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  • Kaspersky Patents Cloud Protection System

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    15 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    The USPTO has issued US Patent 8,661,547 to antivirus and internet security software provider Kaspersky Lab. The patent describes a technology, which is currently deployed in Kaspersky Security Network, that safeguards cloud services against false information that could be sent to them. Kaspersky Lab Patents Method, System for Protecting Cloud Services | Talkin' Cloud content from Talkin' Cloud Kaspersky Lab has obtained a patent for a method and system for protecting cloud services from...
  • Apple legal spat with Samsung highlights deficiencies in patent system - Irish Times

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  • Samsung's Take on Smart Glass Technology

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    17 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Samsung Galaxy Glass (or Gear Glass, official name still pending) has been teased by a recent patent filed in the Korean Patent Office which shows a compact heads-up display in front of a would be user's right eye. The patent describes the technology as being constructed from "a transparent synthetic resin" with a device to offer "wearable augmented reality and real life experience of being able to listen to a variety of sources." Samsung patents Google Glass...
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    20 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
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  • Curbing Trolls by Reforming the Patent Marking Statute

    Patently-O » Patent
    Dennis Crouch
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Guest Post by François deVilliers, Chief IP Counsel, Plantronics, Inc. 35 U.S.C. 287(a) provides that constructive notice of a patent may be given by marking the patented article with the patent number, and that “In the event of failure so to mark, no damages shall be recovered by the patentee in any action for infringement, except on proof that the infringer was notified of the infringement and continued to infringe thereafter, in which event damages may be recovered only for infringement occurring after such notice.” This section is badly structured – instead of affirmatively…
 
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  • Site Focus for The Remainder of the Year

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:46 am
    Summary: What we plan for the rest of 2014 and why NO MATTER what the corporate press/Wall Street tries to tell the public, Microsoft is rapidly going down, having lost the monopoly in several areas and having lost some key contracts/lock-in. As we noted some days ago, Microsoft is now being sued by its own shareholders for its crimes. As one blogger put it, “Microsoft sued by European Union for $731 Million” and “Even after giving promise to rectify this so called Technical error they didn’t do anything. As a result, 15 million users between May 2011 and July 2012 forced…
  • Links 20/4/2014: EFF FOSS, Easter Drone Strikes, Copyright Industry Fear of Google

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux Safety you can bank on: Chromebook, Linux, phone If you’re not deterred by learning strange software, you can save hundreds of dollars by downloading a copy of the open-source Linux operating system and burning it to a CD or copying it to a flash drive. As security journalist Brian Krebs explained in the summer of 2012, you can pop that into your Windows PC, boot the machine off it, and go online insulated from whatever might lurk in your copy of Windows. (In that post, Krebs endorsed a…
  • Links 19/4/2014: Slow Easter News Day

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years eRacks primarily focuses upon pushing high-end, rackmount servers that run various Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Fedora, et al) along with popular BSD operating systems like NetBSD and FreeBSD. However, eRacks also offers a limited range of branded laptops/notebooks, firewall servers, and other products. Their newest laptops from eRacks are Linux-loaded versions of the ASUS Zenbook laptops and ultrabooks. Desktop Maynard:…
  • Links 18/4/2014: New KDE, Kubuntu, and More

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Contents GNU/Linux Distributions Devices/Embedded Free Software/Open Source Leftovers GNU/Linux Server Battle of the Linux clouds! Linode DOUBLES RAM to take on Digital Ocean Linux server slinger Linode has doubled its RAM allocations per-server, and swapped out all its hard drives with SSDs allowing it to match upstart Digital Ocean on prices. The new gear was announced by the company in a blog post on Thursday. It contains new Ivy Bridge E5-2680 v2 processors, greater networking bandwidth, and larger memory allocations, as well as SSDs for storage. AMD Opteron X-Series APU running a Linux…
  • Some Perspective on Heartbleed®

