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  • Supreme Court to hear Samsung’s appeal over Apple design patent case on Oct. 11

    07/14/2016 5:26:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | July 13, 2016 | By Chance Miller
    Back in March, the Supreme Court stated that it would hear Samsung’s appeal in the company’s never-ending design patent battle with Apple. While Apple had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case, saying that Samsung “had its day in court,” it was revealed on the court’s website today that the case will be heard on October 11th. The Supreme Court had initially announced its decision to hear the case in March, but a date was unknown until tonight. The hearing will center around two patents that Apple has claimed Samsung infringed upon. The long-winded battle seemingly came to an...
  • Apple Faces Patent Lawsuit Over iPhone's Battery Technologies

    07/12/2016 6:50:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    MacRumors ^ | July 12, 2016 | by Joe Rossignol
    Apple Faces Patent Lawsuit Over iPhone's Battery Technologies Tuesday July 12, 2016 12:04 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol Somaltus, LLC has filed a complaint against Apple today in an Eastern Texas district court, accusing the iPhone maker of infringing upon its 2010 patent related to complex battery technologies. The small Frisco, Texas-based firm also filed lawsuits against Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba over the same patent. The lawsuit claims that the iPhone 6s and any similar devices sold by Apple infringe upon U.S. Patent No. 7,657,386, titled "Integrated Battery Service System," and seeks unspecified monetary damages or, alternatively, a...
  • How the U.S. Patent Office Got So Screwed Up

    06/22/2016 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Pelham · 19 replies
    Popular Mechanics. ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | By Scott Eden
    Once a haven for innovation, over the last two decades the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by "patent trolls." Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them? Starting in the early 2000s, the rights and protections conferred by a U.S. patent have eroded to the point that they are weaker today than at any time since the Great Depression. A series of Supreme Court decisions and then the most important patent-reform legislation in sixty years, signed...
  • Justices will hear Samsung-Apple patent dispute

    03/21/2016 2:49:16 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    The Sacramento Bee (AP) ^ | March 21, 2016
    The Associated Press — The Supreme Court has agreed to referee a pricy patent dispute between Samsung and Apple. The justices said Monday they will review a $399 million judgment against South Korea-based Samsung for illegally copying patented aspects of the look of Apple's iPhone. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, and Samsung are the top two manufacturers of increasingly ubiquitous smartphones. The two companies have been embroiled in patent fights for years. The justices will decide whether a court can order Samsung to pay Apple every penny it made from the phones at issue, even though the disputed features are...
  • Defending Property Rights via the Patent Act

    12/22/2015 5:21:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 22, 2015 | Dan Horowitz
    The process of approving patent applications, the statutes, policies and statutes governing patents have all undergone a tremendous change in the past two decades. Despite the constant refrain from those technology companies in the new economy, the system must continue to work for not simply for them but those established industries who have used and continue to use the patent system. Congress has been steadily and carefully addressing necessary changes to the Patent Act. And again, despite the constant cry for change from certain companies, it important to note that the process of amending the Patent Act remains a necessarily...
  • Apple is sued over their 2-Step Apple ID Verification System

    08/23/2015 12:09:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 22, 2015 | Patently Apple Staff
    A Nevada based company is suing Apple for patent infringement. The company alleges that Apple's 2-step Apple ID verification system/process violates their patent. Verify Smart Corp. alleges that Apple makes, uses, tests, markets and sells or otherwise provides a system and method for enabling a user to authenticate their identity when initiating an electronic transaction, using a one-time pass-code sent to the user's mobile phone (hereinafter "Apple two-step verification"). They further claim that Apple's two-step verification system is designed to enable secure transactions for their customers. Verify alleges, that Apple's two-step verification infringes claims 2 and 5 of their...
  • Boeing Receives Patent for Laser-Powered Fusion-Fission Jet Propulsion System

    07/13/2015 3:54:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Boeing has received a US patent for a laser-powered fusion-fission jet propulsion system.The patent, US 9,068,562, combines inertial confinement fusion, fission, and a turbine that generates electricity.Boeing claims that there is a silhouette of a turbo fan engine and in the middle of the engine there is a fusion chamber, with a number of very strong lasers focused on a single point. A hohlraum (pellet) containing a mix of deuterium and tritium (hydrogen isotopes) is placed at this focal point. The lasers are all turned on at the same instant, creating massive pressure on the pellet, which implodes and causes...
  • Boeing patent reveals radical 'laser fusion' fission engine design

