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Microsoft Wants to Clean Up Your Germ-Infested Smartphone Screen
Smartphones

Microsoft Wants to Clean Up Your Germ-Infested Smartphone Screen

Fact: Your little talk box is crawling with gobs of toxic crud. Microsoft aims to kill those bugs dead. Here's how.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
9 Affordable and Effective Ways to Protect Your Entrepreneurial Vision
Intellectual Property

9 Affordable and Effective Ways to Protect Your Entrepreneurial Vision

The idea that will make you rich likely needs to be protected long before you are rich.
John Boitnott
Key Elements of Controversial Podcasting Patent Revoked
Patents

Key Elements of Controversial Podcasting Patent Revoked

The U.S. Patent Office deemed claims concerning episodic content 'unpatentable.'
Avoid These 8 Toxic Trademark Mistakes
Legal

Avoid These 8 Toxic Trademark Mistakes

With a little creatiivity and attention to detail you can protect your own trademarks but the key is to be thorough.
John Rampton
How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn't Already Exist (Infographic)
Infographics

How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn't Already Exist (Infographic)

A step-by-step guide on how to find out if your invention has already been patented. We're crossing our fingers it hasn't.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Google Granted Patent for Airbags That Deploy on the Outside of Self-Driving Cars
Self-Driving Cars

Google Granted Patent for Airbags That Deploy on the Outside of Self-Driving Cars

The bumper-like feature would ostensibly protect pedestrians in the event of an accident.
Geoff Weiss
Four Hewlett-Packard Patents Ruled Invalid in Lawsuit
Patents

Four Hewlett-Packard Patents Ruled Invalid in Lawsuit

A federal judge in California has deemed the tech company's patents as too abstract.
A 5-Step Reality Check for Inventors
Inventions

A 5-Step Reality Check for Inventors

The only easy parts of developing an invention are underestimating the costs and over-estimating the market.
Kedma Ough
Ericsson Sues Apple for Telecom Patent Infringement
Patents

Ericsson Sues Apple for Telecom Patent Infringement

The Swedish mobile telecom gear maker is suing over patents related to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards.
Apple Faces Second Suit From Victorious Patent Firm
Patents

Apple Faces Second Suit From Victorious Patent Firm

A Texas company is again suing the tech giant, this time over the same patents' use in devices introduced after the original case was underway.
Apple Ordered to Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement
Patents

Apple Ordered to Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement

A federal jury in Texas found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC.
The Companies That Apply for the Most Patents and Trademarks (Infographic)
Infographics

The Companies That Apply for the Most Patents and Trademarks (Infographic)

Legal startup SmartUp generated this infographic summarizing who is getting patents, where and how long it is taking the application process to complete.
Catherine Clifford
BlackBerry to Seacrest: This Ain't Over
Legal Issues

BlackBerry to Seacrest: This Ain't Over

The Canadian tech company ratchets up its fight versus Seacrest's Typo with new complaint.
Before Spending Money on Your Great Idea Be Sure It Isn't Invented Already
Inventing

Before Spending Money on Your Great Idea Be Sure It Isn't Invented Already

Inventors caught up in the thrill of new idea often skip the research needed to be certain nobody has a patent on it.
Christopher Hawker