The day the iPhone 4S was released, patent-holding company Personal Audio LLC sued Apple for a third time, hoping the new iOS 5 software will change a judge’s opinion in its favor.
Personal Audio has already won $8 million in damages from Apple over iPods, iPads and iPhones, in a court case that wrapped up […]
Jay Walker, the entrepreneur-turned-patent enforcer notorious for suing Silicon Valley tech giants and the multi-state Powerball lottery for patent infringement earlier this year, has outdone himself. On Tuesday, Walker’s research and development company, Walker Digital, filed patent infringement suits against Google, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Yahoo! and Vibrant Media using a patent issued that same […]
Joe Alter, a visual effects developer in Southern California, is asserting that The Walt Disney Company has pulled a similar stunt, hijacking his digital hair-rendering technology, […]
Intellectual Ventures filed its newest lawsuit yesterday [PDF], this time against Motorola. The development suggests that the world’s biggest patent-assertion company is going to get directly involved in patent attacks on mobile phones. Buried in the details of the suit are some details that may reveal a bit more about how IV operates. To […]
The tech world was surprised this week by patent claims levied against popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter; but the man behind those claims tells The Patent Examiner that he wanted a real business relationship with the company. ArtistShare CEO Brian Camelio even wanted Kickstarter to use his software, he says.
But the negotiations, which began […]
With 13 patents and three lawyers, ArrivalStar and Melvino Technologies have sued 17 companies within the past five weeks, all for their vehicle tracking systems.
This is the latest rash of suits filed by the two foreign patent-holding companies; with these newest cases, ArrivalStar and its sidekick have filed more than 100 vehicle tracking-related patent […]
Delaware company Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC is scaling up its patent litigation assault against businesses that offer wireless Internet to customers, filing six infringement lawsuits this month against individual branches of some of the country’s largest hotel chains. It’s a new tack for the company, which began filing patent claims in March against coffee shops […]
After a long hiatus, one of the most infamous ‘patent trolls’ in the nation is back, and it’s going after its biggest target yet—Facebook.
Back in 2007 and 2008, FotoMedia sued more than 60 photo-sharing companies, claiming its patents entitled it to payments on pretty much all types of photo-sharing software. Many of those companies […]
SmartMetric used its “smart card” system patent to sue the three biggest credit card companies in the U.S. and lost — but the company isn’t giving up yet.
It sued American Express, MasterCard and Visa in two separate 2010 lawsuits and is now appealing both cases, and in an unusually aggressive move, it filed an […]