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Crocs to croak? Casual shoe brand loses patent ruling

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Crocs design patent for the 3rd time

CROCS. The shoe brand’s distinctive clog design is adored by some and reviled by others. Photo from Instagram.com/crocs

High-tech mystery: Is a Facebook phone in the works?

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Speculation has swirled for years regarding whether the leading social network would try to capitalize on its popularity with its own smartphone

FB SMARTPHONE? In this file photo, Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Nokia sues Apple for patent infringement

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:20 AM

The lawsuit claims that Apple products have been using Nokia technologies without the proper licenses

Samsung wins over Apple in $399-M patent appeal

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:34 AM

UPDATED The justices ruled 8 0 that Samsung should not be required to forfeit the entire profits from its smartphones for infringement on design components

PATENT APPEAL. The US Supreme Court tossed out a $399 million patent award from Samsung over copying Apple's iPhone design.

Apple's China problems hit US stocks

Jun 17, 2016 - 10:32 PM

Apple shares fall 1 7 following reports that the city of Beijing concluded the technology giant had violated a Chinese company s design patents and may be forced to halt sales of its latest iPhones in the Chinese capital

APPLE. An Apple logo at a computer store in China, January 15, 2014. File photo by Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

China's Huawei sues Samsung over wireless patents

May 25, 2016 - 12:15 PM

The lawsuit claims that Samsung and its affiliates have earned billions of dollars by selling [mobile] products that use Huawei s technology

Samsung wins US appeal in Apple patent case

Feb 27, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Apple originally filed the suit against Samsung in early 2012 accusing the South Korean consumer electronics giant of infringing on an array of patents related to smartphones

PATENT FIGHT. The entrance to the Seoul office building of Samsung Electronics, Seoul, South Korea, October 4, 2013. File Photo by Yonhap/EPA

Apple ordered to pay more than $625M in patent case

Feb 04, 2016 - 3:20 PM

The tech giant vows to appeal the verdict saying it is surprised and disappointed

Samsung takes Apple patent case to US Supreme Court

Dec 15, 2015 - 9:22 AM

The two tech giants are battling over designs now usually seen in the most popular smartphones

SAMSUNG. A visitor walks in front of an advertising of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones during the Galaxy World Tour event in Seoul, South Korea, 09 April 2015 Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

DENR Cordillera approves 7,000 land patents

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:38 AM

DENR CAR declares it was able to meet its target number of processed and issued land patents for 2015 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

Geox founder: Be unique, protect your ideas

Oct 13, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Mario Moretti Polegato the man behind the breathable shoes brand says innovation is key to succeed in the global economy but it has to be clearly defined

Australian court rules cancer gene patent invalid

Oct 07, 2015 - 10:27 AM

UPDATED While the invention claimed might be in a formal sense a product of human action it was the existence of the information stored in the relevant sequences that was an essential element of the invention

Microsoft and Google call truce in patent wars

Oct 01, 2015 - 11:48 AM

In addition to ending all patent infringement litigation against each other Microsoft and Google will also collaborate on certain patent matters

Boeing patents system for airborne drone charging

Jun 04, 2015 - 5:22 PM

The patent titled Autonomous aircraft with disconnectable tether describes a system in which drones are equipped with tethers to allow for charging with ground based charging mechanisms

PIZZA DRONES CHARGING. Screen shot from PatentYogi video on YouTube.

Samsung, Microsoft end patent dispute

Feb 10, 2015 - 11:41 AM

The dispute stems from Microsoft accusing Samsung of withholding payments for the use of patented Microsoft technology in its smartphones and tablets

In this file photo, Thai visitors inspect Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 mobile phone during its launch in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 October 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Samsung, Apple drop patent war outside US

Aug 06, 2014 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED The two companies have been locked in a prolonged war of legal attrition in close to a dozen countries

Apple and Samsung logos

Nintendo wins latest case in global patent fight

May 20, 2014 - 11:04 AM

US District Court rules Nintendo did not infringe on patents of Wall Wireless in its DS and DSi handheld gaming devices

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

May 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform

Mixed verdict in Samsung-Apple patent trial

May 03, 2014 - 9:00 AM

2nd UPDATE In August 2012 a separate jury in the same court decided that Samsung should pay Apple 1 049 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features

Apple, Samsung trade barbs as $2B patent trial opens

Apr 02, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Samsung and Apple duke it out in court at the start of a new patent trial throwing Google into the ring in their legal tussle

Photo of an Apple iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Apple and Samsung to renew patent battle in US court

Mar 30, 2014 - 12:54 PM

Apple and Samsung will return to federal court in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday March 31 for a new round in their seemingly perpetual patent war

BATTLE CONTINUES. Apple and Samsung will return to federal court in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday, March 31, for a new round in their seemingly perpetual patent war. JUNG YEON-JE/ AFP FILE PHOTO

Google, Samsung sign 10-year patent sharing partnership

Jan 27, 2014 - 1:10 PM

The new partnership between Google and Samsung will pave the way for deeper collaboration between both companies

Apple wins court battle against Samsung

Dec 12, 2013 - 2:48 PM

A South Korea court rejects Samsung s claims that some Apple products infringed on 3 of its mobile messaging technology patents

ANOTHER BATTLE LOST. A court rejects Samsung's claims that Apple infringed on some of its mobile messaging patents. JUNG YEON-JE/ AFP FILE PHOTO

Apple awarded $290-M in Samsung patent case

Nov 22, 2013 - 10:19 AM

The award by the jury revises 450 million in damages granted in the suit but thrown out by a judge

APPLE VERSUS SAMSUNG. A US federal jury orders Samsung to pay $290 million in damages to Apple. JUNG YEON-JE/ AFP FILE PHOTO

US overturns Apple ban in blow to Samsung

Aug 04, 2013 - 10:53 AM

It is the first time since 1987 that a US administration had vetoed a product ban ordered by the trade panel

Human DNA not patentable: US Supreme Court

Jun 13, 2013 - 10:34 PM

UPDATE Ruling: A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated

US panel backs Samsung, bans older Apple devices

Jun 05, 2013 - 8:41 AM

But the victory could be largely symbolic because the ban covers devices that are no longer actively sold in the US market

[Science Solitaire] Do you still own your genes?

