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  • Hyatt’s Family Tree

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    Dennis Crouch
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    by Dennis Crouch In the ongoing saga between the USPTO and Hyatt, the USPTO recently submitted an interesting family tree of related applications filed by Gilbert Hyatt.  Nice redaction. It is unclear to me why the entire block is redacted since some of the Hyatt patents have issued and therefore are public as is the application of any unpublished application whose filing-date benefit is claimed by one of issued patents.
  • Amazon patent applications published on 26 February 2015

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    26 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    2 US patent applications published on 26 February 2015 and assigned to Amazon 1 20150057793 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC PICKING OF PRODUCTS IN A MATERIALS HANDLING FACILITY 2 20150055821 MULTI-TRACKER OBJECT TRACKING
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    25 Feb 2015 | 3:48 am
    IPNews® - Nike Golf’s new patent may allow golfers to enjoy more accuracy in their game through constant data created by the ball. Over the past few years, a ...
  • Court Report

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    22 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. et al. v. Pfizer, Inc. 2:15-cv-01283; filed February 18, 2015 in the District Court of New Jersey • Plaintiffs: Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.; Novartis Pharma AG • Defendant: Pfizer, Inc. Infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,576,176 ("Neisseria Meningitidis Antigens and Compositions," issued August 18, 2009), 8,524,251 (same title, issued September 3, 2013), 8,394,390 ("Neisserial Antigenic Peptides," issued March 12, 2013),…
  • Benoît Battistelli Thinks ‘President’ is Above the Law, Decides to Ignore the Court’s Ruling

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    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:51 am
    Battistelli has a Napoleonic interpretation of the word “President” Summary: Staff of the EPO is given yet more reasons to protest tomorrow at the British Consulate, for the so-called ‘President’ of the EPO reminds everyone of the very raison d’être for the protest — a vain disregard for the rule of law “Mr Battistelli issued today a communique in which he states that the Dutch judgement is wrong and announcing that the EPO, i.e. The President, will not follow it. “From bad to worse,” said this one comment. The context of this comment is…
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  • Ericsson Sues Apple for Patent Infringement - Wall Street Journal

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Wall Street JournalEricsson Sues Apple for Patent InfringementWall Street JournalSTOCKHOLM— Ericsson AB said Friday it is suing Apple Inc. for infringing 41 patents it says are critical to many aspects of the U.S. tech giant's devices. The Swedish networking company said Apple had declined a licensing deal and refused an offer to Ericsson unloads legal barrage against Apple in ongoing patent licensing disputeApple InsiderSweden's Ericsson Sues Apple in Patent DisputeABC NewsEricsson Sues Apple for Telecom Patent InfringementRe/codeZDNet -Business Insiderall 68 news…
  • Apple faces second suit from victorious patent firm - Reuters

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    ReutersApple faces second suit from victorious patent firmReuters(Reuters) - Fresh off a $532.9 million jury win against Apple Inc (AAPL.O), a Texas company is again suing the tech giant, this time over the same patents' use in devices introduced after the original case was underway. Smartflash LLC aims to make Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another patent suit against AppleApple InsiderPatent Trolls Ultimately Hurt The ConsumerForbes$533 million not enough? Smartflash files new patent lawsuit against AppleZDNetWTNHall 105 news articles »
  • With Music Festivals Getting National Attention, World Patent Marketing Is ... - GlobeNewswire (press release)

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:07 pm
    With Music Festivals Getting National Attention, World Patent Marketing Is GlobeNewswire (press release)NEW YORK, N.Y., Feb. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - World Patent Marketing, the world's fastest growing patent and inventor media services company, has announced the development of a new mobile app invention which will make concerts ...and more »
  • Current US Patent Practitioner Trends - Patently-O

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    The HillCurrent US Patent Practitioner TrendsPatently-OWe are currently in the midst of a noticeable downward trend in the number of new patent practitioners each year. As recently at 2009, nearly 2,000 new patent attorney and agents earned registration numbers, however this has fallen more than 40% in Senate panel approves Obama's patent nomineeThe HillSenate panel votes for ex-Googler Michelle Lee to head US Patent OfficeArs TechnicaCan We Speed Up the Patent Approval Process, Please?Corporate Counsel (registration)Law360 (subscription) -Mondaq News Alerts (registration)all 11 news…
  • EFF to Congress: Curb Patent Demand Letter Abuse - EFF