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Summary: Our views on the whole Heartbleed® bonanza, which seems like partly a PR stunt (for multiple stakeholders) A LOT has been said about Heartbleed® since the firm of Microsoft's 'former' security chief (who had worked with the FBI, the NSA’s more evil twin) irresponsibly 'leaked' the flaw, and did so at the very same moment that Windows XP users rushed to GNU/Linux for security reasons. I know of such users (even corporations I deal with) and I saw their reaction to this unforeseen ‘leak’. Funny timing. In this post we outline some key facts (carefully and patiently…
 
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    Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

  • 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…
  • They Invented What? (No. 239)

    Jake Ward
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    U.S. Patent No. 4,151,613: Protective device for the buttocks and hips of a person for use in skateboarding. JW Note:  For all our readers who are also skateboarding enthusiasts! What is claimed is: 1. A flexible, unitarily molded, protective device for wearing on and protecting the buttocks and hips of a person engaging in the sport of skateboarding comprising: a. casing means having resilient means disposed therein and having a generally rectangular configuration adapted to be worn around a person’s midsection and comprising cutout sections in the upper portion providing upwardly…
  • Welcome Kristen Fries to Anticipate This!

    Jake Ward
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    We are pleased to welcome Kristen Fries as a contributing author at Anticipate This! Kristen is a patent attorney licensed in the State of Ohio and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Fries practices in the area of intellectual property and technology law, including prosecution of patent applications, in various technical fields. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Miami University and is a registered Engineer-in-Training (EIT). Kristen earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. As a…
  • They Invented What? (No. 238)

    Jake Ward
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    U.S. Patent No. 6,860,237: Bird perch. I claim: 1. A bird perch worn on a person’s upper arm comprising: a generally curved relatively rigid band; means for releasably securing said band to the person’s upper arm; and a perch extending generally horizontally outwardly from said band. 2. The bird perch worn on a person’s arm of claim 1 wherein said perch is comprised of wood. 3. The bird perch worn on a person’s upper arm of claim 1 wherein said band includes a foam layer adapted to contact the person’s upper arm. 4. The bird perch worn on a person’s upper…
  • Hyatt v. USPTO – Procedural Limbo in the Patent Process?

    Jake Ward
    2 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    (Photograph Courtesy of Gilbert P. Hyatt) Gilbert P. Hyatt v. USPTO (D. Nevada 2014) We recently had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Gil Hyatt.  Gil is a well-known and prolific inventor in early computer technology, being named on more than 70 issued patents.  Over the years, he has also been a successful litigant in many patent-related matters.  As recently as 2012, Gil prevailed in a case at the U.S. Supreme Court against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). On January 3, 2014, Gil filed a complaint against the USPTO relating to two appealed patent applications.  The…
 
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  • What does the ACI Adam decision mean for InfoSoc system of exceptions and limitations?

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    A few days have passed since the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its decision in Case C-435/12 ACI Adam here, ruling that Article 5(2)(b) of the InfoSoc Directive, read in conjunction with paragraph 5 of the same provision [this imported the 3-step test into EU copyright law], must be interpreted as precluding national legislations that do not distinguish the situation in which the source from which a reproduction for private use is made is lawful from that in which that source is unlawful. As readers will remember, this case concerned the compatibility of Dutch…
  • 3D printing: be careful what you wish for?

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    This blog post will be about taxes. In particular, we will consider whether the utopian vision of "every home a workplace" thanks to 3D printing also contains a dystopian element from the perspective of the public interest in a socially responsible tax system. Before Kat readers immediately decide to eschew the rest of this blog in favour of watching grass grow, engaging in a series of yawns, or doing anything else seemingly more interesting than having a discussion on income taxes, they should remember this: one of the great challenges of any modern government is to maintain a fair tax…
  • Red and yellow and pink and green… or just black and white? Important new European Common Practice on black and white trade marks

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Having been announced back in November’s Alicante News, details were published on 15 April in this Common Communication of the new European trade mark Common Practice as regards black and white trade marks, and how they are to be compared to colour versions of the same. In this Kat’s view, this is a highly significant change in practice that will affect many trade mark owners, perhaps adversely. Its aim is to ensure common trade mark practice throughout Europe, but as you’ll see below there’s something of a bull in a china shop to how supposed consistency is being achieved.It means…
  • Twitter suspends @JamesDean account: an impersonation rebel with(out) a cause?

