A jury in the US has, after just three days deliberating, ruled that Samsung must pay Apple more than $1 billion in damages. The lawsuit had focussed on alleged patent infringements by Samsung in terms of both software and design relating to Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. Although not all of the claims made by Apple were upheld by the jury, it did agree that several Samsung devices had violated the intellectual property rights of Apple. At the same time, claims by Samsung that Apple had breached several of its patents were dismissed by the jury. ![dweb-samsungbillions](/attachments/small/0/dweb-samsungbillions.jpg "align-right") Samsung is …

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Hi friend! Of course I know,this is not the right place to ask this question. But I'm asking this,because i dont find any other good place.I wanna use the technology of the optical mouse and infrared keyboard (Yes!both are virtually same technology)in my project. Which part i want to use is, the sensing part of mouse and infrared keyboard (yeah! people call it sensor).Can I do that? or any other patent will stop me from doing this?? Thank you, Bala Krish

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16281[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/07/30/apple-starts-patenting-mobile-app-ideas/"]Apple's filed three patent applications[/URL] that mobile app developers are raising eyebrows at. The three patents involve design ideas rather than hardware, and cover high end fashion, hotel, and travel shopping via mobile device. Here's what each application is designed to do. The [URL="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220100191578%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20100191578&RS=DN/20100191578"]high-end fashion app[/URL] is aimed at luxury shoppers, providing them with promotions and information about fashion events as well as chance to buy clothing via the device based on recommendations made according to the user's preferences. It will also provide ratings and reviews of stores as well as of the items they offer. The [URL="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220100191551%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20100191551&RS=DN/20100191551"]hotel services application[/URL], …

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There's big news in the software patent front from none other than The U.S. Supreme Court. In the case of [URL="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=167db2c8-5a72-4f52-8c22-6ae54ff16062"]Bilski vs. Kappos[/URL], handed down yesterday, is a major blow to the anti-patent movement, specifically the [I]no software patent[/I] groups. [INDENT]Florian Mueller, founder of the anti-software patents movement (NoSoftwarePatents) in Europe, provides the following commentary on the subject: Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in re Bilski was unfortunately a clear victory for those favoring an expansive patent system and the inflation that it entails. The two "inventors", Bernard L. Bilski and Rand Warsaw, saw their patent application thrown out, and that …

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Today, June 22, 2010, The [URL="http://www.openinventionnetwork.com"]Open Invention Network[/URL] (OIN) [URL="http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/press_release06_22_10.php"]announced[/URL] that [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical[/URL], the company that owns and produces the [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] Linux distribution, joins its ranks as the first Associate Member. Florian Mueller, founder and former director of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign and the founder of the [URL="http://fosspatents.blogspot.com"]FOSS Patents Blog[/URL] had this to say about the announcement: [QUOTE]"The Canonical announcement once again shows the absolutely unacceptable degree of intransparency with which the Open Invention Network operates. Both the press release and the OIN's website fail to specify what exactly the rights and obligations of OIN Associate Members -- as compared to mere …

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse in the world of software patents, a reliable source sent me this response from Steve Jobs about a patent pool that's forming and aiming to nail the open source codecs projects. It's enough to make the weak at heart go weak in the knees and stop working on open source projects. Here is Steve Jobs' response to the letter from Hugo Roy: [QUOTE]From: Steve Jobs To: Hugo Roy Subject: Re: Open letter to Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 06:21:17 -0700 All video codecs are covered by …

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Florian Mueller, Open Source Patent Activist, just released the following information. He believes that patents already used by IBM against [URL="http://www.turbohercules.com"]TurboHercules[/URL] are also a threat to other major FOSS projects. He now calls on the community for action. [URL="http://openbsd.org"]OpenBSD[/URL], [URL="http://xen.org"]Xen[/URL], [URL="http://virtualbox.org"]VirtualBox[/URL], [URL="http://redhat.com"]Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization[/URL], [URL="http://mysql.com"]MySQL[/URL], [URL="http://postgresql.com"]PostgreSQL[/URL], [URL="http://sqlite.org"]SQLite[/URL] and [URL="http://kaffe.org"]Kaffe[/URL] could also face patent infringement assertions -- "FOSS Patents" blog lists patents and explains how those patents may read on other Free and Open Source Software Projects -- "Call to Research" on FOSS community for further analysis and identification of additional issues [B]Brussels, Belgium, 12 April 2010[/B] -- Florian Mueller, …

