Patents

Facebook Wants Emojis to Be Your Face, Patent Filing Shows
Facebook

Facebook Wants Emojis to Be Your Face, Patent Filing Shows

'The image corresponding to the emoticon may be an image of the user with an expression similar to the expression conveyed by the detected emoticon,' the patent said.
Arjun Kharpal
Winning at Inventing Is a Numbers Game
Inventing

Winning at Inventing Is a Numbers Game

Inventors too often focus on patents and expensive prototypes when what they really need is proof of demand.
Stephen Key
Groupon Sues 'Once-Great' IBM Over Patent
Patents

Groupon Sues 'Once-Great' IBM Over Patent

The latest lawsuit concerns IBM's WebSphere Commerce platform, which Groupon said lets merchants send messages to customers with GPS-enabled devices based on their real-time locations, and their use of social media including Facebook.
IBM Is One of the World's Biggest Patent Trolls
Patents

IBM Is One of the World's Biggest Patent Trolls

Every tech company around is probably paying money to IBM based entirely on its massive patent portfolio.
Chief Justice John Roberts Calls U.S. Patent Challenge Process Bizarre
Court Cases

Chief Justice John Roberts Calls U.S. Patent Challenge Process Bizarre

The Supreme Court is hearing a case about an invalidated speedometer patent.
Is Your New Business Idea Patentable?
Patents

Is Your New Business Idea Patentable?

Find out what characteristics your business idea needs to be eligible for a patent, and what four traits are
LinkedIn Awarded Patent for System to Predict How Likely You Are to Get a Job
Linkedin

LinkedIn Awarded Patent for System to Predict How Likely You Are to Get a Job

With the proposed system, the network could offer suggestions like taking a professional course or moving to Los Angeles to gain better odds.
Biz Carson
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Samsung-Apple iPhone Patent Fight
Court Cases

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Samsung-Apple iPhone Patent Fight

The appeal to the top court could clarify how important design is to the overall value of products involved in patent disputes.
Are You Trying to Protect Your Idea -- or Sell It?
Patents

Are You Trying to Protect Your Idea -- or Sell It?

Do you really need a patent? It all depends on who you ask.
Stephen Key
Facebook Has An Idea for Software That Detects Cool New Slang Before It Goes Mainstream
Facebook

Facebook Has An Idea for Software That Detects Cool New Slang Before It Goes Mainstream

The patent, which was granted in February, is for a system that will examine posts and messages on the social network and look for something called neologisms.
Not So Great Deal: IBM Whacks Groupon With Lawsuit
Lawsuits

Not So Great Deal: IBM Whacks Groupon With Lawsuit

The tech giant said it has warned the site before.
How One Toy Company Gets Open Innovation Right
Inventing

How One Toy Company Gets Open Innovation Right

If you want to license your ideas, focus on finding those companies that are going to truly embrace you -- companies like Fat Brain.
Stephen Key
Inventor Artur Fischer, Who Held More Than 1,100 Patents, Dies at 96
Obituaries

Inventor Artur Fischer, Who Held More Than 1,100 Patents, Dies at 96

The inventor of the first synchronized electronic camera flash surpassed Thomas Edison's record of most patents.
Nina Zipkin