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    BetaNewsEFF to Congress: Curb Patent Demand Letter AbuseEFFAt a congressional hearing today, EFF Staff Attorney Vera Ranieri gave formal testimony about patent demand letters and the harm these letters cause to legitimate businesses. Ranieri outlined the discouraging process that allows demand letters to Patent trolls beware -- EFF to testify before CongressBetaNewsall 5 news articles »
 
 
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  • The EFF Back to Tackling Software Patents, Not Just Patent Trolls

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:59 am
    Summary: Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyers start targeting large companies that exploit patents for intimidation and extortion, not just patent trolling WE are gratified to learn that, based on numerous reports such as this or that, “EFF Questions Whether Software Patents Should Exist” and the “Electronic Frontier Foundation group claims that the US patent system undermines innovation by allowing big companies to intimidate and punish small start-up firms.” They are not talking about patent trolls (as some do) but instead they are now talking about the big bullies…
  • Microsoft Wants to Devour the Competition (Linux), Devour People’s Data

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    “Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.” –Henry David Thoreau Summary: Refuting the “new Microsoft” propaganda and some ludicrous concept that Microsoft is now “playing nice” THE company which kick-started PRISM and works most closely with the NSA pretends to have become “open”. How ridiculous a notion! SoylentNews covered our story [1] and many comments there show that the large majority agrees that Microsoft is just trying to harm openness from the inside. That’s just not what corruptible journalists would have us…
  • Benoît Battistelli Thinks ‘President’ is Above the Law, Decides to Ignore the Court’s Ruling

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:51 am
    Battistelli has a Napoleonic interpretation of the word “President” Summary: Staff of the EPO is given yet more reasons to protest tomorrow at the British Consulate, for the so-called ‘President’ of the EPO reminds everyone of the very raison d’être for the protest — a vain disregard for the rule of law “Mr Battistelli issued today a communique in which he states that the Dutch judgement is wrong and announcing that the EPO, i.e. The President, will not follow it. “From bad to worse,” said this one comment. The context of this comment is…
  • Links 24/2/2015: Xfce 4.12 a Week Away, GNOME 3.16 Previewed

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:27 am
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux Desktop Docker Containers on the Desktop Most people use Docker for containing applications to deploy into production or for building their applications in a contained enviornment. This is all fine & dandy, and saves developers & ops engineers huge headaches, but I like to use Docker in a not-so-typical way. Server Taking Linux Infrastructure to the Next Level in 2015 What will 2015 bring for the Linux community? It is a good question, since over the past 20+ years the Linux community has…
  • Links 23/2/2015: Ubuntu Kylin 14.04.2 LTS, Cinnamon 2.6 Previews

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:37 am
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux Desktop My Four-Year-Old Daughter Rejected Windows 10 Eimi, my four year old daughter, has interacted with Linux-powered computers since she was born. I still remember those nights in which I would pace up and down in my office, holding her and rocking her on my arms while the Linux desktop played music. Then, Eimi grew and started enjoying her own room and, rather precociously, discovered how to use desktops and laptops. I will never forget her first encounter with PicarOS, the Linux distro for…
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  • Are smartphone patent wars in China on the horizon?

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    For those Kat readers who look favourably at the smartphone wars of the last few years, you may be heartened to know that similar patent wars may erupt as well in the Chinese mobile industry, and more quickly that you would think, if one is to believe the observations made in an article that appeared on February 13, 2015 on reuters.com. Entitled “Qualcomm deal sparks China smartphone skirmishes”, the article focuses on how ZTE Corporation, the giant telecommunications equipment manufacturer, is ramping up to take advantage of the new legal environment that has resulted from the settlement…
  • Blind faith not enough when proving bad faith: a case of Colourblindness

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:34 am
    If the COLOURBLIND case (Pangyrus Ltd v OHIM, RSVP Design Ltd, Case T-257/11) had been a movie, it would have secured a nomination for its intricate screenplay, in the spirit of the recent Academy Awards. At the root of this Community trade mark (CTM) dispute -- a complex plot of corporate issues, incorporations, mergers and dissolutions -- were questions relating to subjective intention and the objective utilization of the Pangyrus's UK unregistered trade mark COLOURBLIND, invoked in invalidity proceedings against the CTM for the same word.This dispute hinged on the…
  • Warner-Lambert v Actavis Mark 3: a "lyrical" solution to a painful patent dispute

