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Beware of Viruses When Looking for Love Online

PC Tools, a leading security software vendor with offices in Sydney, San Francisco, London, Shannon (Ireland), Melbourne, Kiev, and Boulder,  today issued a warning  to caution Internet users that virtual venues for dating, social networking, and adult entertainment all present dangerous digital risks from computer viruses, spyware and phishing, and with Valentine’s Day tomorrow the holiday is likely lead cybercriminals and…

Patent Litigation Settlements in the News

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), and Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing, L.P., announced on February 11, 2009, that the two settled the patent litigation between the parties. Also announced on February 11, 2009, was a settlement between BCD and Power Integrations. Although BCD maintains it did not infringe, and the claims asserted by Power Integrations are under final rejection in reexamination, the settlement was for business reasons so BDC could move forward.

Fordham IP Institute Goes to Cambridge

PRESS RELEASE – Fordham Law School’s Intellectual Property Law Institute has announced that for the first time, its Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law & Policy, the world’s leading intellectual property law forum, will be held outside of New York City. The 17th annual conference will be held at Cambridge University, U.K., on April 15 and 16, 2009. It will…

The Top 25 Patent Blogs

Last Updated: February 21, 2009. This will be the last update of this list for now, but I will revisit it in several months again. I was wondering what the top patent blogs were so to inject some sense of objectivity I did some search using Technorati, which was not as easy as I had anticipated.  While Technorati is the…

US Manufacturers Tell Obama Patent Reform Will Cost US Jobs

Earlier today more than 130 US manufacturing companies sent a joint letter to President Obama detailing their serious concerns about the economic impact that enactment of patent reform legislation would have on the US economy should such reform look anything like what was proposed during the 110th Congress last year. The letter sent to President Obama coordinated by the Manufacturing Alliance on Patent…

Obama Artist Sues AP Over Copyright Fair Use

In a strange twist, Shepard Fairey, the artist of the popular print made famous through the 2008 Presidential Campaign, has sued the Associated Press in federal District Court in Manhattan seeking an order from the court that his use of the underlying photograph owned by the Associated Press is a fair use.  Mr. Fairey’s lawyer, Anthony T. Falzone, the executive…

Steve Wozniak Will Dance With The Stars

Steve Wozniak, known to many in the technology community as “The Woz” and heralded as the original brain behind Apple Computer, will be hitting the dance floor on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, Monday, March 9, 2009 from 8:00-10:02 p.m. ET on ABC.  Wozniak will be joined in Season 8 of Dancing with…

Patent Bounty Paid in Garmin Patent Dispute

Article One Partners announced earlier today that two winners will share the $50,000 prize for discovering prior art in Article One’s Garmin/SP Technologies Patent Study.  The Study related to a graphical interface providing a touch screen keyboard display that may not be minimized, maximized, closed or deleted. In a 2008 complaint filed in federal court in Chicago, SP Technologies, LLC…

Patent Reform Reportedly Top Priority in Congress

It seems that patent reform will once again be on the Congressional agenda during the 111th Congress, perhaps as early as late winter or early spring. See National Journal, by way of Patently-O.  It is hard to imagine that the Congress would be willing to so quickly take up such a thorny issue, and one that has largely pitted the…

Finger Mounted Stealth Fly Swatter Patent

Finger mounted insect dissuasion device and method of use US Patent No. 7,484,328 Issued: February 3, 2009

Senate Bill Would Prevent Reverse Pharma Payments

The Patent Docs are reporting that on February 3, 2009, Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) introduced legislation into the Senate titled the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act, which would prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug makers for delaying the entry of generic drugs into the market.  This bill is in response to a lawsuit initiated by the FTC…

Yahoo! Search Engine Optimization Patent Application

On January 1, 2009, a patent application published on a Yahoo! Inc. invention related to Search Engine Optimization.  Search Engine Optimization, or SEO as it is typically referred to, refers to actions by a web site to improve its presence and positioning for relevant search queries.  With the amount of information available online being so large engaging in SEO activities to make it more…

AP Goes After Obama Artist for Copyright Violation

A Los-Angeles based street artist named  Shepard Fairey created what many would say was one of the most enduring images of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, a poster of Barack Obama with a stern and confident look gazing slightly upward and to his left.  The trouble with this poster is that is is based on a copyrighted photo taken by the Associated…

More Bad Patent News for Rambus

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has orderd a stay in the patent infringement case filed by Rambus Inc. against Micron Technology, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Nanya Technology Corporation.  The order staying the litigation was issued by the District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte, and comes after a decision earlier this month by the U.S. District Court of…

International Patent Applications Rise in 2008 Despite Global Slowdown

International patent filings under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) grew by 2.4% in 2008, to nearly 164,000 applications, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  While the rate of growth was not as high as it was during the previous three years, when the average growth rater of applications was 9.3%, the total number of PCT applications filed during 2008 represents the highest…