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Questionable Software Patents Main Reason for Rise in Lawsuits: GAO

Software patents are the biggest reason behind a rise in litigation over inventions, especially against companies that use the technology, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found. Its study, required under a law passed in 2011 that overhauled the U.S. patent …

President Obama Issues Executive Orders to Curb ‘Patent Trolling’

President Barack Obama took steps on Tuesday intended to limit frivolous patent lawsuits, a practice referred to as “patent trolling.” Lawsuits brought by companies that do not make or sell anything but merely license patents and sue others for infringement …

Patent Claims Causing Firms to Exit Business Lines: Study

Patent demands are taking a big toll on technology companies, with results that range from forcing companies to tweak their products to exiting their business altogether, according to a study from the Santa Clara University School of Law. The study …

Feds Rule Apple Did Not Violate Google Patent

Apple Inc scored a win on Monday when the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that it did not violate a Google patent to make the popular iPhones. Apple had initially been accused of infringing on six patents for iPhone-related technology …

Supreme Court to Hear Drugmakers’ ‘Pay for Delay’ of Generic Products Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday over whether big drug companies can settle patent litigation with generic rivals by making deals to keep cheaper products off the market. U.S. and state regulators say the practice costs consumers, …

Governments Getting Into Patent Buying Business: Reuters

Patent competition in the United States is usually a fierce arena for private companies, but now the South Korean and French governments are suiting up. Both countries have launched patent-acquisition companies, with the goal of helping domestic technology firms and …

President Obama Says Patent Reform Needs to Go Farther

President Barack Obama, in an unusual foray into patent law, on Thursday said U.S. patent reform needs to go farther to address the trend of companies that do not manufacture any products aggressively suing other companies for patent infringement. High-tech …

Utah Company Prevails In Blender Patent Dispute

A Utah company known for its “Will it Blend” YouTube videos has been awarded millions in a suit claiming a company ripped off its unique blender design. The Daily Herald of Provo reported the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a …

Monsanto Wins Patent Suit Against DuPont in Genetically Modified Seed Case

Shares of Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, rose on Thursday and DuPont shares fell after Monsanto won a $1 billion victory over its archrival in a lawsuit concerning patents in the agricultural seed market. The victory, which dealt with …

Facebook, Yahoo Settle Patent Claims

Facebook Inc. and Yahoo Inc. agreed to forge a broad Internet advertising and licensing partnership on Friday, laying to rest their dueling patent lawsuits. The pact settles accusations of technology patent infringement that began under the stewardship of ex-Yahoo CEO …