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  • SCOTUS Comes Down Against Inventors in Oil States Case

    04/24/2018 6:00:08 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 47 replies
    freebeacon ^ | April 24, 2018 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Inventors' rights can be revoked through a controversial administrative process, the Supreme Court ruled by a seven-to-two margin on Tuesday, a move that promises to continue the trend of invalidation of hundreds of existing patents. The case, Oil States v. Greene's Energy, concerns an administrative tribunal called the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). As the Free Beacon has previously reported, the PTAB is responsible for reviewing patents whose validity have been challenged. The PTAB runs on a host of procedures alien to federal court proceedings: lower evidentiary standards, the ability of anyone to challenge a patent right, and a...
  • U.S. Court of Appeals again rules Smartflash patents asserted against Apple are invalid

    04/14/2018 7:02:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | April 13, 2018
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling that patents owned by licensing company Smartflash, LLC are invalid. The finding kills Smartflash’s hope of restarting lawsuits against Apple, Google, and Samsung. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a set of rulings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board which said that key claims in seven Smartflash patents relating to data storage technology were invalid because they described an abstract idea, not a patentable invention.
  • Apple Must Pay $502.6 Million to VirnetX, Federal Jury Rules (Link Only, Bloomberg)

    04/10/2018 8:09:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Bloomberg | April 10, 2018 | By Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson
    This article is on a jury decision about Apple infringing four patents that the patent office has already ruled are invalid. . . but that are being appealed to the appellate court which allowed this trial to go ahead anyway "because it was so far along." Link Only because of Bloomberg: Read the Article here.
  • Tucker Exposes Insanely Creepy Google Patents To Spy On You And Parent Your Kids

    02/07/2018 5:14:07 AM PST · by upchuck · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Feb 6, 2018 | Justin Caruso
    Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday on patents filed by Google that purport to show a bizarre plan to spy on you and parent your children. “In another patent application from September 2016, Google imagines how it could take control of your parenting, your relationship with your children,” Carlson explained. “Google’s smart home system could detect children near a liquor cabinet for example, or in their parents bedroom, infer that ‘mischief is occurring’ and deliver a verbal warning.” The Daily Caller co-founder said, “In another example, Google imagines a hypothetical child called Benjamin. Google’s cameras would be watching Benjamin at...
  • Supreme Court Considers Patent Rights Case With Huge Implications

    11/28/2017 4:49:46 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 17 replies
    freebeacon ^ | November 28, 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Challenges on both sides in Oil States oral arguments The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday morning in a case testing the legitimacy of a federal tribunal that has invalidated more than 19,000 patents during its brief existence. That case, Oil States v. Greene's Energy Group, concerns the constitutionality of a certain kind of review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), an administrative law court established by the 2011 America Innovates Act. As the Free Beacon previously reported, the PTAB was set up to review and invalidate previously issued patents in the hopes of combatting "patent trolling." In...
  • Their Rules: Claire McCaskill Seeks To Harm Indian Tribes

    10/12/2017 8:36:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | Ocrober 12, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    Monday was Columbus Day, or as liberals have taken to calling, “Indigenous People’s Day.” Democrats love sowing division, blaming Europeans for all of the world’s ills, and elevating the status of Native Americans. Well, they usually do. When it’s a choice between a long-dead Italian guy and American Indians, the choice is easy. When the choice is between their own reelection and anything, everything else loses to self-preservation.Such is the case with Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.One of my first jobs in Washington was as a health policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. While it may not sound exciting, it...
  • Raid on Gibraltar: How the U.S. Patent System was Rigged Against Independent Inventors

    09/17/2017 12:36:55 PM PDT · by Pelham · 48 replies
    IP Watchdog ^ | September 17, 2017 | Pat Choate & Joan Maginnis
    For decades, individual inventors were granted 25 percent or more of all U.S. patents. This creativity was the foundation of dozens of new industries, thousands of new companies and millions of new jobs. Yet beginning in the early 1980s, their portion of granted patents begin to drop like a rock in free fall. By 2015, individual inventors received only 5.8 percent. A decline so great and so fast has profound consequences and is not an accident or fluke. A useful place to begin the examination of this decline is a 1998 interview of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who was asked,...
  • Lexmark Loses Patent Case Regarding Resale of Toner Cartridges

    05/30/2017 9:45:54 PM PDT · by zeugma · 24 replies
    The U.S. Supreme Court ^ | 5/30/2017 | Supreme Court
    Impression Products, Inc. V. Lexmark International, Inc. Certiorari To The United States Court Of Appeals For The Federal Circuit No. 15–1189. Argued March 21, 2017-Decided May 30, 2017 A United States patent entitles the patent holder to "exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling [its] invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States." 35 U. S. C. §154(a). Whoever engages in one of these acts "without authority" from the patentee may face liability for patent infringement. §271(a). When a patentee sells one of its products, however, the patentee can no longer control...
  • 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....
  • High-Court Case to Challenge Jurisdiction ‘Shopping’ in Patent Suits

    04/17/2017 8:57:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies ^ | March 23, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET | By John D. McKinnon
    Litigation challenges system that has led to concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly districts WASHINGTON—Businesses, particularly those in the tech sector, are watching closely a case to be argued in the Supreme Court next week challenging a system that has led to a concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions such as eastern Texas.The companies, often defendants in a patent-litigation boom of the last decade, are looking to the high court to curb what they say is “pervasive and pernicious forum...
  • Why is Claggett summarily appointed Register of Patents?