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:41 pm
    On 21 January fellow Kat Darren posted "No pain for Actavis - Warner-Lambert fail to stop launch of generic pregabalin" (here).  This blogpost reported the Patents Court ruling of Mr Justice Arnold in Warner-Lambert Company, LLC v Actavis Group Ptc EHF & Others [2015] EWHC 72 (Pat). In short, Warner-Lambert (part of the Pfizer group) had a patent for pregabalin, which it sold as a treatment for epilepsy, generalised anxiety disorder ("GAD") and neuropathic pain under the romantic-sounding trade mark LYRICA. While the original product patent expired, leaving competitors free to…
  • BREAKING NEWS: CJEU says that Member States are free to determine who must pay droit de suite royalty

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:36 am
    Copyright has increasingly become linked to de-materialisation of both works and their exploitation channels, so it is kind of re-assuring to find cases that are still about the analogue world. This morning the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued in fact its decision [not yet available on the Curia website] in Case C-41/14 Christie's France, a reference for a preliminary ruling from France seeking clarification as regards that peculiar creature of EU copyright known as artist's resale right, or droit de suite [Merpel explains that this phrase does not…
  • Dutch Minister trumps Court of Appeal ruling, reasserts EPO immunity

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:31 am
    Is this the EPO ...?"Opstelten: uitspraak rechter geldt niet voor Europese instelling" is the title of an article in this morning's edition of Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, which brings tidings of the latest twist in the battle over the European Patent Office's governance. You can read it here in the original Dutch or run it through the online translation service of your choice.The bottom line, as summarised in an EPO staff communication, is this:"The president has just received an official notification from the Dutch government which has decided to undertake some first actions to ensure…
 
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    Patent Docs

  • PTAB Update -- Biopharmaceutical Edition

    Patent Docs
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    By Andrew Williams -- Earlier this week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB" or "Board") handed down what is thought to be the first set of inter partes review ("IPR") Final Written Decisions ("FWDs") in the biopharmaceutical industry. And unlike the case of the first set of Orange-Book related FWDs (see "PTAB Update -- Hatch-Waxman-Watch Edition"), the Board determined that all challenged claims were unpatentable. The drug that these patents covered is Myozyme, or alglucosidase alfa, which is an enzyme replacement therapy for treating Pompe disease (or glycogen storage disease type…
  • The Iron Law of Unintended Consequences

    Patent Docs
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:53 pm
    (with apologies to Robert Michels) By Kevin E. Noonan -- It is a certainty that no matter what action is taken (by an individual, a group, or especially a legislative body) that there will be unintended consequences. It is also true that those unintended consequences, like the exception that probes the rule, will illustrate the extent to which the decision-maker misunderstood or misconstrued the "problem" that the action was intended to solve (primarily by the nature of the problem(s) the solution creates). One such unintended consequence of the decision by Congress to add to the post-grant…
  • Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade

    Patent Docs
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:19 am
    By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report, which is prepared by NVCA and PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP using data from Thomson Reuters, indicates that venture capitalists invested $48.3 billion in 4,356 deals in 2014, which constituted a 61% increase in dollars and a 4% increase in deals over the prior year (see chart below, which shows total venture funding from 2005 to 2014; data from NVCA; click on chart…
  • 23andMe Receives FDA Approval for Genetic Diagnostic Test

    Patent Docs
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- Last Thursday the genetic diagnostic and DNA analysis company 23andMe announced that the FDA had granted the company approval to market a genetic diagnostic test for Bloom's Syndrome, the first such approval for this rare genetic disease. The news is tempered by the company's further announcement that it will not offer the test to consumers "until it completes the regulatory process for additional test reports and can offer a more comprehensive product offering." Readers may recall that the FDA effectively stopped 23andMe from selling its genetic analysis kit, which the…
  • Court Report

    Patent Docs
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. et al. v. Pfizer, Inc. 2:15-cv-01283; filed February 18, 2015 in the District Court of New Jersey • Plaintiffs: Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.; Novartis Pharma AG • Defendant: Pfizer, Inc. Infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,576,176 ("Neisseria Meningitidis Antigens and Compositions," issued August 18, 2009), 8,524,251 (same title, issued September 3, 2013), 8,394,390 ("Neisserial Antigenic Peptides," issued March 12, 2013),…
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  • Current U.S. Patent Practitioner Trends