    07/12/2015 5:15:54 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 55 replies ^ | 16:20 EST, 10 July 2015 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard For
    Future aircraft could be powered by lasers and nuclear explosions if Boeing has its way. The aerospace firm claims a new-type of engine could produce energy-efficient thrust by firing lasers at radioactive material, such as deuterium and tritium. The technology could mean that planes and spaceships will require only a fraction of the power to operate, according to a recent patent filed by the company.
  • Conservative Merits Of Patent Reform Legislation

    05/05/2015 6:06:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | May 5, 2015 | Chuck Muth
    In the wake of the Great Recession, the American economy continues to face an anemic recovery as we attempt to return to a period of sustained growth. In fact, just this past week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the gross domestic product grew at a rate of just 0.2 percent between January and March. Businesses – both large and small – are grappling with significant uncertainty and unpredictable days ahead. As if today’s economic climate wasn’t challenging enough, our innovators and job creators are being held back by another force which is becoming an increasing threat: patent trolls....
  • Kel-Tec has a new Patent for a 33 round .22LR Magazine

    01/25/2015 5:17:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Toby Obermeit, Lead Design Engineer at Kel-Tec, holds a PMR-30 magazine.  That magazine holds 30 .22 WMR cartridges.  The design is popular, with Kel-Tec shipping 500 of the pistols each week. I talked to Toby at the Shot Show this week.   He and Kel-Tec recently obtained a patent on a new magazine design that would create an even larger capacity for the .22LR cartridge.  It would fit in a pistol grip, with a preliminary capacity of 33 rounds. Toby said that Kel-Tec CNC has been granted the patent just a few weeks ago.  It is specifically aimed at the...
  • Stupid Patent of the Month

    08/05/2014 11:11:23 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies
    EFF ^ | 31 July 2014 | JoeVera Ranieri Mullin
    Here at EFF, we see a lot of stupid patents. There was the patent on “scan to email.” And the patent on “bilateral and multilateral decision making.” There are so many stupid patents that Mark Cuban endowed a chair at EFF dedicated to eliminating them. We wish we could catalog them all, but with tens of thousands of low-quality software patents issuing every year, we don’t have the time or resources to undertake that task. But in an effort to highlight the problem of stupid patents, we’re introducing a new blog series, Stupid Patent of the Month, featuring spectacularly dumb...
  • Patent office didn’t receive a single public complaint before stripping Redskins trademark

    07/02/2014 6:25:12 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    The recent decision by an obscure administrative law board to cancel the Washington Redskins‘ trademark registrations came despite the fact the agency hadn’t received a single letter from a member of the public complaining about the team’s name, records show. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, ruled last month that the name was disparaging to American Indians. The team is appealing that decision. Politicians, including President Obama, have waded into the team name controversy, with many saying the team should change its name. But despite widespread media attention and a...
  • Should the U.S. Government Ban All Offensive Names? Let's Pick a Few!

    06/20/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT · by IndianaJax · 34 replies ^ | 06/18/2014 | Rob Binsrick
    Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the name Redskins is 'disparaging of Native Americans' and, therefore, should not be afforded trademark protection any longer. This seems like a free-speech appeal just waiting to happen but in the meantime we should take a look at all the major American sports (sorry, soccer/futbol is still not one of them) and pick a few other nicknames that should be banned or at least left unprotected with trademark rights because they could be offensive to some people in the country. Major League Baseball 1.Royals - this name could be offensive to...
  • Microsoft patents uber-cool smartwatch (and unlike smart bra, this may actually hit the market)

    05/11/2014 8:10:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 05/11/2014 | By Vamien McKalin,
    We've long known that Microsoft is working on a smart watch device, but we had no idea what to expect when it comes to design or features. Now, due to a patent filed by the software company back in 2012, and grant this week, this smart watch could turn out to be something special. The diagrams show that this device will rely a lot on sensors that are designed to read heart rates among other things. Not surprising, because almost every current and future smart watch we know of are designed with reading the user's heart rate in mind. The...
  • US Patent Office Grants 'Photography Against A White Background' Patent To Amazon

