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  1. Marc Maron and Adam Carolla Fill Us in on the Current State of the Podcasts vs. Patent Trolls Fight

    Spoiler alert: Patent trolls are still the worst.

    Today's episode of WTF with Marc Maron features the great Billy Connolly, but before that part of the show Maron sat down with fellow podcaster Adam Carolla to discuss the current state of his fight against the patent trolls currently targeting podcasters. Hear how it's going and learn what you can do to help.

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  2. White House Takes on Patent Trolls, Promises Reform of Patent System

    Patent trolls are the worst, so the White House is finally doing something about them.

    The United States patent system is broken. Instead of its intended purpose of protecting inventors from having their ideas stolen, it's been turned into something used to stifle innovation. Today the White House announced a plan to reform the patent system, and to stop so-called Patent Trolls.

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  3. The SHIELD Act Isn’t Related to Comics, Though It’s Still Pretty Important

    When we heard there was a SHIELD Act working its way through Congress right now, we only had one thing in mind, but it turns out that the SHIELD in question doesn't stand for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. It stands for Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes, and it's looking to keep America safe from patent trolls by making them cover the legal fees for their frivolous lawsuits if they lose. It could be the only thing standing between podcasts and certain doom, so I guess it's still a little bit like Nick Fury.

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  4. Patently Ridiculous: Obama Calls Out Patent Trolls in Fireside Hangout

    Patent trolls are the worst, and that's coming straight from the top. President Obama on Thursday answered a question about patent trolls during his Google+ Fireside Hangout, and he didn't have anything nice to say about them. The President didn't exactly call trolls "the worst," but his comments were not far off.

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  5. Knock it Off: Patent Trolls Now Targeting Podcasters

    Patent trolls have been a problem in the tech industry for years, but now they're branching out and trying to ruin more things. A company called Personal Audio is waving around an incredibly vague patent that it claims virtually every podcast on the Internet is violating. They've already gone after some big names in podcasting like Adam Corolla, and they pose a serious threat to the medium.

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  6. Troll Claims Every Single Touch-Based Apple Device Infringes On Its Patent

    Patent trolls have something of a reputation for overreaching when it comes to the lawsuits they file. In just the past few months, for instance, trolls have claimed they have patents on microtransactions in gaming, buttons that type smiley faces, tweeting in public, and Wi-Fi in general. If none of that sounds outlandish enough for you, you might be interested in a new suit being filed against Apple by a company called FlatWorld Interactives. What are they staking claim to? Not much, just the touch technology behind every single Apple device that has ever had a touch pad.

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  7. Troll Claims To Hold Patent On Tweet Seats, Tweeting In Public by Extension

    Recently the fad of "tweet seats" -- seats in theaters where patrons are allowed, even encouraged, to tweet -- has been becoming more and more embraced, even making its way to Broadway. If that sounds like a stupid idea to you, you might be pleased to hear there is a roadblock to further adoption. You shouldn't be happy to hear that it involves patent trolling, however. Patent trolling of the most frivolous variety.

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  8. Samsung, RIM Sued Because There’s A Patent For Buttons That Write “:)”

    Patents are aimed to protect innovators and make sure they get their due. When you invent something, a non-obvious something, you patent it and these wonderful laws will make sure that, for a limited time at least, you alone reap the benefits of your genius. After all, it was your idea. It's all great in theory, but patent trolls have been turning it on its head for a while, and the ever increasing amount of things that can be patented isn't helping. Someone patented menus and buttons that assist users in writing emoticons, for instance, and RIM and Samsung are being sued over it.

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  9. Patent Troll Aims To End Micro-Transactions In Gaming

    Micro-transactions aren't particularly new or novel. Every since FarmVille exploded, the concept of buying in-game materials in order to speed things up, making things prettier, or make things easier has been pretty widely adopted. It may, in fact, be the future of gaming, what with free-to-play games proving to a rather persistent trend. Considering that everybody is using micro-transactions and everything seems to be working out just fine, it can be that someone has a patent on them, can it? It can.

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  10. How Patent Wars Are Stifling Innovation [Infographic]

    We all know that patent trolling is a pretty annoying and increasingly serious problem because they waste money that could be used to fund innovation, but what does that really mean? This infographic from MBA Online explains the depth of the situation pretty well. In recent business acquisitions, companies have found themselves paying hundreds of thousands of dollars per patent that comes along with the purchased company. If that's not enough, your average smartphone can require upwards of 200,000 patents. Really? Does your smartphone really do 200,000, unique, creative, patent-worthy things? Even considering internal processes? Probably not, although it would be pretty sweet if it did.

    Full infographic after the jump.

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