Posts in Technology & Innovation


USPTO Report Puts Chinese Innovation Growth in Context

On January 13, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a new report on the impact of patent and trademark filing trends in China. The report, …
By Gene Quinn
14 hours ago 1

IFI Claims Reports: Patent Activity Increases Despite Pandemic, IBM Again Dominates Granted U.S. Patents, Samsung Leads Global 250

On January 12, patent database provider IFI Claims published its Top 50 U.S. patent grant recipient list for 2020, as well as its Global 250 list of top owners of …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 0

Alice in 2020: Slashing Software Patents and Searching for Functional Language at the Federal Circuit (Part II)

In Part I of this article, I explained that the CAFC invalidated almost every software patent on appeal for eligibility in 2020 and recapped the first 13 such cases …
By Theodore Rand
5 days ago 3

The Patent System is ‘Desperate’: American Axle Implores High Court to Take Up Eligibility Fight

American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on December 28, 2020, asking it to review the Federal Circuit’s July 31, 2020 modified …
By Eileen McDermott
10 days ago 14

One Entrepreneur’s Story: Snapizzi Gets Caught in the Section 101 Snare

In 2015, Randy dela Fuente launched Snapizzi. Randy had bet big, putting his career, savings, and company at risk. Later, Randy brought in a business partner, Chris Scoones, …
By Paul Morinville
10 days ago 18

Department of Justice’s ‘China Initiative’: Two Year Recap

One of the key trade secret trends in 2020 that was not mentioned by James Pooley in his excellent recap of the year’s trends was the continued …
By Peter J. Toren
12 days ago 0

Ericsson Wins Temporary Restraining Order Over Samsung in ED TX FRAND Litigation

Earlier today, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a temporary restraining order against Samsung in a …
By Gene Quinn
17 days ago 4

Biden’s Innovation and Inclusion Initiatives Will Depend Heavily on IP Rights to Succeed

What intellectual property (IP) rights achieve, and for whom, is a mystery to most people, including heads of state. President-elect Biden's ambitious plan to support all of …
By Bruce Berman
25 days ago 6

FRAND-Related Statements for Cellular Wireless SEPS: Implementer Obligations (Part V)

This is the fifth and final article in a series of articles analyzing statements made by various entities in the cellular industry regarding licensing Standard Essential Patents (…
By Curtis Dodd & Chris Dubuc
29 days ago 2

Calls for WTO to Suspend IP Rights for Vaccine Innovation Would Jeopardize Incredible Progress

The biggest vaccination effort in the history of medicine is underway to eradicate the global pandemic, with several strong prospects appearing poised for regulatory approval. As of …
By Patrick Kilbride
1 month ago 10

Potential Impact of China’s Export Control Law in Acquisition of Technology Companies

Acquiring intellectual property from China has just become more complicated because of China’s Export Control Law. On October 17, 2020, the Standing Committee of China’s legislature, the …
By Shui Li
1 month ago 0

A Conversation with Cloudflare Co-Founder Michelle Zatlyn on the Future of the Internet and the Role of IP

The IP Tech Summit, researched and produced by Premier Cercle, took place virtually this year, on December 3-4, and focused on new intellectual property strategies for open …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 0

The Blockchain Patent Landscape Shows Accelerating Growth

On March 16, 2020, Bitcoin sold at $5,024, down from its previous high of over $19,000. On November 25, 2020, it sold at over $19,000 again. Interest in blockchain technology and Bitcoin, in particular, …
By Thomas Isaacson
1 month ago 2

SEP Owner Obligations: Analyzing FRAND Statements for Cellular Wireless SEPS (Part IV)

This is the fourth in a series of articles analyzing statements made by various entities in the cellular industry regarding licensing Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) on a …
By Curtis Dodd & Chris Dubuc
1 month ago 0

Supreme Court Ponders Proper Application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In Van Buren v. United States, argued December 1, the Supreme Court has a chance to address how the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act applies when a defendant …
By Peter J. Toren
1 month ago 1