Big Blue’s aggressive patent practices have reared their ugly head once against last week.
The first patents appeared in fifteen-century Venice, but the concept of intellectual property dates back much further than that to the very dawn of modern civilization. And its origins may surprise you.
Today’s infographic, the first in a series that will run every weekend to supplement this blog’s main coverage, looks at the cost of intellectual proprietary abuse for the tech industry and innovation as a whole. The data speaks for itself.
South Korea’s patent hoarding arm is stocking up on IP in anticipation of the coming wearables boom. And that’s bad news for manufacturers, along with any consumer expecting even a semblance of privacy from their smart glasses.