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Amazon, Google, Microsoft unite for patent-free Web video

A coalition of major names in tech are attempting to forge video and audio standards unencumbered by patent restrictions

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Brace yourself: SOPA set to strike again

An obscure case involving dental aligners could have huge implications for the free flow of data across the global Web

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Samsung to appeal Apple patent loss to Supreme Court

If the court declines the case, Samsung will have to pay Apple around $400 million in fines for infringing its patents

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Apple vs. Samsung rages on as core iPhone patent is ruled invalid

The Samsung-Apple war over smartphone design isn't over

Senate committee approves bill targeting patent trolls

The legislation aims to protect businesses from abusive patent lawsuits

U.S. sides with Oracle in Java copyright dispute with Google

The dispute between Google and Oracle revolves around whether Java APIs can be copyrighted

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No cure in sight for the sick, sluggish U.S. patent system

How many dumb patents do we need to approve before we fix the broken system?


Copyright act could make it illegal to repair your own car

Software is becoming integrated into everything we buy, but DCMA throws basic principles of ownership into question

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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