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    @JamesDeanThose IPKat readers who are also keen followers of Hollywood stories, gossip and business-related news will probably remember when in February last The Hollywood Reporter published an article concerning James Dean (or rather, his estate), Twitter and the account @JamesDean. Of course iconic James Dean, who died in 1955 aged just 24, was sadly never able to tweet. What happened here is that an anonymous Twitter user registered the username @JamesDean and tweeted tributes to legendary Hollywood rebel from this account. Although often referring to James Dean in third person,…
  • Locum lawyer loses company cognomen* costs complaint

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    This one is about the ever-useful Company Names Tribunal, and the cost consequences of ignoring pre-action correspondence and waiting for a party to bring an application against you before you give in and change your company’s name. The decision is here.The company names in suit were BLUE SKY LAW LIMITED vs BLUE SKY LEGAL SERVICES LIMITED. Section 69(1) of the Companies Act 2006 provides:“(1) A person (“the applicant”) may object to a company's registered name on the ground– (a) that it is the same as a name associated with the applicant in which he has goodwill, or (b) that it is…
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    Patent Baristas

  • 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…
  • Chisum Patent Academy Advanced Patent Law Seminar

    Stephen Jenei
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:41 am
    The Chisum Patent Academy announced that the next Advanced Patent Law Seminar will be held March 5-7, 2014 at the spectacular 21C Museum Hotel in easily-accessible Cincinnati, Ohio (more venue details below). Seminar Coverage On January 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in two important patent cases: Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies and Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments.Akamai concerns the problem of multi-actor infringement of method claims. Must the predicate of direct infringement by a single entity be established before inducing or contributory liability…
  • Symposium: Patents 101: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Codes

    Stephen Jenei
    21 Jan 2014 | 7:32 am
    The 2013-2014 JETLaw Symposium, Patents 101: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Codes, examines the interaction of Section 101 and patent eligibility of software and DNA, as well as the implication of current jurisprudence on patent eligible subject matter. With the recent Supreme Court decision in Myriad and the number of cases in recent years addressing the patent eligibility of software, Section 101 has once again moved to the forefront of patent litigation. Chief Judge Randall Rader of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will deliver the keynote address and will be…
  • EPO Confirm Changes to Divisional and Supplementary Search Rules

    Stephen Jenei
    21 Oct 2013 | 5:35 pm
    Following our updates on the proposed change to the divisional deadline rule (Sept 2013 & Oct 2013), the EPO Administrative Council has now confirmed that this change will become law. From 1 April 2014, the new divisional rule will allow applicants to file a divisional application from any pending European patent application.  This change takes the system back to its original form, before the much-maligned divisional deadlines came into force. If you have a case pending before the EPO, for which the divisional deadline has expired but for which you might be interested in filing a…
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  • Court Report

    Patent Docs
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Celltrion Healthcare Co. et al. v. Janssen Biotech, Inc. 1:14-cv-11613; filed March 31, 2014 in the District Court of Massachusetts • Plaintiffs: Celltrion Healthcare Co., Ltd.; Celltrion, Inc. • Defendant: Janssen Biotech, Inc. Declaratory judgment of invalidity and unenforceability of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,919,452 ("Methods of Treating TNFα‐Mediated Disease Using Chimeric Anti‐TNF Antibodies," issued July 6, 1999), 6,284,471 ("Anti‐TNFa Antibodies And Assays Employing…
  • Conference & CLE Calendar

    Patent Docs
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    April 22, 2014 - China Pharmaceutical Regulatory Law Boot Camp (American Conference Institute) - New York, NY April 22, 2014 - "International Trade Secret Misappropriation Update 2014" (McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP) 10:00 am to 11:15 am (CT) April 23, 2014 - European biotech patent law update (D Young & Co) - 4:00 am, 7:00 am, and 12:00 pm (ET) April 23, 2014 - "Advanced AIA Issues for Patent Claim Construction: Best Practices Absent Clear Court Guidance" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT) April 23-25, 2014 - 2014 Spring Intellectual Property Counsels Committee (IPCC)…
  • Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property Law

