June 2013

Wall Street Journal - "Inventors, Trolls, Patents and Improving the System"

Alexander Poltorak, the Founder and Chairman of American Innovators for Patent Reform as well as Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation, wrote a letter to the editor in response to an op-ed piece by Senator Chuck Schumer. Dr. Poltorak's letter explains why the focus on patent trolls is misdirected. ("Inventors, Trolls, Patents and Improving the System" Wall Street Journal − June 26, 2013)

To Sue a Scoundrel

Submitted by patentadmin on Sun, 06/09/2013 - 21:32

Reclusive author Harper Lee, who penned To Kill a Mockingbird - her only novel - back in 1960, is in the news for the first time in years. The reason: She is suing her literary agent for copyright infringement.

More specifically, the 87-year-old Lee is suing Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of her longtime agent Eugene Winick, for tricking her into signing over the copyright to her famous novel back in 2007.

TiVo Reaches Settlement with Motorola, Cisco and Time Warner in Patent Lawsuit

Submitted by patentadmin on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 22:02

June 7, 2013 - Just in time to avoid a trial that was scheduled to begin in one week in a Texas federal court, TiVo settled its patent litigation with Cisco, Motorola Mobility and Time Warner. Under the settlement, TiVo will receive a lump-sum payment of $490 million from Google and Cisco, with Cisco being responsible for $294 million of that sum.

ITC Bans U.S. Sales of Older iPhones, iPads that Infringe Samsung Patent

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 22:02

June 5, 2013 - The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that some of Apple's older devices that work on the AT&T Wireless network, including the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad 2 3G, infringe a Samsung patent. As a result of that ruling, the ITC issued an order to ban the sale of some older Apple devices in the U.S.