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  • On BlackBerry and Other Patent Trolls

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    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Summary: A roundup regarding patent trolls, starting with the bigger and latest joiner, BlackBerry’s new patents apparatus The other day we wrote about BlackBerry, which had become — at least in part — a patent troll. The media does not use the “T” word (troll), just as it never uses the other “T” word (terror) when it comes to state terrorism. It’s all about scale and it’s about who controls the media. As one more article puts it: BlackBerry has created a new business unit to house its most promising assets – cryptographic…
  • World's most notorious patent troll company lays off 19% ...

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    20 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Intellectual Ventures, the world's most notorious patent troll company, has laid off 19% of its workforce. The company has built up a massive number of ...
  • Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile’s Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich

    Techrights
    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Summary: Microsoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always Windows, the common carrier of Microsoft, is such a sordid mess that it suffers regular glitches and conducts mass surveillance on users. Microsoft knows that without Windows it cannot survive, so dirty tricks resume in a very big way. This is not a beep on the radar but somewhat of a surge. Bribing politicians in numerous countries is not enough for Microsoft (it got caught), so moles too seem to be rolled into action. Microsoft Peter says that the chief criminal (behind…
  • Can I Sell Dolls Made From Pattern

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    The Dear Rich Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I recently bought a crochet book about making dolls. I was just wondering, if I make the dolls from the book and sell it, is that illegal? I see it as having paid for the rights to use the book but I don't know if it really works that way. You're not infringing copyright if you make and sell dolls based on the patterns from the book. Or put another way, a pattern maker may obtain copyright over the pattern but not the article manufactured from the pattern. If that weren't the case, we might not have the Paint By Number Museum.P.S. Paying for the book doesn't give you any…
  • Apple patents granted on 19 August 2014

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    19 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    48 US patents granted on 19 August 2014 and assigned to Apple 1 D711,427 Display screen or portion thereof with icon 2 D711,408 Display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface 3 D711,311 Battery module 4 8,813,198 Configuration of accessories for wireless network access 5 8,813,185 Ad-hoc user account creation 6 8,813,167 Dynamic device configuration using predicates 7 8,813,100 Memory management 8 8,812,994 Device, method, and graphical user interface for configuring restricted interaction with a user interface 9 8,812,883 Systems and methods for providing device-to-device…
 
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  • Links 20/8/2014: Linux Event, GNOME Milestone

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux Desktop About the use of linux for normal people I was trying to write this blog post for quite a long time, and it become so, so big that I’ll have to split it in three posts, It is like a ‘people of kde’ but different, the focus is not to show someone that works for KDE, but someone that tried to use KDE to work – being it a non-tech person. Since I spend most of my days helping people that is struggling with Free Software to pass the hate feeling, I feel that I have lots of things to say…
  • Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile’s Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Summary: Microsoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always Windows, the common carrier of Microsoft, is such a sordid mess that it suffers regular glitches and conducts mass surveillance on users. Microsoft knows that without Windows it cannot survive, so dirty tricks resume in a very big way. This is not a beep on the radar but somewhat of a surge. Bribing politicians in numerous countries is not enough for Microsoft (it got caught), so moles too seem to be rolled into action. Microsoft Peter says that the chief criminal (behind…
  • Vista 8 Such a Disaster That Even Microsoft Cannot Cope With It, Vapourware Tactics Start Early

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    “Influential writer Esther Dyson (pictured here in 2008) popularized the term “vaporware” in her November 1983 issue of RELease 1.0.” — Wikipedia on vaporware (image originally posted to Flickr by eirikso) Summary: Microsoft’s Windows-powered services are failing and Windows gets bricked by Microsoft patches, whereupon we are seeing yet more of Microsoft’s vapourware tactics (focusing in imaginary, non-existent versions of Windows) A few days ago Windows showed why it is widely recognised as a piece of trash. Even Microsoft cannot manage it as…
  • On BlackBerry and Other Patent Trolls

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Summary: A roundup regarding patent trolls, starting with the bigger and latest joiner, BlackBerry’s new patents apparatus The other day we wrote about BlackBerry, which had become — at least in part — a patent troll. The media does not use the “T” word (troll), just as it never uses the other “T” word (terror) when it comes to state terrorism. It’s all about scale and it’s about who controls the media. As one more article puts it: BlackBerry has created a new business unit to house its most promising assets – cryptographic…
  • Links 19/8/2014: Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Betrayal, Mercedes-Benz Runs GNU/Linux

