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  • Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents, jury finds

    Mobile phone chip supplier Qualcomm on Friday won a legal victory against iPhone maker Apple, with a jury in federal court in San Diego finding that Apple owes Qualcomm about US$31 million for infringing three of its patents.

    Written by Reuters18 March 19 08:55
  • The cultural change at IP Australia making data an asset

    ‘Treat data as an asset’ sounds like a straightforward and sensible maxim for any government agency to abide by. It was one published in bold type in IP Australia’s corporate plan from a few years back.

    Written by George Nott17 Sept. 18 12:52
  • UCLA commencement speaker choice ripped as "patent troll"

    While complaints about college commencement speaker choices have become a rite of Spring on campuses in recent years, most technology industry-related commencement speakers have avoided such controversy. However, an editorial writer for the UCLA school newspaper -- the Daily Bruin -- isn't happy with the choice of ex-Microsoft CTO and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures <a href="">Nathan Myhrvold</a> as this year's pick.

    Written by Bob Brown30 April 15 06:39
  • Google surges into top 10 in patent race; IBM retains huge lead

    Tech companies made a strong showing among the top U.S. patent recipients for 2014, with IBM dominating the rankings as it has for <a href="">more than two decades</a>.

    Written by Ann Bednarz13 Jan. 15 01:10
  • Will 3D printing usher in the next wave of Internet piracy?

    A predicted boom in 3D printing could create a tangled web of intellectual property (IP) issues as it becomes cheaper and easier to copy designs and make knockoffs, according to some IP experts.

    Written by Adam Bender09 Jan. 15 14:25
  • Goodbye stupid software patents?

    If you haven't been following this story it may (hopefully) turn out to be a milestone in the history of software patents: The story concerns a US financial institution, CLS Bank, and an Australian software company that holds a patent on software used to mediate escrow for financial transactions. CLS argued that the process of escrow is centuries old and therefore not patentable while Alice argued that computerizing the process met the criteria for patentability.

    Written by Mark Gibbs22 June 14 00:18
  • Google boosts patents in 2013 but IBM still dominates

    IBM retained its patent crown in 2013, snaring more U.S. patents than any other company for the 21st year in a row. But the big news is Google, which quickened its patent pace and climbed to No. 11 in the rankings.

    Written by Ann Bednarz14 Jan. 14 16:03
  • How do we put a value on a future invention?

    In the great quest to measure any company's essential value there's one big question we try not to think too much about: How do we put a value on invention, or, to be more specific, a value on future invention?

    Written by Jonny Evans12 Jan. 12 11:53