May 2012

General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit with Pays Royalty for Past and Future Use of Data Distribution Technologies’ Patent

Suffern, N.Y. – May 31, 2012 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement company, announced today on behalf of its subsidiary, Data Distribution Technologies LLC (DDT), that it settled a patent infringement lawsuit with, Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif. Under the settlement agreement, paid DDT’s standard 1% royalty on its past and future sales.

Huawei Files Complaint Against NPE with European Commission

Submitted by patentadmin on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 13:43

May 25, 2012 - Huawei Technologies filed a complaint with the European Commission (EC) against InterDigital, a U.S.-based non-practicing entity that Huawei says is trying to force the Chinese communications equipment company into a "discriminatory, unfair and exploitative" license under eight 3G standard essential patents.

Rockstar Bidco: Where Are They Now?

Submitted by patentadmin on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 16:51

Last year, as everyone familiar with the term "patent auction" is aware, a consortium of Big Tech's heavy hitters (well, except Google) and calling itself Rockstar Bidco paid $4.5 billion for the patent portfolio of Nortel Networks. Where are they now?

Rockstar is still around, but now calling itself the Rockstar Consortium. The company has control of 4,000 of the 6,000 patents and patent applications purchased in the Nortel auction.

Lodsys Files Six More Lawsuits Against Adult Entertainment Companies and Others

Submitted by patentadmin on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 22:57

May 15, 2012 - Lodsys LLC, the company known for its patent litigation against app developers for the iPhone, iPad and Android operating systems, filed six more lawsuits this month. Five of the defendants are adult entertainment companies, including Playboy Enterprises Inc.

Losing the Jury

Submitted by patentadmin on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 14:30

Jury trials, statistically speaking, are usually a good thing for patent owners. But as patent litigation becomes ever more complex, and the technology underlying the patents ever more mind-boggling, what happens if the case in question goes right over the jurors' heads?

Ouster of Yahoo CEO Thompson Leads to Speculation About Settlement with Facebook

Submitted by patentadmin on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 13:19

May 14, 2012 - In a dramatic turn of events - all of which have unfolded in the space of a week - Yahoo's CEO Scott Thompson is stepping down amid controversy over an imaginary computer science degree and reports that he has thyroid cancer. His interim replacement CEO is Ross Levinsohn. The news is big, and raises the question of how it will affect Yahoo's patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook.

Apple and Samsung Simplify Their Patent Litigation

Submitted by patentadmin on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:30

May 10, 2012 - In response to Judge Lucy Koh's warning last week about trimming their claims to a manageable level (details of which are in our blog entry "Take It Down a Notch"), both Apple and Samsung filed amended cases on Monday, May 7.

The CEOs of both companies are still scheduled to meet on May 21 and attempt to negotiate an out of court settlement.

Upholding a Great American Tradition

Submitted by patentadmin on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:08

This week, we finally see the conclusion of a trademark infringement lawsuit that began nine years ago. That's enough litigation to drive anyone to drink, so it's appropriate that the two parties involved were the Maker's Mark bourbon distillery and the maker of Casa Cuervo tequila.

This blog has followed the lawsuit for the past couple of years (see our most recent entry on the subject, In Defense of Good Taste).

Jury Delivers Partial Verdict in Google, Oracle Lawsuit

Submitted by patentadmin on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 21:24

May 7, 2012 - Though much more remains to be decided in the much-anticipated patent lawsuit between Oracle and Google, the jury delivered a partial verdict that gave each side something to cautiously celebrate.

The jury found that Google did infringe Oracle's copyrights for Java APIs (Application Programming Interfaces, which are programming tools), and that the Google Android operating system infringes nine lines of code.

Kodak Seeks to Resume Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Shutterfly

Submitted by patentadmin on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 13:50

May 7, 2012 - Eastman Kodak Co.'s patent infringement lawsuit against Shutterfly Inc. and Tiny Prints Inc., a printer of personalized cards, is currently on hold because of Kodak's Chapter 11 bankruptcy. However, Kodak has filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to modify the automatic stay on the lawsuit and allow it to proceed.

Take It Down a Notch

Submitted by patentadmin on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 11:46

Well, that's one way to curb the patent wars a bit: Judge Lucy Koh ordered Apple and Samsung to reduce the number of claims in their patent litigation against each other. Between the two companies, they have sixteen patents, six trademarks, five "trade dress" claims and an antitrust case, all of which disputes are spread over 37 products.

And that's after both companies already scaled their claims down a bit.