Google’s Patent Grab Invokes the Old Nuclear Doctrine “Mutual Assured Destruction”

As reported by Mashable , Google recently acquired 217 patents from IBM. The patent acquisition might look developmental, but just as likely, it's a defensive move intended to build up its patent warheads in defense of trolls or other IP giants (e.g., Apple). Time to drag out some nuclear verbiage...

Judge Posner Expresses Software Patent Doubts after Apple/Motorola Dismissal

Richard Posner, the U.S. judge who recently squashed Apple Inc.'s smartphone battle with Motorola Inc., has doubts regarding the applicability of patents to software. According to a story in the Chicago Tribune , Posner noted that smartphones have thousands of features, with all of them having...

HTC Beats Apple Smartphone Patent Claims in UK Court

As reported by Law360 , the UK's High Court of Justice on Wednesday found that certain European smartphone patents owned by Apple are either invalid or not infringed by HTC, Asia's second-largest smartphone maker. HTC was absolved of allegations that it infringed Apple's slide-to-unlock...

LG Electronics Accused of Infringing Smartphone Touch-Screen Patents

On Monday, Touchscreen Gestures filed suit against LG Electronics, alleging that LG's smartphones and tablets infringe touch-screen technology patents. In its complaint , Touchscreen accuses LG of infringing U.S. Patent Nos: 7,184,031 , entitled "Method and Controller for Identifying...

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