    Dennis Crouch
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Guest Post by Zachary Kinnaird, Patent Attorney with International IP Law Group We are currently in the midst of a noticeable downward trend in the number of new patent practitioners each year.  As recently at 2009, nearly 2,000 new patent attorney and agents earned registration numbers, however this has fallen more than 40% in just five years.  Based on registrations from this January, only 1,000 new patent practitioners are projected to register in 2015. Registration timing data also shows: A weak correlation between law school enrollees and new patent practitioners A third of current…
  • “Late” IDS Filing Limits Patent Term Adjustment (PTA)

    Dennis Crouch
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    by Dennis Crouch Prior to 1995, the U.S. measured patent term very simply – a patent was in force for 17 years after issuance so long as the appropriate maintenance fees were paid.  Now, the U.S. has transitioned to a base term of 20-years from the filing date. With an average application pendency of about three-years, that transition has been seen as largely term-neutral.  However, Congress also created the patent term adjustment (PTA) system to increase the post-issuance term where USPTO delays have eaten-up too much of the 20-years. A major problem with the PTA statute is…
  • Hyatt’s Family Tree

    Dennis Crouch
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    by Dennis Crouch In the ongoing saga between the USPTO and Hyatt, the USPTO recently submitted an interesting family tree of related applications filed by Gilbert Hyatt.  Nice redaction. It is unclear to me why the entire block is redacted since some of the Hyatt patents have issued and therefore are public as is the application of any unpublished application whose filing-date benefit is claimed by one of issued patents.
  • Status of USPTO’s Withdrawn Abstract Idea Patents

    Dennis Crouch
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    by Dennis Crouch In the Summer of 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the seminal case of Alice Corp v. CLS Bank that pushed further against the patenting of abstract ideas or their non-inventive applications. As part of its implementation procedures, the USPTO quickly began examining applications under the new standards and – as an immediate response – withdrew the allowance of a number of applications that had been determined to be patentable prior to the Alice decision.  Through a FOIA request, Charles Duan and Tristan Gray-Le Coz of Public Knowledge were able to…
  • Half-Billion Dollar Verdict Against Apple

    Dennis Crouch
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    Mansion-sized patent jury verdicts have been slow, but are not forgotten. Yesterday a jury awarded $500 million to the patent holder Smartflash LLC.  The jury also found that that the infringement was willful. The three patents at issue are U.S. Patent Nos. 7,334,720 (claim 13); 8,118,221 (claim 32); and 8,336,772 (claims 26 and 32) and cover managed data-access systems.  
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  • Exhausting

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:39 am
    Helferich licensed relevant portions of its patent portfolio to mobile handset manufacturers. Then it turned around and sued content providers that feed users through their handsets. In a whitewash ruling, Judge John W. Darrah of Illinois district court found non-infringement via exhaustion. A CAFC panel (2014-1196) reversed that sloppiness, noting that the lower court "did not focus on the particulars of any of Helferich's claims." "We see no sound basis for expanding exhaustion doctrine to hold that authorized sales to persons practicing the handset claims exhaust the patentee's rights to…
  • Clear Error

    2 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    The CAFC has long internally fretted about its self-indulgence of de novo review in claim construction, which is a legal interpretation of technical facts. In Teva v. Sandoz, the Supreme Court settled that score. When reviewing a district court's resolution of subsidiary factual matters made in the course of its construction of a patent claim, the Federal Circuit must apply a "clear error," not a de novo, standard of review.
  • Willful

    17 Jan 2015 | 11:33 pm
    In Bard v. Gore (CAFC 2014-1114), the CAFC abandons all pretense of equitable rule of law by ignoring its own precedents and exercising biased caprice. In dissent, Judge Newman sharply points this out. This case returns to the Federal Circuit on appeal of a district court decision on remand from an en banc decision of this court. The issue is willful infringement and its consequences, which this en banc court remanded for de novo determination as a matter of law, vacating the judgment entered on the jury verdict. The panel majority, while mentioning that willful infringement is now a matter…
  • Not Withdrawn

    26 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Prosecutorial nitwittery went unchecked by the district court, but a CAFC panel checked it by siding with the USPTO in refusing to withdraw a terminal disclaimer. 6,194,187 issued. Its owner, the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, then filed a terminal disclaimer, which the PTO accepted. The patent office later refused to withdraw the disclaimer, and so was sued for it. Defending the PTO via deference, the CAFC found "that the PTO did not act arbitrarily, act capriciously, or abuse its discretion in declining to use any inherent authority that it might have in withdrawing the…
  • Scanned

