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Video: John Oliver exposes patent trolls' tricks and tactics

Patent trolls have outpaced patent law and even figured out which court is best for filing lawsuits -- to the considerable detriment of real businesses

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Open source patent protection extended to popular software

Docker, Puppet, LibreOffice, and the Go language are the latest additions to the Open Invention Network's extensive patent nonaggression umbrella

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Google patent envisions cloud control of an army of robots

Google received a U.S. patent this week for technology that would enable it to use the cloud to control an army of robots.

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Facebook gives in on patent grant

After widespread criticism of the extremity of the termination language in its patent grant, Facebook has given in to the pressure and removed the worst excesses

Jury clears Apple of infringing patents formerly held by Nokia

The patents covered wireless communication from mobile devices

Ericsson seeks to block sales of Apple products in US, stepping up patent dispute

In a barrage of nine lawsuits, Ericsson alleges Apple's iPhone and iPad infringe a total of 41 of its patents

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Patent trolls are on the run, but not vanquished yet

Strong legislation that will weaken the ability of the trolls to shake down innovators is likely to pass Congress, but more should be done

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Patent reform: Ending the 'trick-or-troll' nightmare

Congress should pass the Innovation Act and ensure that patent litigation abuse is no longer able to sap the resources of law-abiding companies that produce jobs and drive our economy

US backs IEEE move to modify rules for standards patents

The IEEE proposal aims to prevent high royalty rates and threats of product bans

Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business

The ban could also have consequences for server vendors IBM, Huawei, Lenovo, and Supermicro

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Google surges into top 10 in patent race; IBM retains huge lead

IBM ranks first in the U.S. patent race, as it has for 22 years, while Google climbs to No. 8 and Apple lands at No. 11

Patent battles risk disrupting Xiaomi's international expansion

A patent dispute has forced Xiaomi to stop its smartphone sales in India

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When iPhones fly? Don't put it past Apple

You can have your bigger screens and better battery life -- Apple is too busy taking future iPhones to the skies

Oracle, SAP settle long-standing TomorrowNow lawsuit

SAP will pay Oracle about $359 million in damages and interest to settle the case

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How the Republican Senate will impact tech

Expect to see a much higher cap on H-1B visas, no progress on Net Neutrality, and a decent chance at patent reform.

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Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source

Like an abusive partner, Microsoft says it 'loves' Linux -- when what it means is that it desperately needs Linux

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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Patent trolls have one fewer legal loophole to hide behind

With one subtle stroke, the Judicial Conference of the United States retires an old rule -- and denies patent trolls a major weapon

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