Patents

Tesla Open-Sources Its Patents

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Most tech companies devote considerable time, money, and effort to enforcing their patents. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has decided to buck that longtime tradition by opening up his company’s electric-car patents to the world. In a corporate blog posting, Musk framed the gesture in altruistic terms. “We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform,” he wrote. “Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly… continue…

iPhone to Become SOS Beacon, Game Controller

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A host of patent applications shows Apple’s effort to make iDevices into better media-control hubs and emergency robo-beacons. continue…

Google’s Pay-Per-Gaze Intriguing, But Needs Foundation

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Not long ago, Google filed a patent for pay-per-gaze technology. The technology, which allows Google to assign advertising revenue to content providers based on a reader’s glances, is big news for content providers who are tired of giving up free space to advertisers. But it may be a lot more impactful than that. The obvious weakness of the pay-per-gaze framework, other than privacy, is that it requires an always-on camera — if you think real-time monitoring of a user’s eye-movement… continue…

Is Hadoop THE Answer for Big Data?

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Are companies and Big Data professionals who embrace Hadoop putting themselves at risk by being at the mercy of Google? In March 2013, after about four years, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office granted Google 10 foundational patents related to MapReduce, a programming model for processing large datasets with a parallel distributed algorithm on a cluster of computers. MapReduce is also the basis for the Hadoop framework. Rather than transfer, assign, or license these foundational patents to the Apache Software… continue…

Obama’s ITC Veto Could Spark New Debate Over Patents

The ITC ruling would have banned sales of older iPhone and iPad models in the United States. continue…

Was Google’s Motorola Mobility Acquisition a Mistake?

Motorola Mobility’s failure to get billions in patent royalties out of Microsoft throws Google’s acquisition strategy into doubt. continue…

Facebook Is Sued Over ‘Like’ Button Functionality

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It’s another lawsuit for Facebook, this time over the way its “Like” button works. Supposedly, a Dutch programmer, Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer, patented a similar tool some five years before Mark Zuckerberg founded his now-ubiquitous company. Since Van Der Meer died in 2004, his family has been pursuing what they see as adequate compensation for his inventions. In 1998, Van Der Meer was working on a social diary called Surfbook. He registered a patent for a feature that… continue…

Microsoft Rages Over FTC’s Google Decision

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Microsoft’s very public irritation with the FTC’s decision hints at its long-burning rivalry with Google. continue…

Google’s Schmidt: Patent Wars Harm Startups

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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt doesn’t see his company or Apple as the losers of the current patent wars. continue…

Linus Torvalds: Patents and Copyrights Problematic in Current Form

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As much of the tech world engages in a series of IP wars, Linux guru Linus Torvalds believes that the patent situation is problematic. continue…