    05/10/2014 12:25:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Techdirt ^ | May 8, 2014
    US Patent Office Grants 'Photography Against A White Background' Patent To Amazon from the maybe-someone-at-the-office-checked-the-wrong-box? dept The US Patent and Trademark Office is frequently maligned for its baffling/terrible decisions... and rightfully so. Because this is exactly the sort of thing for which the USPTO should be maligned. Udi Tirosh at DIY Photography has uncovered a recently granted patent for the previously-unheard of process of photographing things/people against a white backdrop... to of all companies, Amazon. I am not really sure how to tag this other than a big #fail for the USPTO, or a huge Kudos for Amazon's IP attorneys....
  • Transmutation Revolution? Mitsubishi Granted Patent for ‘Nuclide Transmutation’ Process

    03/05/2014 5:57:19 PM PST · by Kevmo · 15 replies
    ECat World ^ | March 4, 2014 | Admin
    Transmutation Revolution? Mitsubishi Granted Patent for ‘Nuclide Transmutation’ Process Posted on March 4, 2014 by admin • 64 Comments Thanks to Cold Fusion Now and AlainCo at LENR Forum for picking up what seems to be a very important development — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been granted a patent by the European Patent Office for a “Nuclide transmutation device and nuclide transmutation method” which the introduction to the patent states could allow for the transforming of long-lived radioactive waste into short-lived radioactive nuclides or stable nuclides, and the transmutation of abundant elements into rare earth elements. The patent application was...
  • Monsanto Wins Case on Genetically Altered Soybeans

    05/13/2013 8:50:24 AM PDT · by Theoria · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 May 2013 | Adam Liptak
    <p>The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that farmers may not use Monsanto’s patented genetically altered soybeans to create new seeds without paying the company a fee.</p> <p>The ruling has implications for many aspects of modern agriculture and for businesses based on vaccines, cell lines and software. But Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the court, emphasized that the justices meant for the decision to be narrow.</p>
  • 56 percent of all patent lawsuits are made by patent trolls

    04/13/2013 5:56:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 4/11/13 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Summary: According to a new, comprehensive report by Lex Machina, more than half of all patent lawsuits in the US now come from patent trolls.Patent lawsuits are used as weapons in business wars between companies such as Oracle vs. Google and Apple vs. Samsung. Behind the intellectual property (IP) headlines, however, Lex Machina, a Silicon Valley startup, has found that patent troll lawsuits have increased from 24 percent of cases filed in 2007 to 56% in 2012. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a "patent troll uses patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming...
  • 1911: Chester E. McDuffee’s Patented Diving Suit (PHOTO)

    01/21/2013 6:12:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Rebreather Site ^ | The Rebreather Site
    1911: Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit The suit of Chester E. Macduffee is a fantastic suit to see. Although Macduffee patented 4 inventions and pictures of the actual diving suit are still available it is very strange nothing could be found about the inventor. In the book from Hermann Stelzner there are some references to Macduffee. The name of the inventor is often written in different ways. Stelzner calls him Macduff. He is also called McDuffie – MacDuffie – MacDuffy – Macduffie but the true name of the man was Macduffee. Stelzner wrote: Macduffs ADS was tested in 1915...
  • 'I expected to be dismissed': Even jury foreman on Apple case against Samsung....

    08/31/2012 3:18:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/30/12 | Daniel Bates
    'I expected to be dismissed': Even jury foreman on Apple case against Samsung admits he thought his own patents would make him ineligible By Daniel Bates PUBLISHED:03:38 GMT, 30 August 2012| UPDATED: 11:42 GMT, 30 August 2012 The controversial jury foreman in the Apple vs Samsung patent trial has admitted that even he thought he would be dismissed from the case. Velvin Hogan said that because he had a tech patent in his name he thought it would rule him out during jury selection. He also revealed that he had a second similar patent but said both were ‘unrelated’ to...
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan

    07/19/2012 5:39:02 PM PDT · by fishtank · 17 replies
    US Patent Office ^ | July 13, 2012 | US Patent Office
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Blank and Patent Office Director Kappos Participated in Ribbon-Cutting for Facility to Help Speed Up Patent Process and Create Local Jobs DETROIT – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, along with elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO in Detroit, Michigan – the first-ever Patent and Trademark Office outside of Washington, DC. The new office...
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan

