Posts in Electronics


The PTAB Killing Fields: VirnetX patents worth more than $1 billion in district court lost at PTAB

So obviously the patent claims VirnetX has used to pursue infringers such as Apple and Microsoft are not the weak patents that opponents of the patent system …

Evolution of Tech: Iver Anderson gets the lead out of electronics solder

Soldering, the process by which two items are joined together by melting a filler metal with a low melting point and pouring liquid metal onto the joint, …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 1

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
21 days 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
22 days ago 0

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
27 days 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
29 days ago 0

Are conflicts of interest at the PTAB leading to preferential decisions for Apple?

The lead APJ serving on the panel of multiple CBM reviews petitioned by Apple, who also wrote the final written decision on at least one CBM review …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 42

The Pioneers of Electricity: Top 10 Inventors of Electrical Technologies

Electricity may power our modern world but the phenomenon of electric activity has been observed for millennia. Studies into triboelectric charges, or electrostatic charging created by rubbing …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 11

Huawei earns first victory against Samsung in China over smartphone patents

This is the first win in court against Samsung by Huawei, which currently places third in the global smartphone market with 8.9 percent market share as of last …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

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
3 months ago 1

Other Barks for Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Google tries to strike a “patent peace” with a new cross-licensing initiative for Android developers. The Federal Circuit is petitioned for review of a judgment in a …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Evolution of the Transistor: Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain discover foundation of modern electronics in 1947

One of the foundational elements of all electronic devices today is the transistor, a semiconductor device including three terminals which is capable of amplifying an electric current …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 6

Uniloc files patent suits against Amazon and Google for conference call, VoIP technologies

Plano, TX-based security tech provider Uniloc USA recently filed a pair of patent infringement suits in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (…
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that could create venue limitations on patent infringement actions. A major Korean consumer tech firm files its first …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple will lead intelligent virtual assistant sector over the next few years

We’re three months into 2017 and already the early returns are showing that this year should be a banner one for intelligent voice assistant technologies. The 2017 Voice …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1