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 [ on]

NewEgg butts another patent troll off the bridge

By Chris Meadows
April 3, 2014 // 2 Comments

When I ordered my clattery new Cherry MX Brown-springed mechanical keyboard at NewEgg, and it arrived yesterday, I wasn’t thinking of NewEgg’s tireless efforts when it comes to fighting patent trolls. But perhaps I should have been. Ars Technica reports on their latest victory, against a [ on]

What you should know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Chris Meadows
February 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

We’ve mentioned the forthcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty in passing, but in case you’re wanting to find out more about these treaties and why they might not be such a good thing in general, you might want to take a closer look at this. I’ve run across a great explanation in the form [ on]

Google sells Motorola phone business, keeps patent portfolio

By Chris Meadows
January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well, there’s an example of comedic timing for you. Just the other day, Gizmodo speculated that Google might kill off the Nexus line of tablets and phones in favor of “Google Play Edition” devices from other hardware manufacturers—including, notably, Motorola, who Google owns. But today, [ on]

ReDigi awarded patent on digital resale ‘without making a copy’

By Chris Meadows
January 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Yesterday I received a press release from ReDigi, the company trying to allow (and monetize) the resale of “used” digital goods such as music or e-books, with an embargo time of, well, right now. The release claims the award of a patent on the technology ReDigi wants to use to enable the resale [ on]

Germany catches the stupid disease with Nokia-led ban on HTC sales

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

In sad proof that the U.S. is not the only market hobbled by an arcane and unnecessarily obtrusive patents system, Nokia has won an injunction in the Munich I Regional Court in Germany banning the sale of smartphones from Android-packing rival HTC nationwide. According to the patents blog FOSS [ on]

More developments in the scientific publishing controversy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Following the current controversy over open access research and scientific publishing, a couple more items have surfaced to lend color to the debate. For one, scientific publisher Wiley is trialing a system of “transferable peer review” to speed and systematize the assessment of new [ on]

Apple reality distortion field goes right up to 11 on ebook autographs

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 30, 2013 // 3 Comments

That infamous Apple reality distortion field that brought us such technological breakthroughs as the extra few nths of an inch on the iPad Mini screen is obviously cranked up to the max again. Apple has just filed a patent application (United States Patent Application 20130254284) with the US [ on]

Google donates cloud computing patents to non-aggression pact

By Joanna Cabot
August 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

Here’s an interesting story, via our friends at GigaOM: Google, in an effort to protect innovators experimenting with ‘cloud’ computing from nuisance patent lawsuits, has donated 79 of its patents to general use by others. As the article explains: On Thursday, the company [ on]

Amazon patents social e-book extras

By Chris Meadows
July 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Looks like it’s that time again. Amazon’s just gotten another patent. Wired describes it as covering “’DVD extras’ for e-books,” though it seems a little more focused than that.  Nate Hoffelder points out that Amazon has actually implemented some parts of it already. The patent [ on]

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