    26 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The death watch for software under §101 continues. In Content Extraction and Transmission v. Wells Fargo et al (CAFC 2013-1588), patents that claim scanning a document and recognizing certain keywords are damned as an "abstract idea," using oxymoronic pseudo-logic that "the concept of data collection, recognition, and storage is undisputedly well-known." Asserting software patents against the cossetted financial sector is itself the kiss of death. The corruption of the patent system via court fiat is largely complete, the grim reapers in black sitting on benches in…
 
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    Dear Rich: An Intellectual Property Blog

  • Do We Need Formal Contract for Private School Permission?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I work for a fully online private school and am seeking permission to use images, videos, and links within the course. Do I need to have a formal contract with a signature confirming that permission is granted to use the item, or is it enough to have an email response saying that they grant permission for our suggested use? The copyright law says that you need a writing signed by the copyright owner or his or her agent to transfer or license any of a copyright owner's rights. The signature can be handwritten or it can be a digital or electronic signature. If the email contains…
  • Can I Make "Night of the Living Dead" Action Figures?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: Night of the Living Dead (the original film by George A Romero) is in the public domain. However someone trademarked Night of the Living Dead for action figures. If I wanted to manufacture action figures from the movie, would I be violating trademark law or would I be allowed to because the source material is public domain? Could I bypass it by calling the line "George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead"? Or "They're Coming to get you Barbara" with the tag line as Night of the Living Dead? Or am I just opening a can of worms not worth opening?  Normally you would need two…
  • Pre-roll Ads and Publicity Rights

    The Dear Rich Staff
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    Dear Rich: Our company posts news interviews online. Does the fact that we're using pre-roll ads require us to get waivers from our interview subjects? Whether you need to obtain a waiver/release depends on why you want to use a person’s name or image. If your use is for commercial purposes—for example, using the interview as part of an informercial—you need to obtain a release. If your use is for editorial purposes such as a news interview, you probably don't need a release. We don't think a pre-roll -- those 10 second ads before YouTube videos -- converts a news…
  • Can We Copy Textbook Chapters?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: The Vice President of Academic Affairs of the two-year state technical college I work at told all Program Chairs it was ok to copy and attach "a chapter or two" of their course's textbook and attach it to their learning management system (ANGEL) "if students are having difficulty obtaining a textbook." Is this justification, or action, permitted under the educational fair use of copyrighted materials? As a result, some faculty are copying many chapters of a given textbook and posting to the LMS. Do you have any specific examples, or documented cases, where this type of…
  • Who Owns Gameplay in Video Game?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: If I screen capture while playing a video game like Call of Duty, who owns that? I know I don't own any rights to the video game itself but can I stop someone else from copying or showing my screen cap of how I played the game? In order for you to stop someone, you have to be able to demonstrate you have some proprietary rights in what was captured on screen. We doubt whether your gameplay -- absent any additional content -- amounts to copyrightable authorship. The issue first came up in 1983 when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held (in a dispute over an…
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  • Amazon patent applications published on 26 February 2015

    Administrator
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    2 US patent applications published on 26 February 2015 and assigned to Amazon 1 20150057793 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC PICKING OF PRODUCTS IN A MATERIALS HANDLING FACILITY 2 20150055821 MULTI-TRACKER OBJECT TRACKING
  • Apple patent applications published on 26 February 2015

    Administrator
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    12 US patent applications published on 26 February 2015 and assigned to Apple 1 20150058573 OPERAND CACHE DESIGN 2 20150058572 INTELLIGENT CACHING FOR AN OPERAND CACHE 3 20150058571 HINT VALUES FOR USE WITH AN OPERAND CACHE 4 20150058389 EXTENDED MULTIPLY 5 20150058191 SECURE PROVISIONING OF CREDENTIALS ON AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE 6 20150055279 MAGNETIC FASTENERS 7 20150055051 Displays With Silicon and Semiconducting Oxide Thin-Film Transistors 8 20150055047 Liquid Crystal Displays with Oxide-Based Thin-Film Transistors 9 20150055036 Electronic Device Having Display With Split Driver Ledges 10…
  • Canon patent applications published on 26 February 2015

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    26 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    2 US patent applications published on 26 February 2015 and assigned to Canon 1 20150054504 OPTICALLY PUMPED MAGNETOMETER AND METHOD OF MEASURING MAGNETIC FORCE 2 20150053885 PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE
  • eBay patent applications published on 26 February 2015

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    26 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    No US patent applications published on 26 February 2015 and assigned to eBay
  • Fujitsu patent applications published on 26 February 2015

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    26 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    18 US patent applications published on 26 February 2015 and assigned to Fujitsu 1 20150058684 TEST METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM 2 20150058647 METHOD OF CONTROLLING PROCESSOR, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM 3 20150057833 ANTENNA, RADAR APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD 4 20150057820 BUILDING ENERGY MANAGEMENT OPTIMIZATION 5 20150055836 IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD 6 20150055612 MOBILE STATION AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD 7 20150055604 RADIO…
 
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  • Patent Eligibility Attack On the Pleadings?

