The Electronic Freedom Foundation is fighting back against opportunistic patent trolls by challenging six pending patent applications that it says could threaten the field of 3D printing.
Apple just scored its first major black eye. A German court just ruled in favor of Motorola concerning a patent dispute, promptly forcing Apple to remove the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and 3G iPads from its online store in the country. Uh-oh?
Weeks before Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, Samsung said it would sue the living daylights out of the Cupertino company over "wireless technology related patents" in South Korea. Turns out Samsung was just puffing its chest up. It now says it's not suing Apple.
Apple's iPhone 4S doesn't launch until October 14, but Samsung doesn't care. It's suing Apple in France and Italy over patented wireless technology. Samsung's wish is to ban the iPhone 4S from being sold in both countries — retaliation for Apple getting courts to ban its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in several countries.
You know what they say. What goes around comes around. For Apple, who's made a case of suing Samsung for ripping off its iPhone and iPad designs, it's now facing a new patent infringement claim by HTC.
In 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued 107,792 patents and Microsoft currently takes the lead with the most valuable portfolio. Others rounding out the top 5 list are Samsung, Canon, HP and Intel. So, why should you care? Well, all that money spent building up a patent arsenal could be going toward new product research and design. Read more below.