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux European Space Operations Centre Now Runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) is now powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and it’s making a firm commitment towards open source and Linux software. This is not exactly something completely unexpected. The European Space Agency and openSUSE have been friends for a few years, but now the level of implication manifested by both parties has gone beyond the adoption of a Linux distro. Server A beginners guide to Docker Why…
 
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  • They Invented What? (No. 240)

    Jake Ward
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    U.S. Patent No. 8,609,158:  Diane’s manna. JW Note:  Thanks to Guy L. for bringing this patent to our attention.  Guy tells us that his favorite quotes also include: Column 1, Line 24: “Exhibit G has a combination that is so strong after you quit taking it, that every drug manufacturer on this planet will be wanting to kill me.” Column 3, Line 12: “I am almost normal when I take my favorite best method.” Column 18, Line 10: Some ingredients include “sand, dirt, rock, volcanic ash…” Column 20, Line 41: “The Dr’s had me on $800 per…
  • Washington Redskins Trademark Registrations are Cancelled

    Kristen Fries
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:42 am
    Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six of the Washington Redskins’ trademarks, all of which involved the term “redskins.”  The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) concluded that “Redskins” was disparaging of Native Americans. The full opinion of the TTAB can be found here. The USPTO also issued a media fact sheet explaining what the decision means and what the decision does not mean.Filed under: General Commentary
  • Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies

    Kristen Fries
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:48 am
    The Supreme Court of the United States holds a defendant, in a patent infringement suit, is not liable for inducing infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a) when no one has directly infringed under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a) or any other statutory provision. (Supreme Court 2014, 12-786) The opinion for a unanimous Court was delivered by Justice Alito.  The decision reversed the Federal Circuit’s decision that essentially made it easier to prove that a company is liable based on the theory of induced infringement FACTS: The patent at issue claims a method of delivering electronic data using a…
  • Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health and Fitness, Inc. and Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys. Inc.

    Kristen Fries
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    The determination of whether a case is “exceptional” under the attorney fee-shifting provision of The Patent Act is left to a broad discretion of the District Court. In two slip opinions rendered April 29, 2014, SCOTUS addressed issues regarding awarding attorneys fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 to prevailing parties in “exceptional” patent infringement cases. Under 35 U.S.C. § 285, a District Court is authorized to award attorney’s fees to prevailing parties in “exceptional cases.” The CAFC had used a Brooks Furniture standard defining an “exceptional case as one which involves…
  • Alice Corp. v. CLC Bank Int’l: Notable Quotes from the Oral Arguments.

    Kristen Fries
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    The link to the transcript for the March 31, 2014 oral arguments before the SCOTUS in Alice Corp. v CLC Int’l can be found here. Background: Alice Corporation, petitioner, owns the four patents-in-suits which are directed toward a computerized trading platform for the execution of a previously agreed-upon exchange, known as “settlement.” The inventions include electronically maintained accounts for each party in the settlement and after receiving transactions from each party, the computer system effects the exchange. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia…
 
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  • Intellectual Property For Economic Development: a new book

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Intellectual Property For Economic Development is yet another title from the seemingly inexhaustible source of IP-related literature that is Edward Elgar Publishing.  This tome is edited by a three-person team consisting of Sanghoon Ahn (Fellow, Korea Development Institute, Korea, and Senior Economist, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), Bronwyn H. Hall (Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of Technology and the Economy, University of Maastricht, not to mention being a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic…
  • Once upon a time, in a faraway time-warp: a Kat relates his IP PhD experiences

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:53 am
    Eleonora's earlier post, "It's a wonderful (PhD) life ... Oh wait: is it?", here, promised that this Kat would say a bit about his own postgraduate experiences -- so here they are!  He enrolled for a PhD in October 1973, submitted it in September 1976 and, following a successful viva in May 1977, received his doctorate from what was then branded the University of Kent at Canterbury. Like many things in his life, his experience was very much a one-off. The salient points were as follows (as Jeremy explains): I intended to pursue a purely academic career (which I did for over 11 years) and…
  • Passing off wins the day: fake Patent Office scammers pay up, promise not to do it again

