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  • Intel patent applications published on 18 September 2014

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    18 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    17 US patent applications published on 18 September 2014 and assigned to Intel 1 20140282832 METHOD, APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR PROVIDING APPARATUS SECURITY 2 20140281740 VULNERABILITY ESTIMATION FOR CACHE MEMORY 3 20140281641 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLED RESET SEQUENCES WITHOUT PARALLEL FUSES AND PLL’S 4 20140281610 EXPLOITING PROCESS VARIATION IN A MULTICORE PROCESSOR 5 20140281419 COMBINED FLOATING POINT MULTIPLIER ADDER WITH INTERMEDIATE ROUNDING LOGIC 6 20140281382 MODIFIED EXECUTION USING CONTEXT SENSITIVE AUXILIARY CODE 7 20140281321 REGISTER…
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  • Method, apparatus, and non-transitory computer readable medium for enhancing image contrast

    FreshPatents.com: Image analysis - USPTO Class 382 Patent Applications Update
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The present invention describes enhancing image contrast comprising the following steps: determining a segmentation point according to at least one segmentation threshold and pixel statistical data of a picture, wherein the segmentation point is utilized to divide the pixel statistical data into a first partial statistical data and a second...
  • Copyright in wedding ring design?

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    The Dear Rich Staff
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My wife and I decided to have custom wedding ring made at a national level chain store jeweler three years ago. This past weekend we stopped at the jeweler and saw a custom ring book where my wife saw her ring in that book and she was not happy. What can I do to have the jeweler stop promoting the ring in their custom book? I read about copyright would this be a good idea? Maybe ... but first you need to consider some possible copyright concerns.Did you sign anything? Did you or your wife sign any paperwork at the store? We imagine you probably haven't kept your invoice ... but it's possible…
 
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  • Links 18/9/2014: Windows Copying GNU/Linux, Germany Moves to Security

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux Sorry, Windows 9 Fans, This Is How Multiple Desktops Should Work – Video The Linux platform has always taken pride in this cool feature. Having multiple desktops is a great way to increase the productivity and there are numerous means to implement it. Lots of Linux distributions have this option, which is used in various ways. Germany Seeks The Most Secure IT In The World This will be something to watch no matter how it turns out. Practically, I think it is most likely that Germany will ship a…
  • Web Site ‘Patent Progress’ Now Officially ‘Powered by CCIA’ (FRAND Proponent, Microsoft Front)

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Source: DECLAN MCCULLAGH PHOTOGRAPHY Summary: After talking a job at CCIA, “Patent Progress” and its chief author should be treated as dubious on real patent progress EARLIER this year and last year we warned about a site that calls itself “Patent Progress”. The new (redesigned) “Patent Progress” now states “Powered by CCIA”, which is funny given CCIA‘s track record when it comes to patents. One of my followers in Twitter said: “Funny use of the words “Powered by” – could think of a move accurate phrase, like…
  • Articles About the Death of Software Patents in the United States

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Summary: Recent coverage of software patents and their demise in their country of origin, where even proponents of software patents are giving up THE NEWS has been largely positive when it comes to patents — positive and good in the sense that software patents are dying. Today we give a motivational summary. Jeff John Roberts says that “After a key Supreme Court decision this summer, courts are shredding software patents and trolls”. Yes, he too mentioned the effect on patent trolls, as we highlighted in the previous post. The article speaks for itself and it starts by…
  • The Death of Software Patents is Already Killing Some Major Patent Trolls

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    Summary: VirnetX seems to be the latest victim of the demise of software patents in the United States IT was exceptionally pleasant to see this new article titled “And with them so go the trolls? Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court” (recommended article from UK Progressive). The article correctly states: ‘The Supreme Court’s June ruling on the patentability of software — its first in 33 years — raised as many questions as it answered. One specific software patent went down in flames in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank, but the abstract reasoning of…
  • More Microsoft Layoffs

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Summary: More Microsoft layoffs go ahead as the company is unable to compete Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft (probably using shares rather than real money) is baffling a lot of people and Wired calls it a sign of “desperation”. Something must be terribly wrong if Microsoft claims to be spending billions of dollars on some lousy game while laying off a lot of existing staff. More Microsoft layoffs are now being confirmed, according to Microsoft’s unofficial spokesperson Mary Jo Foley, who wrote: Microsoft will continue with its planned layoffs of 18,000 with job…
 
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  • BREAKING NEWS: Spanish court refers new case to CJEU on private copying levies