    Woodrow Pollack
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    Not where you need to rely on evidence outside the pleadings...Stoneeagle Services has sued Pay-Plus Solutions and Premier Healthcare Exchange for infringement of U.S. Patent RE 43,904 and RE 44,748 relating to healthcare provider reimbursement systems and methods.  Defendants, as has become all too common, moved for judgment on the pleadings early in the case, arguing that the patents are not patent eligible.  They challenged "representative" claim 2: 2. A method of facilitating payment of adjudicated health care benefits to a health care provider comprising:identifying the health…
  • Are Declaratory Judgment Claims of Non-infringement in Response to a Claim of Infringement Redundant and Unnecessary?

    Woodrow Pollack
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Yes.The Alexis Brothers, acrobatic circus performers who regularly perform as a featured act of Cirque de Soleil, own a copyright registration titled "Peace and Discord" for an original choreographic work consisting of a sequences of poses and transitions for theatrical performances.  A sample of their performance is here. The Alexis Brothers sued Cirque Italia, LLC and two acrobatic performers (the "A&A Duo") for copyright infringement.  A sample of their performance is here.The A&A Duo asserted counterclaims seeking (among others):1) Declaratory judgment that they did not…
  • Illegal Downloads - Is an IP Address Enough Information?

    Woodrow Pollack
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    The adult film industry has been accused of trying to coerce settlements in matters relating to alleged illegal downloading of adult films by shaming the accused infringer through publicity.  I write below about Magistrate Judge Wilson crafting a solution to protect a purported infringer from a similar shame -- that of illegally downloading (and watching??) a Steven Seagal movie!I've written before about issues of tracking down purported illegal downloads of copyrighted materials.  A typical fact pattern is the owner of the copyright tracks down an IP address where the copyrighted…
  • Attorneys Fees Under the Copyright Act? (Good Idea To Have A Contractual Right Also)

    Woodrow Pollack
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    I've previously written about the litigation brought by Yellow Pages Photos ("YPP") against Ziplocal and Yellow Pages Group ("YPG").  YPP proceeded to trial against Ziplocal and YPG.  YPP next sought an award of its attorneys fees against Ziplocal.At trial, the jury found that Ziplocal breached the End User License Agreement ("EULA") between Ziplocal and YPP.  That agreement provided:In the event of legal action to enforce this agreement or in conjunction with the use of the product the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its attorney's fees and costs, in addition to…
  • Attorney Fees Upheld For Prevailing Defendant

    Woodrow Pollack
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    InDyne, Inc. sued Abacus Technology Corp. for copyright infringement relating to Abacus's setting up of a NASA website.  InDyne's allegations were that Abacus used InDyne's software for setting up the NASA website and such usage infringed InDyne's copyright.The trial court granted summary judgment of non-infringement to Abacus, finding that InDyne did not have sufficient evidence to show that the copied elements of software were original, and thus worthy of copyright protection.  Abacus sought and was awarded its fees as a prevailing party under 17 U.S.C. § 505.  InDyne…
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  • Kyle Bass Files First IPR

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    Earlier this month Kyle Bass, the well-known manager of Dallas-based hedge fund Hayman Capital, fulfilled his promise of going after pharmaceutical patents with IPR. On February 10th an inter partes review petition of a patent related to Acorda Therapeutics MS drug Amprya was filed with the PTAB. Shares of Acorda dropped 9.65% the next day. Kyle Bass files first IPR petition - Business Insider He's challenging the patent for the flagship drug of Acorda Therapeutics.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation takes a hard line: If you want to fix software patents, eliminate them

