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U.S. Patent Office withdraws refusal of iPad Mini trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn its objections to an application from Apple seeking to trademark the iPad Mini name.

By Apr. 8, 2013

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Microsoft Office for iPad (iOS)

The Office for iPad apps are a great middle ground between desktop and smartphone versions, and are a must-have for frequent Office users.

By Mar. 27, 2014

4.5 stars Editor's rating Mar. 27, 2014

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Microsoft Office for iPad

Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are finally available for iPad, with what Microsoft says is an app built from the ground up for the larger iOS touch screen.

By Mar. 27, 2014

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U.S. patent office to hang a shingle in Silicon Valley

After years of lobbying, the tech hub is about to get a satellite patent office in its back yard.

By Jul. 2, 2012

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Google's former head of patents moves to U.S. Patent Office

Michelle Lee has criticized holes in a system that allows patent trolls to file lawsuits against companies.

By Nov. 16, 2012

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FTC reportedly planning sweeping probe of patent trolls

Agency's investigation will include questions about whether patent assertion entities coordinate their lawsuits, The New York Times reports.

By Jun. 19, 2013

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Patent trolls launched majority of U.S. patent cases in 2012

A new study has found that more than half of last year's patent litigation cases in the U.S. were filed by companies that license patents but don't have another business.

By Apr. 9, 2013

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LG Splendor (U.S. Cellular)

The LG Splendor doesn't have the fastest network connection, but it's an affordable and snappy handset that's loaded with Android 4.0 and a swift CPU.

By Sep. 26, 2012

3.5 stars Editor's rating Sep. 26, 2012

MSRP: $179.99

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LG Optimus F7

Competitively priced, stylish, and sporting great midtier specs, the LG Optimus F7 is an excellent handset for U.S. Cellular customers.

By Jun. 19, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Jun. 19, 2013

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Apple's touch-screen patent upheld by US Patent Office

So-called Steve Jobs patent reaffirmed after the Patent Office invalidated all 20 claims in the patent last December.

By Oct. 17, 2013