September 30, 2011 - Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC, a Delaware-based company, filed a flurry of patent infringement lawsuits against branches of major hotel chains including Hyatt Corporation, Marriott Hotels, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada Inn, Best Western, Days Inn, Super 8 Hotels, and Travelodge - in all, more than 220 individual hotels in Illinois.
September 21, 2011 - One of the largest jury awards in the country this year was handed to Medtronic Inc. in its patent lawsuit against rival NuVasive. A jury awarded Medtronic $101 million, which may go higher since it only covers damages through the summer of 2010.
The patents that the jury found NuVasive infringed are owned by Warsaw Orthopedic Inc., a unit of Medtronic, and cover spine devices.
General Patent Corporation Reaches Settlements with Last Two Defendants in Advanced Video Technologies Patent Infringement Lawsuit
VistaQuest Corporation and Aiptek, Inc. Agree to Settle a Lawsuit over Infringement of Advanced Video Technologies' Full Duplex Single Chip Video Codec Patent
Just over an hour before President Barack Obama was scheduled to deliver a speech on job creation, the Senate passed the House version of the America Invents Act with any amendments.
"Pulse of the IP Industry" Survey Conducted by General Patent Corporation Shows Wide Disapproval of Key Elements in the "America Invents Act"
IP Community Sees Legislation as a Job Killer
Eastman Kodak Co.'s planned patent sale is fueling speculation that the company is trying to emulate the success of the Nortel Networks patent auction this past July, when a consortium of bidders bought the Nortel portfolio for $4.5 billion.
However, GPC's Alexander Poltorak and other IP experts are skeptical, because the two scenarios have some major differences ("Kodak Auction: No Copy of Nortel's", September 7, 2011 - subscription required).