September 2011

Patent Owner Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Hotels Offering Free WiFi

Submitted by patentadmin on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 10:27

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.

Medtronic Awarded $101 Million in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 09/21/2011 - 23:21

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.

The Wall Street Journal - "Kodak Auction: No Copy of Nortel's"

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).

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