    Patent Docs
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:44 pm
    The John Marshall Law School Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law will be holding a program on Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property Law on April 24, 2014 in Chicago, IL. The conference will consist of the following sessions: • What IP Lawyers Should Know About ARDC Proceedings and Client Complaints • Movie Lawyer Ethics: Hollywood's Lessons for IP Lawyers • Spoliation Issues in IP Cases • Ethical Issues in Biotechnology Patent Law -- to be presented by Patent Docs contributor Andrew Williams of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP •…
  • Webinar on Opinions of Counsel

    Patent Docs
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Patent Infringement: Structuring Opinions of Counsel: Leveraging Opinion Letters to Reduce the Risks of Liability and Enhanced Damages" on May 22, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). Thomas J. Scott, Jr., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Personalized Media Communications; and Eleanor M. Yost of Goodwin Procter will provide patent counsel with an analysis of the evolving standard for patent infringement claims and the use of opinions of counsel, and discuss the issue of waiver of the attorney-client privilege and provide best…
  • AIA Trial Roundtables -- PTAB Takes Its Show on the Road

    Patent Docs
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    By Andrew Williams -- This week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board began hosting a month-long series of roundtables devoted to sharing information about the new AIA trials. These include inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews, and the soon-to-be experienced post grant review and derivation proceedings. The inaugural event took place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Alexandria Virginia, with the event being webcast (an archival copy is accessible here). Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator at the USPTO, introduced and moderated Tuesday's event. The first item on the agenda was…
 
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    Patently-O » Patent

  • Searching for a Lien on a Patent

    Dennis Crouch
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Does someone have a checklist that they could share with me on the due diligence that you may go through in the process of purchasing a patent? In particular, I’m thinking about the title search to ensure that the seller is in fact the owner and that there are no liens on the patent – e.g., that the patent is not currently being used as a security interest. How do you go about doing those searches? – Dennis
  • Preliminary Injunction Can Issue Even Though Patentee Does not Practice the Invention

    Dennis Crouch
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    By Dennis Crouch Trebro Mfg. v. FireFly Equipment and Steven Aposhian (Fed. Cir. 2013) Here, the Federal Circuit holds that the district court abused its discretion in denying Trebro’s motion for preliminary injunction to stop ongoing infringement of its U.S. Patent No. 8,336,638. The patent covers sod harvesters and FireFly’s ProSlab 150 is said to infringe. This is an interesting case in terms of “troll” identity. Trebro did not itself invent the patented equipment and does not actually practice the invention. However, Trebro does compete directly with FireFly in the…
  • Guest Post by Prof. Sichelman: Stop Bashing Academics: Why Mark Lemley, Peter Menell, and Rob Merges are Highly Qualified to Teach and Write about Patent Law

    Jason Rantanen
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Guest Post by Prof. Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego, School of Law Recently, Hal Wegner has been circulating and commenting upon the qualifications of patent law professors. For example, he lists whether patent law professors at the Top Ten IP programs as ranked by US News & World Report are licensed to practice at the USPTO, have an “understanding” of international/comparative patent law, or clerked at the Federal Circuit (see below). According to Wegner, these “credentials” are “particularly” and “uniquely” valuable (in some cases, “essential”) for professors…
  • Curbing Trolls by Reforming the Patent Marking Statute

    Dennis Crouch
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Guest Post by François deVilliers, Chief IP Counsel, Plantronics, Inc. 35 U.S.C. 287(a) provides that constructive notice of a patent may be given by marking the patented article with the patent number, and that “In the event of failure so to mark, no damages shall be recovered by the patentee in any action for infringement, except on proof that the infringer was notified of the infringement and continued to infringe thereafter, in which event damages may be recovered only for infringement occurring after such notice.” This section is badly structured – instead of affirmatively…
  • Off-the-Record Examination: Is Conventional Wisdom Wrong?

