'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.
Inventors too often focus on patents and expensive prototypes when what they really need is proof of demand.
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.
Every tech company around is probably paying money to IBM based entirely on its massive patent portfolio.
The Supreme Court is hearing a case about an invalidated speedometer patent.
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With the proposed system, the network could offer suggestions like taking a professional course or moving to Los Angeles to gain better odds.
Merck had originally asked for $2 billion.
The appeal to the top court could clarify how important design is to the overall value of products involved in patent disputes.
Do you really need a patent? It all depends on who you ask.
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.
The tech giant said it has warned the site before.
If you want to license your ideas, focus on finding those companies that are going to truly embrace you -- companies like Fat Brain.
The inventor of the first synchronized electronic camera flash surpassed Thomas Edison's record of most patents.
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