July 2010

GPC Subsidiary Obtains Judgment against C-One Technology Corp.

Acticon Is Awarded Past Damages, Attorneys’ Fees and Pre-Judgment Interest

Suffern, N.Y. − July 28, 2010 − General Patent Corporation (GPC) announced today that it obtained a judgment of past damages, attorneys’ fees and pre-judgment interest in its lawsuit against C-One Technology Corporation − another victory in its patent enforcement campaign on behalf of its subsidiary, Acticon Technologies LLC (Acticon).

Update On False Marking

Submitted by patentadmin on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 14:14

A few weeks ago, we wrote of the false marking case of Pequignot v. Solo Cup Co. (See A Vanishing Opportunity?). We noted that the appellate judges seemed to be telegraphing their punch during oral arguments on the appeal. In particular, we referred to the suggestion, by one of the judges, that the false marking statute was criminal in nature, whereby intent must be proved “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

A Big Troll?

Submitted by patentadmin on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 14:10

We have previously commented upon the shabby treatment accorded small, non-practicing entities (NPEs) by the courts. Well, we are now able to report that, in at least one respect, large corporations are being treated in like manner to small ones. A large corporation, seeking to enforce a patent which it does not practice, i.e. a large NPE, gets the same short shrift as a small NPE. (Pitney Bowes Inc. et al. v. Zumbox, Inc.)

Good News, Bad News

Submitted by patentadmin on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 14:05

By this time, the reader really should be aware that joint infringement of a method claim requires that one party – known as the “mastermind” (we are not making this up) – must control the actions of any and all other parties – known as the “chumps” – involved in performing other steps of the claimed method.

Any Volunteers?

Submitted by patentadmin on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 14:00

Use of another party’s trademark, in connection with the sale of your goods, is likely trademark infringement. What about use of another party’s trademark as part of your internet domain name – is that an infringement? Maybe not. (Toyota Motor Sales, USA v. Farzad Tabari and Lisa Tabari d/b/a Fast Imports)

Apple, Sprint, Verizon and Samsung Hit with False Marking Patent Lawsuit

Submitted by patentadmin on Mon, 07/26/2010 - 10:27

July 26, 2010 - Continuing our coverage of qui tam lawsuits over false marking, we report that an organization called Americans for Fair Patent Use (AFPU) filed a false marking lawsuit this month against Apple, Verizon Wireless, Samsung Telecommunications America and Sprint Nextel Corp.

Drink Responsibly

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 14:20

Many legal cases present a conflict between right and wrong, between good and evil, or between morality and avarice. Now, we have a case which presents the conflict between bourbon and tequila. (Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc. v. Diageo North America Inc. et al.)

Mystery Solved

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 14:12

Copyright registration is a prerequisite to filing suit for copyright infringement. The question is, ‘when is a copyright registered’? Is registration effective upon the filing of an application for registration, or when a registration issues? Surprisingly, this question has remained unanswered – until now. (Cosmetic Ideas, Inc. v. IAC/Interactive Corp., et al.)

Life Imitates Art

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 14:08

The ways in which things are used change over time. For example, “orange juice – it isn’t just for breakfast anymore.” Well, now the insanity defense isn’t just for serial killers and child molesters – it’s being used by accused patent infringers. (Karyn McGaughey, et al. v. Bayer Corporation, et al.)

Texas Hold 'Em

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 13:43

“You gotta know when to hold ‘em; know when to fold ‘em.”¹ (LaserDynamics, Inc. v. Quanta Computer, Inc.)

LaserDynamics sued Quanta for patent infringement. An East Texas jury found the patent not invalid and infringed. Being an EAST TEXAS jury, they went on to find the infringement willful and awarded actual damages of $52M. The Court entered Final Judgment in accord with the jury’s verdict, adding $5.456M in prejudgment interest, but not adding increased damages in respect of the willfulness.

Alexander Poltorak Quoted in Associated Press Article

GPC's Chairman and CEO Alexander Poltorak was quoted in an Associated Press (AP) article that was published by dozens of outlets internationally, including Yahoo!Finance, CBSNews.com, ABCnews.com, The Miami Herald, The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR.org, St. Petersburg Times, The Chicago Tribune, MSNBC.com, and The Australian.

Patent holder sues smart phone makers over patents

July 9, 2010

Fewer Secrets

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 13:51

Most people – and this includes lawyers – believe that settlement negotiations are “privileged” (legalspeak for “not subject to being disclosed to the opposing party during litigation”). Well, NOT ALWAYS. (Software Tree LLC v. Red Hot Inc. et al.)

“While the Court recognizes internal settlement strategy may be protected by attorney-client privilege or work-product immunity … the Court permits discovery of negotiations pertaining to agreements and licenses entered into outside the context of litigation …” (emphasis added).

Time is Money

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 13:49

Sometimes, it isn’t what you (allegedly) did, but what you (allegedly) said that causes problems. (Tele Atlas v. Quinn Emanuel)

Tele Atlas sued its competitor, Navteq, claiming that Navteq was seeking to illegally monopolize the market for the digital map data used in various navigation systems. Quinn Emanuel, which represented Tele Atlas in this four-year long legal marathon, billed their client $15M – yes folks, that’s fifteen MILLION bucks. As later noted by the trial judge in Tele Atlas’ suit against Quinn Emanuel, that’s “lots and lots of money.”