    Dennis Crouch
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    By Dennis Crouch Interview summaries. In a recent post, Professor Chao discussed the common practice of examiner interviews where the patent attorney discusses outstanding issues with the patent examiner. No transcript or recording of the discussion is kept, although there is a requirement that a summary of the interview and its results be written and placed within the file history. Professor Chao argues that the summaries are insufficient because all-too-often, a seemingly valid rejection simply vanishes following an examiner interview. For evidence, Chao also cites discussions at a recent…
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    Patent Prospector

  • Incomplete Means

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    In Univ. of Pittsburgh v. Varian Medical (CAFC 2012-1575), CAFC Judge DYK caught cohorts Lourie and O'Malley (the majority) out for sloppy work product. A means-plus-function claim element was given cursory treatment by the majority, completely missing the meat of the claim element in construction, which Judge DYK pointed out. This is typical of the random competence by the CAFC, where the law is shambolic.
  • Terminal Dose

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hoffmann-La Roche got 7,718,634 & 7,410,957, which claimed a dosing regime for treating osteoporosis. Against the law, the district court and a CAFC panel (2013-1128) found the patents obvious by now-routine hand-waving. Judge Newman dissented over "this court invoking judicial hindsight to reconstruct the patented subject matter." Outliers aside, the anti-patent regime continues apace.
  • Deliverance

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    United Video Properties, which owns TV Guide and Rovi, decided it wanted a prime cut of Amazon for infringing 6,769,128 & 7,603,690. Carefully biased claim construction insured noninfringement.  The lynchpin was prosecution estoppel. Ironically, a term was struck ("Internet delivered data") during prosecution that actually broadened claim scope. But of course, with Amazon being the target, the court skewed claim construction to get Amazon off the hook. (CAFC 2013-1396).
  • Trolling Shot Down

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:05 am
    To extort license revenue, DataTern sued only the customers of Microsoft and SAP database products for patent infringement (5,937,402 & 6,101,502). Microsoft and SAP and were let alone. But, in response to customer complaints about DataTern, those two software giants filed a DJ against DataTern's assertion. DataTern argued lack of subject matter jurisdiction, to no avail. The fix was in. Summary judgment of noninfringement for all claims of the patents, upheld on appeal. The district court had allowed that to apply to all SAP products, but the CAFC (2013-1184) pared that back to the…
  • Recall

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    According to blackletter law, the U.S. patent office issues valid patents, enforceable in courts. For well over a decade, corporations have been crying that this is fouling their freedom to readily pilfer others' inventions. Paid-for politicians, like NY senator Charles Schumer, cry for the need to "pass strong, effective reforms that will eradicate the scourge of patent trolls plaguing startups and other US innovators." This does not connect the dots. According to the law, the people with patents are the innovators, which makes the startups well-heeled thieves paying for accomplices like…
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    Dear Rich: Nolo's Intellectual Property Blog

  • A Perfect Day for Banana Hockey? Patenting a New Sport

    The Dear Rich Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: Is there anything patentable or copyrightable in the equipment, rules or jargon for a new sport? Say I’ve created “Banana Hockey,” which involves skating on banana peels instead of ice, specifies using fresh bananas as pucks, requires special sticks with banana-shaped scoops. Let's say that Banana Hockey also has its own rules and jargon, which bear only a remote resemblance to those of ice hockey, e.g., a player who “shoots” a banana at a goal is known as a ‘banana caster." Is this stuff worth getting intellectual property protection for?Novelty sports like bed…
  • Will They Got Mad if We Argue Fair Use?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: If we buy half a dozen of photos from a photo agency, let’s call it XYZ images, and discover that other photos which we obtained from out-of-business newspaper archives (sold on eBay) are credited to a Now Defunct News Service (NDNS) a company since bought out by XYZ, are we obligated to declare those additional photos to XYZ? These are photos that otherwise appear to meet the criteria for fair use, and are not found in a search of the XYZ’s website. If we already did report to XYZ that we have some of these pictures, would that void our option to fair use those photos? If we…
  • Can I Reproduce Article About Myself?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I am a realtor and am creating a web page of myself with the listings that I have. I wanted to know if I can use articles that have been published about myself as well as photos of me taken by several newspapers, magazines etc. In other words, if I have been featured in an article about myself or mentioned in any article, do I have the rights to post it/use it on my website? You might think that being the subject of an article or photo would give you rights to use the results, but it doesn't. There are a few exceptions -- you can reproduce the specific statements you made in…
  • So Many Copyright Questions ... So Little Time