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Wait a moment: who should bear the levy system?From enthusiastic and invariably helpful Katfriend Fidel Porcuna (Bird&Bird) comes the news that the Spanish Supreme Court has just referred two questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in the context of an administrative appeal filed by a number of collecting societies (VEGAP, EGEDA and DAMA) and concerning the legitimacy of Spanish system of private copying levies. The two questions referred are:A – Is a copyright levy system, that - taking as a basis the estimation of the…
  • The KatChat (or was it a PatChat?): Christopher Rennie-Smith and Darren Smyth discuss EPO proceedings

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    With apologies for the length of time that it has taken to transcribe his paw-written notes and to fill in the gaps with some creative memory, this Kat offers the following summary of the KatChat that took place on 4 September between the redoubtable Christopher Rennie-Smith (right, now returned from a lengthy tour of duty in the European Patent Office's Boards of Appeal) and our blogging colleague, practising patent attorney and Darren Smyth (EIP). The venue was the congenial office of London-based solicitors Collyer Bristow, whose hospitality was greatly appreciated by all and whose current…
  • AIPPI Congress Report 5: 'A' stands for "Arbitration" and "Aereo"

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    There was so many 'A' things going on on Monday afternoonthe AmeriKat's 45th chai tea latte of the day was adopting its shapeWhile the AmeriKat was ramping up her third day of the AIPPI Congress marathon with an ever-increasing influx of caffeine into her veins with back-to-back meetings from contacts around the world, her colleague Lorraine Neale was herself having a marathon afternoon in the Land of 'A' - arbitration and Aereo.  Lorraine brings you the details:"Following a busy morning meeting old work colleagues and exploring interesting collaborative opportunities with new ones, this…
  • Puss In (Infringed?) Boots

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    On September 8, Judge Wright from the Central District of California dismissed Plaintiff Deckers Outdoor Corporation’s trade-dress infringement claim against retailer J.C. Penney over the sale of allegedly infringing boots, but allowed the patent infringement claim to proceed. The case is Deckers Outdoor Corporation v. J.C. Penney, No. 2:14-cv-02565.Plaintiff Deckers Outdoor Corporation makes and distributes the UGG® boots, which had their fashion moment in the early 21stcentury. As stated in the amended complaint, “UGG® sheepskin boots have become a high fashion luxury item and can be…
  • AIPPI Congress Report 4: Should Europe embrace a patent linkage system?

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    The site of this year's Pharma Day -reminding the audience that, yes, youare in CanadaWithout the slightest hint of pharma fatigue, the AmeriKat continued her Pharma Day in the SPC session.  Sadly, however, she had to leap off like the bounding feline beast of prey that she is for a meeting (::snort:: IP joke!).  But not to fear, the AmeriKat's ever-eloquent colleague, Eibhlin Vardy was in attendance and reports on what was a lively discussion on the topic of "Early Resolution Mechanisms for Patent Disputes Regarding Approved Drug Products" with Larry Welch of Eli Lilly (US)…
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    Patent Baristas

  • Proposed IP Matter Management Invention Disclosure Scheme

    Stephen Jenei
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I recently received a note form an in-house counsel asking for feedback on a proposed standard for invention disclosures.  This is an offshoot of LEDES (www.ledes.org) by representatives from universities, law firms, companies, and software vendors. The intent is to provide an open standard for transferring invention data, typically from inventors to their patent attorneys. The LEDES Intellectual Property Matter Management (IPMM) subcommittee has presented to the LOC membership a working draft of an invention disclosure schema standard and now seeks public feedback.  The IPMM subcommittee…
  • Grapefruit Juice and Gunpowder:  Practicing Under The New USPTO Guidance

    Stephen Jenei
    19 May 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Last chance to register for a free webinar is available on the new US Patent & Trademark Office Guidelines. When:                 This Wednesday, May 21st from 1pm – 2pm EDT. Presented by:   Dr. Anthony Sabatelli, Partner at Dilworth IP.  On March 4th the US Patent and Trademark Office issued guidelines to its examining corps for assessing patent eligible subject matter under 35 USC §101. The guidelines were issued in light of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Myriad, Prometheus, and related cases. See, “Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims…
  • USPTO Proposed Rules for Transparency of Patent Ownership

