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A peace plan to end the wireless wars

Boris Teksler Contributor Boris Teksler is the former licensing chief at Apple and current chief executive of the patent licensing company Conversant IP. Joe Siino Contributor Joseph Siino is the form

Home decorating gets a new AR toolkit thanks to Intellectual Ventures’ new incubator

Taking another step toward shedding its reputation as the tech industry's most notorious patent troll, Intellectual Ventures is launching the first company from its incubator. The company's ISF Incuba

Trolling the patent trolls

“Don’t feed the trolls,” the popular wisdom goes. But with a new project, Cloudflare is taking things a little farther — the company is trying to starve its trolls out by taking aw

Ending patent wars will be a huge boon to the tech industry

Because of these patent wars and patent trolls, technology companies are divesting huge resources to defend themselves rather than advancing their innovations. This is the equivalent of nuclear arms r

Patent Reform Tries Again

Patent reform, long a decidedly unsexy topic best discussed over a strong espresso, has been a hot topic in recent years. Even though Congress substantially overhauled the patent system just three and

EFF To Challenge Six Innovation-Stifling 3D-Printing Patents

As 3D printers become more ubiquitous, small manufacturers have two choices - build and hope for the best or cede to patent trolls who own a number of basic patents around extrusion and additive manuf

Facebook’s Patent Acquisitions? They’re More About Google Than Yahoo

In the past few months, Facebook’s patent portfolio has grown exponentially as a result of acquisitions of patent portfolios from IBM and Microsoft. After acquiring 650 AOL patents and patent appl

Yahoo’s Five Counter-Counterclaims Against Facebook. #1: Throw Out Retaliatory Patents

Today Yahoo hit Facebook with <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/91562529/TechCrunch-Yahoo-Counter-Counterclaim-Against-Facebook-Patent-Infringement-Counterclaim">five big counter-counterclaims</a> de

Fark.com Settles With Patent Troll … For Zero Dollars!

Satirical, bizarre and amusing news website <a href="http://www.fark.com/">Fark</a> has kicked the fark out of a patent troll called Gooseberry Natural Resources LLC. The original lawsuit was <a href=

Toyota Settles Longstanding Patent Dispute Over Hybrid Vehicle Tech

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