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Now that [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]'s big operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, are on store shelves, is it time again for them to pick up the legal sledgehammer and go after Linux? I think the evidence for it is mounting. Microsoft has signed a deal with [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL], penned an agreement with [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL], sued and won against [URL="http://www.tomtom.com"]TomTom[/URL], signed a secret deal with [URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Amazon[/URL], has lost costly suits against [URL="http://www.uniloc.com"]Uniloc[/URL] and [URL="http://www.virnetx.com"]VirnetX[/URL] and lost an appeal in its case against [URL="http://www.i4i.com"]i4i[/URL]. But this time, they're going to go for the jugular with a broad and sweeping patent infringement suite against …

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Earlier this week [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] and [URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Amazon[/URL] signed a [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/feb10/02-22MSAmazonPR.mspx"]patent deal[/URL] covering Amazon's Linux-based Kindle and its use of Linux-based server systems. Amazon will pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount as a result of this deal. I know it's just me but what the hell is up with that? I don't have a lot of details of this deal but why would Amazon have to pay Microsoft anything for the use of Linux on its Kindle or on its use of Linux-based servers? Your guess is as good as mine. My guess is that this is more Microsoft FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and …

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I love a [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20193/53/"]good patent story[/URL], I love my [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1264.html"]Nintendo Wii[/URL] and I love bouncy cushions. However, it is a rare thing to be able to write a news story which covers all three. Yet it would appear that Nintendo has, indeed, filed a European patent for a bouncy cushion for the Wii. The [URL="http://v3.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/description?CC=EP&NR=2080538A1&KC=A1&FT=D&date=20090722&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP"]actual patent[/URL] refers to an inflatable air cushion or other seat, and comes complete with a special pocket for your Wii Remote in order to detect your movements and a Nunchuk can be used as reins. Did I mention that this particular bouncy cushion doubles up …

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Now that could be cool, or maybe not: a whole new look to the MacOS desktop could be on the cards after Apple puts in a patent application for a 'Multi-Dimensional Desktop.' The patent application, [URL="http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=20080307360&OS=20080307360&RS=20080307360"]20080307360[/URL], describes how the planned graphical user interface will have "a back surface disposed from viewing surface to define a depth, and one or more one or more side surfaces extend from the back surface to the viewing surface." In other words, a 3D Mac desktop! The patent abstract talks of "An icon receptacle is disposed on one or more of the side surfaces, and …

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Steve Ballmer called Linux a "[URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/06/02/ballmer_linux_is_a_cancer/"]Cancer[/URL]" in the past, ranted about [URL="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/111706-ballmer-linux-users-owe.html"]patent infringement[/URL], [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005171&source=NLT_AM&nlid=1"]accused[/URL] Linux programmers of ripping-off intellectual property, and [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/2006/11-02NovellInterop.mspx"]penned[/URL] a deal between rival Novell to sell Linux. Wait, that last one doesn't fit with the others. Did you ever notice how someone is often mean or harsh to someone whom, deep down, they really like? When such a high-profile C-Level Executive so fervently rants against something, methinks he doth protest too much. He says so many negative, nasty, and acrid things about Linux that there is only one possible answer: Steve Ballmer Loves Linux. He loves it …

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Henry Ford, father of the mass production assembly line, would have hated Linux although embracing it today might help pull his company out of its current financial nosedive (Current stock price under $1.50 per share). Ford held 161 patents and if he were alive today, some of those might well be software-related--a very anti-Linux and anti-open source concept. He also believed in the anti-open source [I]religion[/I] known as consumerism and giving away something for free would be grounds for a good lashing, verbally and physically, from old Henry himself. He was also adamantly anti-union--a concept closely akin to the solidarity …

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The actual Patent title reads "Personal area network systems and devices and methods for use thereof" but PANTS is much snappier don't you think? That's Personal Area Network Technology Systems in full. Apple is looking to patent always-on from anywhere access to the Internet. I thought that was already tied up in something called a 'smartphone' which I am pretty sure, from the back of my brain somewhere, I recall Apple being involved with. Anyway. The new patent filing apparently actually relates to a system which would allow products like iPods or Macbooks to connect to the Internet from anywhere …

