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How Patent Madness Is Killing Innovation and Costing Us Billions

Big creative companies like Apple are taking out patents on everything they can think of -- lest they develop an idea only to discover someone else claimed it first. That may sound sensible on the surface -- but the rules of the patent game are actually doing more harm than good.

Apple Loses Touchscreen Patent Suit Against Samsung -- Again

A Dutch court has again ruled against Apple in a suit against South Korea's Samsung Electronics, saying that Galaxy tablets don't infringe an Apple patent on touchscreen interfaces. The Dutch case is one of many Apple is pursuing against Samsung in their reciprocal patent war.

Verizon Pays TiVo $250.4 Million to Settle Patent Lawsuit

Verizon will pay Tivo at least $250.4 million to settle a patent lawsuit related to its DVR technology. The companies agreed to dismiss all pending litigation, and have inked a licensing deal. The news sent shares of the digital video recording pioneer up more than 7% Monday morning.

Could Samsung Suit Leave U.S. Without iPads and iPhones?

The intellectual property battle between Samsung and Apple has grown a bit more serious: Samsung has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the importation of iPads, iPhones, and iPods into the United States for patent violations. It's not a hollow threat.

RPX's Plan: Make a Fortune by Fixing the Patent Mess

RPX has been in business since just 2008, but it has rapidly built a list of big-name clients attracted to its novel service. It offers tech companies a way to gain access to patents without having to own them outright -- and without having to deal with litigious "patent trolls."

Microsoft Co-Founder Files Big Patent Lawsuit

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen slapped a host of tech titans with a patent infringement lawsuit Friday, alleging that they were utilizing technologies developed by a lab that he had invested in. On his his naughty list: Google, YouTube, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Netflix and AOL, among others.

eBay Hit With $3.8 Billion Patent Lawsuit

eBay got slapped Tuesday with a $3.8 billion patent infringement lawsuit over its payment system technology. XPRT Ventures alleges inthe suit that eBay and its subsidiaries PayPal, Bill Me Later, Shopping.com and StubHub violated six of its patents.

The Supreme Court's Murky Patent Ruling

Can business methods and similar intangible inventions be patented? At what point are inventors seeking to patent mere concepts and principles? Today's Supreme Court ruling didn't really tackle those big questions.