    The Dear Rich Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: (1) What is the length of time the U.S. Copyright Office takes to approve or not approve a copyright application? (2) If I secure a lyrics copyright on a public domain melody for commercial purposes can someone else use that same melody with different lyrics --- say a competitor -- and secure another lyric copyright on that same melody? (3) Regarding the renewal of copyrights, is a renewal of copyright application sent out to copyright owners at the appropriate renewal time, by the copyright office or is there a formal time frame that copyright owners must adhere to? How many times…
  • Employee Trade Secret Duty

    The Dear Rich Staff
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I don't see many questions about trade secrets on the blog and I have a particular question. Is an employee (not under an NDA) under any duty to discover what are his/her employer's trade secrets are, and/or protect/not divulge them? Employees always have a duty to protect employer trade secrets regardless whether they signed a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). This duty not to disclose is typically found in state trade secret laws. As for the duty to "discover" trade secrets ... an employer usually makes it clear what is a trade secret. If not, the…
 
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  • Amazon patent applications published on 17 April 2014

    Administrator
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    3 US patent applications published on 17 April 2014 and assigned to Amazon 1 20140109118 OFFERING ITEMS IDENTIFIED IN A MEDIA STREAM 2 20140108427 MINING OF USER EVENT DATA TO IDENTIFY USERS WITH COMMON INTERESTS 3 20140104438 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LENS CHARACTERIZATION
  • Apple patent applications published on 17 April 2014

    Administrator
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    39 US patent applications published on 17 April 2014 and assigned to Apple 1 20140109138 UPDATING PROPERTIES OF REMOTE A/V PERFORMANCE NODES 2 20140109018 GESTURE ENTRY TECHNIQUES 3 20140109010 GESTURE ENTRY TECHNIQUES 4 20140109001 USER INTERFACE FOR MULTIPLE DISPLAY REGIONS 5 20140108998 MULTIMEDIA CONTROL CENTER 6 20140108997 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTING WITH A DISPLAYED WORK SPACE 7 20140108688 Fabric Delivered Interrupts 8 20140108416 INDEXING USING A LOCKLESS BURST TRIE 9 20140108391 SEARCH ASSISTANT FOR DIGITAL MEDIA ASSETS 10 20140108303 Method and Apparatus for Building an…
  • Canon patent applications published on 17 April 2014

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    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    74 US patent applications published on 17 April 2014 and assigned to Canon 1 20140109183 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM 2 20140108866 DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD 3 20140108843 INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS 4 20140108840 COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR 5 20140108806 COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION PARAMETER CONFIGURATION METHOD THEREOF 6 20140108580 TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND RECEPTION APPARATUS FOR MESSAGE AND METHOD OF DATA…
  • eBay patent applications published on 17 April 2014

    Administrator
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    11 US patent applications published on 17 April 2014 and assigned to eBay 1 20140109116 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USER-DESIGNED APPLICATION DEPLOYMENT 2 20140108931 SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE SEGMENTATION OF MEDIA 3 20140108482 Mobile Trigger Web Workflow 4 20140108254 TRAVEL ACCOUNT 5 20140108196 PERSONALIZED ITEM TRADING CARD GENERATION AND MANAGEMENT 6 20140108181 READ-ONLY USER ACCESS FOR WEB BASED AUCTION 7 20140108136 AUGMENTED REALITY FOR SHIPPING 8 20140108063 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SHIPPING INSURANCE AS A SERVICE 9 20140108062 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SHIPPING INSURANCE…
  • Fujitsu patent applications published on 17 April 2014

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    17 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    30 US patent applications published on 17 April 2014 and assigned to Fujitsu 1 20140109100 SCHEDULING METHOD AND SYSTEM 2 20140108996 INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CHANGING EXECUTION PRIORITY 3 20140108848 PROCESSOR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROCESSOR 4 20140108776 INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIRTUAL MACHINE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND VIRTUAL MACHINE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 5 20140108758 DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM 6 20140108693 INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD 7 20140108658 COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A RESOURCE…
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    FreshPatents.com: Image analysis - USPTO Class 382 Patent Applications Update

