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FTC Says Injunctions Related to Standard-Essential Patents Can Harm Competition, Innovation

The brief addresses this issue in the context of patent infringement claims that Motorola, Inc. has filed against Apple, Inc. regarding technologies used in iPhones and iPads …

FTC Stops “History Sniffing” by Online Advertising Network

An online advertising company agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used “history sniffing” to secretly and illegally gather data from millions of consumers about …

Patent Pooling Is an Effective Tool for IP Monetization

When the media paints images of all patents being bad they are doing a disservice to the industry and ignoring the good that has come from patented …
By William J. Lenihan
4 years ago 1

Patent Business: Deals, Licenses, Settlements – Dec. 4, 2012

On November 28, 2012, Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) and Forest Laboratories Holdings, Ltd. (collectively,“Forest”) announced that they entered into settlement agreements with Alkem Laboratories, Ltd. ("Alkem"), Indchemie …

Plucking the Golden Goose Won’t Help Patients

Several public interest groups recently filed a march in petition under the Bayh-Dole Act asking NIH to force Abbott Laboratories to license its competitors for the production …
By Joseph Allen
4 years ago 5

The Case of the Counterfeit Cell Phone Case

Speck Products has obtained a judgment from a California Federal Court against Tsai & Shaw, a company that has been selling counterfeit Speck iPhone cases. The judgment includes …
By Corinne Kerston
4 years ago 1

The Enforcement of Bad Patents is the Problem

Right now the best business to be in at the moment is the patent enforcement business, at least if you are concerning yourself with low-risk monetization with …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 18

Lame Duck Patent Reform: AIA Technical Corrections

On Friday, November, 30, 2012, a bill making technical changes to the AIA was introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill number is HR 6621. The proposed AIA package …
By Manus Cooney
4 years ago 3

A Beginner’s Guide to Patents and the Patent Process

Even when hiring a patent attorney inventors still need to be engaged in order to give the patent attorney the best information available about the invention. This …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 6

An Examination of Software Patents

Software patents, like all patents, are a form of innovation currency. They are also ecosystem enablers, and job creators. The innovation protected by software patents is highly …
By David Kappos
4 years ago 3

FTC Says Brand Name Drug Redesign Violates Antitrust Law

Not only is the FTC arguing that product changes to patented drugs violate U.S. antitrust laws, but the FTC and Department of Justice (DOJ) are going …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 11

Oblon Signs Five Year Deal with Copyright Clearance Center for Its Annual Copyright License

The answer to why a patent law firm would be taking a blanket copyright license may well be found in the old saying about a penny of …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 5

USPTO Selects Location for Dallas Regional Satellite Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it has chosen the Terminal Annex Federal Building as the site for its Dallas-Fort Worth regional …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

Mechanics of a Supreme Court Decision to Grant Certiorari

There are two stages of litigation in the Supreme Court.  There’s what’s called the petition stage and the merit stage.  This is a phenomenon that …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

The Beginning of the End for the Smart Phone Patent Wars?

First, remember that Steve Jobs once referred to the smartphone patent wars as the patent equivalent of global thermonuclear war. But will this be more like the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 7