    Stephen Jenei
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    In January 2014, the USPTO published proposed rules to increase the transparency of patent ownership information for patent applications and issued patents, which the USPTO termed “attributable ownership proposed rules” as a shorthand title. You can review our attributable ownership proposed rules here. The proposed changes to the rules of practice will require that the attributable owner, including the ultimate parent entity, be identified during the pendency of a patent application and at specified times during the life of a patent, and seeking written comments on the proposed…
  • Licensing Executives Society International Conference: Make the World Better through Licensing

    Stephen Jenei
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Licensing Executives Society International will hold its 2014 annual conference in Moscow, Russia. Session The main program will be 18-21 May 2014. Conference Program The conference program will include 6 General sessions and 23 workshops with many outstanding speakers including WIPO director general Gurry and Chief Judge Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit. Both Russian and International experts will cover various IP and related issues like: BRICS & CIS countries as Emerging Markets International Access to Technologies Business & Legal Aspects of IP IP in…
  • Paper: An Examination of the Economics of the U.S. Patent System

    Stephen Jenei
    14 Feb 2014 | 6:23 pm
    The Consequences of Pending Legislation and Proposed Alternatives The Patent Act of 1790 granted patents to “he, she, or they” at a cost that even a pauper could afford.  At a time when women and blacks could not own property, both could own patents… and both did.  In 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman patentee for her invention related to weaving straw hats.  In 1821, Thomas L. Jennings became the first black patentee by inventing a method of dry scouring clothes.  During the 1800’s, some 3,300 women invented and patented 4,196 inventions and many made their full living by…
 
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  • PTAB Update -- A Review of the First Round of Comments (Part 1)

    Patent Docs
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    By Andrew Williams -- The USPTO has been seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. A Federal Register Notice from June 27, 2014 contained the "Request for Comments on Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board" (79 Fed. Reg. 36474). In it, the USPTO outlined 17 issues, or questions, for which the Office is most interested in receiving public comments. The original deadline for submission was September 16, 2014, the two-year anniversary of the PTAB, but the period was extended this week until…
  • USPTO Expected to Issue Revised Myriad-Mayo Guidance in October

    Patent Docs
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    By Donald Zuhn -- During a session at today's biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provided an update on the status of the Myriad-Mayo Guidance. The BCP session on the Guidance, coming at the end of the Office's first Bicoastal BCP (BCBCP) event, included presentations and comments from June Cohan, Legal Advisor with the USPTO's Office of Patent Legal Administration; and Suzannah K. Sundby of Canady & Lortz LLP at the USPTO's Alexandria, VA campus; and from Jeffery Tung, Patent Counsel, Isis Pharmaceuticals; Paul…
  • FDA Announces "Purple Book"

    Patent Docs
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    By Paul Tully -- The new phone book is here? No, but close. The Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") announced on Friday that it has published its first listing of approved biologic drugs. The list will be supplemented with approved biosimilar alternatives to the biologic drugs, termed the "List of Licensed Biological Products with Reference Product Exclusivity and Biosimilarity or Interchangeability Evaluations." Inevitably given a "color" designation (following the tradition of the "Orange Book" of approved small molecule drugs), the new listing of biologics is colloquially called the…
  • PTAB Decides Inter Partes Review of Patent at Issue in Ariosa v. Sequenom

    Patent Docs
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- On September 2nd, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) entered judgment in an inter partes review styled Ariosa Diagnostics v. Isis Innovation Ltd. (IPR 2012-00022). The Board found that Ariosa demonstrated, by a preponderance of the evidence of record, that claims 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 19, 20, 24, and 25 of U.S. Patent No. 6,258,540 are unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b). But the Board found that Ariosa did not carry its burden of showing by a preponderance of the evidence that claims 3, 12, 13, 15, 18, 21, and 22 of the...
  • USPTO Extends Deadline for Comments to Help Improve PTAB Proceedings

    Patent Docs
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    By Andrew Williams -- If you were planning on letting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office know how you feel about the use of the "Broadest Reasonable Interpretation" standard for claim construction during PTAB trials or the near impossibility of amending claims in IPRs, you have an additional month. As we have previously reported, the USPTO is seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. This request can be found in a Federal Register Notice from June 27, 2014, entitled "Request for Comments on Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents…
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  • Bits and Bytes from Dennis Crouch

    Dennis Crouch
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Slashdot on patents House passes bill to extend law school patent law program Dr. Zuhn: PTO’s revised guidance on Myriad/Mayo expected to be much less aggressive.  New guidance expected in October.  Richard Loyd: The AIA is 3 today and there’s only one winner ManagingIP on Licensing during Bankruptcy Proceedings (Int’l Perspective) Recent Job Postings: Patent Litigation/Post-Grant Proceedings Associate – Law Firm – Alexandria, Va. Patent Attorney – Law Firm – Seattle, Wash. IP Associate Attorney – Law Firm – Reston, Va. or Suburban…
  • Design Patents §103 – Obvious to Whom and As Compared to What?

