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Tech industry likes Obama nominee for patent office

Tech groups praise the nomination of former Googler Michelle Lee to fill a post empty for a year and a half

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Google asks Supreme Court to decide Android copyright case

If Supreme Court weighs in on the extent to which APIs can be protected by copyright, it could have a big impact on developers' ability to innovate in software

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As patent trolls fade, a group formed to combat them thrives

The Open Invention Network grows dramatically despite a Supreme Court decision that dealt patent trolls a mortal blow

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Alice is killing the trolls -- but expect patent lawyers to strike back

The wheels of justice spin slowly, but they seem finally to be running software patents out of town

Court throws out $368.2 million patent award against Apple

A lower court made mistakes in defining the value of the patented technology asserted by VirnetX, an appeals court says

Apple's slide-to-unlock patent not willfully infringed by Samsung, judge rules

Samsung had good reason to think the patent invalid, Judge Lucy Koh said

Apple denied retrial of Samsung patent case in California

The court also denied most of Apple's other motions

Nvidia sues Samsung and Qualcomm, wants Galaxy sales blocked

Nvidia says seven of its GPU patents were infringed, opening a new front in the patent wars

Apple demands damages after court denies sales ban on Samsung products

Apple is looking for at least $6.46 per Samsung product that infringes on three patents

Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

Apple will appeal an order that denied the ban

Rimini Street did steal Oracle's intellectual property, judge says

The third-part support company had claimed defamation, but a federal judge found Oracle's accusations were true

USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent in dispute with Samsung

The USPTO rejected some claims of the word 'auto-complete' patent that figured in a recent damages award, but the decision is not final

The battle against stupid software patents is on

Patent trolls extort millions from developers and entrepreneurs, but help is on the way from the EFF and the Supreme Court

Apple, Samsung agree to settle patent disputes outside the U.S.

However the two rivals will continue to pursue their existing mobile patent lawsuits in the U.S.

Microsoft sues Samsung, says it stopped paying for patents

Samsung is requires it to pay licensing fees to Microsoft for the Android phones it sells

Google to tour Europe to discuss right-to-be-forgotten ruling

Testing a removal request is a 'very vague and subjective' process, Google's chief legal officer said

Google, Dropbox band together to fight patent trolls

A new group seeks to provide its members insulation against attacks by patent trolls

Adios Aereo, and take your illegal technology with you

If content is free, no one could afford to create it, and the Supreme Court got it right in ruling against Aereo

Governance for the GitHub generation

As more projects drop contributor license agreements, permissionless governance gains support. Here's what that means

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