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Are Patents Getting Their Mojo Back?

After a 13% decrease in patent litigation in 2014, we are currently back to the same level of activity that we saw historically, with 2015 shaping up to have an …
By Louis Carbonneau
2 years ago 8

The Case that Launched 10,000 Patent Suits

The Polaroid-Kodak dispute involved patents covering instant photography, which at the time was among the most valuable technologies. It was the case that launched 10,000 patent suits, many …
By Bruce Berman
2 years ago 4

Canadian company receives U.S. Patent on gas inflatable space elevator

According to the Summary of the Invention, the disclosed space elevator is a self supporting tower for the delivery of payloads to a platform above the surface …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 3

Four years after Fukushima, Japan returns to nuclear power generation

Near the middle of August, a nuclear power plant operated by Kyushu Electric Power in the Japanese city of Sendai restarted its reactors to produce electricity once …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 5

ITC Has Jurisdiction Over Allegations of Induced Infringement of Method Claims

Reversing the panel en banc, the Federal Circuit found that the ITC does have jurisdiction to issue an exclusion order predicated on induced infringement. Under Chevron step …

PTAB must evaluate district court claim construction to determine whether it is consistent with BRI

Even though the Board is generally not bound by the district court’s construction of claim terms, it does not mean that “it has no obligation to …

Federal Circuit affirms rejection of trademark for refusal to disclaim descriptive term

The Federal Circuit affirmed the TTAB, noting that substantial evidence supported the TTAB’s findings. Where, as here, the disputed term is highly descriptive, the TTAB acted …

Federal Circuit affirms finding of no indirect infringement software provider

JVC is a member of two licensing pools for optical disc technology, one for DVD and one for Blu-ray. The asserted patents are included in both pools. …

Statement by USPTO on Alleged Patent Examiner Time and Attendance Abuse

In a statement released late afternoon on Thursday, USPTO Chief Communications Office Todd Elmer explained that the USPTO "takes very seriously even one incidence of time and …
By U.S.P.T.O.
2 years ago 3

Akamai v. Limelight: Defendant may directly infringe where steps performed by a third party

The en banc Court reversed the previous panel, and expanded the circumstances under which an alleged infringer may be liable under §271(a). In addition to circumstances identified …

USPTO pays patent examiner for 730 hours fraudulently not worked

According to the IG report, “Examiner A committed at least 730 hours of time and attendance abuse, resulting in the payment of approximately $25,500 for hours not worked in …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 14

Reynolds American invests in smokeless tobacco innovation

While the U.S. tobacco market continues to shrink, the CDC estimates that over 42 million adults in the U.S. are smokers. Other estimates claim that there …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 2

Overview of USPTO proposed rule changes to practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

USPTO proposed rule changes would amend the existing rules relating to trial practice for inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), the transitional program for covered business …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 6

Priceline, one of the few dot-com bubble survivors, develops travel search engine tech

Priceline has battled back from the dot-com bubble bursting to become the strongest selling stock on the S&P 500 with a market cap of about $66.8 billion. A …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 22

Apple Design Patent Rejected in Reexamination by USPTO

Earlier this month the Central Reexamination Unit of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a non-final rejection of an Apple design patent at the …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 6