Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility will face a new trial against patent-licensing firm Intellectual Ventures over mobile-device technology after a jury said it couldn’t agree on a verdict following two days of deliberations.
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Intellectual Ventures Inc., the company started by former Microsoft Corp. chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold, wants to shift its image from patent troll to innovation facilitator, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported.
While Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates these days is more often seen engaged in philanthropic activities through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he still dons his inventor cap from time to time.
Patents rarely make headlines, but they did this month when Nortel Networks Corp., the defunct Canadian telecommunications giant, auctioned off its patent portfolio and drew an astonishing winning bid of $4.5 billion from a group of companies that includes both Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
Intellectual Ventures, the so-called “invention company” begun by former Microsoft Corp. chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold, has set up an in-house lobbying team in Washington, according to the Washington Post.
As we lurch from one high-stakes political drama to another, it is natural to wonder why societies aren’t better at avoiding self-inflicted crises. Here in the U.S. earlier this month, the government barely dodged default, even though economists reached consensus months ago on when the debt limit would need to be raised.
One reason “dismal science” aptly describes economics is that it so often winds up in a zero-sum trade-off of diminishing returns. That gets depressing when the global economy is in a sorry state, as it is now.