    Dennis Crouch
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Guest Post by Paul Morgan This is an increasing important and not fully resolved legal issue which should logically be addressed in the pending Fed. Cir. appeal of the nearly $1 billion infringement damages award in Apple v. Samsung, re the Apple design patents held infringed.   That award seems to have inspired increased design patent assertions and design application filings.  In that case Judge Koh had even called the application of the Supreme Courts controlling KSR decision on §103 an “open question” as to design patents!  Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.,…
  • Survey on Fields-of-Study for Patent Practice

    Dennis Crouch
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Stephen Mason and Austin Talley are conducting a survey of patent practitioners when the focus on: What technical subjects should undergraduate degree candidates considering patent law study? Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LY97GJY. I’ll post a link to the results once they are released.  
  • Important Damages Opinion: VirnetX v. Cisco and Apple

    Jason Rantanen
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    By Jason Rantanen VirnetX, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)  Virnetx v Cisco Panel: Prost (author) and Chen Plaintiffs VirnetX and Science Applications International Corporation obtained a successful verdict against Apple based on infringement by its Facetime and VPN On Demand products.  The two accused products are programs that run on Apple’s iOS platforms (e.g.: iPhones, iPads, iMacs, MacBooks, etc.).  FaceTime is a videoconferencing platform (similar to Skype) and VPN On Demand is a feature that allows iOS users to establish secure virtual private networks.  The…
  • Is VPN Software Patent Eligible?

    Dennis Crouch
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    VirnetX v. Cisco and Apple (Fed. Cir. 2014) An E.D. Texas jury sided with the patentee VirnetX — finding that the four asserted patents are not-invalid and that Apple’s VPN-On-Demand and FaceTime products infringe.  The jury then awarded $350 million in damages.  On appeal, Apple presented a number of winning arguments that, in the end, result in only a partial victory because some of the claims remain valid and infringed.  After altering claim construction of the term “secure communication link”, the jury will re-determine whether FaceTime infringes and…
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    The Invent Blog

  • Free/Low Cost IP Statute Supplements

    stevenipper
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    It used to be that almost every intellectual property attorney would personally have a printed copy of all of the U.S. patent, trademark and copyright statutes sitting on their desk. Every year, a new edition would be bought to replace the old edition… These compilations are not inexpensive. For instance, a softbound copy of “Federal Intellectual Property Laws and Regulations, 2014 ed.” by Thomson West will set you back $269. Then came the Internet, and the ability to access electronic copies of the statutes online. Many practitioners opted to stop purchasing printed copies…
  • The use of “characterized in that” in claims filed in the United States

    stevenipper
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    PCT Rule 6.3(b) states that: Whenever appropriate, claims shall contain: (i) a statement indicating those technical features of the invention which are necessary for the definition of the claimed subject matter but which, in combination, are part of the prior art, [and] (ii) a characterizing portion-preceded by the words “characterized in that,” “characterized by,” “wherein the improvement comprises,” or any other words to the same effect-stating concisely the technical features which, in combination with the features stated under (i), it is desired to…
  • Upcoming USPTO Webinar: “Patent Litigation Tool Kit”

    stevenipper
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    The USPTO has announced a new webinar entitled the “PATENT LITIGATION ONLINE TOOL KIT”: Main street business owners and consumers have received letters accusing them of using a patented invention, along with demands for money to settle the dispute. The USPTO will be hosting a webinar discussing the Patent Litigation Online Tool Kit (please see the attached flyer). The litigation tool kit answers common questions about patent litigation such as: What are my options for responding to the suit? How can I tell whether or not I’m infringing? How do I find a lawyer? How can I…
  • Patent Application Paragraph Numbering in Microsoft Word

    stevenipper
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Rule 1.52(b)(6) provides: Other than in a reissue application or reexamination proceeding, the paragraphs of the specification, other than in the claims or abstract, may be numbered at the time the application is filed, and should be individually and consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals, so as to unambiguously identify each paragraph. The number should consist of at least four numerals enclosed in square brackets, including leading zeros (e.g., [0001])…. Paragraphs can easily be numbered using such a format via Microsoft Word. Here are the steps: Highlight all paragraphs that…
  • Does Idaho need a Patent and Trademark Resource Center?

