patents

Apple patent makes phone, tablet second screen for TV

Apple patent makes phone, tablet second screen for TV

If you thought product placement in TV was bad enough, a new Apple patent might just make it worse. The company has been awarded a patent that will discover what brands might be on the show you’re watching, then send a push notification to your smartphone or tablet giving you more info about those products. It could even offer a way to buy the items you’re seeing on the big screen.

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Study shows patent trolls have negative effect on startups

Study shows patent trolls have negative effect on startups

As much great stuff as we see with platforms like Kickstarter, the more streamlined approach for innovation comes via venture capital and similar background efforts. A new study shines a light on why some of those individuals and companies who fail before they get off the ground do. It seems that big or small, sometimes the same fate is reached due to patent trolling.

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Supreme Court rules on two important patent cases

Supreme Court rules on two important patent cases

When it comes to patent litigation, the exhaustive list of who’s suing who is tough to keep track of. That may change a bit, though, as two Supreme Court decisions put big roadblocks up for patent trolls. In putting a stop to vague or misleading patent holdings, the Supreme Court sets the stage for various battles to possibly end prematurely.

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Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

With all the patent litigation flying around, it’s reasonable to assume it will affect the price of a smartphone. If a case is lost or settled out of court, one or both sides typically have to pay a patent fee to the other company. That added cost is not blindly absorbed by the company, and a new document shows just how much we’re paying for patents when we buy a device.

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