    07/19/2012 5:38:48 PM PDT · by fishtank · 1 replies
    US Patent Office ^ | July 13, 2012 | US Patent Office
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Blank and Patent Office Director Kappos Participated in Ribbon-Cutting for Facility to Help Speed Up Patent Process and Create Local Jobs DETROIT – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, along with elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO in Detroit, Michigan – the first-ever Patent and Trademark Office outside of Washington, DC. The new office...
  • Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

    03/30/2012 6:55:59 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Slash Gear ^ | March 30th | Shane McGlaun
    Apparently, Torvalds stepped into the arena and helped convince an ITC Administrative LAW Judge named Theodore R. Essex that Microsoft’s patent in question was invalid. The same judge who determined that Motorola had violated four Microsoft patents, including one known simply as the 352 patent. That particular patent has to do with storing filenames with a lot of characters in old file systems like Windows FAT. Torvalds told the judge that Motorola had found the posting he had made about long filenames used in a compatible manner with short filenames, and that post predated the Microsoft patent by three years....
  • The open source movement enlarges its shield

    03/07/2012 7:36:05 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 6 March 2012 | Roger Parloff
    An alliance of technology corporations, including IBM, is expanding the scope of patent protection it provides to developers, vendors, and users of open source software such as Linux. The move cuts against the grain of major companies going after each other, filing suit over patent infringement. The consortium, known as the Open Invention Network, already provides an array of patent protections to certain Linux and open-source applications found on corporate data-center and back-office servers. Today's announcement will extend those protections to more than 700 additional open-source software packages, including Android, Google's (GOOG) smartphone operating system; OpenJDK, a popular programmers' development...
  • Apple Starts to Wobble 2 Months After Jobs' Death

    12/12/2011 2:59:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies · 3+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/12/11
    Apple Starts to Wobble 2 Months After Jobs' Death Two months since the death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the firm's management is showing signs of wobbling. The market shares of the iPhone and iPad are declining, and a series of patent-infringement lawsuits against rivals are not entirely going to plan. Apple's competitors, who were caught on the back foot by the iPhone and iPad, are rapidly releasing products aimed at toppling the leader. â—† Shrinking Demand U.S. market research firm Canaccord Genuity recently said Apple's share of the American table PC market is forecast to fell from 74 percent...
  • Apple's helpful guidelines for competitors to avoid patent infringement(Ya Think?)

    12/07/2011 2:11:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    IT World ^ | 12/05/11 | Chris Nerney
    Apple's helpful guidelines for competitors to avoid patent infringement As long as rival tablets and smartphones don't look anything like tablets or smartphones, everything's cool By Chris Nerney 6 comments December 05, 2011, 3:03 PM — /snip For the iPhone design, alternative smartphone designs include: front surfaces that are not black or clear; front surfaces that are not rectangular, not flat, and without rounded corners; display screens that are more square than rectangular or not rectangular at all; display screens that are not centered on the front surface of the phone and that have substantial lateral borders; speaker openings that...
  • Samsung Files Massive Lawsuit Against Apple

    10/06/2011 4:10:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/06/11
    Samsung Files Massive Lawsuit Against Apple Samsung Electronics has filed a massive patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple which could cost about W70 trillion in Paris and Milan, seeking bans on the sale of the Apple iPhone 4S (US$1=W1,192). Samsung said Apple continues to flagrantly violate its patents and it is considering lawsuits in other countries as well. Paradoxically, Apple is not only Samsung's top rival in the global smartphone market but also its biggest client for chips and LCD screens. Apple is expected to buy a total of USS$7.8 billion worth of parts from Samsung this year. But Samsung decided to...
  • Obama Signs Patent Reform (Hussein takes credit for REAL bipartisan work)

    09/17/2011 7:15:34 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 29 replies ^ | 9/16/11 | G. Martin
    WASHINGTON - As part of his push to create jobs, President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bipartisan patent reform bill passed by Congress that provides the first major reform of current patent law since 1952.
  • Obama signs patent reform bill

