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[OPINION] Rethinking patent policies in the coronavirus era and beyond

Jun 09, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'During a global pandemic...compulsory licensing of the coronavirus vaccine ought to be the rule rather than the exception.... Governments can bid, consumers can choose, and treatment can reach those who are in most need faster.'

China becomes world's top patent filer – U.N.

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:30 PM

In the main category – the Patent Cooperation Treaty – China topped the ranking for the first time, with 58,990 applications, overtaking the US which filed 57,840 applications

Apple, Broadcom ordered to pay $1.1B for patent infringement

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Apple is ordered to pay $837 million and Broadcom must pay $270 million to the California Institute of Technology, in what is thought to be one of the largest patent verdicts ever

PATENT FINES. A Los Angeles jury on January 29, 2020 orders Apple and Broadcom to pay $1.1 billion to a university in California for infringing on four Wi-Fi technology patents. Photo by Justin Sullivan, Loic Venance/AFP

Cancer test, plastic recycling win Europe inventor awards

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Here is a closer look at the European Inventor Awards 2019 winners from Austria, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain

Apple risks iPhone ban in Germany after court case loss

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:41 AM

The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X may be banned in Germany after Qualcomm wins its case against Apple

IPHONE 7. The iPhone 7 smartphone is on display on the day of its release at Covent Garden in London on September 16, 2016.  Photo by Jack Taylor/AFP

China court bans iPhone sales in patent dispute – Qualcomm

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The move marks the latest in a long-running dispute over patents and royalties between California tech giants Apple and Qualcomm playing out in courts and administrative bodies worldwide

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 20, 2018 an iPhone sits on display at an Apple store in lower Manhattan in New York City. A Chinese court ordered a ban in the country on iPhone sales in a patent dispute between US chipmaker Qualcomm and Apple, according to a Qualcomm statement on December 10, 2018. The statement said the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court had granted Qualcomm's request for two preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately to stop selling the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Microsoft open-sources 60,000 patents to protect Linux

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Microsoft hopes its move to support the Open Invention Network 'will attract many other companies to OIN, making the license network even stronger for the benefit of the open source community'

Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The 7-year-old legal battle comes to an end with an undisclosed settlement between the world's two biggest smartphone makers

MARATHON BATTLE. Samsung and Apple finally settle legal battles involving now-vintage Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones. iPhone and Galaxy photos from Apple and Samsung

Jury tells Samsung to pay big for copying iPhone design

May 25, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The award appears to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

Jury still out in 7-year-old Apple-Samsung iPhone patent trial

May 22, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Apple wants $1 billion in damages while Samsung wants to lower the figure to around $28 million

CLASSIC BOUT. Older Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones are embroiled in the legal battle. iPhone and Galaxy photos from Apple and Samsung

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Mar 08, 2018 - 9:53 PM

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Facebook patent determines users' social class based on gadgets, homes owned

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Should Facebook incorporate the pattern into its algorithm, 3rd party entities will be able to target which social class they want their posts to reach

FACEBOOK. Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone, and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Crocs to croak? Casual shoe brand loses patent ruling

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Crocs design patent for the 3rd time

CROCS. The shoe brand’s distinctive clog design is adored by some and reviled by others. Photo from

High-tech mystery: Is a Facebook phone in the works?

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Speculation has swirled for years regarding whether the leading social network would try to capitalize on its popularity with its own smartphone

FB SMARTPHONE? In this file photo, Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Nokia sues Apple for patent infringement

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:20 AM

The lawsuit claims that Apple products have been using Nokia technologies without the proper licenses

Samsung wins over Apple in $399-M patent appeal

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:34 AM

UPDATED The justices ruled 8 0 that Samsung should not be required to forfeit the entire profits from its smartphones for infringement on design components

PATENT APPEAL. The US Supreme Court tossed out a $399 million patent award from Samsung over copying Apple's iPhone design.

Apple's China problems hit US stocks

Jun 17, 2016 - 10:32 PM

Apple shares fall 1 7 following reports that the city of Beijing concluded the technology giant had violated a Chinese company s design patents and may be forced to halt sales of its latest iPhones in the Chinese capital

APPLE. An Apple logo at a computer store in China, January 15, 2014. File photo by Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

China's Huawei sues Samsung over wireless patents

May 25, 2016 - 12:15 PM

The lawsuit claims that Samsung and its affiliates have earned billions of dollars by selling [mobile] products that use Huawei s technology

Samsung wins US appeal in Apple patent case

Feb 27, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Apple originally filed the suit against Samsung in early 2012 accusing the South Korean consumer electronics giant of infringing on an array of patents related to smartphones

PATENT FIGHT. The entrance to the Seoul office building of Samsung Electronics, Seoul, South Korea, October 4, 2013. File Photo by Yonhap/EPA

Apple ordered to pay more than $625M in patent case

Feb 04, 2016 - 3:20 PM

The tech giant vows to appeal the verdict saying it is surprised and disappointed

Samsung takes Apple patent case to US Supreme Court

Dec 15, 2015 - 9:22 AM

The two tech giants are battling over designs now usually seen in the most popular smartphones

SAMSUNG. A visitor walks in front of an advertising of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones during the Galaxy World Tour event in Seoul, South Korea, 09 April 2015 Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

DENR Cordillera approves 7,000 land patents

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:38 AM

DENR CAR declares it was able to meet its target number of processed and issued land patents for 2015 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

Geox founder: Be unique, protect your ideas

Oct 13, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Mario Moretti Polegato the man behind the breathable shoes brand says innovation is key to succeed in the global economy but it has to be clearly defined

Australian court rules cancer gene patent invalid

Oct 07, 2015 - 10:27 AM

UPDATED While the invention claimed might be in a formal sense a product of human action it was the existence of the information stored in the relevant sequences that was an essential element of the invention

Microsoft and Google call truce in patent wars

Oct 01, 2015 - 11:48 AM

In addition to ending all patent infringement litigation against each other Microsoft and Google will also collaborate on certain patent matters

Boeing patents system for airborne drone charging

Jun 04, 2015 - 5:22 PM

The patent titled Autonomous aircraft with disconnectable tether describes a system in which drones are equipped with tethers to allow for charging with ground based charging mechanisms

PIZZA DRONES CHARGING. Screen shot from PatentYogi video on YouTube.