    stevenipper
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Did you know that there are currently three (3) U.S. states which do not have a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) (f/k/a Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDL)). The states: Idaho, New Mexico, and Oregon. That list may soon change. Per an email I received today: Albertsons Library at Boise State University is investigating the idea of becoming a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) and we’d like your help in exploring our options. A PTRC is a library which has made commitments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to provide public…
 
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  • Unobtrusive Manner

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    invigorated standard of indefiniteness inaugurated by the Supreme Court in Nautilus v. Biosig. In an unobtrusive manner, the appeals court affirmed invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 112(b), based upon claiming "an unobtrusive manner." Interval Licensing v. AOL et al (CAFC 2013-1282 etc) precedential; Judges Taranto, Chen A patent must "conclude with one or more claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as [the] invention." 35 U.S.C. § 112,¶ 2 (2006).5 A claim fails to satisfy this statutory requirement and is thus invalid for…
  • Abstraction Transaction

    7 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    In buySAFE v. Google (CAFC 2013-1575), a CAFC panel furthers the Supreme Court rulings of Bilski and Alice in finding that software which effects "a contractual relationship" or "commercial transactions" are not patent-eligible subject matter.
  • Not Bingo

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    Planet Bingo got patents for a computer managing a game of bingo, starting with parent 6,398,646. It assertion against VKGS lasted only until summary judgment, where all claims were found patent ineligible under § 101. Like Alice and Bilski, there is no bingo no more for patents claiming to "organize human activity." The courts consider that too abstract. Speaking of abstraction, try this on for gibberish: "Abstract ideas may still be patent-eligible if they contain an "'inventive concept' sufficient to 'transform' the claimed abstract idea into a patent-eligible application."" Sounds like…
  • Inequitable Conduct

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:38 pm
    The district court and CAFC found Dr. Bernard Charles Sherman, founder and chairman of Apotex, guilty of inequitable conduct in his patenting of an antihypertensive claimed in 6,767,556. "Dr. Sherman breached his duty of candor, good faith, and honesty before the PTO." Typical CEO behavior, especially in the big leagues. But then, Dr. Sherman was just another crooked player in a very crooked game. Abusing the law is bread-and-butter business for Federal judges, particularly when patents are asserted by small fry against corporate giants.
  • Collaborative Filtering

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    I/P engine sued Google, Target, and Gannett (a media conglomerate) over 6,314,420 & continuation 6,775,664. Judge and jury at district court found the patents infringed, and neither anticipated nor obvious. As these were major U.S. corporations, there was no way that those decisions would be upheld on appeal. Sure enough. The CAFC panel majority agreed with Google that "as a matter of law [the claimed invention] simply combines content-based and collaborative filtering, two information filtering methods that were well-known in the art." To rub it in the noses of unreasonable citizens who…
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  • Copyright in wedding ring design?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My wife and I decided to have custom wedding ring made at a national level chain store jeweler three years ago. This past weekend we stopped at the jeweler and saw a custom ring book where my wife saw her ring in that book and she was not happy. What can I do to have the jeweler stop promoting the ring in their custom book? I read about copyright would this be a good idea? Maybe ... but first you need to consider some possible copyright concerns.Did you sign anything? Did you or your wife sign any paperwork at the store? We imagine you probably haven't kept your invoice ... but it's possible…
  • #publicdomain?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear, Rich: I’m trying to properly attribute public domain images in a course pack I’m writing and I’m confused about public domain tags. If a work has entered the public domain without being directly dedicated to the public domain by the owner, there are nearly 100 tags listed under US copyright to indicate exactly why it is in the public domain (i.e. the copyright expired). Some images I’ve come across ask you to use these tags, while others don’t; meanwhile in Canada, there are only four different tags. My question is, do I need to use these tags to explain why it’s in the…
  • British Site Stole My Fan Site Trademark

    The Dear Rich Staff
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I am the owner of a domain name which I registered in 2001. My wife and I used the name and website to create a large online community and forum consisting of fans of a well known classic rock band. The community at its height had over 8000 members, and was well known among online fans of this band. In early-mid 2011, after my wife and I endured separate serious illnesses, we closed the website location but retained the domain name and moved the community forum to Facebook under a group name identical to the website name. I still currently maintain ownership of the domain name, as…
  • Wants to Quote Vintage Clothing Ads in Song

