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Congress to patent trolls: You shall not pass

Patent trolls extort billions of dollars each year, but twin bills in Congress would be a step toward driving them to extinction

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Samsung, Apple patent dispute heads for retrial on damages

The long-running patent dispute between Apple and Samsung is headed for a jury retrial in March or April next year

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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

Oracle: Google has 'destroyed' the market for Java

In a new court filing, Oracle has broadened the scope of its complaint to reflect Android's ongoing success

Oracle tries to beef up copyright case against Android

Google's mobile OS has come to 'permeate the fabric of our society,' Oracle says

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Sad day for developers: SCOTUS denies Google's appeal on APIs

Supreme Court's decision is bad news for developers targeting the U.S. market, who will now have to avoid any API not explicitly licensed as open

Supreme Court denies Google request in Java infringement case

In a huge victory,Oracle can charge licensing fees for Java on Android after the court's decision

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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Patent trolls may be preparing to target 3D printing

The official owner of intellectual property in 3D printing can be unclear, as the number of 3D printing patents is rising quickly

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?

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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

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