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Passing off, like the horse-and-buggy, might look quaintbut can get you there in the end"Intellectual Property Office succeeds in passing off claim" is surely the news story that sets all hearts a-flutter in government patent offices, trade mark registries and intellectual property offices in common law jurisdictions, as the curious remedy of passing off -- which is to the law of unfair competition what the horse-drawn buggy is to the SUV -- notches up another notable triumph. According to this news item, posted on the chunky and unlovable GOV.UK website which is replacing the elegant and…
  • A penny for your thoughts? No, a pound for your breach of confidence: no richesse for Richmond

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    Following six days of hearings, a claimant that succeeds in pinning the defendants down with liability for breach of contract, breach of confidence and breach of statutory duty might expect to be royally rewarded for its trouble. But this is not always the case, as can be seen from the salutary suit in Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Chester Overseas Ltd, Milton Levine and Larry Levine [2014] EWHC 2692 (Ch), a 1 August 2014 decision of Stephen Jourdan QC, sitting as a Deputy Judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court, England and Wales. In this action Richmond, a contract…
  • This is Fiction, not Trademark Infringement: A Cat (Woman) in Need of a Clean Slate

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Seventh Circuit Court affirmed on August 14 that a fictional company or product cannot infringe the trademark of a real company or product. The case is Fortres Grand Corporation v.Warner Bros., no. 12-cv-00535.Appellant Fortres Grand sells “Clean Slate,” a desktop management program which erases all evidence of user activity on a computer. It holds the registered trademark “Clean Slate” for computer software. Appellee Warner Bros. released in 2012 the Batman The Dark Knight Rises movie which features the fictional software program “clean slate.”Fortres Grand noticed a decline…
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    Patent Docs

  • Domestic Cat Genome Sequenced

    Patent Docs
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- Earlier this month, an international effort* led by Stephen J. O'Brien at the Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida reported the complete genomic sequencing of the domestic cat, Felix catus. The report, entitled "Annotated features of domestic cat – Felis catus genome," was published in GigaScience 2014, 3:13 (August 5, 2014). The study reports sequencing of a female Abyssinian cat named Cinnamon, a mixed-breed cat from Russian named Boris, and Sylvester, a wildcat ancestor of domestic cats. Most significantly, the report showed…
  • Apotex Inc. v. UCB, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

    Patent Docs
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 pm
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- Last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding of inequitable conduct in Apotex v. USB, a relatively rare occurrence in the years after the Federal Circuit's decision in Therasense v. Becton, Dickenson. In the Therasense case, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc clarified the standards for finding inequitable conduct, in a frank effort to remedy the "plague" on the patent system that the Court believed the inequitable conduct defense had become. (The historically minded will recall that this isn't the first time that members of the Court identified this particular…
  • I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

    Patent Docs
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    By Michael Borella -- Ever since the 2010 Supreme Court opinion in Bilski v. Kappos was handed down, the debate over the scope of patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 has been at times stimulating, complex, comical, and frustrating. Now it has taken a turn for the disturbing. I/P Engine sued AOL and several other parties in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,314,420 and 6,775,664. As an example, claim 26 of the '664 patent recites: A method for obtaining information relevant to a first user comprising:…
  • Court Report

    Patent Docs
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:59 pm
    By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Perrigo Co. et al. 1:14-cv-01004; filed July 31, 2014 in the District Court of Delaware • Plaintiffs: Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC; Besins Healthcare Luxemborg SARL • Defendants: Perrigo Co.; Perrigo Israel Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Watson Laboratories Inc. 1:14-cv-01003; filed July 31, 2014 in the District Court of Delaware • Plaintiffs: Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC; Besins Healthcare Luxemborg SARL •…
  • Conference & CLE Calendar

    Patent Docs
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    August 18-19, 2014 - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2014: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing (Practising Law Institute) - San Francisco, CA August 18-20, 2014 - Advanced Patent Law Seminars (Chisum Patent Academy) - Seattle, WA August 19, 2014 - "Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International: General Purpose Computers Cannot Save Inventions Directed to Abstract Ideas" (McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP) - 10:00 to 11:15 am (CT) August 21, 2014 - "Inducement to Infringe in Hatch-Waxman Litigation: Strategies for Patent Drafting, Prosecution and Litigation" (Strafford) - 1:00 to…
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  • Accelerating ex parte PTAB Appeals: For a Fee

