Intellectual property ABCs: Read this fun guide and take the quizzes. Can the Wicked Witch sue you?

By David Rothman
August 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

“The Wicked Witch sells Jack a book on how to build Gingerbread houses for $15.99. Later, Jack enrolls in an online course on how to build Gingerbread houses and so he does not need the book any more. He turns around and sells the book to Jill for $10.00. The Wicked Witch complains that Jack is [...]

TeleRead Links: Google fights spam but patents obvious AI techniques, ALA and copyright, Paradise Lost, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Gmail is finding smarter ways to keep spam out of your inbox (Mashable) In 2012 Gmail missed 1% of spam messages, according to Google. Now, it only misses 0.1% of spam and only 0.05% of email ends up in the spam folder when it shouldn’t, but the company thinks it can improve on those figures. [...]

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 [...]

Patent absurdity: Trying to protect its rule set lands small role-playing game publisher in hot water

By Chris Meadows
June 20, 2014 // 7 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the tabletop role-playing game community’s current tempestuous teapot. Recently, a small role-playing game publisher held an IRC interview about the new multi-genre tabletop role-playing game it had just published. The game and the company both seem to share the [...]

Judge Cote awards patent troll victim legal fees under new Supreme Court precedent

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Speaking of Judge Cote, turns out she’s got her head on straight in other ways than just the Apple trial. Ars Technica covers her ruling on a patent troll lawsuit, the first of its kind under a new Supreme Court precedent stating that patent trolls who lose their case can be required to pay the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

More developments in the scientific publishing controversy

By libertyc
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 [...]

Microsoft hides mobile, gaming losses with $2 billion in annual Android patent income

By libertyc
November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Who’s one of the biggest beneficiaries of Android? According to Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, it could be Microsoft. In a new note on Microsoft, Sherlund estimates that Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year from Android patent royalties—almost pure profit. It is using that profit to [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

Google donates cloud computing patents to non-aggression pact

By libertyc
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 [...]

Amazon patents social e-book extras

By libertyc
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 [...]

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