Apple stylus patent tries to do a Wacom with prior art

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Apple has been granted a renewal on a 2010 patent for: “a stylus comprising: a body with a first end and a second end; a tip located at a first end of the body; one or more position sensors disposed on the body, wherein the position sensor is in communication with the tip; and a transmitter [...]

Your eyes can relax: Looking at stuff online is no longer patented

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well, that may be overstating the … ahem … case a little, but not by much. One of the most notorious instances of patent trolling, the claim by a company called Ultramercial that it has a valid patent for advertising on the internet, has finally been knocked (or gaveled) on the head by [...]

Latest Randall Rader developments suggest how broke the U.S. patent system is

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Skeptics of the state of the U.S. patent and IP regime who regard the whole farrago as a happy hunting ground for trolls will feel even more vindicated by the latest developments following the resignation and subsequent retirement of Randall Rader, formerly chief justice of the U.S. Court of [...]

Amazon patents scheduled recurring deliveries

By libertyc
February 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

A few days ago I brought up a patent Amazon got on reselling “used” digital content. It turns out that’s not the only odd patent Amazon’s gotten lately. Dan brought to my attention U.S. patent number 8,370,271, which Amazon just received on “recurring delivery of products.” Essentially, [...]

Apple awarded patent for digital page turning

By libertyc
November 18, 2012 // 5 Comments

Here I go, turn the page. On the NY Times Bits blog, Nick Bilton gleefully reports that the patent office has seen fit to award Apple a design patent on, of all things, the digital page turn used in iBooks. Bilton uses this as proof of the ridiculousness of the current patent system, as well as a [...]

Three users of Speak For Yourself apply to intervene in AAC app patent case

By libertyc
July 17, 2012 // 2 Comments

I’ve lately covered the legal situation surrounding the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) iPad app Speak For Yourself, which is the subject of patent litigation from larger AAC companies. Concerned parent Dana Nieder, whose 4-year-old nonverbal child Maya uses the app, has blogged [...]

Apple will reinstate AAC app Speak For Yourself if its developers win in court

By libertyc
June 28, 2012 // 4 Comments

The Register reports that Apple will reinstate the AAC app “Speak For Yourself” if the speech therapists who made the app are able to win the patent lawsuit brought against them. Apple pulled the app several weeks ago as part of the ongoing dispute between two larger AAC device companies and [...]

Augmentative communication app Speak For Yourself pulled from iTunes store at patent plaintiff request

By libertyc
June 13, 2012 // 6 Comments

A few months ago I wrote about the patent situation surrounding an app called “Speak For Yourself” that allows autistic and otherwise nonverbal people to communicate with others. A couple of companies who make much more expensive AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) devices are [...]

Netherlands court dismisses Apple injunction request against Galaxy Tab

By libertyc
January 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Another ruling from a European court on the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuits over the Galaxy Tab’s design has come in, and it doesn’t bode well for Apple. An appeals court in The Hague, Netherlands dismissed Apple’s patent-infringement attempt to get the Galaxy Tab banned from sale in the country, [...]

Amazon settles Discovery patent lawsuit

By libertyc
November 16, 2011 // 3 Comments

Amazon has settled a 2009 patent lawsuit from Discovery, the company behind the Discovery Channel, the Military Channel, and others, PaidContent reports. (We mentioned the lawsuit here and here.) The patent, filed for in 1999 and granted in 2007, had to do with e-book copy protection and secure [...]

Samsung cites 2001 as prior art in tablet dispute with Apple

By libertyc
August 29, 2011 // 1 Comment

The Apple vs. Samsung court case in Europe over whether seems to get more ridiculous by the day. Recently, Samsung introduced as prior art footage from the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which depicted astronauts watching video on tablets that looked very similar to the design of the [...]

Apple wants to defend developers from Lodsys, halt sale of Galaxy Tab and Xoom tablets

By libertyc
August 11, 2011 // 2 Comments

Ars Technica reports that Apple is again stepping up to the plate to defend its developers from patent troll Lodsys, stating in its most recent filing that it has every right to intervene in Lodsys’s lawsuits against its developers. Apple contends that its licenses to Lodsys’s technology extend [...]

International smartphone app developers begin removing apps from US stores

By libertyc
July 17, 2011 // 2 Comments

The Guardian’s Apps Blog reports that a growing number of non-US-based app developers are withdrawing their applications from the US versions of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market for fear of patent litigation from companies such as Lodsys, the patent troll who has filed a number [...]

Intellectual property’s great fallacy

By libertyc
February 23, 2011 // 14 Comments

From DigitalKoans: Eric E. Johnson has self-archived “Intellectual Property’s Great Fallacy” in SSRN. Here’s an excerpt: Intellectual property law has long been justified on the belief that external incentives are necessary to get people to produce artistic works and [...]

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