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ITC opens patent infringement investigation after Qualcomm files complaint against Apple

On Tuesday, August 8th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it was opening up an investigation on claims that Cupertino, CA-based consumer electronics behemoth …
By Steve Brachmann
7 days ago 0

Vestas says it will challenge GE’s claims in lawsuit filed over wind turbine patent

Boston, MA-based global digital industrial firm General Electric filed a complaint for patent infringement against Dutch wind turbine company Vestas Wind Systems A/S. GE filed the …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 6

Congressman Darrell Issa: A well-financed ally of the efficient infringer lobby

With all of this money, it seems the efficient infringer lobby has managed to find an unlikely ally in Congress — someone who made his money as an …

Why are these people giving testimony to Congress on patent reform?

Why does Mapbox’s viewpoint on patent litigation echo in the halls of Congress given the fact that it doesn’t appear that it has faced abusive …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 15

Judge orders Apple to pay $506M to WARF over infringement of patented processor technology

Judge Conley ordered Apple to pay $506 million in damages to WARF for infringing on patents covering computer processing technologies. WARF’s original complaint, filed in January 2014, involved …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 3

Intel tells ITC that Qualcomm is trying to perpetuate an unlawful monopoly with Apple 337 complaint

Intel's claims are interesting, to say the least. If you actually look at the complaint filed by Qualcomm there is no admission, as Intel would have you …
By Gene Quinn
23 days ago 3

Ensuring a robust defensive portfolio: A Prepared Counter-Assertion Strategy

The required number of patents in a given playbook varies based on both the size of company of concern and our exposure to it. The general goal …

Now a Big Company Wants You to Take a Patent License…

  This is going to be a different ride Most high technology companies have a good grasp of the challenges and solutions for dealing with patent trolls. However, …

Assertion Risk Mitigation Opportunity Through Patent Acquisition

In this post, we’ll analyze LinkedIn’s patent acquisition process and the results of its targeted buying program. While the increase in LinkedIn’s filings helped …

Autonomous vehicle development keeps creeping forward to a self-driving future

Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles are coming, even if it’s going to take some time for the technology to become fully operational on U.S. highways. When …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

The High Tech Inventors Alliance: The newest institution of the efficient infringer lobby in D.C.

Eight tech companies owning a collective 115,000 patents announced the establishment of the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), an organization they claim is “dedicated to supporting balanced patent …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 27

LinkedIn’s Patent Strategy

LinkedIn was a rapidly growing company with only 22 patents in its portfolio in 2012, putting itself at high risk for patent assertion. With a revenue reaching nearly $1 billion …

Federal Circuit vacates PTAB final written decision that upheld some Intellectual Ventures patent claims

The Federal Circuit decision proves that there really is no end to the nightmare that patent owners face in trying to uphold the validity of their property …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 15

Qualcomm ramps up its patent battle against Apple by asserting six non-SEPs in Section 337 complaint filed with ITC

The Qualcomm complaint alleges Section 337 violations of patent infringement caused by the importation and sale of certain mobile electronic devices and radio frequency and processing components facilitated …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 122

Waymo drops three of four patent claims in its case against Uber

In a joint stipulation and order entered three claims of patent infringement were dropped in the intellectual property case being fought between San Francisco, CA-based transportation company …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 132