Posts in Consumer Products


ITC institutes 337 investigation into allegations of patent infringement by Schick Hydro

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it had decided to open a Section 337 investigation over allegations of potential patent infringement in the consumer hygiene …
By Steve Brachmann
29 days ago 0

Howard Head’s innovative sporting goods revolutionize skiing and tennis for amateurs and pros alike

Among the 2017 inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame is Howard Head, the inventor of both the laminate ski as well as the oversized tennis racket. …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Kim Kardashian company sued in patent case over smartphone cases with LED lighting

San Marcos, CA-based consumer hardware developer Snap Light LLC filed a patent infringement complaint against Kimsaprincess Inc., a company owned by American reality television personality Kim Kardashian …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 1

Neighboring booths at IDEA World 2017 locked in trademark infringement case over fitness equipment

At this year’s IDEA World, TRX’s booth is very close to Aktiv Solutions, a distributor of fitness equipment. The two are only separated by one …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 3

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
5 months ago 1

Nokia, Xiaomi ink patent cross license deal as both companies increase global smartphone sales

Finnish telecom firm Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and Chinese mobile handset developer Xiaomi recently issued a joint press release announcing a multi-year patent cross license agreement granting both …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 43

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
5 months ago 122

Makers of Bionic Wrench awarded $5.9M by federal jury against Sears in willful infringement verdict

The inventor of the two patents-in-suit is Dan Brown, Sr., president and founder of LoggerHead. He also teaches engineering at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute. Brown …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 15

Smartflash v. Apple: A poster child of the current ills wrecking the U.S. patent system

despite the media widely lambasting Smartflash as a patent troll, inventor Patrick Racz actually created a company called Internet plc “to develop, manufacture, and commercialize the invention”; …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 12

Garmin hit with $37M fine from ITC over violations of cease-and-desist order on sonar products

Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) will likely be the target of a $37 million fine levied by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The fines result from Garmin’…
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 1

Live streaming sports on social media platforms points out further issues with Obama-era net neutrality regime

Facebook is not the only company seeking to provide content to consumers via their own Internet-based platforms. In early May, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 5

BlackBerry settles arbitration with Qualcomm, will receive $940 million for contract dispute over patent royalties

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) announced that it had reached an agreement with San Diego, CA-based semiconductor designer Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) to resolve arbitration proceedings over tech …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 0

TiVo stock pops 17 percent in trading after ITC judge issues Section 337 final initial determination against Comcast

An ITC administrative law judge issued a final initial determination finding Section 337 patent infringement violations committed by various entities, including Philadelphia-based telecom firm Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 0

PwC patent litigation study shows recent drop in lawsuits despite increasing patent grants

About 5,100 patent infringement cases were filed in the U.S. during 2016, according to the PwC litigation study. This represents a 9 percent drop in lawsuits from 2015’s totals …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 2

Innography report pegs Salesforce.com, Tesla as top innovative firms

This list of top innovators put together by Forbes has been further refined by intellectual property analytics firm Innography to take a more objective, data-based approach in …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 3