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If the bidding for Nortel's 6,000 patents---$4.5 billion in cold hard cash---and Google's patent-happy $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility stretched intellectual property valuations just wait for what's in store. Simply put, any company with a significant technology patent portfolio will be in play.
The alleged societal benefit of patent law is that it creates a financial incentive to innovate.
Yahoo Vs Facebook
Like that “pull-to-refresh” feature found in many popular iOS apps, including Twitter, Facebook, Tweetbot, Sparrow and others? Been wondering why Apple hasn’t implemented the same thing in its own apps, like Safari or Mail, for example, when such a thing would make for a dramatically improved user experience? As it turns out, the reason why the feature hasn’t made its way into Apple’s core iOS apps may have to do with a patent application titled “ User Interface Mechanics ” – an application which lists the inventor as Loren Brichter, creator of Tweetie.
Microsoft & Apple attack Android
Kickstarter , which just recently celebrated the 10,000th successfully funded project in its 2.5-year history, is under siege by that most ubiquitous of foes, presently at least: patent litigation. Yes, the site that works so diligently to advance interesting and original ideas among the community is being shaken down by a company seemingly formed for patent-licensing purposes.
Paul Maritz has witnessed a number of patent skirmishes.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman and former CEO, took the stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco today to talk about a host of topics, including the success of Google Apps , his feelings about Steve Jobs , Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola , with the conversation with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff even ranging into Schmidt’s thoughts on the current landscape facing the U.S. patent market. The executive chairman began by addressing the purchase of Nortel Networks’ roster of patents by a group of buyers that included some of Google’s rivals, including Microsoft and Apple. Fellow TechCruncher MG Siegler covered the back-and-forth between Google and Microsoft that unfolded in regard to the supposition that the group that bought the Nortel patents was effectively attempting to cut the legs out from underneath Android .