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Zillow poaches one Move exec, gets sued for hiring another

For the second time this month, Zillow has poached a leading executive from rival Move Inc. Zillow announced today that it has hired Curt Beardsley as vice president of industry development, responsible for bolstering relations with multiple listing services across the country. He most recently held that role at Move, which operates the Realtor.com Web… Read More

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Jury rules in Zillow’s favor in mortgage patent case

Zillow has scored a win in a patent case brought by LendingTree, which alleged that the Seattle-based real estate company, along with Adchemy and NexTag, was using technology patented by LendingTree when offering users mortgage results. A jury ruled today that Zillow and the company’s co-defendants did not infringe on the patents, and furthermore, that… Read More

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Patent holding firm settles with Boeing for $10 million

Pendrell Corp., the Kirkland patent holding firm led by former Clearwire execs, said today that it has withdrawn a petition for review with the California Supreme Court related to litigation involving its ICO Global Communications. Pendrell was initially awarded $603 million for breach of contract, fraud and tortious interference in 2008. But the California Court of Appeal reversed… Read More

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As patent debate rages, Google gobbles up IBM inventions

GeekWire readers have been engaged in an intense debate over the past week about the role of software patents — a discussion that arose after This American Life featured an in-depth expose on the business tactics of Bellevue’s Intellectual Ventures. One of the main takeaways of the piece is that the patent system in the… Read More