What you need to know about the U.S. patent troll controversy
Updated May 29, 2018 12:08:52 The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has approved a new troll, but not for the first time, with an anti-competitive patent being filed against a company that is already on its patent list.
In a decision released Tuesday, the PTO granted a patent on a system that would allow companies to use a company’s name and logo in a web page that is viewed on the web.
It also granted an anti, or non-competitive, patent for a system in which a web site owner would be able to opt in to a “trusted computing environment” that would prevent third parties from accessing their information.
It’s not clear if the system is in use yet.
But if it is, it will likely come at a time when the administration of President Donald Trump has been moving aggressively to fight online patent trolling.
The PTO issued the patent in March, shortly after Trump was inaugurated, in the name of the Patent and Trade Protection Act.
The administration is seeking to make the patent invalid.
The PTO also granted the anti-trademark patent in September.
While the patent granted to Google and Apple, along with several other tech giants, allows for websites to display their content, it is not clear how the system would work.
Google and others have argued that they have an exclusive right to the trademarked name and logos.
The anti-trust law, which was passed in 1976 and is named after the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was intended to give courts more power to intervene in business practices that harm competition.
The law gives courts broad power to order a company to stop using its trademarks or other proprietary rights, and prohibits a company from using its own name or logo.
The courts have had limited success with their efforts.
For example, a California company, the New York Attorney General, filed a lawsuit in February to block Google from trademarking the term “Google,” after a federal judge rejected that attempt.
Google, Apple, Twitter and Facebook have all said they have not been affected by the PTC decision.
The company and other tech firms have said that they are concerned about a lawsuit filed in federal court in California.
The Patent and Trademark Office issued a statement Tuesday saying that it will not review pending applications, but it will issue a final decision on the proposed system in two to three months.