  • Analyzer of ultrasonic flaw detection image

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    A flaw detection image analyzer (10) takes in an inspection procedure command stored in a flaw detection condition database (40), takes in a flaw detection image signal corresponding to a flaw detection image indicated by the taken inspection procedure command from a database (50) for flaw detection image signal, and...
  • Adjusting a contour by a shape model

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Various embodiments of methods and apparatus for feature point localization are disclosed. A profile model and a shape model may be applied to an object in an image to determine locations of feature points for each object component. Input may be received to move one of the feature points to...
  • Systems and methods for performing video analysis

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Included are embodiments for performing video analysis. Some embodiments include a system with a memory component that stores logic that, when executed by the system, causes the system to receive video content of a subject, identify a mannerism of the subject at a point in time in the video content,...
  • Method of analyzing tamper evident tape residue

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Methods and systems for measuring the effectiveness of pigment transfer in a tamper evident tape. A test area can be established on a substrate upon which a residual image is formed by pulling a tamper-evident tape. The test area is divided into a predefined number of units. Then, the number...
  • Watermarking of images

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Techniques and mechanisms described herein facilitate the watermarking of images. According to various embodiments, a watermark image to apply to a digital image is identified. The digital image may include a plurality of image pixel data values. Each of the image pixel data values may designate a color of a...
 
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    Erin-Michael Gill's blog about Intellectual Property (Gill IP)

  • Interviewed by Fox Business

    Erin-Michael Gill
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.comThanks from e^(ip) - www.gillip.com - emg@gillip.com
  • Helping the Markets Understand BlackBerry

    Erin-Michael Gill
    24 Oct 2013 | 6:31 am
    This week I helped Bloomberg News understand some of the BlackBerry dynamics a bit better. Unfortunately, BBRY is down about 2% since this went out, but it was important for investors to understand 1) that the extent to which BlackBerry's patent portfolio is licensed is key to generating a transaction value, 2) the portfolio is both large and young and 3) Apple has been citing this portfolio at a significant rate. A few high points from the story: "(V)alue may be lower if BlackBerry has already licensed much of its technology, said Erin-Michael Gill, managing director of MDB…
  • Explaining Patent Trolls to a Wall Street Audience

    Erin-Michael Gill
    8 Jun 2013 | 7:32 pm
    Asked to detail the President’s patent troll initiatives to an investor focused viewership. Thanks from e^(ip) - www.gillip.com - emg@gillip.com
  • Recent segment on Bloomberg TV

    Erin-Michael Gill
    8 Jun 2013 | 4:31 pm
    Discussing the Samsung-Apple patent wars with Sara Eisen and Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (Source: Bloomberg) Thanks from e^(ip) - www.gillip.com - emg@gillip.com
  • DoE Panel on IP Strategy

    Erin-Michael Gill
    31 Mar 2013 | 3:13 pm
    My firm, MDB Capital, is a sponsor of the Department of Energy's ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC. Earlier this year I was asked to speak on a panel with a few experts about IP issues and strategy. Also presenting: Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Sarah Harris, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property, AOL,Brian P. O’Shaughnessy, Shareholder, RatnerPrestiaDr. David Parekh, Vice President, Research and Director, United Technologies Research CenterA bit basic for some, but might still…
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  • Samsung's Take on Smart Glass Technology

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Samsung Galaxy Glass (or Gear Glass, official name still pending) has been teased by a recent patent filed in the Korean Patent Office which shows a compact heads-up display in front of a would be user's right eye. The patent describes the technology as being constructed from "a transparent synthetic resin" with a device to offer "wearable augmented reality and real life experience of being able to listen to a variety of sources." Samsung patents Google Glass...
  • Kaspersky Patents Cloud Protection System

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    The USPTO has issued US Patent 8,661,547 to antivirus and internet security software provider Kaspersky Lab. The patent describes a technology, which is currently deployed in Kaspersky Security Network, that safeguards cloud services against false information that could be sent to them. Kaspersky Lab Patents Method, System for Protecting Cloud Services | Talkin' Cloud content from Talkin' Cloud Kaspersky Lab has obtained a patent for a method and system for protecting cloud services from...
  • April 10th - USPTO Roundtable on the Use of Crowdsourcing

