Microsoft Royalty Claims Help Fuel Patent Backlog : NPR

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  1. Purple Pill Patents : NPR

    Patents are crucial to major drug companies. When patents expire, prices and profits fall because generic drug makers are allowed to sell cheap copies. Lately, many drug companies are finding ways to extend their patents. NPR’s Snigdha Prakash reports on the patent wars surrounding the blockbuster heartburn pill, Prilosec.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1141924

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  2. When Patents Attack … Part Two! : Planet Money : NPR

    In 2011, a company called Oasis Research sued more than a dozen tech companies it said were violating its patent for online data backup. Now that the litigation has ended, we get a rare look inside the world of patent lawsuits and find out just how much money was at stake.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/06/07/188370495/when-patents-attack-part-two

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  3. Episode 462: When Patents Hit the Podcast : Planet Money : NPR

    Jim Logan did not create the technology to podcast. He himself is not a modern-day podcaster. But he claims to have the patent on podcasting. On today’s show, he says all the people out there podcasting today, owe him money.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/11/06/243243244/episode-462-when-patents-hit-the-podcast

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  4. What Will Apple’s Patent Case Mean For Phone Design? : All Tech Considered : NPR

    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.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/09/10/160877323/what-will-apple-s-patent-case-mean-for-phone-design

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  5. Gene Ruling Could Have Wide Implications : NPR

    A judge has struck down a company’s patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The ruling has far-reaching implications for the patenting of human genes. If upheld, it could affect the biotechnology industry and genetics-based medical research.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125361332

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  6. Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public : All Tech Considered : NPR

    Radio and print ads launched this week warn of damage wrought by so-called patent trolls. Business groups and software developers say patents are being used as legal weapons in a tactic that costs the economy tens of billions of dollars a year.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/08/30/217272814/taking-the-battle-against-patent-trolls-to-the-public

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