    Dennis Crouch
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Dennis Crouch The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is burdened with a statutory mandate to quickly reach final determination in its post-issuance review trials. To meet that requirement, the PTAB has put tremendous resources into its trial teams to ensure sufficient bandwidth to handle the hundreds of inter partes trials. At the same time, a 25,000 case backlog of pending ex parte appeals persists at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  Those cases do not have as clear of a statutory-mandate for rapid processing and, as a result, have clearly languished as the Board developed its…
  • Court Finds Patent Invalid; Then Orders Defendant to Stop Infringing

    Dennis Crouch
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Dennis Crouch Following the Supreme Court’s equitable relief decision in eBay, many patentees have found it difficult to obtain injunctive relief to stop ongoing infringement – even after final judgment that the patent is both valid and infringed. In a recent decision, the District Court Judge Blake (D.Md.) seemingly flipped eBay on its head by enjoining TWi Pharma from making or selling a generic version of Par’s patented Megace ES formulary. The upside-down element of the decision is that the order granting the injunction issued only after the court found the patent claims…
  • Myriad Patents Now Challenged at the PTO

    Dennis Crouch
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Myriad v. Gene Dx, Inc. In 2013, the US Supreme Court invalidated Myriad’s patent claims covering isolated DNA coding for the cancer causing BRCA1/BRCA2 by ruling that those isolated genes were unpatentable products of nature. However, the Supreme Court also ruled that the ‘created’ cDNA versions of the genes were patent eligible – or at least not excluded by the product-of-nature exception to subject matter eligibility. Following that decision, a number of companies indicated that they would enter the market and begin BRCA1/BRCA2 diagnostic genetic testing in violation of…
  • USPTO RCE Backlog Coming Down

    Dennis Crouch
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In its most recent annual report, the USPTO indicated that 560,000 non-provisional utility patent applications were filed during the fiscal year. (FY2013). The report fails to mention that 30% of those “new” filings were not actually new, but rather were merely Requests for Continued Examination (RCEs) filed by applicants in already pending cases. For many patent applicants, RCEs have become an expected element of the prosecution process in order to provide for a third-round of communication with the examiner. Over the years, the USPTO has vacillated on its view of applicant…
  • Upcoming Events

    Dennis Crouch
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    By Dennis Crouch I’m looking forward to a few upcoming events for patent law professionals: September 7-9, 2014, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will hold its annual meeting in beautiful Vancouver BC. I’ll be there joining a panel discussing the impact of recent US Supreme Court patent cases. [LINK]. The IPO event again has a great line-up, including Professor Hricik, Nathan Myhrvold, and many more. On the evening of November 5, 2014, I will be delivering the University of Houston’s IP IL Annual Fall Lecture at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston (Sponsored…
 
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  • 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…
  • Unscripted

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:17 am
    In ScriptPro v Innovation Associations, the district court rightly granted summary judgment of invalidity for 6,910,601 under 35 U.S.C. § 112(a) because the claims left out sensors that were disclosed as essential, and otherwise the claimed invention simply could not work. Ignoring the facts particular to the technology, the CAFC reversed (2013-1561), blithely stating that "it is common, and often permissible, for particular claims to pick out a subset of the full range of described features, omitting others."
  • §101 Profile

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    6,128,415 claims a device profile to rid digital image distortion. The courts found it patent ineligible for being an abstraction. The CAFC (2013-1600): "For all categories except process claims, the eligible subject matter must exist in some physical or tangible form." The noose tightens on patenting software.
  • Essential

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The U.S. courts have done their best to limit patent scope and validity within the past decade, in reponse to corporate complaint. The sensible formula of writing a specification in problem-solution form turned into a formula for obviousness without evidence after KSR. In X2Y Attenuators v. ITC (2013-1340), the CAFC affirms another trick: terming a feature as "essential" in the disclosure limits any claim to that feature to the embodiment specifically disclosed. X2Y also created a corrupt precedent, in allowing any claim limitations in earlier applications to leak into a later CIP without…
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  • Can't Put on Show Without Finding EIN!

