Patents

Apple Ordered to Pay $234 Million to University for Patent Infringement
Legal

Apple Ordered to Pay $234 Million to University for Patent Infringement

The processors in Apple's iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus -- along with some editions of the iPad -- violated the patent.
How an Outdoor-Clothing Company Is Building Up Manufacturing in Mountain Towns
Radicals & Visionaries

How an Outdoor-Clothing Company Is Building Up Manufacturing in Mountain Towns

One entrepreneur is bringing the 'microbrew' model to manufacturing.
Grant Davis
Airbus Files Patent That Shows Airplane Passengers Stacked On Top of Each Other
Travel

Airbus Files Patent That Shows Airplane Passengers Stacked On Top of Each Other

Because people aren't already crammed into planes like sardines.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
7 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual Products
Patents

7 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual Products

From biometric-tracking headphones to water-resistant electronic parts, we'd be into a lot of these products. Get on it, Apple.
Laura Entis
Google Just Got a Patent for Adding Holograms to a Google-Glass-Type Headset
Google

Google Just Got a Patent for Adding Holograms to a Google-Glass-Type Headset

The United States Patent and Trademark Office approved the tech giant's patent for technology that would overlay holograms onto the wearer's real world view.
Catherine Clifford
Microsoft and Google Make Peace in Patent Battles
Legal Issues

Microsoft and Google Make Peace in Patent Battles

The companies are settling 18 cases in the U.S. and Germany.
What Good Is a Patent if You Can't Enforce It?
Patents

What Good Is a Patent if You Can't Enforce It?

The answer: A patent helps you impress investors and raise capital.
Vic Lin
IBM Is Taking an Unusual Approach to Selling Patents to Startups
Patents

IBM Is Taking an Unusual Approach to Selling Patents to Startups

While it's not strange for a large patent holder to sell off patents, IBM's method is raising some eyebrows.
Someday, Your Facebook Friends May Determine Whether You Get a Loan
Performance Ignited

Someday, Your Facebook Friends May Determine Whether You Get a Loan

Facebook's latest patent suggests lenders could approve or deny loans based on a user's social connections.
Kia Kokalitcheva
Low-Cost Patent Search Options for Inventors on a Budget
Patents

Low-Cost Patent Search Options for Inventors on a Budget

Inventors routinely believe they were the first to think of their great idea. They are not routinely correct.
Kedma Ough
What Google Is Really Doing by Giving Away Patents
Patents

What Google Is Really Doing by Giving Away Patents

How the tech giant's plan will and won't help startups.
Are Standard Equity Stakes in Spinoffs Misguided?
Equity

Are Standard Equity Stakes in Spinoffs Misguided?

Universities may be missing out on owning a share of their strongest spinoffs.
Scott Shane
Have an Invention? Here's How to Make It Into an Actual Product. (Infographic)
Manufacturing

Have an Invention? Here's How to Make It Into an Actual Product. (Infographic)

As the creator of a new product, you need to know the costs so you can weigh the risks and the rewards.
Laura Entis
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Google Patent Appeal Over Street View
Legal Issues

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Google Patent Appeal Over Street View

The tech giant will indeed need to defend claims that its Street View mapping software violates patents held by someone else.