filling, claim-filing robot. It has no extra baggage and no expensive legal bills to pay, making it a rather lean and mean machine. “In the past, Read more about Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll Blackbird, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties[…]

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war – and win!

Pear Technology, which produces digital mapping software and services, applied for the pear logo in 2014 and was almost immediately challenged by Apple, which claimed it was confusingly similar to its own apple-with-a-bite-out-of-it silhouette logo. The Cupertino intellectual property lawyers claimed that despite one being a picture of a pear and one being a picture Read more about iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war – and win![…]

Video Game Maker Sparks Outrage With Trademark of ‘Cyberpunk’

Video game fans have been anticipating the latest franchise from CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077, for years. But only recently did it come to light that the makers of The Witcher franchise had trademarked the term “Cyberpunk” and this week some fans cried foul. Now, the developer is insisting that everything is ok and they’ll Read more about Video Game Maker Sparks Outrage With Trademark of ‘Cyberpunk’[…]

Costco golf ball suit shows how threatening with unfounded patent accusations causes companies to die

Indeed, Costco might just be trying to beat Acushnet at a legal game that the ball maker has mastered—court sport. Acushnet has managed to muscle out other upstarts easily, simply by filing complaints. Tiny manufacturers who can’t afford to litigate have been forced to fold based on Acushet’s accusations alone, with no proof of infringement. Read more about Costco golf ball suit shows how threatening with unfounded patent accusations causes companies to die[…]

Patents Are A Big Part Of Why We Can’t Own Nice Things: the Supreme Court Should Fix That

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could allow companies to keep a dead hand of control over their products, even after you buy them. The case, Impression Products v. Lexmark International, is on appeal from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who last year affirmed its own precedent allowing Read more about Patents Are A Big Part Of Why We Can’t Own Nice Things: the Supreme Court Should Fix That[…]

Apple Wins Appeal Reinstating $119.6 Million Samsung Verdict, showing insanity of patent law

In this case, Apple claimed that Samsung infringed patents for the slide-to-unlock feature, autocorrect and a way to detect phone numbers so they can be tapped to make phone calls. The bulk of the award, $98.7 million, was for the detection patent that the earlier panel said wasn’t infringed. The February decision also said the Read more about Apple Wins Appeal Reinstating $119.6 Million Samsung Verdict, showing insanity of patent law[…]

Citigroup Is Suing AT&T For Using the Word ‘Thanks’ Because Citi Trademarked Thankyou

Back in 2010, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Citigroup a trademark for “thankyou,” which the company uses for credit card services. Today the company is suing AT&T over its own use of the terms “thanks” and “thanks AT&T.” Check the date, because this isn’t April Fool’s. Source: Citigroup Is Suing AT&T For Using Read more about Citigroup Is Suing AT&T For Using the Word ‘Thanks’ Because Citi Trademarked Thankyou[…]

Newegg sues patent troll that dropped its case

A patent-holding company called Minero Digital seeks to exact royalty payments on a wide range of USB hubs, suing more than two dozen retailers and manufacturers last year. But the “non-practicing entity” dropped its East Texas lawsuit against Newegg subsidiary Rosewill within days of getting a call from the company’s lawyer. Newegg Chief Legal Officer Read more about Newegg sues patent troll that dropped its case[…]