    The Dear Rich Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: Our local community college wants to put on a musical. The rights are controlled by a New York based company that refuses to furnish a Tax I.D. Our institution is prohibited from paying without that Tax ID. This question takes us a little out of our bailiwick, but if it means we can help put on a musical, well, what choice do we have? You might want to start by getting the proper corporate name of the business by searcing the New York Secretary of State's website. We don't think the company you mentioned is publicly traded, but if it is, you can search the SEC's EDGAR database…
  • Can I Sell Dolls Made From Pattern

    The Dear Rich Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I recently bought a crochet book about making dolls. I was just wondering, if I make the dolls from the book and sell it, is that illegal? I see it as having paid for the rights to use the book but I don't know if it really works that way. You're not infringing copyright if you make and sell dolls based on the patterns from the book. Or put another way, a pattern maker may obtain copyright over the pattern but not the article manufactured from the pattern. If that weren't the case, we might not have the Paint By Number Museum.P.S. Paying for the book doesn't give you any…
  • Life After Reversion: Who Gives Permission?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I want to reuse a table or image from the second edition of a book. Copyright for the fourth edition of that same book has been transferred back to the author by the publisher. Would I go to the publisher or the author for the permission? Are there cases where a publisher retains rights on some editions and not others? We think the author is probably the one to give permission (assuming the author still retains copyright). However, there are a couple of caveats.Authors and copyright. Sometimes authors retain (or obtain) copyright ownership of a work but exclusively grant…
  • Celebrity Height Index

    The Dear Rich Staff
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I've created a list in ascending height of interesting athletes, celebrities, and historical figures. Here are some examples of figures on the list: George Washington, Peyton Manning, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, etc. I've also included some well known literary characters such as Dobby from Harry Potter and Oompa Loompa from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. All told, my list consists of 42 different figures ranging in height from 3' to 6 1/2' I'm printing the list on a wall decal and plan to sell it in toy stores for children to measure their height against. Do I need…
  • Politicians and Right of Publicity

    The Dear Rich Staff
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I have an idea for a product both practical and humorous (to some, at least). It does however use the likenesses of political figures. Do politicians have any claim to likeness rights? If so, what are they? The right of publicity -- the right to prevent others from using your name, image or personna for commercial purposes -- extends to all people (and yes, politicians are people). However, we don't think you will get hassled for two reasons. First, politicians have historically been hesitant to hassle merchandisers because of the possible political fallout. Second, politicians…
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  • Amazon patents granted on 19 August 2014

    Administrator
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    16 US patents granted on 19 August 2014 and assigned to Amazon 1 8,813,245 Securing content using pipelines 2 8,813,233 Machine image inspection 3 8,813,225 Provider-arbitrated mandatory access control policies in cloud computing environments 4 8,813,186 Modular device authentication framework 5 8,812,951 Publisher formatting controls 6 8,812,897 Locality based quorums 7 8,812,752 Connector interface for data pipeline 8 8,812,727 System and method for distributed load balancing with distributed direct server return 9 8,812,658 Pre-fetching of network page content 10 8,812,646 Predicting…
  • Apple patents granted on 19 August 2014

    Administrator
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    48 US patents granted on 19 August 2014 and assigned to Apple 1 D711,427 Display screen or portion thereof with icon 2 D711,408 Display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface 3 D711,311 Battery module 4 8,813,198 Configuration of accessories for wireless network access 5 8,813,185 Ad-hoc user account creation 6 8,813,167 Dynamic device configuration using predicates 7 8,813,100 Memory management 8 8,812,994 Device, method, and graphical user interface for configuring restricted interaction with a user interface 9 8,812,883 Systems and methods for providing device-to-device…
  • Canon patents granted on 19 August 2014

    Administrator
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    95 US patents granted on 19 August 2014 and assigned to Canon 1 D711,462 Toner supplying cartridge 2 8,813,157 Method and device for determining the value of a delay to be applied between sending a first dataset and sending a second dataset 3 8,813,081 Image processing apparatus using a license, license management system, and control method therefor 4 8,812,783 Operation apparatus, cache apparatus, and control method thereof 5 8,812,747 Network apparatus that sends back equipment information, method of controlling the apparatus, and storage medium 6 8,812,743 Image capturing transfer…
  • eBay patents granted on 19 August 2014

