Did Burger King Rip Off Mac N’ Cheetos From The Vulgar Chef?

Did Burger King Rip Off Mac N’ Cheetos From The Vulgar Chef?

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but one online chef is calling foul when it comes to Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos.  [More]

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5 Reasons Prescription Drug Prices Are Going Up For Many Americans

If you feel like you’re paying more for medication, you’re not alone. A new investigation from our colleagues at Consumer Reports finds that one-third of Americans are seeing higher prices for prescriptions, and one-in-six people chose to avoid getting a prescription filled because of the cost. So what’s behind the increased cost of staying well? [More]

Company Claiming Patent On Online Voting Ordered To Pay Legal Fees After Suing Hobbyist Photo Site

Company Claiming Patent On Online Voting Ordered To Pay Legal Fees After Suing Hobbyist Photo Site

Last year, a small hobbyist photo-sharing website decided to fight back against a lawsuit alleging that it infringed on a bizarre patent covering virtually the entire concept of online voting. The patent-holder plaintiff subsequently dropped the case after a heavy-hitting advocacy organization got involved, but the court has ordered the plaintiff to fork over thousands of dollars in legal fees for its “unreasonable” conduct. [More]

Segway Patent Complaint Could Result In Import Ban On Most “Hoverboard” Scooters

Segway Patent Complaint Could Result In Import Ban On Most “Hoverboard” Scooters

Long before “hoverboard” scooters were catching fire in America’s living rooms, the Segway personal transport was the pricey, bulky self-balancing butt of jokes. But Segway may have the last laugh, after the U.S. International Trade Commission has moved to bar the import of hoverboards that allegedly infringe on Segway patents. [More]

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IBM Lawsuit Accuses Groupon Of Infringing On Its Patents, Including One For Prodigy

Do you remember Prodigy, the online service that had many a mid-1990s user surfing the Internet, in the early days of the World Wide Web? IBM sure does, considering it holds patents for that dinosaur of the technological age, and is accusing Groupon of infringing on two patents that grew out of Prodigy, as well as a few others, in a new lawsuit. [More]

Airbus Patents Adjustable Seats For People Of Every Size, In-Seat Storage That Eliminates All Legroom

Airbus Patents Adjustable Seats For People Of Every Size, In-Seat Storage That Eliminates All Legroom

Airbus — the company that patented the concept of stacking passengers on top of each other in a crowded tube flying at hundreds of miles per hour thousands of feet above the ground — has recently applied for a pair of airplane seat patents that simultaneously look to increase customer comfort while stripping away what little room remains. [More]

Dollar Shave Club Files Countersuit Against Gillette In Patent Fight

Dollar Shave Club Files Countersuit Against Gillette In Patent Fight

Two months after Gillette sued Dollar Shave Club, claiming the competitor had violated its intellectual property, the subscription razor service has filed a countersuit, saying it hasn’t infringed on any of its rival’s patents.
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U.S. Court Bans Samsung From Selling Certain Smartphones That Infringe On Apple Patents

U.S. Court Bans Samsung From Selling Certain Smartphones That Infringe On Apple Patents

Apple has won another round in the seemingly endless battle with Samsung over patents: a U.S. court has banned Samsung from selling certain smartphones that infringe on three patents held by its rival. [More]

U.S. Marshals Raid CES Booth To Seize Alleged Knockoff Scooters

On the left is the alleged knockoff from Changzhou, which currently sells for $550 on Alibaba, about 1/3 the price of the $1,499 Future Motion Onewheel on the right.

We’ve seen lots of odd things at CES International over the years — live kangaroos, stormtroopers, boxing matches, Seth Rogen — but one thing we’ve never seen before is U.S. marshals seizing knockoff products for alleged patent infringement. [More]

Samsung Agrees To Pay Apple $548M To Settle 5-Year Patent Battle

Samsung Agrees To Pay Apple $548M To Settle 5-Year Patent Battle

It’s been a long time coming, but Samsung and Apple’s ongoing patent battle has finally come to an end: a little under five years since the two technology giants first clashed in court over patents, Samsung has agreed to pay $548 million to settle the long-running dispute with Apple.

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Court Ruling On Trade Dispute Also Prevents MPAA From Blocking File-Sharing Sites

Court Ruling On Trade Dispute Also Prevents MPAA From Blocking File-Sharing Sites

The internet can be very weird sometimes, as can the massive patchwork of regulation and case law that holds the world together. And so it came to pass this summer that we found ourselves looking at an otherwise-obscure court case about braces — yes, the teeth kind — that could upend the way the entire internet works in the name of preventing media piracy. Happily, it looks like the internet, in all its chaotic and sometimes illegal glory, gets to keep marching on for the time being.

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Jury Finds That Apple Used University Of Wisconsin Patent, Could Owe $862.4M In Damages

While the patent war between Apple and Samsung continues, the patent war between Apple and the University of Wisconsin has begun. This is a much shorter saga so far: it started in 2014, when the university’s patent-holding entity, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, sued Apple over the use of technology that makes processors more efficient, which Apple used in recent phones and tablets. [More]

Unintentionally Hilarious Airbus Patent Suggests Stacking Passengers On Top Of Each Other

Unintentionally Hilarious Airbus Patent Suggests Stacking Passengers On Top Of Each Other

Sick of fighting over the armrest on a flight? Or maybe your knees ache at the mere thought of squeezing into an airplane seat? While some patents seek to address those issues with clever design, a recently filed Airbus patent intends to cram more passengers into a plane by simply stacking them on top of each other. [More]

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Microsoft And Google Decide To Kiss, Make Up And Drop All Those Pesky Patent Lawsuits

Giant technology companies — they’re just like us! Instead of continuing to duke it out over a slew of patent infringement claims in court, Microsoft and Google have decided that peace is the answer, and have announced they’re dropping all pending litigation against each other. [More]

"Dangit... my knees are killing me but that kid behind me has all the legroom in the world. Unfair, I tell ya. Unfair."

Patent Would Have Airlines Sort Passengers By Height, Then Adjust Rows To Save Their Knees

Have you ever been squeezed into an airplane seat and then looked behind you to see you’re in front of a small child who has plenty of legroom? In a car, you’d be able to slide your seat back a few inches to give you some extra space, but without cramping the kid behind you. A new patent aims to put that same idea into practice on commercial aircraft. [More]

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Facebook Patent Would Allow Lenders To Determine Creditworthiness By Looking At Your ‘Friends’

Earlier this year Facebook announced it would dip its toes into the pool of mobile payments by launching a system that allowed users to send money to friends via the Messenger app. Now it appears the company may take things a bit farther after receiving approval for a patent this week that would allow creditors to determine whether or not someone is worthy of a loan based on their circle of friends on the social networking site. [More]

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Trade Dispute About Dental Devices Could End Up Changing The Future Of The Entire Internet

The entire future of the internet may now depend on some plastic retainers. Specifically, two competing versions of those clear plastic alignment systems adults sometimes get instead of braces. And if that sounds weird — which to be fair, it really is — well, welcome to the strange, utterly pervasive world of IP law in a digital century.

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Apple Wants To Pre-Check Your Spending Power Before Advertising To You

Apple Wants To Pre-Check Your Spending Power Before Advertising To You

Apple products are popular, but they’re not cheap. There’s a certain cachet that goes with them, a projection of status and class. And Apple’s newest patent isn’t for another high-cost, high-popularity product… it’s for tech that will only advertise stuff to you that they think you can afford.

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