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To Promote The Progress

Today, the ten millionth utility patent issued.1  The patent relates to one way of providing coherent LADAR detection. As we look back at 180 years of Patent Office history and look forward to the next ten million patents, it’s worth remembering that what makes the U.S. patent system unique is the explicit dedication of the…

Using A Trade Court To Avoid Antitrust And FRAND: Qualcomm At The ITC

The first Apple/Qualcomm International Trade Commission (ITC) case is about to kick into high gear, with the prehearing conference scheduled for Friday and the hearing (essentially the equivalent of a trial in the ITC) opening next week.  Qualcomm has already dropped several patents from this case and in a companion European case admitted that some…

‘Gold Into Lead’ Article Focuses On Pyrite Patents

I’m out at IPBC Global this week, and one of the hot topics of conversation here is patent eligibility under § 101.  In fact, Director Iancu’s remarks focused heavily on § 101, and the panel I spoke on debated the relative importance of patent quality and patent eligibility.  (I argued that patent quality is more…

CCIA Releases White Paper On Standard Essential Patents

Yesterday, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, joined by five other trade associations representing industries ranging from retail to automotive to smartphone apps, released a white paper describing how certain views on antitrust policy as it relates to standard essential patents (SEPs) are contrary to both established legal precedent and to economic policy.  The white…

Jury Decides Icon Patents Should Award Profits On Entire Phone

Yesterday, after almost four days of deliberation, the Apple v. Samsung jury decided Samsung owed Apple over $500 million of Samsung’s profits.   Faced with an artificial and unsound test, the jurors struggled to understand just what they were supposed to do. Ultimately, the jurors awarded Apple profits on the entire Samsung device for Apple’s…

Sovereign Immunity, Upper Skagit, and Patents

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court released their decision in Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Lundgren.  The opinion effectively held that the simple fact of in rem jurisdiction does not always bar claims of tribal sovereign immunity. In rem jurisdiction is one argument that might bar the new practice of renting tribal sovereign immunity to…

Smartphones, Diapers, and Design Patents

Apple v. Samsung is obviously about high tech smartphones.  Other recent design patent cases have focused on high tech products as well—both the Nikola v. Tesla case Patent Progress covered recently and the Microsoft v. Corel case that Prof. Sarah Burstein described over on Patently-O deal with high tech products. But the basic issue with…