    Administrator
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    3 US patents granted on 19 August 2014 and assigned to eBay 1 8,813,182 Near field communication activation and authorization 2 8,812,648 Techniques for measuring above-the-fold page rendering 3 8,812,545 Taxonomy based database partitioning
  • Fujitsu patents granted on 19 August 2014

    Administrator
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    44 US patents granted on 19 August 2014 and assigned to Fujitsu 1 8,813,002 Circuit board design support program, design support method, and design support apparatus 2 8,812,943 Detecting data corruption in medical binary decision diagrams using hashing techniques 3 8,812,926 Wireless communication apparatus, wireless communication control apparatus, wireless communication method, wireless communication program storage medium, wireless communication control method, and wireless communication control program storage medium 4 8,812,866 Method and apparatus for storing data 5 8,812,829…
 
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    FreshPatents.com: Image analysis - USPTO Class 382 Patent Applications Update

  • Method and apparatus for encoding/decoding intra prediction mode

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    An image decoding method, according to the present invention, includes the steps of: deriving an MPM candidate mode from neighboring blocks adjacent to a target block to be decoded; generating an MPM list using the MPM candidate mode derived from the neighboring blocks; and deriving an intra prediction mode for...
  • Face impression analyzing method, aesthetic counseling method, and face image generating method

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The face impression analyzing device (100) includes a facial form acquiring unit (10), a face component analyzing unit (50), a face impression determining unit (60), and a storage unit (70). The facial form acquiring unit (10) acquires facial form information representing a form of a face surface of a subject....
  • Imaging, object detection, and change detection with a polarized multistatic gpr array

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A polarized detection system performs imaging, object detection, and change detection factoring in the orientation of an object relative to the orientation of transceivers. The polarized detection system may operate on one of several modes of operation based on whether the imaging, object detection, or change detection is performed separately...
  • Multiple image generation from a single patient scan

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Methods and systems for generating images. One system includes a processor. The processor is configured to receive image generation settings, receive projection data generated by a CT scan of an object, and automatically generate a first three-dimensional data set based on the projection data, wherein the first three-dimensional data set...
  • Information processing system, information processing method and program

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Provided are an information processing system, an information processing method and a program that can detect probability whether individuals contacted or not outside the imaging ranges of surveillance cameras. The invention includes: an image receiving unit that receives input of images captured by a plurality of imaging apparatuses including a...
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    Florida IP

  • 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…
  • Expert Lied On The Stand - New Trial, Right?

    Woodrow Pollack
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    No. Rembrandt Vision Technologies sued Johnson & Johnson Vision Care for alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,712,327.  During a two-week jury trial, the Court granted judgment as a matter of law in favor of Defendant based on defects in one of the Plaintiff's expert's testimony.  The jury had also found in Defendant's favor.  After the jury ruled against it, Plaintiff filed a motion asking for discovery and to reopen the case because one of Defendant's expert's had apparently lied on the stand -- he said he conducted a test when he had not personally done so and he…
 
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  • Infineon to Buy International Rectifier for $3 Billion

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Infineon will pay $40 a share for El Segundo, California-based International Rectifier in a deal approved by both companies’ boards, Infineon said yesterday. That’s 51 percent more than the stock’s close before the deal was announced. The acquisition is Infineon’s biggest, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.  
  • Google Cars Designed to Speed Because Obeying the Law Can be Dangerous

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Google’s driverless car is programmed to stay within the speed limit, mostly. Research shows that sticking to the speed limit when other cars are going much faster actually can be dangerous … so its autonomous car can go up to 10 mph (16 kph) above the speed limit when traffic conditions warrant.   Google cars designed to speed because obeying the law can be dangerous | VentureBeat | Business | by Gregory Ferenstein Google’s self-driving cars are designed to exceed the...
  • Microsoft, ZTE prevail in patent case with InterDigital

