Posts in Licensing


Apple’s move away from British designer of device GPUs could spark patent dispute

On Monday, April 3rd, multiple news outlets were reporting that American consumer gadget developer Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had informed British semiconductor manufacturer Imagination Technologies (LON:IMG) …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 1

Producers of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ win dismissal of copyright suit over ‘Soft Kitty’ lyrics

The original lawsuit filed in December 2015 targeted The Big Bang Theory’s use of the song Soft Kitty, a song which the character Sheldon Cooper asks people …
By Steve Brachmann
21 days ago 5

Microsoft, Toyota announce new licensing agreement for connected car IP

The licensing agreement, which covers patents directed at connected car technologies, is the latest partnership between these two companies seeking to increase entertainment and autonomous tech platforms …
By Steve Brachmann
27 days ago 1

Ericsson publishes FRAND licensing rates for 5G/NR after Qualcomm sued for chip licensing activities

On March 3rd, Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson publicly announced its fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms and conditions for the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs) for 5…
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

How ‘The Donald’ Does Intellectual Property

Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States (POTUS), managed to get elected based at least in part on his real or perceived success as …
By Derek Handova
2 months ago 0

Innovation is a Terrible Thing To Waste

Given the complexity of many technologies, the rapidly changing nature of global markets, and the legal complexities in establishing worldwide licensing programs, it should come as no …
By Sabina Brufani
2 months ago 0

New Microsoft patent program aims to give Azure cloud developers security from patent lawsuits

The springing license does offer at least some protection in the future against patent aggregators looking to monetize IP assets, but it wouldn’t stop any party, …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

New England Patriots earn trademarks to promote a 19-0 perfect season that never was

On December 6th, 2016, the USPTO registered U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5095619, which protects the use of the standard character mark “PERFECT SEASON” in commerce. One week later …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 4

Apple, FTC file lawsuits against Qualcomm over FRAND violations in processor licenses, Apple seeks $1B award

On Friday, January 20th, Cupertino, CA-based consumer tech firm Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed a lawsuit against San Diego, CA-based semiconductor giant Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) The …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

On the menu this week for Other Barks & Bites, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the Lanham Act’s disparagement provision, a six-figure …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

This week’s news headlines include nomination hearings for the potential incoming U.S. Commerce Secretary, the Supreme Court’s granting certiorari for an important case in …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

IP News: The Maiden Voyage of the USS IP Watchy McDogface

Without reneging on our commitment to in-depth coverage of the IP world, we wanted to add a new element to our coverage and today we’re introducing …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
4 months ago 6

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau registers trademark for nickname “Johnny Hockey”

One of the more exciting young talents currently playing in the National Hockey League is Johnny Gaudreau, a forward for the NHL’s Calgary Flames who is …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

The National Cancer Institute Didn’t Deserve This Treatment From the New York Times

While those in the military are often thanked for their service, let's also thank researchers like Dr. Rosenberg and his colleagues who spend their lives trying to …
By Joseph Allen
4 months ago 2

Korea announces $865 million fine on Qualcomm for standard essential patent license violations

The fine on Qualcomm is for allegedly refusing to license standard essential patents to competing companies on fair and reasonable terms. According to the Korean authorities, Qualcomm's …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 2