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
    The EFF has released its comprehensive report on overhauling a "painfully broken patent system." The report, two years in the making, suggests everything from strengthening the quality of patents to making patent litigation less costly. And there, on page 27 of the 29-page report, is “Abolish software patents.” EFF: If You Want to Fix Software Patents, Eliminate Software Patents | WIRED Software patents have become every business owner's nightmare. Here, the Electronic...
  • Samsung Filed The Most Patents In Europe In 2014, U.S. Led The Field By Country

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    While IBM is number-one when it comes to the number of patents filed in the U.S., in Europe, Samsung is leading the pack. Today, the European Patent Office released 2014 figures for patents filed in the region, which showed that the Korean company, and currently the world’s largest smartphone maker, filed 2,541 for the full year. In terms of countries, the U.S. dominated the list, with 71,700, or 26% of all patents, filed. Samsung Filed The Most Patents In Europe In 2014, U.S. Led The...
  • More than half the patent applications in Europe last year came from the US, China, and Japan

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    More than half the patent applications in Europe last year came from the US, China, and Japan – Quartz When it comes to innovation, the rest of the world seems to be outpacing Europe, but patent applicants are coming to Europe in droves to make sure their inventions are protected there. Of the 247,000 patent applications sent to the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2014, 53% came from just three countries—US, China and Japan—with more than...
  • Ford Motors has applied for a patent on a car that can also become a bicycle

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:26 am
    The applicaiton covers a motor vehicle configured to house a removable collapsible bicycle. The bike is put together using components of the automobile, including a spare wheel, a removable headrest and a jack. Ford, Sriracha, Lynch, Amazon, Gao: Intellectual Property - Bloomberg Business
 
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  • Patent Acquisition and Guess Work

    Ashima Sobti
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Whenever an organization acquires any patent there is a whole lot of speculation that hits the market along with the product. Let us now see some of these acquisitions that made highlights in February, 2015. (1) Google acquires Odysee Google has purchased Odysee, an iOS and Android app concerned with the backing up and sharing of photos. Why would Google need this? It has Google+ photos! Odysee’s capabilities are slightly different. It allows for full quality photos to be automatically backed up, via the cloud, to your computer. At the same time, Odysee concerns itself with seamless…
  • Annual Nova Law Symposium 2015

    Aishwarya Narayan
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:17 am
    Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, in conjunction with the Nova Law Review and NSU Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) presented the 2015 annual Nova Law Symposium on February 12-13, 2015. The focus of the conference was to provide an interdisciplinary review of issues involving business and industry responses to the transformative impact of new media on traditional entertainment and media, including journalism, sports, film, broadcast, gaming, music and similar areas. The 2-day conference consisted of academic symposium and a practice-oriented workshop hosted by…
  • FTC gives conditional approval to the Microsoft-Nokia deal

    Alpa Sharma
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:12 pm
    The Fair Trade Commission (FTC), South Korea’s antitrust authority, conditionally approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business earlier this month. The conditions attached to the merger state that Microsoft will put a ceiling on the royalties paid by major Korean handset manufacturers like Samsung and LG for Nokia patents.  The agreement between Microsoft and Nokia will allow Microsoft to directly manufacture handsets and tablets based on its broad patent portfolio. Microsoft had submitted its request for the acquisition of Nokia’s mobile division in November,…
  • Qualcomm to pay record fine of US$ 975 Mn to China in Antitrust Probe

    Alpa Sharma
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    US chipmaker, Qualcomm Inc., has put an end to the 14-month anti-trust investigation by the Chinese Government by agreeing to pay a record fine of US$ 975 Mn. Qualcomm has also been asked to lower its royalty rates on patents used in China, thereby providing a boost to domestic handset manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei. Qualcomm is facing similar charges in the US and Europe as well. South Korea has also started investigating similar monopolistic practices by Qualcomm. The judgment by the Chinese Government is likely to be only a small setback for Qualcomm as it is required to pay a fee…
  • Weekly Warm up with Sinapse!

    Naveen KM
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:42 pm
    E-COMMERCE RETAILERS FACE FLAK OVER ALLEGED COUNTERFEITS BY VENDORS …The e-commerce sites have more customers than in the actual stores. There are few retailers which fool customers into buying fake materials of high quality brand. Snapdeal has also found a few counterfeits listed on their website. However, Amazon and Flipkart have managed to remain free from counterfeits because of stricter seller background verification checks. GOOGLE SIGNS LICENSING DEAL WITH TWITTER TO DISPLAY TWEETS IN SEARCH RESULTS …Google has allegedly entered into a data licensing revenue agreement, and will…
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