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    From 12:30 - 5:00 PM EDT today (4/10) the USPTO will be holding a roundtable event to solicit public opinions regarding the use of crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions to identify relevant prior art and enhance the quality of patent examination. If you were able to register by the deadline you can simply webcast and listen in on the presentations. Patexia's very own Pedram Sameni will be among the presenters so be sure to keep your ears open for that. Roundtable on...
  • Lenovo Continues the Shopping Spree

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Lenovo announced last week that it has purchased a mobile technology portfolio of over 3,800 patent families, including standard essential patents for 3G and LTE technologies, from Tokyo based NEC Corporation. This deal comes on the heels of the PC maker's $2.91B acquisition of Google's Motorola Mobility handset business and a purchase of 21 patent families owned by Unwired Planet for $100M. Lenovo buys mobile, 3G, LTE technology patent portfolio | ZDNet The PC maker has purchased...
  • Apple Patents Transparent Texting

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    A patent originally filed by Apple in 2012 has gained some recent media attention alongside the oftentimes hilarious outcomes of the situation that it is seeking to address. By placing a text box over a live video screen the company hopes to help its customers avoid falling into fountains or bumping into poles while reading and writing messages. Prolonged use of the rear-facing camera is very battery intensive so the technology has not yet been built into existing iPhones...
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    Arizona IP Attorney » Blog

  • Are international patents worth it?

    JacksonWhite Law
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The United States patent only protects your invention in the US and its territories. So, is it worth the time and money to invest in patents internationally? The answer varies depending on a person’s circumstances. When applying for international patents, you must apply individually to all the different countries you wish to have a patent from to ensure protection. The United States is under the notion that the “first to invent” receives the patent, but in other countries, it is the “first to file” that will earn the patent. Realistically, international patents are a gamble because…
  • How to establish your commercial identity

    JacksonWhite Law
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:12 pm
    How to find your commercial identity In households around the world company names like Wal-Mart and Apple are commonly known and discussed in relation to what the company distributes and markets. A company name is important for the establishment of advertising and the foundation of a business. When thinking of a company name use your imagination and appeal to the audience you are targeting. The audience is the key to the success of your company name. Remember to create a name that interests a certain age group and educational level. Your business name should hold the message of your company…
  • Samsung Electronics and Cisco Systems reach a 10-year patent agreement

    JacksonWhite Law
    7 Feb 2014 | 11:29 am
    Samsung Electronics has signed a 10-year patent agreement with Cisco Systems as it looks to avoid potential litigation.  This is the third such deal in string of deals that dates back to Google and Ericsson patent deal last month. The cross-license agreement give the respective companies access to each other’s patent portfolios which covers a broad range of technologies and products. . The pact includes existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years. Cisco’s vice president of intellectual property, Dan Lang, said: ”Innovation is stifled all too often in…
  • Makers of the Original “Paper” App try to fend off FaceBook

    JacksonWhite Law
    6 Feb 2014 | 2:00 am
    FiftyThree the makers of the widely successful Application in which downloaders, much like the name implies, are given a blank piece of virtual paper to sketch on are upset with Social Media Giant Facebook. On January 30th FiftyThree found out with the rest of the world that Facebook would be releasing its own App under the same name “Paper,” Even after Fiftythree had already won App of the year in 2012 with an App bearing the same name. Facebook’s paper is what Mark Zuckerberg is calling a modern newspaper, offering high-quality content no matter what your area of interest, Granted…
  • Google and Cisco Agree on a Long Term Patent Deal

    JacksonWhite Law
    5 Feb 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Two of Silicon Valley’s most well known companies, Google Inc. And Cisco Systems Inc. came to a long-term agreement to license each other’s intellectual property in an attempt to curb the patent Lawsuits that have been plaguing their industry. The deal Covers a fairly diverse range of Intellectual Properties and allows each respective company to extract value from it’s the other’s companies patents. The financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed yet, but it’s likely to be a high number. Both Google and Cisco rarely compete against one another directly, with Cisco being the…
 
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