Patents exist to protect inventors, so they can profit by what they have come up with, whether it is useful or a bit bizarre. But patents are also a valuable commodity, bought and sold by corporations, and used as a weapon.
How closely are you following the world of tech patent litigation?
Who applied for a patent to deliver fibre-optic cable to the home using plastic edging strips?
Whose patents do Rockstar want to gobble up?
What does the term FRAND stand for
- Fully Re-negotiable And Not Delegated
- Freely Distributed Across National Divisions
- Fair, Reasonable And Non Discriminatory
- Fair Rates And No Discounts
What is Oracle and Google\'s main patent case over?
- Google Docs allegedly infringes OpenOffice
- Android allegedly infringes Java
- Oracle Enterprise Search allegedly infringes Google search
- Java allegedly infringes on Android
Which film was cited in the Samsung-Apple iPad case?
- Toy Story
- Minority Report
- Blade Runner
TRUE or FALSE? Apple once applied for a patent which would choose music playlists based on the user's facial expression
Samuel Winslow is credited with being the first man in North America to receive a patent. What year did he get it?
Nokia recently applied for a patent on a vibrating...
- Phone charger
- Ski jacket
A patent for an electronic wallet using near field communication (NFC) was granted to which company?
Which company claimed to have a patent on the hyperlink, which would give it royalties on every web page?
When Google bought Motorola's mobile business, roughly how many patents (inlcuding patents pending) did it acquire?
Which of the following has paid Microsoft, over Microsoft's controversial claim that the Linux system infringes its patents?
- Red Hat
IBM is top of the league for US patents. How many did it get awarded in 2011?
Which of these countries has gone against European Union policy by allowing software patents?
- Great Britain
Which company bought patents from RealNetworks in January 2012?