The SHIELD Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives this week, and a post in The Hill's Technology Blog cited Alexander Poltorak's criticism of the bill as being unnecessary and unfair to patent owners. ("Bill would force 'patent trolls' to pay legal costs" TheHill.com - February 27, 2013)
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The SHIELD Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at curtailing the litigious activities of so-called patent trolls, has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives. An article on TechCrunch quotes Alexander Poltorak's argument that the SHIELD Act is based on an overestimation of the number of frivolous lawsuits, and that the bill might make patent owners less likely to enforce their patents against infringers.
Kodak finally found a buyer for its 1,100-patent digital imaging portfolio, and an end to its bankruptcy may be in sight. A consortium led by Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corp. and including Apple, Google, Adobe, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft, Research in Motion, HTC, Huawei and Shutterfly will acquire the patents. This is good news for Kodak, but Alexander Poltorak comments on why Kodak's patent auction didn't produce the kind of bidding bonanza that Nortel Networks' patent auction did in 2011.
With a consortium of Big Tech companies purchasing its patents for $525 million, Kodak may soon find its way out of bankruptcy. But the selling price fell quite short of the amount at which the patents were initially valued. GPC's Alexander Poltorak explains why. ("Kodak sells imaging patents for $525m, coming close to bankruptcy end" Industry Leaders Magazine - December 20, 2012)
When RIM and Nokia's licensing discussions failed to bear fruit because RIM claimed an earlier license covered Nokia's WiFi patent, a judge in Sweden ruled that RIM must pay Nokia royalties and damages - and the ruling can't be appealed. GPC's Alexander Poltorak comments on what the ruling means for U.S. consumers in an article on the Tom's Hardware tech news website. ("RIM Loses Patent Dispute With Nokia, Must Pay Royalties" Tom's Hardware - November 29, 2012)
Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry devices, was the loser in its patent licensing dispute with Finnish cellphone maker Nokia Oyj when a Swedish arbitrator issued a ruling that RIM may not make or sell mobile devices that can connect to WiFi networks. Now RIM must come to a new licensing arrangement with Nokia or risk having its BlackBerry products banned, because the U.S. and other countries will enforce the arbitrator's decision. GPC's Alexander Poltorak predicts what is likely to happen next between Nokia and RIM in this licensing dispute.
With the breakdown of Nokia and RIM's license renewal talks and a judgment against RIM, Nokia now seeks an injunction on the Blackberry. IP and mobile industry experts are discussing the possible outcome of this litigation.("Nokia Demands to Stop Sales of RIM’s Blackberry Phones" XbitLabs.com - November 28, 2012)
Nokia won a ruling against Research in Motion, and that ruling can't be appealed. Will the BlackBerry be the target of an injunction in the U.S.? GPC's Alexander Poltorak offers his prediction of what RIM will do next. ("Nokia wins patent case against RIM" AfterDawn.com - November 28, 2012)
Article excerpt: RIM has lost a patent case against Nokia and will have to reach a new royalties deal or potentially have the sale of their devices halted.
Ericsson filed suit against Samsung for infringing some of its patents on mobile technology after the companies failed to come to an agreement on renewing an existing patent license that covered hundreds of Ericsson patents. Samsung claims that Ericsson unfairly raised the royalty rates on the patents they'd already licensed. GPC's Alexander Poltorak speculated on the effect this newest lawsuit would have on Samsung's ongoing, epic patent litigation with Apple.
Apple won its patent lawsuit against Samsung, but will Apple get the permanent injunction it seeks? And if so, how extensive is the ban on Samsung's products likely to be? GPC's Alexander Poltorak offers his prediction. ("Apple Likely To Win Samsung Ban, But Devil's In The Details" Law360.com - September 24, 2012 - subscription required)