    09/16/2011 9:22:42 AM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2011 | David Goldman and Alan Silverlain
    (CNN) -- President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that will overhaul the U.S. patent system for the first time since 1952. "We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit wherever we find it," Obama said at a signing ceremony at a high school in Arlington, Virginia. This measure "cuts away the red tape that slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs." Obama used the occasion to promote his $447 billion jobs plan, calling patent reform a "part of our (larger) agenda for making us competitive over the long term." Among other things, the measure, dubbed the America...
  • When Patents Attack

    08/07/2011 7:41:17 AM PDT · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | July 26, 2011 | Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR's Laura Sydell
    Nathan Myhrvold is a genius and a polymath. He made hundreds of millions of dollars as Microsoft's chief technology officer, he's discovered dinosaur fossils, and he recently co-authored a six-volume cookbook that "reveals science-inspired tech­niques for prepar­ing food." Myhrvold has more than 100 patents to his name, and he's cast himself as a man determined to give his fellow inventors their due. In 2000, he founded a company called Intellectual Ventures, which he calls "a company that invests in invention." But Myhrvold's company has a different image among many Silicon Valley insiders. The influential blog Techdirt regularly refers to Intellectual...
  • Politicians and Pundits Make Some Noise About Patent reform

    08/06/2011 9:57:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    law ^ | August 08, 2011 | Brian Glaser (Corporate Counsel)
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that the first jobs bill to move after the recess will be the patent reform legislation… Reid and bill sponsor Senator Patrick Leahy said "the bill, is expected to create 200,000 jobs." The patent reform as job stimulus is endorsed by the White House, too, Obama saying at a June 29 press conference, "Right now, Congress can send me a bill that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to patent a new product or idea. Naaancy Pelosi, demanded that lawmakers kill the bill or at least remove Section 18, a little-known provision that...
  • Question- Weapon product development, patents. How to safely work with engineers and designers?

    07/20/2011 5:58:39 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Anyone have experience with the design, engineering,development and marketing of a product? Secure my ideas- If I approach a developer, how can I be sure he doesn't claim it as an existing idea he is working on? How can I patent what doesn't yet exist? Want to try Will at Red Jacket , anyone know him? Any tips appreciated. Private messages accepted.
  • The Rise and Fall of the Independent Developer

    07/15/2011 5:22:37 AM PDT · by bvw · 10 replies
    I’m old enough to remember a time before the Internet. I know what it’s like to develop software both with and without a worldwide network. Little has changed with the process of software development since the 1980’s. Of course there have been improvements in our tools and techniques, but the basic act of creating software products is much the same. What has changed dramatically in the past 30 years is how we distribute our creations. In the days where software was distributed on magnetic media, such as reels of tape, cassettes, or floppy disks, it cost a lot of money...
  • Microsoft Wants to Patent High-Tech Snoop Software

    06/29/2011 1:25:16 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 5 replies ^ | 06/29/11 12:16 PM PT | Richard Adhikari
    A recently surfaced Microsoft patent focuses on technology that could be used to spy on VoIP users' conversations without the detection of participants. Redmond originally applied for the patent in 2009, well before its move to buy up VoIP provider Skype. This technology may have been developed with an eye to selling it to government agencies. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has applied for a patent on technology that may let its user secretly intercept Voice over IP (VoIP) communications, amend the content and store it. The application was filed in December 2009 and was recently made public. The technology could allow...
  • Sarah, Bristol Palin to Get Their Trademarks (to protect their names)

    06/17/2011 1:41:21 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 42 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Friday June 17, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    The bids by Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol Palin to trademark their names and images have cleared a major hurdle and should soon be approved for the potential presidential candidate and her Dancing With the Stars child. Sources close to the process tell our Suzi Parker that nobody challenged Sarah Palin's trademark application. Today is the deadline to do so. They also say that Bristol Palin's went unchallenged. That deadline passed June 10. Each should receive their trademark within three months, said the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The clear sailing for both Palins is something of a...
  • Apple to 'ban iPhone gig filming'

    06/16/2011 5:17:53 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 120 replies
    The Sun ^ | June 16, 2011
    IPHONE users may soon be stopped from filming at concerts — as a result of new Apple technology. The leading computer company plans to build a system that will sense when people are trying to video live events — and turn off their cameras. A patent application filed by Apple revealed how the technology would work. If an iPhone were held up and used to film during a concert infra-red sensors would detect it. These sensors would then contact the iPhone and automatically disable its camera function. People would still be able to send text messages and make calls. The...
  • Patent verdict no reason to worry about Linux

