October 31, 3012 - A company called Intercarrier Communications (ICC) filed a patent suit against Apple for alleged infringement of a patent on phone messaging services.
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October 18, 2012 - TiVo Inc. claims that its patent damages claim against Google's Motorola Mobility unit is "likely to run into the billions of dollars." The company made this assertion in a filing in federal court in Marshall, Texas, in which TiVo requested that its case against Motorola Mobility be merged with one involving Cisco Systems. Both cases include Time Warner Cable Inc. as a defendant.
October 17, 2012 - The U.S. International Trade Commission announced that its members voted to investigate VirnetX, Inc.'s complaint that Apple is infringing its patent related to a secure connection between two computers over a network. VirnetX claims that Apple's iPhone 5, iPad and other products infringe the patent and thus violate Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.
Sometimes it's nice to take a break from writing about the more serious side of intellectual property - the litigation, the legislation, the precedent-setting cases - and just reflect on how absolutely crazy it looks to people who don't work with patents, trademarks and copyrights.
October 15, 2012 - A company called Bascom Research is suing Facebook, LinkedIn, Novell, Broadvision, and Jive Software for infringement of four patents. The patents at suit were invented by Tom Bascom of LinkSpace and bought by Lexington Technology Group (LTG), which recently signed a definitive merger agreement with Document Security Systems. Bascom Research is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LTG.
October 13, 2012 - A company called LED Tech Development LLC filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iPad 3 and MacBook Pro infringe on four patents covering the use of pulse-width modulation signals to drive light-emitting diodes.
LED Tech says that during the discovery process, it determined that Apple was willfully infringing its patents. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
October 12, 2012 - A patent suit over an iPhone and Android app called Speak for Yourself, which helps nonverbal people communicate, has been settled. The plaintiffs were Semantic Compaction Systems and Prentke Romich Company, who are the patent owner and licensee of patents related to a keyboard with keys that dynamically change.
Sometimes a business owner (or his attorney) has to get creative to show why he deserves to be awarded a certain trademark. In this case, the owner of Campo's Deli in Philadelphia needs to show why the mark it uses for its signature sandwich - "Philadelphia's Cheesesteak" - is different from some very similar existing marks: Philadelphia's Cheesesteak Co., Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co., and The Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co.