    10/26/2016 8:39:05 AM PDT · by Bodega · 11 replies
    Industry and Advocacy News ^ | Oct 24, 2019 | The Authors Guild
    Pollante summarily removed as Register of Patents and replaced immediately by Karyn Temple Claggett. Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress, performed the dismissal without comment. Pollante has a stellar record in the patent office. Karyn Temple Claggett has not even a biography of of her life...just a list of jobs held in the USA. Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee who must have known of this but has had no comment. The big question is why?
  • Samsung Caught Using Apple Watch Design Figures in a Recent Patent Filing

    08/05/2016 12:24:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 5, 20167:04 AM PDT
    Samsung Gear came to market in 2013 and it offered a camera and speaker built right into its one and only band and clasp design. After Apple introduced the Apple Watch with multiple band options and its quick and easy install mechanism for changing the bands, Samsung set out to copy that idea as quickly as they possibly could. In a patent application that surfaced today at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office titled "Wearable Device," they discuss their new "exchangeable" strap mechanisms. What struck me was that a great number of their form factor patent figures were actually Apple...
  • Supreme Court ruling makes life harder for patent trolls, easier for Apple

    06/21/2016 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 21, 2016 | By Ben lovejoy
    The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a 2011 law designed to make it easier to defeat new patent trolls were legal. The law had been challenged by a company attempting to patent something which had long been done by other companies. The case before the Supreme Court focused on a patent held by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC that claims an invention for alerting drivers when they are speeding. GPS technology company Garmin brought a challenge at the Patent Office, which invalidated the Cuozzo patent after concluding its claims weren’t innovative when viewed against other prior technologies. The ruling will be of particular benefit to...
  • Google patents pedestrian flypaper for self-driving cars

    05/20/2016 9:27:49 PM PDT · by granite · 22 replies
    The Verge ^ | on May 19, 2016 06:12 am | By James Vincent
    Google knows that its self-driving cars are going to get into accidents — maybe even accidents involving pedestrians — and so the company has patented a unique solution to minimize injuries if this happens: human flypaper. The patent, granted earlier this week, describes "an adhesive layer positioned on the front end of the vehicle" that pedestrians will simply stick to "in the event of a collision."
  • FCC Lays Ground for Crony Capitalism

    11/18/2015 10:47:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 18, 2015 | Mytheos Holt
    During the fourth Republican debate, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina correctly noted that "big government has created a big business called politics. And there are lots of people invested in the status quo of that big business called politics." What Fiorina did not say was that, particularly in the tech sphere, the big business of politics loves to attempt hostile takeovers, often in the guise of trying to stop genuinely predatory behavior. Ironically, the biggest beneficiaries of such takeovers are usually the predators themselves. No better example of such disingenuous action exists than the current proposed FCC enforcement action...
  • HRC and the Left Loathe Businesses – Why Are Republicans Helping Undermine Them?

    10/21/2015 8:15:21 AM PDT · by 100American · 9 replies ^ | Tuesday Oct 20, 2015 12:09 PM | Seton Motley
    So why are Republicans sponsoring this? Under consideration in Washington, D.C. is legislation that will fundamentally transform our patent system. It will render this Constitutionally protected intellectual property product – dramatically less protected. The bills to which I refer are the Innovation Act (House) and the Patent Act (Senate)…. These “reformers” are…considering another really, REALLY TERRIBLE idea. That sets the stage for near-limitless government-caused damage to not just patents – but the entire private economy….They want to “pierce the corporate veil.” “(A) legal decision to treat the rights or duties of a corporation as the rights or liabilities of its...
  • Microsoft and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars ("Hey, I love you, man...")

    10/01/2015 3:38:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Chumship pact pie carve-up details kept under wraps Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned. The exact terms of the agreement – as in, who gets what – were not disclosed. Your guess is as good as ours. "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues," the companies said in a joint statement that was sent to El Reg via email. "As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility."...
  • How a Washington Breakfast Influenced Conservative Votes on Patent Reform

    09/09/2015 8:42:00 AM PDT · by Pelham · 9 replies
    ipwatchdog ^ | 9/8/2015 | Paul Morinville
    Here is a story of how $1,000 a plate Washington breakfast influenced the votes of several Conservative Members of Congress who serve on the House Judiciary, including Representative Steve King (IA-04), allowing Committee passage of H.R.9, the innovation killing Innovation Act. Over the past several years there have been a number of large corporations, many that have patents themselves, who have funded and managed a powerful Washington lobbying effort. The focus has ostensibly been on reforming the problem of patent litigation abuse, but the changes advocated would be to their favor at the expense of innovators, like universities, independent inventors...
  • USPTO finds Apple iPhone design patent invalid in court fight against Samsung

    08/18/2015 4:51:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | August 17, 2015 | By Mikey Campbell
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month found an iPhone design patent successfully leveraged by Apple against Samsung in its first court action invalid on multiple counts, bringing Apple's $548 million damages award into question. Apple's D'677 patent (right) shows a design different from two previous applications. Spotted by FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller, the non-final decision regarding Apple's U.S. Patent No. D618,677, known as the D'677 patent, was handed down by the USPTO's Central Reexamination Division on Aug. 5. The decision follows an anonymous ex parte examination request -- likely filed by Samsung -- calling the design patent's...
  • Confused about the Pepsi/fetal cell issue? Here are the facts (2012 flashback)

    07/29/2015 10:10:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    life site news ^ | 7/29/15 | Apr 3, 2012 -
    I have received a few requests from pro-lifers like Vicki:Can you provide some clarity to the Pepsi/cells from aborted babies controversy.  I cannot sort out whether this is valid or not. Yes and NoBottom line: There are no aborted embryonic or fetal cells in any of PepsiCo’s final products.But: Aborted cells are used in the development of artificial flavor enhancers by biotech company Senomyx, with which PepsiCo signed a four-year, $30 million agreement in 2010 for research and development. No Pepsi products containing Senonymx flavor enhancers should be expected until 2013.Senomyx’s disputed cell line is HEK-293, derived from the kidney...