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Apple Requests Patent for Hearing Aid Detection

More than 30 patent applications assigned to California’s Apple Incescribe upgrades to handheld devices manufactured by the electronics firm. A new hearing aid detection system may make …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Privateering: Patent Holding Companies Unleash Patent Portfolios

There is a tremendous amount of unrealized (“un-monetized”) value in the patent portfolios of many large companies. Yet, for one reason or another, such companies have chosen …
By Scott M. Daniels
4 years ago 4

USPTO, NSF and NBC Launch “Science of Innovation” Series

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, today launched an 11-part “Science of …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

All-time Best Corporate Character Mascots

Recently Inc.com published an article titled The Art and Science of Corporate Icons, which discusses Skeeter the squirrel, who is apparently the only squirrel in the …
By Renee Quinn
4 years ago 10

Bowman v. Monsanto: Striking at the Roots of Innovation

Bowman v Monsanto involves a farmer who figured out how to get Monsanto’s patented seeds cheaper from a grain elevator than from the company. I won’…
By Joseph Allen
4 years ago 23

PTO Considering Patent Small Claims Proceedings

I think it is about time the U.S. adopts a small claims proceeding so that patent owners have a meaningful mechanism to seek redress for smaller …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

Working with Patent Illustrations to Create a Complete Disclosure

What you are looking at here is something that is similar to a Big Mac because it has two beef patties, which are identified by reference numeral 10. …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 11

Apple Receives Patent on iPod Shuffle, iPad Scroll bars

This patent protects Apple’s 4th-generation iPod Shuffle, originally introduced by the electronics device manufacturer back in September 2010. The application for this patent was originally filed as …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Hall v. Bed Bath & Beyond: Design Infringement Can Proceed

BB&B initially moved to dismiss Hall’s complaint in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) – failure to state a claim on which relief can …
By Jason Williams
4 years ago 0

USPTO Solicitor Ray Chen Nominated for the Federal Circuit

Earlier today President Barack Obama made two nominations for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Nominated were Raymond T. Chen, who is currently …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine Alleged to Infringe Vringo Patents

The patent infringement lawsuit, filed in the Southern District Court of New York State, seeks reasonable royalties from Microsoft for not only infringing on I/P Engine’…
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Valentine’s Day Gifts, with a Patent Twist

According to Men's Health, the #3 gift idea for women on Valentine's Day is lingerie. So we set out to find some patent related lingerie and find some …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Kappos Joins Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York

Earlier today Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP announced that David J. Kappos, former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Art Units in Misc. Computer Applications Have 72% Allowance

This all means that the “business method Art Units” are not the only ones charged with examining applications covering computer-implemented methods. In fact, there are Art Units …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

The 113th Congress: Meet the Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property

Two weeks ago House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) announced the House Judiciary Committee’s Republican subcommittee assignments for the 113th Congress. See Republicans of the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1