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How Portland’s public transit mobile ticket app maker recovered after being sued for patent infringment

Being sued for patent infringement is no fun — and especially if you’re a fast-growing young startup. But that’s exactly what happened to GlobeSherpa, the Portland-based startup that built TriMet’s successful public transit mobile ticketing app. Shortly after GlobeSherpa won a crucial $3.2 million contract in September with Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Bytemark — a similar ticketing startup based… 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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White House moves forward with plan for patent reform

The U.S. government is moving forward with its plan to curb the practices of patent holding firms and on Thursday announced three new executive actions for a nationwide patent reform. One of the actions calls to “crowdsource” the review of patents and find “relevant prior art” to help U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officials figure out whether a… Read More

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Nintendo and HTC score a win against patent trolls

Nintendo and HTC have both landed a win against patent trolls, thanks to a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The two companies were included in a massive ruling by the commission, which held that complaints of patent infringement from a trio of patent trolls over a patent for a “High performance microprocessor having… Read More

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Pendrell subsidiary sues Apple, Amazon and more over alleged DRM patent infringement

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Bellevue-based patent holding firm Pendrell Corporation, announced today that it has filed a massive patent infringement lawsuit against Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry, Huawei and Google-owned Motorola Mobility. At issue is digital rights management (DRM) technology for protecting content from piracy on devices including smartphones and tablets. ContentGuard’s complaint implicates Amazon’s Kindle app,… Read More

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ASI Semiconductor inks patent deal with Intellectual Ventures for transistor technology

Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures (IV) announced a new patent licensing deal today with ASI Semiconductor Inc., a small Los Angeles company that manufactures RF power transistors and microwave diodes. ASI will now have permission to license IV’s radar and avionics RF power transistor technologies, which are part of a portfolio of nearly 40,000 IV-owned patents. IV… Read More

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Nathan Myhrvold says discussions with Bill Gates ‘completely irrelevant’ in patent spat, claims he’s too busy to testify

As CEO of Intellectual Ventures, international traveler and cooking guru, Nathan Myhrvold is a busy man. So busy, in fact, that he doesn’t have time — nor thinks it’s necessary — to appear for a deposition in an ongoing spat with another patent holding firm. And he certainly doesn’t want to talk about alleged conversations he… Read More

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Intellectual Ventures inks patent deal with Salesforce, its first cloud-computing pact

Intellectual Ventures today announced a patent licensing agreement with Salesforce.com —the Bellevue-based company’s first licensing customer in the area of cloud computing. The company says the deal will give Salesforce access to Intellectual Ventures’ nearly 40,000 patents and patent applications. Salesforce will also be able to use IV’s patents to fend off litigation and patent challenges, as part of… Read More

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Take a picture with your voice? Microsoft wants a patent on it

Tired of using a timer to snap a picture? Microsoft has a solution for you. Well, it’s not a particularly original solution, at least not at this point. But the company is hoping to patent the approach. A newly surfaced patent application, first reported by Patent Bolt, describes a method for “voice-controlled camera operations,” in… Read More

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Nintendo wins court appeal over Wii motion-tracking patents

The United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of Nintendo, upholding a previous decision that video game giant did not infringe upon motion-tracking patents held by Ohio-based Motiva LLC. Back to 2008, Motiva accused Nintendo of infringing on two patents it held for “Human Movement Measurement System,” and it claimed that importing the… Read More

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Intellectual Ventures sues Ricoh and Canon, says they pose a ‘threat to innovation’

Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures on Tuesday filed its second complaint against Canon and first against Ricoh for infringing on its patents dealing with printing technology. IV approached both companies and tried to engage in licensing discussions, but those obviously never panned out. This follows a series of IV lawsuits against Toshiba, Symantec, AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream, all filed… Read More

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Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures settles with Lattice

Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures has reached its second settlement agreement in its case against manufacturers in the semiconductor industry. The company announced today that it signed a license agreement and resolved a patent suit from a case filed in December 2010 against Lattice Semiconductor. Intellectual Ventures reached a similar settlement agreement in January with Microsemi, a maker of semiconductor systems for… Read More

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Amazon patents the milkman

Amazon.com this week won a broad patent on technology that lets customers schedule product deliveries to their doorsteps or mailboxes on a recurring basis, without needing to submit a new order every time. The patent filing says this approach will be particularly useful to overcome “the challenges presented by the delivery of perishable goods or… Read More

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ContentGuard to partner with top Korean mobile company

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of the Kirkland-based patent holding firm Pendrell Corp., announced a partnership today with one of Korea’s top mobile handset makers. ContentGuard and Pantech will team up to help improve the content experience on Pantech phones and tablets. The South Korean company was founded in 1991 and is the third-leading mobile manufacturer in Korea behind… Read More