    The Dear Rich Staff
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I have a song, part of a musical project, within which I'm quoting vintage clothing ads from the '60's. HIS, LEVIS, Dexter Shoes, Danskin, etc. Am I correct in assuming I can't do this or do you think claiming ' Fair Use' might allow it? It's possible that a company may complain but we don't imagine that quoting 50-year old clothing ads will cause much problem. First, there's the issue of whether copyright still protects many of these ads. Ads published before 1964 would have to have been renewed (and only a small percentage were). Even if renewal were not required, there might be…
  • Can I Quote Carlos Castaneda?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: After many years of compiling Carlos Casteneda's work and systematically organizing it, I have the basic notes to begin writing a study guide that will use a good deal of quotation. Casteneda is said to be the father of the new age movement and I believe the attorneys for the Casteneda estate are most likely quite protective of the work. I want to avoid encroaching in any way on the copyrights. Here are some considerations. Most of the information I am publishing has been published before between 30 - 40 years ago. I believe my research to be "transformative" as I have compiled the…
 
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  • Intel patent applications published on 18 September 2014

    Administrator
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    17 US patent applications published on 18 September 2014 and assigned to Intel 1 20140282832 METHOD, APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR PROVIDING APPARATUS SECURITY 2 20140281740 VULNERABILITY ESTIMATION FOR CACHE MEMORY 3 20140281641 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLED RESET SEQUENCES WITHOUT PARALLEL FUSES AND PLL’S 4 20140281610 EXPLOITING PROCESS VARIATION IN A MULTICORE PROCESSOR 5 20140281419 COMBINED FLOATING POINT MULTIPLIER ADDER WITH INTERMEDIATE ROUNDING LOGIC 6 20140281382 MODIFIED EXECUTION USING CONTEXT SENSITIVE AUXILIARY CODE 7 20140281321 REGISTER…
  • LG Display patent applications published on 18 September 2014

    Administrator
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    1 US patent application published on 18 September 2014 and assigned to LG Display 1 20140267980 DISPLAY DEVICE
  • LG Electronics patent applications published on 18 September 2014

    Administrator
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    31 US patent applications published on 18 September 2014 and assigned to LG Electronics 1 20140282726 IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF 2 20140282222 MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE MOBILE TERMINAL 3 20140282155 METHOD FOR OPERATING EXECUTION ICON OF MOBILE TERMINAL 4 20140282047 MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF 5 20140281995 MOBILE TERMINAL AND MODIFIED KEYPAD USING METHOD THEREOF 6 20140281908 MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF 7 20140278408 MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE MOBILE TERMINAL 8 20140274106 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR…
  • Micron patent applications published on 18 September 2014

    Administrator
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    40 US patent applications published on 18 September 2014 and assigned to Micron 1 20140281811 OBJECT ORIENTED MEMORY IN SOLID STATE DEVICES 2 20140281808 ERROR CORRECTION OPERATIONS IN A MEMORY DEVICE 3 20140281651 SERIAL PERIPHERAL INTERFACE AND METHODS OF OPERATING SAME 4 20140281311 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEMORY SYSTEM MANAGEMENT BASED ON THERMAL INFORMATION OF A MEMORY SYSTEM 5 20140281278 APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR A DISTRIBUTED MEMORY SYSTEM INCLUDING MEMORY NODES 6 20140281199 OPTICAL INTERCONNECT IN HIGH-SPEED MEMORY SYSTEMS 7 20140281182 APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR VARIABLE LATENCY…
  • Microsoft patent applications published on 18 September 2014

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    18 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    187 US patent applications published on 18 September 2014 and assigned to Microsoft 1 20140283096 VALIDATING NORMALIZED CODE REPRESENTATIONS 2 20140283092 Controlled Application Distribution 3 20140283054 Automatic Fraudulent Digital Certificate Detection 4 20140283001 SEAMLESS AUTHENTICATION WITH PROXY SERVERS 5 20140282989 Actively Federated Mobile Authentication 6 20140282988 Retry and Snapshot Enabled Cross-Platform Synchronized Communication Queue 7 20140282984 SERVICE RELATIONSHIP AND COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT 8 20140282921 RESOURCE-BASED ACTION ATTRIBUTION 9 20140282879 Automatically…
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    FreshPatents.com: Image analysis - USPTO Class 382 Patent Applications Update

  • Method, apparatus, and non-transitory computer readable medium for enhancing image contrast

