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USPTO provisionally invalidates Apple’s bounceback patent

In the on going battle between Apple and Samsung, FOSS patents reports that the USPTO has issued a non-final office action in the reexamination of Apple’s bounce-back patent No. U.S. Patent No, 7,469,381.  This patent was one of the patents Samsung was found to be infringing in Apple’s billion dollar verdict against Samsung.  While this is clearly [&hellip

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Software patents called out in New York Times

This weekend, the New York Times ran an article on patents in the new economy.  There are some interesting bits in there, but it probably isn’t anything new to those already following the patent space.  One quote in the article really got me thinking though: In the smartphone industry alone, according to a Stanford University [&hellip

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The death of the “Non Practicing Entity”?

Editor’s Note: This post original appeared on TechCrunch. While perusing the latest patent lawsuit filings on PriorSmart this week, I was drawn to a series of cases filed by a small company called PersonalWeb against RackSpace (possibly for hosting GitHub), Nexsan, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and

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Samsung V. Apple And The Obviousness Standard

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in TechCrunch. In the wake of Apple’s billion-plus dollar win in their patent suit against Samsung last week, much of the focus appears to be on the flaws in the patent system. Many argue that the suit involved patents that are “obvious,” and that Apple is a bully in enforcing them. [&hellip

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Apple Mountain Lion Messages and HipChat

TechCrunch has an interesting post this morning regarding the similarities between the new Messages icon and the HipChat icon: The similarities are obvious.  Both color schemes are similar and both have two bubbles overlaid, but in a reverse order.   In the TechCrunch piece, HipChat’s CEO, Pete Hurley,  is quoted as saying, “I doubt we’re on Apple’s [&hellip

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Trademark Registration and which symbol to use on websites, blogs or mobile apps?

A quick refresher on registered and unregistered trademarks for those with websites and mobile apps.  Are you using the proper symbols with your marks

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IP as an exit strategy

For any entrepreneur starting their company, the reward for a lot of hard work is typically a great new product that hopefully leads to customers, sales and wealth.  Of course, the end goal also often includes an exit strategy.  Generally, the exit strategy has been to be acquired or to have a successful IPO. The [&hellip

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Is Apple SIRI-ous about IP?

Siri can no longer be considered a startup since it is now part of Apple.  However, not long ago, Siri was one of the most exciting young companies participating in the Apple app store.  By now, everyone is eagerly anticipating Apple’s new Siri personal assistant in the and about to be released iPhone 4s.  It [&hellip

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