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TiVo prepares to split its business into two as it pursues sale

DVR maker TiVo is preparing to split its company into two businesses: one, focused on its products like its Bolt family of DVRs, and the other on its licensing and intellectual property businesses. Th

IBM was awarded the most patents in 2018, but overall grants declined by 3.5 percent

We may have passed the peak of the “patent war” in the mobile industry, but the concept of patents as power is far from disappearing, since they continue to be a strong marker for how a co

Qualcomm patent dispute forces Apple to pull iPhone 7 and 8 from its stores in Germany

In more bad news for Apple, the company’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models are not currently on sale in its own retail stores in Germany. This follows an injunction issued by a Munich court last mo

Microsoft adds 60,000 patents to the Open Invention Network

Microsoft announced today that it’s joined open-source patent group Open Invention Network in an effort to help shield Linux and other open-source software from patent-related suits. As part of the

Jury finds Samsung owes Apple $539M in patent case stretching back to 2011

A patent case that began back in 2011 has reached a conclusion, with Samsung ordered to pay about $539 million to Apple over infringements of the latter's patents in devices that are now long gone. Th

Crunch Report | Google and Tencent ink patent agreement

Google inks a patent deal with Tencent, Tile lays off 30 people and Apple hires the tech team from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS). All this on Crunch Report.

IBM led on patents in 2017, Facebook broke into top 50 for the first time

Patents may sometimes get a bad rap for how they are abused (and misused) by some companies for commercial gain, but they also remain a marker of how a tech company is progressing with its R&D and

This outfit wants startups to trade equity for patents from big tech players

Aqua Licensing is a four-year-old patent advisory and transaction firm that typically works behind the scenes, helping companies sell their patents. But it has a new proposal for venture-backed start

Qualcomm lashes back at Apple, seeking import ban on iPhones that allegedly violate key patents

The white glove legal battle between two of the most important companies in mobile technologies is getting a lot hotter. Today, Qualcomm levied accusations against Apple suggesting that the Cupertino

Nokia and Xiaomi ink patent and equipment deal, Xiaomi buys Nokia patents

A year after buying 1,500 patents from Microsoft, Xiaomi is digging into the global intellectual property pool once again. Nokia has announced that it has entered into a wide-ranging patent licensing

Why we stepped up to the patent troll problem

Entrepreneurs don’t pour all their energy into building startups just to have a patent troll attack them with patents of questionable quality. The patent troll problem is big and growing, posing a t

Google’s and Intertrust’s new PatentShield helps startups fight patent litigation in return for equity

Google and Intertrust today announced the launch of PatentShield, a new program that aims to help defend startups from patent litigation — in return for a stake in those companies. The basic ide

Crunch Report | Quora Valued At Around $1.8B

Today’s Stories  Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains Duolingo launches pai

A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling

Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May

Yahoo’s 4K Excalibur patents in search, mobile, cloud and more valued at $740M

The slow progression of the sale of Yahoo to Verizon — first announced in July 2016 but delayed in part because of massive data breach disclosures — took one more step forward today. Yahoo

A new (old) way for product makers to defeat patent roadblocks

An arms race in patents. A surge in high-cost patent litigation. And the emergence of unscrupulous patent trolls who use the threat of lawsuits to extort nuisance settlements. These are the costly sid

US Patent Office’s Michelle Lee shows us that patenting an invention doesn’t have to be expensive, hard

I was lucky to speak with Michelle K. Lee, current director of the US Patent Office and a great proponent of small startups and innovation. Lee said that the patent office has a number of free resourc

Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door

We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013.  But patent filings from Amazon, circulated today by CB Insights’ Zoe Leavitt, reveal more details about how the e-commerce t

Nintendo Switch patents tantalize gamers with possibilities of VR, touchscreen, new controllers

Everyone is excited about the Nintendo Switch, but the company continues to be cagey about critical details like the resolution, the presence or absence of a touchscreen and so on. Well, speculation w

Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

Game tech startup Skillz today launched a service that allows brands to easily sponsor and host mobile e-sports tournaments for any game titles that they like, as long as they are already part of the
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