May 31, 2013 - 8:43 AM

Think you own your bodies? Well think again

US top court to hear case on gene patents

Apr 14, 2013 - 12:43 PM

The nine justices will review a 2012 appeals court decision that allowed a biotechnology company Myriad Genetics Inc to patent two genes it found had links to breast and ovarian cancer

Twitter founders patent Twitter

Mar 20, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Twitter s founders get a patent for the Twitter service

Judge cuts $450-M from $1-B Samsung-Apple penalty

Mar 02, 2013 - 8:17 AM

A US District Judge says the jury erred in calculating damages

Sony tech patent for blocking used games causes stir

Jan 04, 2013 - 11:54 AM

An industry analyst downplays the significance of the move saying Sony benefits little from it

SONY FILES. Sony's patent is for technology that restricts second-hand game use. Photo from Wikipedia.

TechRap: Top 10 Tech Stories of 2012

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:16 AM

In this special year end edition of TechRap for 2012 we look back at the year in technology and countdown our top ten tech stories of the year

Apple-Samsung billion-dollar legal duel continues

Dec 05, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Apple and Samsung will face off in federal court on December 6 over whether a juror s own legal dispute wrongly led to the South Korean firm being hit with a billion dollar patent damages award

Apple to pay VirnetX US$368.2-M in patent infringment trial

Nov 08, 2012 - 12:02 PM

A federal jury told Apple to pay for infringement of patents related to virtual private network VPN technology

PATENT INFRINGMENT. VirnetX wins patent infringement dispute against Apple.

India fights to protect its traditional home remedies

Oct 14, 2012 - 1:16 PM

India successfully fought off Nestle s attempt at the European Patent Office EPO to secure a patent on remedies based on cow s milk to cure constipation saying that using cow s milk as a laxative was mentioned in ancient texts and was therefore not new

A PARAKEET 'GUARDS' A neem tree in Chennai, India. Screen grab from YouTube (chennaiNature)

Google's Schmidt hits out at mobile patent war

Sep 27, 2012 - 4:01 PM

Google s Eric Schmidt criticized raging patent disputes in the global mobile industry warning that they stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice

LG accuses Samsung of infringing patents

Sep 27, 2012 - 3:32 PM

South Korea s LG Display one of the world s top flat screen TV makers said it had filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung Electronics over the use of advanced displays

Japan court rejects Apple patent claims vs Samsung

Aug 31, 2012 - 3:26 PM

A Japanese court rejects Apple s claim that Samsung stole its technology dealing a blow to the iPhone maker after last week winning 1 05 billion in damages in the US from its bitter rival

Japan court to rule on Apple-Samsung patent brawl

Aug 31, 2012 - 11:29 AM

A Tokyo District Court is due to rule on Apple s claim that Samsung illegally copied technology from its iPhone and iPad computer for some of its Galaxy smartphones and tablet

Samsung to contest US verdict in favor of Apple

Aug 25, 2012 - 12:54 PM

The South Korean giant says it will contest a US court verdict that it must pay damages of more than 1 billion to rival technology giant Apple

Apple wins $1-B in patent suit against Samsung

Aug 25, 2012 - 8:59 AM

A jury in San Jose California rejected Samsung s counterclaims against Apple according to media reports a big win for the Silicon Valley giant which had claimed its iconic iPhone and iPad had been illegally copied

S. Korea court says Samsung, Apple infringed patents

Aug 24, 2012 - 2:45 PM

The ruling is part of a bitter international patents battle between the two rival firms and comes ahead of a high stakes US jury verdict expected to set the course of their tussle for smartphone and tablet PC supremacy

Judge scolds Samsung, lets patent trial proceed

Aug 04, 2012 - 9:36 AM

The judge in a massive smartphone patent dispute reprimands Samsung for releasing excluded evidence but denies a bid by Apple to order a verdict in the case

Apple, Samsung lawyers spar in court over patents

Aug 01, 2012 - 7:47 AM

Lawyers for Apple and Samsung debated the differences between copying and honest competition as opening arguments were held Tuesday

Jury picked in blockbuster Apple-Samsung case

Jul 31, 2012 - 9:04 AM

A 10 member jury was chosen to hear the Silicon Valley trial with Apple and Samsung battling over patent infringement

Facebook, Yahoo! unveil alliance, end patent dispute

Jul 07, 2012 - 7:45 AM

Facebook and Yahoo announce a new advertising partnership as both tech giants settle a court dispute

EU agrees common patent to give inventors competitive edge

Jun 29, 2012 - 11:17 PM

European Union leaders struck a deal to create a single European patent that will make it easier and cheaper to protect inventions

Facebook and Yahoo! in patent fight truce talks

Jun 21, 2012 - 9:08 AM

Facebook and Yahoo are in talks to end a legal battle over patents

Facebook to pay Microsoft $550-M for patents

Apr 24, 2012 - 7:11 AM

Facebook strikes a US 550 M deal with Microsoft for hundreds of AOL patents