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  • U.S. Supreme Court limits where patent-infringement cases can be filed

    05/22/2017 5:40:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, May 22, 2017 4:51PM
    U.S. Supreme Court limits where patent-infringement cases can be filed; decision could limit venue-shopping “The Supreme Court on Monday limited the ability of patent holders to bring infringement lawsuits in courts that have plaintiff friendly reputations, a notable decision that could provide a boost to companies that defend against patent claims,” Brent Kendall reports for The Wall Street Journal. “The high court, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas, ruled unanimously that a lower court has been following an incorrect legal standard for almost 30 years that made it possible for patent holders to sue companies in almost any U.S....
  • Bernie Sanders: Trump Should Avoid a Bad Zika Deal

    03/10/2017 8:32:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 March 2017 | Bernie Sanders
    Donald J. Trump told the American people during his presidential campaign, “This country is being drained of its jobs and its money because we have stupid people making bad deals.” He promised to make better deals, ones in which we would win so much we “may even get tired of winning.” Now his administration, through the Army, is on the brink of making a bad deal, giving a French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, the exclusive license to patents and thus a monopoly to sell a vaccine against the Zika virus. If Mr. Trump allows this deal, Sanofi will be able to...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 16:20 EST, 10 July 2015 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com
    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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Examiner.com ^ | 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...