    04/26/2011 5:35:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    IT World ^ | 25 April 2011 | Brian Proffitt
    I was on the road in Boston late last week, and thus was unable to easily write something up on the April 15 jury finding in the case of Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al. That's the catchy name for the patent infringement lawsuit launched in 2009 by Tyler, Texas-based Bedrock against Softlayer and CitiWare Technology Solutions, LLC, two Texas-based software companies, and a few firms that are decidedly not from Texas: Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc., MySpace Inc., Inc., PayPal Inc.,, Inc., AOL LLC and CME Group Inc. The suit alleges that a patent...
  • A Message To Congress: Keep Your Hands Off The Patent Office

    04/22/2011 6:39:34 AM PDT · by technonerd · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4-4-11 | Eric Savitz
    It is axiomatic that the struggling U.S. economy is slowly climbing out of its hole. President Obama and our elected representatives regularly wax eloquent about job growth, innovation and the opportunity and future for the once-great United States. But the recovery, critics say, given the depths of the worldwide economic melt-down of 2008, is far too anemic, and job growth too stunted, all because of cumbersome, growth-stifling laws and policies. It is also axiomatic that most, if not all, net job creation in the U.S. today comes from small, entrepreneurial companies less than five years old. As Kauffman Foundation economist...
  • Kodak Is Suing RIM And Apple For $1 Billion (patent infringement)

    03/25/2011 9:10:30 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 25 March 2011 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Kodak is suing RIM and Apple to get royalty payments relating to patents, and a decision should come down today, Bloomberg says. Kodak's CEO has said that he expects to get licensing payments totaling $1 billion.A Kodak VP writes us: "the U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to announce whether it will review an initial determination from an ITC judge which suggested that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry don’t infringe Kodak’s patent. If the ITC's full Commission decides to review the earlier ruling, then another process would begin at the ITC, in which the full Commission will ultimately decide if...
  • Silicon Valley: Patent reform passed by Senate

    03/09/2011 6:11:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 37 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Washington - -- The Senate overwhelmingly approved a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. patent system on Tuesday, over the objections of much of Silicon Valley and warnings from California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer that the legislation could harm small inventors. The America Invents Act, six years in the making, passed the Senate on a 95-5 vote as both parties joined the Obama administration in arguing that an antiquated and litigation-riddled patent system is hobbling innovation. Feinstein voted for the bill, despite losing a vote on a critical amendment, while Boxer opposed the entire bill. In Silicon Valley, the...
  • Patents do not protect small firms, says trade body

    12/16/2010 9:16:44 AM PST · by snarkpup · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 16th December 2010 11:30 GMT | OUT-LAW.COM
    High-tech SMEs will find it almost impossible to enforce them, says SMEIA Patents do not give protection to inventive small businesses because they are impossible to enforce, an organisation claiming to represent small technology companies has said. In an open letter (two-page/486KB PDF) to Government ministers, the group said that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are not able to take advantage of the protection offered by patents.
  • Apple ordered to pay up to $625.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds

    10/04/2010 11:51:19 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Monday, October 04, 2010 - 12:23 PM EDT
    "Apple Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds LLC for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen," Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg. "The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in damages for each of the patents infringed. The verdict form was unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict," Decker reports. MacDailyNews Take: Tyler, Texas. Rocket Docket. Decker reports, "Mirror Worlds, a software business started by a Yale...
  • Apple loses patent-infringement trial over Cover Flow, Time Machine

    10/03/2010 1:46:58 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | October 01, 2010 | By Josh Ong
    Apple has lost a patent case against its Cover Flow and Time Machine interfaces, despite some of the infringement charges from claimant Mirror Worlds being ruled invalid. Mirror Worlds LLC filed the lawsuit in 2008, alleging that Apple had infringed on patents for creating "streams" of documents sorted by time. According to Bloomberg, a federal jury sided with Mirror Worlds on Friday, although specific details of the ruling were unavailable. The judgment wasn't completely one-sided, though. Legal news site Law360 noted (registration required) in August that some of Mirror Worlds' claims again Apple had been ruled invalid for "indefiniteness." Mirror...
  • Kiddie Viagra may get Pfizer a patent extension

