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The Morning Briefing: Patent wars

The Morning Briefing: Patent wars

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about patent battles.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about patent battles.

1.) RIM sinks, but patents, network have value. One way for RIM to stop the downward tailspin: It could sell itself to a competitor or financial firm. But who would step up to buy RIM —and why?

2.) Former Microsoft tech chief accepts animosity. Nathan Myhrvold allows as how he wasn’t the most popular kid in school. But his business of making money from other people’s patents made him particularly unpopular at D: All Things Digital.

3.) Widening secret patents seen as costing inventors' rights. Congress is asking whether sensitive patent applications should be kept under wraps to protect them from economic espionage, a question that implies curbing the ability of inventors to promote their ideas globally.

4.) Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Facebook, social features, and patent wars. Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted at a future collaboration with Facebook, promised more social features for Apple products, and called patent disputes "a pain in the ass" in an on-stage interview at the D10 conference.

5.) Oracle loses (yet) another battle in war on Google. In the waning Java war between Oracle and Google, Oracle has lost another fight. A federal judge has declined to revisit Oracle's claims that Google’s infringed on its patents in building the Android mobile operating system.

Image credit: John Blyberg

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Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure