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Supreme Court ruling makes it easier for tech companies to slay patent trolls

“At issue here is a reviews process that Congress created in 2011 to speed up patent disputes and deal with potentially questionable patents” reports pcgamer.com. While technology companies have an obviously vested interest in patent disputes and how they are handled, it was a legal squabble between two energy companies that ultimately brought the matter before the Supreme Court.The US Supreme Court voted 7-2 to uphold an administrative review process that has helped technology firms like Apple, Google, and Samsung to invalidate patents without taking the disputes to court, USA…

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Patent ‘Death Squad’ System Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

“The Supreme Court also issued a ruling Tuesday in a separate case involving proceedings at the patent review board” writes Greg Stohr Susan for bloomberg.com. The justices, voting 7-2, said Tuesday a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office review board that critics call a patent “death squad” wasn’t unconstitutionally wielding powers that belong to the courts.The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an administrative review system that has helped Google Inc., Apple Inc. and other companies invalidate hundreds of issued patents.The patent office has said its patents are invalid in a case currently…

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Walmart Files two More Blockchain Patents

“With a blockchain, Walmart aims to keep private information completely private” writes Jp Buntinx for livebitcoinnews.com. With Walmart filing a patent for such a service, the future looks pretty bright for blockchain.Unlike what most people may expect, the company wants to use a distributed ledger to store payment data.Both of these filings revolve around using a blockchain-based infrastructure to secure payment data.It is not the first time Walmart shows an interest in blockchain. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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Schlumberger fights to boost patent damages at U.S. Supreme Court

“Schlumberger said that the lower court ruling harms innovation by allowing companies to infringe competitors’ patents while risking minimal punishment” reports businessinsider.com. President Donald Trump’s administration backed Schlumberger, and urged the justices to overturn the lower court ruling, which it said “systematically undercompensates” U.S. patent owners who participate in cross-border commerce.Some justices, including conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch and liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, expressed concerns about applying U.S. patent laws abroad, while others indicated that Schlumberger should be fully compensated.In 2015, the Washington-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,…

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Patent troll VirnetX granted half a billion dollar verdict against Apple

“The dispute, now in its eighth year, has bounced between the district court, patent office and Federal Circuit since 2010” reports idownloadblog.com. VirtnetX Holding Corp. has scored a major legal victory in its legal battle against Apple.Tell the truth and you don’t have to worry about anything.” Apple denied VirnetX’s claims that its FaceTime, iMessage and VPN on Demand features infringe four VirnetX patents related to secure communications. SEC filings show VirnetX earns the entirety of its revenue from patent lawsuits.A federal judge in Texas awarded VirnetX, the kind of…

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Apple Ordered to Pay Another $502 Million to VirnetX for Patent Infringement

“Despite Apple continuously losing to VirnetX in patent trials, the company still has a ray of hope as the patents held by VirnetX could be invalidated” reports iphonehacks.com. VirnetX had managed to extract over $223 million from Microsoft for patent infringement using the same patents.VirnetX has accused Apple of infringing on its secure communications patents with FaceTime, VPN on Demand and iMessage features in iOS. Over the years, Apple has been ordered to pay $625 million, and $532 million in different trials for patent infringement to VirnetX. In total, Apple…

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BlackBerry accuses Snapchat of infringing its messaging patents

“BlackBerry has filed a complaint against Snap accusing the company of infringing its patented messaging technology in the Snapchat app” writes Apr Edt for theverge.com. The complaint, which runs a hefty 71 pages, accuses Snap of infringing six patents including map improvements for mobile devices, advertising techniques, and UI improvements for mobile devices.The Snap complaint includes two patents (‘634 and ‘713) that also appear in the Facebook suit.BlackBerry previously filed a lawsuit in March against Facebook, alleging that the social media platform, WhatsApp, and Instagram also infringed on BlackBerry’s messaging…

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Intel Patents Low-Energy Bitcoin Mining Tech

“China is currently one of the most cost-effective countries for mining Bitcoin, but local authorities have recently reaffirmed a rhetoric that is unsupportive of the digital currency” reports financemagnates.com. The mining of Bitcoin, has been frequently compared to the use of electricity of whole countries.The tech giant which has practically made computing devices a household item with the Intel Pentium processor which was first unveiled in 1993 is describing a mining hardware accelerator. Source: financemagnates.com Share This:

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Walmart files patent applications for drone shopping assistants and smart shopping carts

“Walmart has also filed a patent for drones that would assist customers shopping in-store” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. One of the patents is clearly for the in-store experience, and proposes a sensing device to make shopping carts smart and communicate with a mobile device (presumably to help you navigate to where items are).There’s also a patent that tracks users through wearables, and several for managing / sensing inventory levels.Companies routinely file patents that are never realized, but the idea of a future where drones are at your command as…

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Walmart patents hint at future where its drones tend the farms

“Using technology to precisely apply pesticides rather than spraying entire fields can benefit the environment and save money for farmers” reports businessinsider.com. The market for agricultural drones will top $1 billion by 2024, up from about $338 million in 2016, according to research firm Global Market Insights.In one application, Walmart seeks to patent a system that would use drones to identify crop-damaging pests and then dispense insecticides on the critters. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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