U.S. Patent Office http://kunc.org en Book News: Apple Seeks Patent For Digital Book-Signing Technology http://kunc.org/post/book-news-apple-seeks-patent-digital-book-signing-technology <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Although ebooks can be more convenient than their ink-and-paper counterparts, they still have some decided disadvantages: There is no such thing as an old-ebook smell, you can't decorate your apartment with them to make yourself look smarter, and you can't get them signed by the author. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 50107 at http://kunc.org Book News: Apple Seeks Patent For Digital Book-Signing Technology How One Patent Could Take Down One Comedian http://kunc.org/post/how-one-patent-could-take-down-one-comedian The comedian in question is Marc Maron. He does a popular podcast, called WTF, out of his garage in California. It's an interview show, with other comedians and artists. Maron recently found an extraordinary letter in his mailbox. This letter said, basically, that by doing his podcast, out of his garage, he was violating a technology patent. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:03:00 +0000 45325 at http://kunc.org How One Patent Could Take Down One Comedian U.S. Trade Body Rules Apple Violated Samsung Patents http://kunc.org/post/us-trade-body-rules-apple-violated-samsung-patents A U.S. trade agency says Apple infringed on its Asian rival Samsung's patent in its manufacture of some older models of the iPhone and iPad.<p>Bloomberg reports on the order from the U.S. <a href="http://www.usitc.gov/secretary/fed_reg_notices/337/337-794_notice06042013sgl.pdf">International Trade Commission</a>: "It's the first patent ruling against Apple in the U.S. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:13:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 45321 at http://kunc.org U.S. Trade Body Rules Apple Violated Samsung Patents President Obama Wants To Tackle The Patent Problem http://kunc.org/post/president-obama-wants-tackle-patent-problem On this week's <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/496/when-patents-attack-part-two">This American Life</a>, we took a close look at a patent lawsuit involving the online backup company Carbonite. Carbonite was sued for patent infringement by a shell company called Oasis Research. According to Carbonite, Oasis was seeking $20 million in damages.<p>Carbonite and another company sued by Oasis, EMC, fought the lawsuit and eventually won, but other companies sued by Oasis over the same patents weren't so lucky. Many of them settled and paid rather than going to court. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:41:00 +0000 Caitlin Kenney 45302 at http://kunc.org President Obama Wants To Tackle The Patent Problem When Patents Attack ... Part Two! http://kunc.org/post/when-patents-attack-part-two <strong><em>This story from Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR's Laura Sydell aired this weekend on <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/496/when-patents-attackpart-two">This American Life</a>. A shorter version of the piece is also airing today on <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/">All Things Considered</a>. Here's the story. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:34:00 +0000 45284 at http://kunc.org When Patents Attack ... Part Two!