    07/28/2010 8:38:04 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/28/10 | PAUL THARP
    Kiddie Viagra may get Pfizer a patent extensionBy PAUL THARP Last Updated: 9:14 AM, July 28, 2010 Pfizer plans to sell a children's form of Viagra to treat a rare lung disorder as a humanitarian gesture -- in exchange for getting a six-month extension of its patent on the adult version. The Food and Drug Administration approached Pfizer about using its drug to treat a lung ailment that affects about 600 kids a year. Viagra, which modifies blood flows, could reduce unusually high blood pressure in a child's lungs, or pulmonary arterial hypertension. Symptoms include dizziness, chest pain and fatigue....
  • Insider Patenting: How Fannie Mae Chief Got the Patent for Cap and Trade in 2006(Corruption)

    05/29/2010 1:19:33 PM PDT · by day21221 · 39 replies · 919+ views ^ | May 28, 2010 | John Bambenek
    Just one day after the Democrats seized control of Congress, the Chief Executive of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines, received the patent for a residential cap-and-trade system (Patent 6904336), What this means is that Raines, along with several colleagues who also “own” the patent, could stand to make huge amounts of money if the cap-and-trade regime was ever brought to the residential marketplace. What does this have to do with Fannie Mae? Absolutely nothing. To understand the implications, a little discussion about patenting is needed. Patents are basically “ownership” rights to an invention. If you invent something, you can license it...
  • Glenn Beck- The Fannie Mae Patent You Should Know About..

    06/18/2010 2:49:36 PM PDT · by amabokcarab · 33 replies · 1,019+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 17, 2010 | Glenn Beck
    Why does Fannie Mae, a government mortgage finance company, have a patent on a device that would allow the government to turn off the energy in your home whenever they want to? The device is put into the outlets in your home and cannot be removed without a special device. Love him or hate him, Glenn Beck and his staff have possibly uncovered something big with this..if cap-and-trade passes, this could be what is coming our way..Among those helping with this investigation is Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
  • Guess who holds patent for carbon trading plan

    06/18/2010 10:35:41 AM PDT · by day21221 · 23 replies · 1,063+ views ^ | June 18, 2010 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Guess who holds patent for carbon trading plan Disgraced Fannie Mae CEO set to cash in for millions Obama housing adviser Franklin Raines Former Clinton and Obama budget adviser Franklin Raines owns a key carbon-emissions patent he developed as CEO of the government-sponsored mortgage giant Fannie Mae, positioning him and his partners to make millions of dollars if it is used in any carbon-capping scheme implemented by the Obama administration. Raines and his associates led Fannie Mae and Congress to believe Fannie Mae owned the patent, despite public records to the contrary, a WND investigation has found. Raines and his...
  • Barbara Hollingsworth: Fannie Mae owns patent on residential 'cap and trade' exchange

    04/21/2010 9:10:40 PM PDT · by givemELL · 61 replies · 1,539+ views
    The Examiner ^ | April 20, 2010 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer Franklin Raines, two of his top underlings and select individuals in the "green" movement were inventing a patented system to trade residential carbon credits. Patent No. 6904336 was approved by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office on Nov. 7, 2006 -- the day after Democrats took control of Congress. Former Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., criticized the award at the time, pointing out that it had "nothing to do with Fannie Mae's charter, nothing to do with making mortgages more affordable." "It wasn't about mortgages. It was about greenbacks. The patent, which Fannie Mae confirmed it...
  • US judge strikes down patent on cancer genes

    03/29/2010 5:44:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 392+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/29/10 | ap
    NEW YORK (AP) - In a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications for the patenting of human genes, a judge on Monday struck down a company's patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet challenging whether anyone can hold patents on human genes was expected to have broad implications for the biotechnology industry and genetics-based medical research.
  • Apple Goes After HTC In Lawsuit Over 20 iPhone Patents

    03/02/2010 10:55:37 AM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 103 replies · 1,228+ views
    TechCrunch ^ | Mar 2, 2010 | Erick Schonfeld
    Apple is using its strong patent portfolio to fight iPhone competitors in court. Its latest target is HTC. Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the cell phone manufacturer. The suit involves “20 Apple patents related to the iPhone’s user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.” Steve Jobs is quoted in a press release saying: “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.” The lawsuit itself is...