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Patents

Patents

3 Basics for Filing a Patent That Actually Has Value

A provisional patent application will provide as much protection as you need while determining if your idea can really go the distance.
Microsoft

Microsoft Sells Patents to Xiaomi, Builds 'Long-Term Partnership'

Jonathan Tinter, corporate vice president at Microsoft, said the company was keen to tap into Xiaomi's young, affluent and educated users by having its products pre-installed on their devices.
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.
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.
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 o...
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.
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.
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

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.
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.
Patents

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

Do you really need a patent? It all depends on who you ask.
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.
Lawsuits

Not So Great Deal: IBM Whacks Groupon With Lawsuit

The tech giant said it has warned the site before.
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.