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NASA Launches Parker Solar Probe to Study Formation of Solar Winds and Near-Sun Environment

In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 11th, NASA plans to launch the Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft that is outfitted with various scientific instruments meant …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Protecting Innovation During the 3D Revolution

Innovators often face the question of how to best protect their new ideas.  Patents immediately come to mind for new products and processes.  However, copyright protection should …
By Katie Scholz
1 month ago 1

Tech Giants Lead the Way on Fintech Patents, Ahead of Banks

British patent data insights firm Cipher recently released an IP strategy report that provides a look at how many firms are patenting technologies in the hopes of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Software Patent-Eligible Subject Matter: Claiming Improvements in Computer Functionality

Particularize the claims.  This helps overcome the “abstract” part of a 101 rejection. Put details into the claims to define the steps performed in the software and hardware …
By G. Michael Roebuck
1 month ago 30

LED Patent Invalid for Lack of Enabling Disclosure for All Claimed Permutations

Trustees of Boston University (“BU”) sued Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., and others (collectively, “Everlight”) for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the “738 Patent”). The Federal Circuit reversed …

PTAB Judgment for Patent Owner Reversed, GoPro Catalog is Prior Art

On Friday, July 27th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion in GoPro, Inc. v. Contour IP Holdings, vacating a final written …

Understory Earns U.S. Patents for Weather Sensing Technology

Understory’s first patent covers the sensor device itself which consists of a stainless steel sphere sitting on top of a shaft, a configuration which one of …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 3

House Energy Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Energy Storage for Improved Grid Reliability in Rural Communities and Renewables

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy recently convened a hearing titled Powering America: The Role of Energy Storage in the Nation’s Electricity …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Ericsson and LG Enter into Global Cross-Licensing Agreement for 2G, 3G and 4G Mobile SEPs

Swedish multinational telecommunications company Ericsson and South Korean consumer electronics firm LG Electronics announced that they had entered into a global licensing agreement to cross-license patent portfolios …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

PopSockets wins General Exclusion Order Against Infringing Grips at ITC

PopSockets filed its Section 337 complaint with the ITC last April, naming 14 respondents, with 13 based in China and one operating in Hong Kong. This February, the administrative law …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

How Intellectual Property Informs the Investment in a Private Equity Transaction

Technology and intellectual property (IP) have become vital components to virtually every business in all industries as they often drive the value and efficiencies of a business …
By Shelley Thomas
2 months ago 0

House Small Business Committee Holds Hearing on ZTE Sanctions, Chinese Cybersecurity Threats

Several weeks ago, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing titled ZTE: A Threat to America’s Small Businesses to explore the economic and national security …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court’s Finding of Validity of Claims Directed to Aveed®

When relying on scientific guidelines to support an obviousness rationale, practitioners should offer evidence for why contradictory guidelines should be discounted. A claimed constituent is not “necessarily …

Software Licensing Disputes Are On the Rise

Software licensing disputes are on the increase, a trend that is being driven to a large degree by customers implementing new technologies without examining how this affects …

Expectation of Success – How Much is Reasonably Needed for Obviousness

How much is needed to reasonably prove obviousness? In UCB, the majority found UCB, Inc.’s asserted claim nonobvious under non-statutory double patenting.  The dissent, however, found …

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