Intellectual Property

Samsung Becomes Top Smartphone Maker By Copying Our Products: Apple

Apple has criticized Samsung's recent success as the world's number one smartphone maker by saying that the South Korean tech giant got to the top spot by copying the Cupertino-based company's products. This comes at a time when both Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop roughly half the number of charges against each other, ahead of a court-moderated settlement talk in San Francisco to ensure that a trial can be heard as early as this summer.

Apple Files Complaint Over Domain: Will It Name Next iPhone 'iPhone 5'?

How will the next Apple iPhone be named - New iPhone, iPhone 6 or iPhone 5? Nobody has enough clues to bet on any of them, until Apple makes an official announcement. But a recent complaint the Cupertino tech giant filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hints that the company could be interested in the name iPhone 5.

Microsoft And Facebook Strike $550 Million Deal Over AOL Patents

Microsoft and Facebook announced a definitive agreement on Monday, under which Microsoft will assign to Facebook the right to purchase a portion of the patent portfolio it recently agreed to acquire from AOL Inc.Facebook has agreed to purchase this portion for $550 million in cash.

Netflix's New Political Actions Committee: FLIXPAC

Earlier this week, the online streaming media company, Netflix, filed a statement with the federal government to create it's very own political action committee: FLIXPAC. The new PAC will allow Netflix to directly contribute to federal campaigns, thus boosting the media company's Washington profile. More specifically, A PAC can give $5,000 to a candidate per election (primary, general or special) and up to $15,000 annually to a national political party.

RIM Shares Jump 7% On Takeover, Recovery Plays

Friday's surge may have been a reaction to RIM's new CEO, Thorsten Heins, who said he's conducting a strategic review of the company, indicating a sale of some or all of its assets is possible.

Apple Tim Cook China Visit Seen as Ending Foxconn Controversy?

Apple is facing increasingly more criticism regarding poor working conditions at its supplier Foxconn's Chinese factories. In an effort to improve working conditions, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Foxconn Technology Group's new manufacturing facility for the iPhone in Zhengzhou, China.

Google Proposes Android Revenue for Oracle: Filing

Google proposed to pay Oracle a percentage of Android revenue if Oracle could prove patent infringement of the mobile operating technology at an upcoming trial, but Oracle rebuffed the offer as too low, according to a court filing late on Tuesday.

Apple CEO Visits Foxconn's iPhone Plant in China

Apple Inc's Tim Cook, on his first trip to China as the chief executive officer, has visited an iPhone production plant run by the Foxconn Technology Group, which is being accused of improper labor practices.

AOL Shares Gain After Patent Auction Moves

Shares of AOL (NYSE: AOL), the seventh most-visited website, have gained nearly 7 percent this week after the company said a patent sale is an option to increase shareholder value.

House Republicans Push Info-Sharing Cyber Bill

U.S. companies and the federal government would be able to share information about cybersecurity threats more easily under a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Supreme Court Health Care Case: The Attorneys Behind The Arguments

The Affordable Care Act arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week will pit two of Washington's seasoned legal minds against each other in a bout akin to Ali vs. Frazier for the legal set. Here's a look at the lawyers who will lead the historic arguments on the constitutionality of the health care measure.