What is a ‘patent’ and how does it apply to my company?
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Google is no stranger to patent issues.
In 2012, the company was fined $4.3bn for patent infringement, including for patents that cover the design of some of its most popular products.
It also lost the case against Apple over its mobile operating system.
But what is a patent?
And why do some patent holders want to use patents to gain control of a business?
Here are some of the key terms.
What is a Patent?
What is ‘patenting’?
Patents are patents, usually issued by a body known as a ‘Patent Office’.
Unlike most other forms of intellectual property, patents do not expire.
They are usually granted in perpetuity and can last decades.
The ‘patents’ that are granted do not cover everything that a company might have developed.
For example, a company may develop an ‘internet protocol’ or ‘internet browser’ or even a ‘device’ and then apply for a patent covering it.
Patents also cover ‘business applications’ or technologies that are developed for specific purposes and are then used to develop and market products or services.
While a patent is valid for life, there are some limitations that apply.
A patent must be clearly defined and must describe the inventions involved.
It must also describe how they are being used.
The patent office then decides whether the invention is ‘intended’ or not.
The Patent Office also assesses whether the inventor has a valid claim against the patent holder.
There are many different patents and different patents can cover different areas of technology.
For the most part, patent applications cover technologies used in telecommunications, electronics and consumer electronics, among other areas.
But patents covering other areas of industry, such as manufacturing, could also be issued.
This could be for specific products, services or inventions.
For example, Google’s patents cover the creation of a search engine and the use of search engines to improve customer service and customer support, among many other things.
In some cases, Google has even patented a method of making a ‘smartphone’.
Google has also applied for several patents covering ‘internet communication’, including patents for a ‘universal service protocol’ (USSP), a ‘multimedia messaging protocol’ and a ‘cloud computing protocol’ for ‘cloud-based computing’.
Google’s USSP and the EUSP have been granted in the past.
In 2010, Google applied for the patent covering ‘network protocols’, the first such application of its kind to be granted.
While it is not clear whether these patents apply to Google’s Android smartphone operating system, the Android smartphone is one of the most popular Android phones on the market.
In April 2013, Android was acquired by Microsoft, and in January 2015 Google filed a lawsuit against Microsoft.
Microsoft sued Google for trademark infringement, and lost the suit.
However, in April 2017, a federal judge granted Microsoft’s motion to dismiss Microsoft’s patent infringement case.
Google was also sued in January 2017 by Samsung, alleging that Google copied Android in the design and branding of some products.
In December 2016, Samsung filed a counterclaim, which Google’s lawyers said had no merit.
Google had previously won a patent in that case.
In June 2017, Google filed another lawsuit against Samsung, which alleged that Samsung copied Google’s search engine, including the search results displayed on Google’s home page.
This time, Google alleged that Google’s “personalised search engine” was the source of Samsung’s Android OS.
Google also filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in January 2018 alleging that Samsung infringed two patents on “data storage”, and also sought a preliminary injunction against Samsung.
The case is still ongoing.
In 2018, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a report which suggested that Apple’s iPhone was the ‘most patent-infringing smartphone of all time’.
This was despite the fact that Apple was awarded more than $7bn in patent infringement damages by the US courts.
This was because Apple’s ‘patented’ iOS operating system infringed on several patents, including one covering ‘device design’.
Apple’s iPhone is currently one of Google’s biggest profits.
However the patent disputes between Google and Apple are not new.
In 2006, Google sued Apple for patent infringements relating to the use and design of Apple’s Mac computer operating system called OS X. Google later lost that case, but lost another in the UK court in 2010.
Apple’s Apple Pay is now one of Apple Apple’s most successful products.
The mobile payments system has been adopted by nearly a third of all US consumers.
Google is also the largest recipient of patent infringement awards in the world.
In 2016, Google was awarded $1.35bn in US patent infringement lawsuits, with $6bn in UK patent infringement suits.
However Google has been awarded just $3.4bn in patents in the United States, and the rest in Britain.
The patents Google is claiming to have infringed have been around for some time.
In the early 1990s, Google introduced its
Google is no stranger to patent issues.In 2012, the company was fined $4.3bn for patent infringement, including for patents that…