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Sega announces two new Sonic titles for 2017, invents multiplayer field-of-view system

An improved multiplayer experience for Sonic games is at the center of U.S. Patent No. 8834269, titled Program, Game Device and Method of Controlling the Same. It …
By Steve Brachmann
26 days ago 0

Mark Cuban-backed LuminAID receives first U.S. patent, completes $2 million in sales through 2015

The company has been earning a bit of acclaim from media publications for its technology. Tech news outlet CNET has reported that, when deflated, 50 LuminAID solar-powered lights …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
26 days ago 1

EPA regulation of aircraft emissions could hurt green innovation

A study of the economic impacts of air quality regulations on American manufacturing plants between 1972 and 1993 conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the …
By Steve Brachmann
27 days ago 23

District Court may consider burden of litigation in deciding whether to stay a patent case

Murata argued that the district court should have relied on the traditional three-factor test, which does not consider the burden of litigation on the court and the …

CAFC: Software means plus function claims Indefinite for failure to disclose algorithm

The Court also affirmed that the this means-plus-function term was indefinite. In the case of computer-implemented functions, the specification must disclose an algorithm for performing the claimed …

Opposition to Venue Reform Misses Target

There is simply no reason for so many patent cases to wind up in a district with so little relation to those cases. Basic principles of equity …
By Matt Levy
28 days ago 21

Finding the Best Patents – Comparative Patent Ranking Systems – Citations Still Matter

Over the past 18 months, our clients have begun to show greater interest in international patents (e.g. non-US). Increasing client interest in international patents corresponds with the …

2016 Rio Olympics will see plenty of U.S. innovations from Nike, Comcast and Cisco

One way in which innovation has already touched the games before it has even begun is in the figure of the famed Olympic torch, which travels the …
By Steve Brachmann
28 days ago 0

How head impacts challenge the NFL to improve helmet innovation

The harder and more unbreakable the helmet the better it is to protect from a cosmetic standpoint, but the more likely the helmet will transfer the power …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
29 days ago 0

White House announces $400 million NSF research initiative for 5G networks

There are challenges that must be overcome through innovation before 5G becomes commercially feasible. Device-to-device communications, which allow mobile device owners to communicate directly without a base …
By Steve Brachmann
29 days ago 0

Ryan Straus and Dan Friedberg Join Fenwick, Launching Payment Systems Practice

Fenwick & West announced that Ryan Straus and Dan Friedberg have joined the firm as counsel launching its Payment Systems practice. The addition of Straus and Friedberg adds …
By Press Releases
29 days ago 0

Steps the PTO must take to address low quality patent examination

While any system should always aspire to provide better quality, the patent system included, patent quality is a two way street that requires the Office to look …
By Gene Quinn
30 days ago 14

Ex Parte Appeals in the Post-Alice World

Amongst the appeals involving patent-eligibility rejections, the most recently filed appeal brief was filed in November 2015. Thus, all of the appeal briefs and most of the PTAB …
By Kate Gaudry & Samuel Hayim
30 days ago 17

Partnership to bring GE’s industrial Internet platform Predix to Microsoft’s growing Azure cloud

One of the companies which has positioned itself strongly in the industrial Internet sector is American conglomerate General Electric (NYSE:GE) of Fairfield, CT. This company has …
By Steve Brachmann
30 days ago 0

Public Health and Bioscientific War on Superbugs is Hobbled by IP Uncertainties

How will our patent system treat this wonderful new discovery? How long will it take before its curative benefits can be deployed ? We can only hope that …
By Chris Gallagher
1 month ago 5