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Apple and Qualcomm’s blockbuster lawsuit starts Monday, here’s why it matters - The Verge apr 2019
"At the heart of the conflict is one core question: how much is Qualcomm’s technology worth? Apple claims that Qualcomm has demanded excessive fees to use its modems and patents, while Qualcomm asserts that Apple is using the legal system to try to get a good deal on its technology. It’s a critical question for the entire industry — you can’t make a modern smartphone without coming into contact with Qualcomm’s patents, so the outcome of these lawsuits could have an enormous effect on every company that manufactures phones, as well as Qualcomm’s bottom line. "

"When Qualcomm sells its modems, it’s not just selling hardware. It’s also selling a license that’s bound up with that hardware, part of an alleged “no license, no chips” policy. But Apple says that Qualcomm has been able to charge more for these patents than it should have because the company is also the dominant supplier of smartphone modems. If any manufacturer doesn’t agree to the license fees, Qualcomm has the power to cut them off from modems, too."
theVerge  Apple  Qualcomm  patents  IPR  litigation 
april 2019 by pierredv
At Federal Circuit, Death of Software Patents Exaggerated |
Via Louis Carbonneau
"A three-judge panel on Monday found that a Texas federal judge jumped the gun when she ruled that software designed to filter internet content was ineligible for patent protection under the Supreme Court’s Alice decision."
"Last month, Judge Todd Hughes declared for a unanimous panel in Enfish v. Microsoft that the Supreme Court could not have intended to invalidate all software patents. Narrowly drawn claims that improve the functioning of computers or other technological fields are not abstract, he wrote."
patents  IPR  software 
july 2016 by pierredv
Google accused of stealing idea for Project Loon - FierceWirelessTech
"A company that years ago was talking about using balloons to provide wireless coverage in rural areas of the U.S. is now suing Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) for alleged patent violations."

"Space Data filed suit in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, accusing Google and parent Alphabet of improperly using Space Data's confidential information and trade secrets as part of Project Loon. "
Google  ProjectLoon  patents  IPR  FierceWireless 
june 2016 by pierredv
How expiring patents are ushering in the next generation of 3D printing | TechCrunch
via Louis Carbonneau
"These expiring patents — many of which were issued just before the turn of the century and are reaching the end of their lifespan — are releasing the monopolistic control over processes that have long been held by the original pioneers of the 3D printing industry.

For example, when the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printing process patent expired in 2009, prices for FDM printers dropped from over $10,000 to less than $1,000, and a new crop of consumer-friendly 3D printer manufacturers, like MakerBot and Ultimaker, paved the way for accessible 3D printing."
"The stereolithography process works by successively “printing” thin layers of an object using an ultraviolet (UV) laser focused on a vat of liquid resin. Regardless of the exact method of production, almost all of the liquid-based technologies we’ve seen recently have been enabled by the expiration of Hull’s patent."
IPR  patents  3D-printing  TechCrunch 
may 2016 by pierredv
Time to fix patents - The Economist, Aug 8th
"Ideas fuel the economy. Today’s patent systems are a rotten way of rewarding them"
TheEconomist  patents  IPR  opinion 
september 2015 by pierredv
All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors
"Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology."
Tesla-Motors  Elon  Musk  patents 
june 2014 by pierredv
Antitrust Enforcement and Intellectual Property Rights: Promoting Innovation and Competition (04/2007)
Antitrust Enforcement and Intellectual Property Rights: Promoting Innovation and Competition Issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission April 2007
antitrust  DoJ  IPR  patents 
february 2014 by pierredv
Supreme Court upends top patent court’s “burden of proof” rule | Ars Technica
"In patent disputes, it's the patent holder—not the accused infringer—who must always bear the burden of proof. That's true even when the parties had struck a licensing deal in the past, the US Supreme Court made clear in a ruling published today. The situation for licensees that wanted to challenge patents actually used to be much worse. Until 2007, someone who'd agreed to a patent license typically was not allowed to challenge the patents at all; if the patents were agreed to once, essentially, they were agreed to forever. The situation changed when the Supreme Court stepped in to override the Federal Circuit in the Medimmune v. Genentech case."
patents  SCOTUS  law  ArsTechnica  Medtronic 
january 2014 by pierredv
President Obama vetoes U.S. International Trade Commission exclusion order of Apple products - Lexology
" Accordingly, absent extremely rare circumstances, standards-essential patents should not be asserted at the ITC, unless there is a formal change in executive policy. For the first time in 26 years, a U.S. president and his administration have exercised statutory authority to veto an exclusion order from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).1 This development may herald the end of standards-essential patents (SEPs) at the ITC."
iPhone  ITC  Apple  standards-essential  patents  (SEPs)  U.S.  International  Trade  Commission  (ITC)  Samsung  patents 
august 2013 by pierredv
The Troubled Life of Patent No. 6,456,841 - IEEE Spectrum
"Tracing the tortured legal trail of a simple smartphone patent "
IPR  IEEE-Spectrum  patents 
may 2013 by pierredv
Public Knowledge Warns of Threats to 3D Printing | Public Knowledge
November 10, 2010 "Public Knowledge today published a white paper, “It Will Be Awesome If They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology,” which examines how intellectual property (IP) law impacts the rapidly maturing technology of 3D printing, and how existing industries which feel threatened by its growth might try to use IP law to stop it."
PublicKnowledge  IPR  x:publicknowledge  copyright  3Dprinting  patents 
february 2013 by pierredv
Promoting Intellectual Discovery: Patents Versus Markets -- Meloso et al. 323 (5919): 1335 -- Science
a market based alternative to patents which leads to greater social value, though less value for the successfull patenter
Listen to podcast with Bossaerts:;323/5919/1335/DC2
Read transcript:
See also in the same issue
ECONOMICS: Eyes on the Prize?
David K. Levine (6 March 2009)
Science 323 (5919), 1296. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1171406]
IPR  patents  markets  x:sciencemagazine 
march 2009 by pierredv
Family tree for inventions shows joined-up thinking - tech - 27 August 2008 - New Scientist
Work by Mark Bedau at Reed College Derived genealogies for patents. Found they're interconnected to a much greater extent than biological organisms. "patents, just like organisms, fall into families that share traits: "browser" and "internet" were common keywords for one family, for example, whereas "nozzle" and "nucleic" never appeared in the same families" Factoid: "several of the most reproductively successful patents of the past 30 years turned out to be associated with inkjet printing"
network-analysis  research  IPR  patents  factoids  NewScientist 
january 2009 by pierredv
Patent Failure - book by James Bessen and Michael J. Meurer
"How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk"
via Brian Kahin
patents  property  intellectualproperty  innovation  law 
december 2008 by pierredv
Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property » What’s wrong with software patents?
third in a series of posts based on empirical research in a new book, Patent Failure, by James Bessen and Michael Meurer