Samsung, Microsoft end patent dispute

Feb 10, 2015 - 11:41 AM

The dispute stems from Microsoft accusing Samsung of withholding payments for the use of patented Microsoft technology in its smartphones and tablets

In this file photo, Thai visitors inspect Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 mobile phone during its launch in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 October 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Samsung, Apple drop patent war outside US

Aug 06, 2014 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED The two companies have been locked in a prolonged war of legal attrition in close to a dozen countries

Apple and Samsung logos

Nintendo wins latest case in global patent fight

May 20, 2014 - 11:04 AM

US District Court rules Nintendo did not infringe on patents of Wall Wireless in its DS and DSi handheld gaming devices

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

May 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform

Mixed verdict in Samsung-Apple patent trial

May 03, 2014 - 9:00 AM

2nd UPDATE In August 2012 a separate jury in the same court decided that Samsung should pay Apple 1 049 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features

Apple, Samsung trade barbs as $2B patent trial opens

Apr 02, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Samsung and Apple duke it out in court at the start of a new patent trial throwing Google into the ring in their legal tussle

Photo of an Apple iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Apple and Samsung to renew patent battle in US court

Mar 30, 2014 - 12:54 PM

Apple and Samsung will return to federal court in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday March 31 for a new round in their seemingly perpetual patent war

BATTLE CONTINUES. Apple and Samsung will return to federal court in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday, March 31, for a new round in their seemingly perpetual patent war. JUNG YEON-JE/ AFP FILE PHOTO

Google, Samsung sign 10-year patent sharing partnership

Jan 27, 2014 - 1:10 PM

The new partnership between Google and Samsung will pave the way for deeper collaboration between both companies

Apple wins court battle against Samsung

Dec 12, 2013 - 2:48 PM

A South Korea court rejects Samsung s claims that some Apple products infringed on 3 of its mobile messaging technology patents

ANOTHER BATTLE LOST. A court rejects Samsung's claims that Apple infringed on some of its mobile messaging patents. JUNG YEON-JE/ AFP FILE PHOTO

Apple awarded $290-M in Samsung patent case

Nov 22, 2013 - 10:19 AM

The award by the jury revises 450 million in damages granted in the suit but thrown out by a judge

APPLE VERSUS SAMSUNG. A US federal jury orders Samsung to pay $290 million in damages to Apple. JUNG YEON-JE/ AFP FILE PHOTO

US overturns Apple ban in blow to Samsung

Aug 04, 2013 - 10:53 AM

It is the first time since 1987 that a US administration had vetoed a product ban ordered by the trade panel

Human DNA not patentable: US Supreme Court

Jun 13, 2013 - 10:34 PM

UPDATE Ruling: A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated

US panel backs Samsung, bans older Apple devices

Jun 05, 2013 - 8:41 AM

But the victory could be largely symbolic because the ban covers devices that are no longer actively sold in the US market

[Science Solitaire] Do you still own your genes?

May 31, 2013 - 8:43 AM

Think you own your bodies? Well think again

US top court to hear case on gene patents

Apr 14, 2013 - 12:43 PM

The nine justices will review a 2012 appeals court decision that allowed a biotechnology company Myriad Genetics Inc to patent two genes it found had links to breast and ovarian cancer

Twitter founders patent Twitter

Mar 20, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Twitter s founders get a patent for the Twitter service

Judge cuts $450-M from $1-B Samsung-Apple penalty

Mar 02, 2013 - 8:17 AM

A US District Judge says the jury erred in calculating damages

Sony tech patent for blocking used games causes stir

Jan 04, 2013 - 11:54 AM

An industry analyst downplays the significance of the move saying Sony benefits little from it

SONY FILES. Sony's patent is for technology that restricts second-hand game use. Photo from Wikipedia.

TechRap: Top 10 Tech Stories of 2012

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:16 AM

In this special year end edition of TechRap for 2012 we look back at the year in technology and countdown our top ten tech stories of the year

Apple-Samsung billion-dollar legal duel continues

Dec 05, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Apple and Samsung will face off in federal court on December 6 over whether a juror s own legal dispute wrongly led to the South Korean firm being hit with a billion dollar patent damages award

Apple to pay VirnetX US$368.2-M in patent infringment trial

Nov 08, 2012 - 12:02 PM

A federal jury told Apple to pay for infringement of patents related to virtual private network VPN technology

PATENT INFRINGMENT. VirnetX wins patent infringement dispute against Apple.

India fights to protect its traditional home remedies

Oct 14, 2012 - 1:16 PM

India successfully fought off Nestle s attempt at the European Patent Office EPO to secure a patent on remedies based on cow s milk to cure constipation saying that using cow s milk as a laxative was mentioned in ancient texts and was therefore not new

A PARAKEET 'GUARDS' A neem tree in Chennai, India. Screen grab from YouTube (chennaiNature)

Google's Schmidt hits out at mobile patent war

Sep 27, 2012 - 4:01 PM

Google s Eric Schmidt criticized raging patent disputes in the global mobile industry warning that they stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice

LG accuses Samsung of infringing patents

Sep 27, 2012 - 3:32 PM

South Korea s LG Display one of the world s top flat screen TV makers said it had filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung Electronics over the use of advanced displays