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The present invention describes enhancing image contrast comprising the following steps: determining a segmentation point according to at least one segmentation threshold and pixel statistical data of a picture, wherein the segmentation point is utilized to divide the pixel statistical data into a first partial statistical data and a second...
  • Perfusion imaging

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    A perfusion imaging data processor (122) includes an agent peak characteristic-time determiner (206) configured to determine two or more agent peak characteristic-times respectively for two or more circulatory sub-systems represented in a same sub-set of voxels of a set of time-series data of perfusion imaging data, an agent peak argument...
  • Enhanced analysis for image-based serpentine belt wear evaluation

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Systems and methods are provided for the improvement of an image of a device under test, such as a belt. The image of device under test is made more optimal by determining if the object is rotated away from a preferred axis of the image frame. If so, the image...
  • Image processing apparatus and image processing method

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    For each of a plurality of second images other than a first image in an image group having a plurality of images, a feature point pair is generated by associating a second feature point of the second image with a first feature point of the first image based on a...
  • Row guidance parameterization with hough transform

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Systems and techniques for row guidance parameterization with Hough transform are described herein. An electronic representation of a field (ERF) can be received. The ERF can include a set of feature sets including one of a set of crop row features or a set of furrow features. A first parameter...
 
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  • Where To Litigate "Disposable Living-Grass Pet Toilets?"

    Woodrow Pollack
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Fresh Patch, LLC owns U.S. Patent 8,522,719 directed to a pet toilet continuous delivery and replacement method.  Fresh Patch ("Real Dogs Use REAL Grass") offers a subscription service where they send you a patch of grass each week for your pet to use as a toilet.  DoggieLawn ("Your Dog's Backyard In A Box") offers a competing service.  Fresh Patch sued DoggieLawn and its owner for patent infringement.  DoggieLawn moved to transfer the case from the Middle District of Florida to DoggieLawn's home in the Central District of California.  The Court addressed the typical…
  • Different Standards For Deciding Whether To Stay?

    Woodrow Pollack
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    You may recall that Judge Covington denied a defendant's request to stay litigation, rejecting that defendant's argument that it was merely a "peripheral" defendant since it had only bought the accused product from another defendant.  While the Court noted in that decision that cases are generally stayed against peripheral defendants, that general rule does not apply where the peripheral defendant and the plaintiff are competitors.  In denying the peripheral defendant's request for stay, the Court required that defendant to put forward "an undue hardship or inequity."  Because…
  • Who Do You Sue For Copyright Infringement, Father or Son?

    Woodrow Pollack
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    When last we checked in with Malibu Media (owner of a library of adult films and associated copyrights), Malibu had filed suit against John Doe and then used the Court's subpoena power to take an IP address which identified an alleged infringer's network connection and force the ISP to identify which subscriber belonged to that IP address.  (The Electronic Frontier Foundation has written about Malibu Media here.) In another case, a little further down the enforcement timeline, Malibu Media had received from the ISP the subscriber's identity.  But instead of suing the subscriber,…
  • Super Sacking -- Does a Covenant Not To Sue Eliminate Subject Matter Jurisdiction on a Subsequent Infringement Claim?

    Woodrow Pollack
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Apparently not.  Foliar Nutrients sued Plaint Food Systems (PFS) in 2004 for infringing a number of its patents.  After PFS sought reexamination of some of those patents, the parties settled.  That settlement called for Foliar to pay PFS $50,000 over five years, and included a mutual covenant not to sue where Foliar agreed not to assert its previously asserted patents and PFS agreed not to challenge their validity.The settlement didn't work.  After the first year's payment, the parties were unable to continue operating under the agreement.  PFS sued Foliar a couple of…
  • Stay Against a "Peripheral" Defendant?

    Woodrow Pollack
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Not if the defendant is a direct competitor.  The Andersons, Inc. has sued Harrell's, LLC and three other defendants for infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,884,756; 8,435,321; and 8,574,631 relating to water-dispersible pellet fertilizer.  Harrell's asked the Court to stay the case against it, arguing that it was a "peripheral" defendant in that it merely bought the accused products from the other defendants and resold them.The Court outlined the law for such a stay:A district court has inherent discretionary authority to stay proceedings to control its docket and further the…
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  • Adobe Wins Key Patent Infringement Case