Striking that they end by saying they don't have solutions...
IPR  patents 
august 2008 by pierredv
Microsoft | Microsoft, Dell ordered to pay Alcatel in patent infringement suit | Seattle Times Newspaper
Microsoft must pay almost $368 million to Alcatel-Lucent, the world's largest supplier of telecommunications equipment, after a jury found two of Alcatel-Lucent's UI patents were infringed; a judge in aug 2007 threw out 2 other jury findings of Feb 2007
microsoft  patents  via:seattletimes 
april 2008 by pierredv
Tech-Friendly Patent Reform Bill Passes House - News and Analysis by PC Magazine
HR 1980
"The House of Representatives on Friday passed a patent reform bill that has garnered support from consumer groups and tech companies like Google but has drawn criticism from the White House. "
september 2007 by pierredv
Patenting The Co-Ed Code -
Women in Tech think tank promotes diversity, particularly in gender. Good data on patenting by women, but the link to the announced data seems tenuous
"If you want to create a really useful invention, make sure you have both women and men on your develop
patents  gender 
september 2007 by pierredv
Measuring Patent Office Quality -- Technological Innovation and Intellectual Property »
"Paul Burke and Markus Reitzig have devised a clever way to measure the quality of patent office examination: they measure whether the European Patent Office (EPO) applies patentability standards consistently between patent examination and patent oppositi
april 2006 by pierredv
Jury finds in Tivo's favor
Awards $79 million in case against Echostar
april 2006 by pierredv
Are Software Patents Evil? - Paul Graham
March 2006: essay is derived from a talk at Google
Goes on far too long, but some gems buried here
patents  software 
april 2006 by pierredv
RIM's $613 Million Compromise -
RIM agreeing to pay patent-holding company NTP a $612.5 million settlement
march 2006 by pierredv
Office upgrade could trap many businesses | CNET
The issue relates to a verdict last year by a jury in Orange County, Calif., which found in favor of a patent claim by Guatemalan inventor Carlos Armando Amado. Microsoft was ordered to pay $8.9 million in damages for infringing Amado's 1994 patent. As a
february 2006 by pierredv
Inventions Inc. -
patenting activities by IBM, Apple, Disney etc., incl. piece on new patents
patents  IPR 
february 2006 by pierredv
Who Patents & Why
summary of Carnegie Mellon survey on innovation at manufacturing firms by Cohen, Nelson and Walsh
patents  IPR 
january 2006 by pierredv
Patents - their effectiveness and role
Wesley Cohen et al 2000
use of patents in complex vs discrete product industries
IPR  patents  toread  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2006 by pierredv
The copying of fashion design originals – “knocking off” or “affordable interpretation”, depending on your point of view – has been around as long as clothes have been considered not just a way to protect oneself from the elements but also a s
Christine Magdo, Harvard Law School (looks like an undergraduate essay, but well written)
Survey of lack of copyright in fashion because of utility, recent addition of such protection for chips and architecture, design patents, and trade dress
IPR  patents  copyfight 
january 2006 by pierredv
Business method patent - Wikipedia
good list of precedents and cases, eg USPTO guidelines and links to cases
december 2005 by pierredv
Patently Silly - The Humor of Invention - presented by Daniel Wright
excerpts from silly patents, with pictures
also from ScottFo Jan 07
patents  humor  via:scottfo 
december 2005 by pierredv
For RIM: Careful What You Ask For -
Feds weigh in on RIM/NTP case, asking that there be no injunction that affects their comms
communications  policy  commerce  patents 
december 2005 by pierredv
Patently-O: Patent Law Blog: USPTO Releases New Business Method Guidelines: Requires "physical transformation" or "concrete and tangible result"
discussion of new USPTO Interim Guidelines for Examination of Patent Applications for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, signed on Oct. 26, 2005
IPR  patents 
october 2005 by pierredv
Silicon Valley Sleuth: The case against software patents
graph of MS patenting vs R&D, which suggests to me uptick in patenting isn't associated with Linux, contrary to my instinct
october 2005 by pierredv
United States Patent: 6,196,404
a food container which contained meal sold to me on United Airlines Jun 2005
july 2005 by pierredv

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