Supreme Court says companies can’t use patent law to sue resellers

The Supreme Court has ruled that patent holders can’t sue people for reselling or refurbishing a product that’s based on those patents. Today, it passed down a decision in Impression Products v. Lexmark International, declaring that printer company Lexmark can’t sue companies selling refilled toner cartridges for patent infringement. This reverses a two-part federal court ruling from 2016, affirming that patent law doesn’t justify eroding ownership rights.

Lexmark International, like many companies that sell printers, makes a lot of its money from customers buying a steady stream of toner cartridges after their initial purchase. But “remanufacturing” companies like Impression Products can take exhausted cartridges, refill them, and…

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Apple Founder Says Tesla, Not Apple, Will Create The Next Breakthrough Technology

Apple’s Other Steve

Experts in tech and tech enthusiasts alike know that there wasn’t just one “Steve” behind Apple. While Steve Jobs was the popular (and disruptive) face of the company, Steve Wozniak was the genius behind Apple’s earliest technology — most notably, the original Macintosh that was the key to Apple’s initial successes.

No stranger to innovation himself, Wozniak has made some startling assertions recently, stating that he thinks that the next big thing in tech won’t be coming from the company he co-founded—and in which he still owns a sizable amount of stock. In a recent interview with Bloomberg Canada,

Wozniak is betting that Tesla, and its CEO Elon Musk, will be the source of the next, great innovation.

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“I think Tesla is on the best direction right now. They’ve put an awful lot of effort into very risky things,” Wozniak said. “They started with a car—the Tesla Model S—that made little sense in engineering terms in how much you have to build for what price and what the market will be.”

It’s precisely that kind of attitude that won Woz’s admiration. “I’m going to bet on Tesla,” he added.

Not From Big Business

Back in the day, Jobs and Wozniak didn’t always see eye to eye, but it’s not this largely unspoken conflict that made Woz bet on Tesla. More than anything, it’s the bit of Apple that Woz sees in Tesla now. “Look at the companies like Google and Facebook and Apple and Microsoft that changed the world—and Tesla included. They usually came from young people. They didn’t spring out of big businesses,” he said.

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For the most part, it’s also because Tesla started with a product that Musk liked very much. Again, this is another parallel with how Apple started from a project Woz was building as a hobby. “It was really built for Elon’s own life. What car would he like? And when things come from yourself, knowing what you’d like very much and being in control of it… .that’s when you get the best products,” he explained.

Tesla and Musk have gone a long way from that first electric car. For one, Woz admires Musk’s latest boring project. Apple, on the other hand, seems to be suffering from a lack of innovative spark. This has led some to argue that Apple and Tesla might work better by combining their resources together — Apple’s money and Tesla’s innovation. However, Musk has already cast doubt on the proposal. Alas.

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Intel says its upcoming 8th generation Core processors will have 30% better performance

The insane 18-core i9 processors in the new Core X series are not everything that Intel has revealed today. The company has also outed an important detail about its upcoming 8th generation Core CPUs for the mainstream. These will become available in the second half of this year, as successors to the currently selling 7th generation Core SKUs. Intel says the next generation chips will perform up to 30% better than the ones out today, at least in some circumstances and for some use cases. The company has seen such a boost in SYSmark 2014 version 1.5, and the quoted improvement applies…

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