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Adobe recently won a patent infringement lawsuit against Digital Reg of Texas, after two of the NPE's patents were ruled invalid during a jury trial in California. The patents were rendered invalid in the grounds of obviousness, and Adobe was judged to have not infringed the technology. Adobe defeats plaintiff in patent dispute case
  • Alice is killing the trolls -- but expect patent lawyers to strike back

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Alice is killing the trolls -- but expect patent lawyers to strike back | InfoWorld The wheels of justice spin slowly, but they seem finally to be running software patents out of town
  • Airbus filed Helmet Patent for (potential) On-board Entertainment of Passengers

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Airbus filed Helmet Patent for (potential) On-board Entertainment of Passengers  Airbus Patent for Dorky 'Isolation' Helmet Probably Isn't the Future of In-Flight Entertainment Airbus has made another quirky patent filing.  
  • Technology and Market Research through Crowdsourcing

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Market research and competitive analysis is a large industry in the US and globally with recent studies estimating its value at around $39B annually. The challenge with traditionally prepared market research reports is an inability to sufficiently customize the work while keeping the final product cost efficient for both the client and the firm. However, organizations are often looking at specific market segments and they would benefit from a survey of a smaller sample size and a deeper...
  • Innovating the Future of Retail Banking

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Last week Apple unveiled Apple Pay, a new payment system, to be available for the new iPhone 6 and iWatch. The technology, combining Near Field Communication (NFC) with Apple’s Touch ID feature, will be a new revenue stream for Apple. The company reportedly will collect 0.15% of each transaction handled through the Apple Pay service. Over the past few years, we have seen a series of technological innovations in the financial sector from incremental improvements to potentially...
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  • Non-profit Organizations suing for Trademark Infringement

    JacksonWhite Law
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Patriot Guard Riders Inc. is a non-profit group that escorts military funerals and serve as a blockade between mourners and the Westboro Baptist Church and they are based in Oklahoma. They recently filed a lawsuit against Michigan Patriot Guard Inc. in Michigan for trademark infringement. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently rejected Michigan Patriot Guard Inc.’s trademark, “Michigan Patriot Guard Rides with Respect.”  The Patriot Guard Riders Inc. has registered “Patriot Guard Riders Riding with Respect.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office determined that the…
  • Arizona to Receive Money from Apple’s Antitrust Lawsuit

    JacksonWhite Law
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Arizona may be entitled to millions of dollars due to the latest Apple antitrust case. Apple’s antitrust lawsuit The United States filed a lawsuit against Apple and five of the nation’s largest publishers (i.e., Penguin Group Inc., Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster) for conspiracy to raise the prices of e-books. The Department of Justice accused Apple and publishers met at restaurants and other locations to discuss how to raise prices and increase consumers against their competition, Amazon.  But they were planning to try to impose plan on Amazon. According…
  • From Π. to ‘I

    JacksonWhite Law
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
      Paul Ingrisano, an artist in Brooklyn, strikes again. The 26-year-old had quietly claimed the rights to the Greek mathematical symbol, Pi (Π) and now is going for the loving text message short hand “I<3”. Claiming Pi The young artist owns a small clothing line known as Pi Productions Corp. The company sells T-shirts and hats that feature his newly trademarked designs. He claimed the rights to pi in January, alleging it as a childhood nickname. He simply added a period at the end of the Greek symbol. This led to an uproar in the community of pun lovers. With pi jokes on many…
  • Dr. Dre Suing Chinese Websites for Counterfeiting Beats

    JacksonWhite Law
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Beats Electronics, the company that produces headphones with the red “b” logo on the side and which Dr. Dre co-founded, is suing a group of Chinese based websites for counterfeiting their product. Fake Beats The counterfeited websites have cheaply reproducing the product including having the signature “b.” These websites have been making 135 billion dollars from their counterfeiting endeavor. The large revenue has put Beats Electronics in the position of taking necessary to protect their trademark and their profits.  Numerous celebrities including Lady Gaga and P. Diddy have…
  • Tesla Accused of Trademark Infringement in China

    JacksonWhite Law
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The U.S. electric car company, Tesla Motors Inc., is facing trademark infringement allegations in China. This suit is bringing CEO Elon Musk’s hopes and ambitions of becoming the world’s largest auto market to a crashing halt. There had been a previous trademark dispute between Tesla and Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng, which was supposedly resolved in January. It is because of these disputes that Tesla has not been able to enter the Chinese market. In April, Tesla finally made its way into the market and began delivering the Model S sedans. Trouble arose when Zhan made hefty demands…
 
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