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RedHat settles its patent infringement lawsuit filed by Firestar Software and DataTern in Federal Court for an undisclosed amount. Part of the settlement that RedHat made was made on behalf of the Open Source Community--indemnifying users and its customers from future infringement suits by said parties. RedHat's corporate opinion is that software patents spoil innovation and hinder new developments. Their opininon has not kept them out of the courtroom for patent infringement suits however. They are currently still involved in a patent suit with IP Innovations over 3 of its user interface patents. Patent infringement is serious business and can …

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[URL="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/05/21/vole-loses-alcatel-lucent"]According to The Inquirer[/URL] Microsoft has lost the long running Alcatel-Lucent patent case. The US International Trade Commission has ruled against Microsoft in the case which accused Alcatel-Lucent of violating four Microsoft patents concerning IP-based phone software. The ITC concluded that "there is no violation of section 337" which refers to the infringement of intellectual property, despite Paul Luckern, the administrative law judge in the case originally ruling that Alcatel-Lucent did infringe one of the patents concerned. Microsoft is naturally a little miffed, with spokesman David Bowermaster commenting "We are disappointed that the International Trade Commission reversed Judge Luckern's ruling …

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A new deal struck between Microsoft and its Linux ally Novell (SuSE Linux) is headed for mainland China. Microsoft claims now that Linux violates 42 of its patents (down from over 200 a year ago) and that purchasing SuSE Linux will indemnify Linux users from lawsuits for patent infringement. Thanks Microsoft but no thanks. Who knew that when Novell signed their pact with the Evil Empire that it would mean an all-out attack on emerging markets like China, India, and Brazil? Hey Microsoft, haven’t you heard that the median income in China is about $3,400 per year and in India, …

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Legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080312/tc_nm/activision_gibson_dc"]has warned[/URL] Guitar Hero developer Activision over an alleged patent infringement. It would seem that the crux of the matter is a 1999 patent by Gibson which deals with the technology used to simulate a musical performance. Gibson claims the Guitar Hero software and the Guitar Hero controller both violate the patent. Of course, the bizarre thing is that Gibson had already signed a licensing agreement with Activision over replicating Gibson guitar designs for the Guitar Hero III game. If Activision does not obtain a new license under the terms of that patent then Gibson will …

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that the open source movement needs to “play by the same rules” as the rest of the business and claims “what’s fair is fair.” Which is pretty rich given the high profile cases involving dodgy business practice and Microsoft during the last few years. Still, a leading Microsoft lawyer, Brad Smith, has nonetheless accused the Linux of a serious swathe of patent violations, some 235 in total in fact. As part of an interview with Fortune magazine, Smith cites some 42 violations of Microsoft patents involving the Linux kernel, 45 more by OpenOffice.org, 65 …

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Just as the games console which has the honor of being at once both one of the most innovative entertainment devices to arrive in our homes and the most stupidly named, the Nintendo Wii, arrives on the market so a lawsuit starts that attacks the very heart of that innovation: the remote control. Interlink, a California based remote control manufacturer, alleges that Nintendo has violated its patent as far as the motion-sensitive technology within the Wiimote is concerned. Although the Wii was only released this week in the UK, being a tech journalist I naturally have been able to have …

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About five years ago the BBC carried a news story about a chap in Australia who had taken advantage of a new law which meant that patent applications only needed to innovation rather than invention. He registered a patent application for something known as a ‘circular transportation facilitation device’ or the wheel to you and me. Now, OK, that was done by an IP lawyer trying to prove a point, and the then Commissioner of Patents in Australia, Vivienne Thom, was quick to point out that all applicants have to declare they invented the thing, and so the patent in …

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[URL="http://metasploit.blogspot.com/"]H.D.Moore[/URL], he of Metasploit toolkit fame, has vowed to publish details of one browser vulnerability every day during July. Already he has been true to his word with exploit information relating to Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari but nothing that would help any would be attacker run unauthorized code on an unsuspecting victim’s computer. Although officially Moore claims it is to publicize the inherent dangers of browsers, there is a feeling that it might also have something to do with a bit of a spat between Moore and Microsoft. Only a couple of weeks ago Microsoft berated the security researcher …

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