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Why East Texas courts are back on “top” for patent lawsuits (Ars Technica)
US federal courts are divided into 94 districts and when patent-holders file a lawsuit against a product that’s sold nationwide they have pretty wide leeway as to where to file their case. That’s allowed for quite a bit of “venue shopping” in patent cases, and several years ago the remote and rural Eastern District of Texas started to become surprisingly popular.
Mandating companies to license patents may deter innovation in the long-run, a U.S. Justice Department official said. While there may be short-term benefits in demanding a patent be licensed, the official said a company deciding not to offer its intellectual property did not usually raise problems.
President signs AIA technical amendment (Bloomberg BNA)
President Obama signed into law Jan. 14 a bill, H.R. 6621, that mostly makes technical corrections to the 2011 patent reform bill, the America Invents Act. The bill fills in some gaps in the AIA and clarifies some items that were not particularly controversial. It goes beyond the AIA only in the area of patent term adjustments, and the change there is small.
It has been a while since we last heard about the patent war between Apple and Samsung, but that doesn’t mean the two companies haven’t been busy going at each other. Earlier today, it was ruled that both companies can introduce new gadgets into their ongoing lawsuit, including the iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II. Both sides claim the other’s gadgets infringe on its patents.
The patent debate could get a big, new stage (Washington Post)
The Smithsonian is partnering with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to develop the programs and exhibits that will be featured in the Innovation Pavilion. Prior to the re-opening, the Patent Office will host an Innovation Expo in June to feature patented technologies. The three-day event will, according to a Smithsonian release, “feature a narrative about how the U.S. patent system promotes innovation and technological development.”