Why Patents Won't Kill 3D-Printing Innovation

If you want to start a fight at a party full of people passionate about 3D printing, just mention technology patents. Immediately, people will stake out their positions and the room will erupt into chaos. Blogger Paul Banwatt sums up the debate nicely as a standoff between those "who believe that patents have held back 3D-printing technology and those who believe that patents have really incentivized innovation."

AMD wins fight over Nvidia workers

AMD has won a rather unusual legal battle involving a small gang of AMD defectors who gave in to the dark side of the Force and joined Nvidia.

Microsoft to pay peanuts in patent ruling

A Seattle judge has ruled in favour of Microsoft in one of two patent trials putting Redmond up against Google and its Motorola Mobility unit, leaving it with a substantially smaller royalties bill to pay.

ZTE coughs up on Microsoft patents

China's ZTE is paying Microsoft a royalty for devices it makes using Google Android and Chrome operating systems to make sure that it is not patent trolled out of business.

US courts bash patent trolls

It is starting to look like the US courts are losing patience with copyright troll companies and they are starting to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. 

Apple suffers more patent setbacks

It has been a very bad week for Apple on the patent front. First the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) informed Apple that it could not trademark the iPad mini, then it said it would no longer enforce Apple's "rubber band" user interface patent. In other words, the USPTO made it clear that Apple can't go around patenting the English language and Newtonian physics.

Patent trolls could face stiff penalties

Patent trolls who fail to prove their case in court could be forced to pay legal costs, if a new bipartisan bill comes into law.

FTC lets Google off antitrust hook

The Federal Trade Commission has completed its investigation of Google over unfair business practices - and the company's got off very lightly indeed.

RIM to pay out for Nokia patents

RIM has cleared one obstacle out of its way, settling its patent dispute with Nokia for an undisclosed sum and ongoing royalties.

US judge refuses to ban Samsung phones

Apple has failed in its bid to get Samsung devices banned in the US, with District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruling that the infringing products hadn't caused enough harm to Apple's sales.

Apple loses iPhone patent case

Patent-licensing firm MobileMedia Ideas has won a case against Apple alleging that Apple infringed three of its patents - and says it's hopeful of winning against RIM and HTC too.

Google, Facebook call for an end to 'abstract' patents

A group of tech companies including Google, Facebook, Red Hat and Dell have stepped into a US patent case to call for a ban on patenting abstract ideas.

RIM faces ban on BlackBerry sales

BlackBerry maker RIM has not only lost its patent case against Nokia - it's been found guilty of failing to stick to a cross-licensing agreement between the two companies and may face a block on sales as a result.

Ericsson joins patent fray with lawsuit against Samsung

Nobody likes to feel left out, and Ericsson has now decided to join the courtroom party by suing Samsung for patent infringement.

In tit-for-tat, Apple seeks to expand Samsung patent suit

Apple's asked a court to allow it to add six more Samsung products to its patent infringement lawsuit in what's an ever-escalating battle between the two firms.

Apple reaches patent accord with HTC

Apple has abandoned one front in its long-running war against Android vendors by settling its patent dispute with Taiwan's HTC.

Court throws out Apple patent case against Motorola

A federal judge yesterday threw out Apple's lawsuit against Motorola Mobility, in which it claimed that Motorola was trying to charge too much for patent licenses.

Samsung buys chipmaker's mobile unit

Samsung's beefing up its patent pile with the acquisition of British chip firm CSR's mobile connectivity and location technology business.

Galaxy Tab isn't cool, says judge

It's not often that a manufacturer breathes a sign of relief on being told its products are uncool. But that's what happened to Samsung yesterday in the UK.

HTC phone imports stopped by customs

US imports of two HTC phones are being held up indefinitely at US customs because of a ruling over the company's patent dispute with Apple.