Posts in Communications Systems


CAFC upholds invalidation of patent application covering patient data management tech under Alice

On Monday, March 13th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision upholding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) finding …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 22

PTAB denied institution of CBM against automotive feature consolidation patent under Unwired Planet standard

In a surprisingly restrained decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) released a decision denying institution of a covered business method (CBM) review proceeding on a …
By Steve Brachmann
7 days ago 0

Alphabet’s Waymo files patent and trade secret lawsuit against Uber

Waymo’s suit includes counts of infringement for each of the four patents asserted in the case. The suit also includes counts for violations of the Defend …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 14

UFRF’s win on Eleventh Amendment at PTAB creates IPR immunity for public universities

Each of the Covidien IPRs challenged the validity of a single patent owned by the University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) which the university had previously asserted …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 4

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

A well-known patent monetization firm jumps back into the brokered patent market in 2016’s fourth quarter. A federal judge in New York allows arguments over whether American …
By Steve Brachmann
12 days ago 0

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A growing Chinese consumer electronics firm acquires a patent portfolio that makes them the fourth global producer of smartphones with the capacity to develop semiconductors in-house. The …
By Steve Brachmann
19 days ago 3

A brief history of smartphones

On January 7th, 2007, legendary CEO of Apple Inc. and master of the product demo Steve Jobs announced the introduction of three revolutionary new products: a widescreen iPod …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 3

Disney MagicBand wireless communication devices targeted by patent lawsuit filed in E.D. Tex.

Perhaps not your typical or average patent, the '443 patent has some 135 patent claims, which relate to a proximity authorization unit, a proximity service unit, a method …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
25 days ago 1

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Another covered business method review is overturned by the Federal Circuit because the Patent Trial and Appeal Board instituted a CBM on a patent that was not …
By Steve Brachmann
26 days ago 2

N.D. Ga. judge invalidates two patents covering remote race car audio broadcasts under Alice standard

On February 17th, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (N.D. Ga.) granted a motion to dismiss a case …
By Steve Brachmann
28 days ago 18

Intelligent virtual assistants will support one-fifth of all human interactions with smartphones by 2019

The next decade should see a major increase in intelligent virtual assistants with market research firms predicting that the market will grow at a compound annual growth …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

An appellate court hands down a ruling in favor of Internet radio provider Sirius XM against a rock band trying to assert its copyright on pre-1972 music …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Time to patent invalidity decisions on Rocket Docket calls value of PTAB into question

If the Eastern District of Virginia can dispatch patent cases in less time than the PTAB, why should we suffer the indignity of the lack of due …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 8

Microsoft files IPR against Philips patent asserted against Taiwanese consumer electronics firms

Dutch tech conglomerate Koninklijke Philips NV is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 6,522,695. The Philips patent is challenged by Microsoft on behalf of several other tech …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 3

Google, HTC, ZTE, Huawei gang up on small navigation software developer with IPR filing

Patent system savvy corporations are ganging up on a smaller developer within the nascent automotive software industry who had the temerity to assert a patent covering a …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 22