For a long time (actually until 1998), “methods of doing business” were legally deemed ineligible for patent protection. Then came the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (C.A.F.C.) in State Street Bank, which held that “business methods” are patentable subject matter.
SUFFERN, N.Y., November 12, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today that it has named Ed Gomez to the position of Chief IP Counsel.
"Ed is a highly experienced patent litigator with an excellent track record," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. "We are very pleased to be able to attract such exceptional talent."
SUFFERN, NY, November 6, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, has achieved another victory in its campaign to enforce a portfolio of "smart connector" patents owned by its subsidiary, Acticon Technologies LLC (Acticon). GPC announced today that Acticon has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against L-3 Communications Ilex Systems, Inc. (L-3).
Recently patentees nationwide celebrated the decision in Broadcom Corp. v. Qualcomm, Inc., which seemed to suggest that a prevailing nonpracticing entity (NPE) could secure a permanent injunction barring the defendant from further infringement of the patent(s)-in-suit. Alas, the celebration is unwarranted. The holding in this case resulted from its rather unique facts. The general rule still remains that an NPE likely will not be awarded a permanent injunction.
October 29, 2008 - Pioneer Corp. was awarded $59 million following a verdict of willful infringement against South Korea's Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., as well as Samsung Electronics America Inc., based on Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.
The verdict was the result of an eight-day trial in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall, TX. The jury ruled in favor of Pioneer on every count, affirming the company's allegations of willful infringement against Samsung.