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June 22, 2015 Rulings in the term's biggest cases, Obamacare and same-sex marriage, are still outstanding.
A Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google is launching a two-week-long patent marketplace next month, where sellers can name their own price.
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April 27, 2015 Google will allow patent holders to "tell Google about patents they're willing to sell at a price they set." Tech firms have been targeted by "trolls" who own patents and charge them licensing fees.
May 1, 2014 A fight over patents is unfolding between Apple and Samsung in a California courtroom. But a case before the Supreme Court could change the concept of intellectual property in information technology.
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November 26, 2013 Online retailer Newegg has lost a patent case centering on Web encryption, as a Texas jury orders the company to pay damages to the company TQP Development. Newegg says it will appeal the verdict, which came despite several encryption experts' testimony on its behalf.
Vernon Hugh Bowman, who took his case to the Supreme Court, lives outside the small town of Sandborn, Ind.
May 13, 2013 An Indiana farmer bought soybeans that he knew likely included some with genetic modifications developed by Monsanto. The agribusiness giant sued because it controls the patent on such soybeans. The Supreme Court says the farmer infringed on Monsanto's legal rights.
Artist's representation of DNA.
April 15, 2013 Same-sex marriage got huge headlines at the Supreme Court last month, but in the world of science and medicine, the case being argued on Monday is far more important. The lawsuit deals with a truly 21st century issue that in some cases can pit drugmakers against patients.
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A Novartis office in Mumbai, India.
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April 1, 2013 Novartis lost its bid to patent one of its cancer drugs. Indian authorities say the drug is too much like an earlier version. Novartis says the ruling may dampen drug companies' willingness to work in India. Others say the ruling will help make less expensive drugs available to the world's poor.
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October 23, 2012 On today's show, we talk with a Stanford law professor about the problems with software patents — and how to fix the system.
September 12, 2012 A lawsuit over $98 Lululemon yoga pants feels sort of ridiculous its face. But the case is actually a big deal.
These Nokia phones unveiled earlier this month are the first smartphones built for Windows 8.
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September 10, 2012 Industrial designers are conflicted over the impact a jury's decision that Samsung infringed on many of Apple's mobile phone patents. Some say it might cramp creativity. Others say it will free them from having to make designs that look just like Apple's.
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Eugene Gagliardi, inventor of Steak-Umm
August 31, 2012 Hanging out with meat inventors, cutting up chickens, and thinking about patents and innovation.
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August 30, 2012 A meat inventor demonstrates U.S. patent 5,346,711. Invented in a converted garage, now available at a Popeye's near you.
Banners advertising Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III and Apple's iPhone 4S are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea.
August 25, 2012 The legal win over Samsung, and the more than $1 billion in damages awarded, could send rival phone makers scrambling to make their products less "Apple-like."
August 24, 2012 Eugene Gagliardi also invented KFC's popcorn chicken. And he's got some ideas about drumsticks.
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A 15th-century depiction of the ouroboros, a serpent devouring itself.
August 2, 2012 IBM and Halliburton may be trying to do an end-run around patent litigation — by patenting it.
July 31, 2012 This week's Apple-Samsung case is just the latest battle in a global war over high-tech patents. Judges, it seems, are getting fed up.
This is not a Vegas Strip Steak.
May 22, 2012 Meat researchers say they've discovered a new steak. "It's an un-obvious chunk of meat that has been sitting there — a little diamond surrounded by a bunch of coal."
Russell E Oakes, an amateur American inventor wearing his problem solving inventions.
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April 23, 2012 Eric Von Hippel of MIT explains why so many Americans are inventing new products at home, even though the odds of commercial success are stacked against them.
April 18, 2012 "Most of us who are in this business got into it to make stuff, not to own patents or be in patent litigation."
Whose like is it anyway?
March 13, 2012 Yahoo says it patented on the whole idea of Facebook. In polls, most software engineers say the patent system actually hinders innovation.
September 12, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the influence of the Tea Party, and Simon Schama explains what makes a successful memorial. In the second hour, a bill that would speed the process of patenting ideas, and the changing portrayal of men on television.
August 2, 2011 Patents are supposed to promote innovation. But in the world of software and the Internet, they're having precisely the opposite effect.
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July 22, 2011 Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a billionaire physicist, a 40-pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.
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May 4, 2010 A while back, CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo trademarked her nickname: "Money Honey." There was talk of an educational show for kids, maybe a Web site. But she apparently lost interest in using the name, and she let the trademark lapse. Sensing the...
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