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    InterDigital Inc. lost its patent case against Nokia Oyj and ZTE Corp. at the U.S. International Trade Commission, dealing the phone-chip researcher another blow in its efforts to create a new royalty stream. InterDigital pledged to appeal.   Microsoft, ZTE prevail in patent case with InterDigital - CNET InterDigital receives a blow from the US International Trade Commission with a ruling that says Nokia and ZTE did not infringe on patents.
  • GeneDx Files IPRs Against Myriad

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    GeneDx Inc., one of Myriad's litigation opponents in the infamous BRCA litigation which resulted in two Myriad patents being invalidated, has filed 11 petitions for inter partes review of patents owned, co-owned, or licensed by Myriad. http://www.nationallawjournal.com/home/id=1202667340255/Inter-Partes-Challenge-Filed-Against-Myriad-Patents?mcode=1202617074964&curindex=1&slreturn=20140720140255
  • BlackBerry Forms New IP-Centric Business Unit

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    BlackBerry said yesterday that it has created a new business unit called BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS) which will include 44,000 patent assets and several software projects. Sandeep Chennakeshu, the former President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and CTO of Sony Ericsson, has been named President of BTS and will be in charge of helping the struggling handset manufacturer find new revenue streams. New BlackBerry unit to focus on patents, software - CNET
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  • Dark Horse May Not be “Perfect Storm” for Katy Perry

    JacksonWhite Law
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Katy Perry is no new name to the top 10 music charts. In fact, she has topped the charts in nearly 20 countries for one song: Dark Horse. But could all the success of this song be stolen? According to accusations by Christian hip-hop musicians, Flame, it is. The group filed a lawsuit in the federal court again Katy Perry claiming she has infringed upon the copyright of their song “Joyful Noise.” They also claim she has tainted their music by suggesting black magic, the illuminati, which craft, and paganism in her music video.  Flame claims that their Grammy-nominated song has been…
  • Vine Caught in Fair Use Dispute over World Cup Clips

    JacksonWhite Law
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    While Vine might be the fastest way to split and share an online moment of the World Cup, it may also be the fastest way to earn a legal threat from individuals who own the rights to the soccer championship tournament. Vine, a Twitter-owned social network service, has been running for approximately 1 year. This app gives users a way to shorten a video clip to 6-second loops and easily share over various apps. These short clips have been perfect for sports fanatics. Individuals can catch highlights and clips, and then share them with others, all in a matter of seconds. Caught in a ‘Grey…
  • John Wayne Enterprise Filed Trademark Lawsuit against Duke University

    JacksonWhite Law
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    On July 3rd of 2014, heirs of John Wayne filed a lawsuit against Duke University for rights to trademark the name “Duke” on alcoholic products. History Leading Up to Lawsuit The complaint that was filed by John Wayne Enterprises discusses that they have been fighting with Duke University over the use of “Duke” since 2005, when the heirs attempted to create a restaurant with the name “Duke.” However, Duke University filed an objection with the Patent and Trademark Office to this attempt.  In the objection, it stated that “consistent with its policies and in order to prevent…
  • Apple Inc. Involved in More Patent Infringement Cases

    JacksonWhite Law
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Apple Incorporation is dealing with an ongoing patent infringement lawsuit which is now being heard in a federal trial. Apple Inc . was sued by Emblaze Ltd., an Israeli software company, which claims to have issued a patent in 2002 directed at covering the process for delivering live-streaming video through wireless networks. Apple Inc. had been pressuring organizations, including Major League Baseball, to use its format of live-streaming videos which lead to them infringing on Emblaze Ltd.’s patent. Emblaze’s attorney, Martin Pavane, has accused Apple of copying their HTTP…
  • Pitbull Accused of Copyright Infringement

    JacksonWhite Law
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Three songwriters are claiming Pitbull’s smash hit ‘Timber’ liberally borrows from their 1978 song ‘San Francisco Bay.’ They are requesting millions for copyright infringement. Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar, and Greg Errico claim that the harmonica riff in Pitbull and Ke$ha’s collaboration is taken from the harmonica performance in ‘San Francisco Bay.’  Oskar even goes to say that Paul Harrington, the ‘Timber’ harmonica player, was told to emulate Oskar’s performance, producing an identical texture and sound. The record company Sony, who may have obtained a license from a…
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