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Uber IP: A primer on the patents, trademarks and copyrights owned by Uber

Uber has also obtained design patent protection for its user interfaces. The user interfaces would not be eligible for protection under trademark law, therefore, design patent protection …
By Audrey Ogurchak
2 days ago 1

Interoperability in electronic health records between VA, DoD the subject of Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing

The VA announced this April that its EHR system had reached certification for interoperability, months after the DoD had reached the same milestone, but investigators at the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 0

China is waging an Information War by investing in scientific research and stealing foreign IP

In recent years, the Chinese government has promoted a roadmap towards “indigenous innovation” which would see the country become a technological superpower by the year 2050. This would …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 1

Business interests and consumer concerns clash at Senate hearing on FCC’s broadband privacy rules

On the morning of Tuesday, July 12th, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation convened for a hearing on a notice of proposed …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 3

Automakers Lead Silicon Valley in Self-Driving Car Development

The patent landscape for self-driving vehicles is also quickly expanding. As of 2013, patent applications related to this technology hit 2,500 per year. That rate is expected to increase. …
By William Cory Spence
14 days ago 0

Internet retail juggernaut Amazon.com increases dominance of consumer electronics

The Internet retail juggernaut that is Amazon.com continues to get stronger and it’s doing so in a way that should worry other players in the …
By Steve Brachmann
14 days ago 0

Facebook’s suicide prevention tools are a useful step towards protecting mental health

In an attempt to use the forces of social media for good, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) announced in the middle of June that it would be rolling …
By Steve Brachmann
16 days ago 0

IBM files patent application for method to stop printing of copyrighted material

Although the type of copyright infringement that gets the most attention today in our digital age is the downloading of music and/or movies, infringement of print …
By Gene Quinn & Benjamin Joe
17 days ago 2

Nike Converse’s ITC strategy a mixed bag

In late 2014, Nike Converse Inc. launched an aggressive attack in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against companies including Walmart, Under Armour and Ralph Lauren for …
By Nicholas Rozansky
18 days ago 1

Can Apple’s New Infrared Patent Really Disable Your iPhone?

On Tuesday, June 28, Apple was granted a new patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,380,225, entitled “Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
19 days ago 2

2016 Internet Policy Platform repeats some net neutrality bad habits

There has been a rising tide of voices seeking to ensure that the Internet remains open to alternative viewpoints with easy access to all for years to …
By Steve Brachmann
24 days ago 0

Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn brings social network analytics to Office software

On June 13th, the Redmond, WA-based multinational tech company Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced that it had agree to acquire LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) in a $26.2 billion cash …
By Steve Brachmann
25 days ago 0

FCC’s Tom Wheeler looks to extend his chokehold on ISPs with broadband privacy rules

ISPs have increasingly come under the focus of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the agency’s chairman, Tom Wheeler. The FCC is fresh from a major …
By Steve Brachmann
27 days ago 0

Questions linger on Twitter’s plans to incorporate SoundCloud after $70 million investment

The recent Twitter investment has much to do with the SoundCloud Go premium subscription service launched in late March of this year. The premium service, which costs $9.99 …
By Steve Brachmann
30 days ago 1

Billion-dollar-plus valuation of Yahoo’s Excalibur patent portfolio could be optimistic in current market

It’s this environment of malaise within which Yahoo is trying to bolster its fortunes with the sale of an intellectual property portfolio involving about 3,000 patents and …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1