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Judge Koh Rules in Apple v. Samsung – No Willfulness, No Enhanced Damages for Apple but No New Trial Either (Groklaw) The presiding judge in the Apple v. Samsung litigation in San Jose, CA, the Hon. Lucy Koh, has issued four rulings on the parties’ post-trial briefs. No to a new trial for Samsung, as she…

Patents in the News

ITC to review Apple patent complaint against Samsung (Reuters) A U.S. trade panel that specializes in patent disputes will review a potentially key decision in the patent fight between Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc over smartphones and tablets. Steve Jobs threatened Palm with patent suit, strictly enforced no-poaching policy (Washington Post) Apple co-founder Steve Jobs threatened its…

Patent Bully: Steve Jobs’ Unethical Use of Patents

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) Yesterday, a sworn statement by former Palm CEO Edward Colligan became part of the public record in a civil antitrust lawsuit brought by 5 employees at major Silicon Valley tech firms.  Colligan alleged, supported by email records, that Steve Jobs contacted him and “proposed” an arrangement in which Apple and…

A History of Abuse

The U.S. patent system is almost as old as our country. The power to create patents was included in the constitution, and the first Patent Act was enacted in 1790. A lot of opponents of patent reform today argue that the length of the patent system in this country is indicative of its health as…

Patents in the News

Patents in the News is a new feature on Patent Progress which will share stories about (you guessed it) patents in the news.  If you have any tips, you can always mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org Why East Texas courts are back on “top” for patent lawsuits (Ars Technica) US federal courts…

USPTO Real Party in Interest Roundtable

On Friday, January 11 the USPTO held a public roundtable to discuss proposed requirements for recordation of real-party-in-interest information throughout application pendency and patent term.  The USPTO is considering imposing new requirements on patentees and assignees to better publicize the chain of ownership for patents.  This is an important effort by the USPTO that mostly…

Patent Flood Continues

The patent arms race continues to expand.  In 2012, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) saw a record 253,155 new patents issued.  Not only that, it also just set a record on January 8, 2013 when 5,633 utility patents were granted in one day.  At its current pace, the USPTO will come close to…

PAEs Ringing in New Year without Resolutions

Several outlets have reported on a bevy of lawsuits filed in Delaware by Steelhead Licensing LLC against operating entities concerning infringement of patent 5,491,834 entitled “Mobile Radio Handover Initiation Determination.”  Unfortunately for innovators, legitimate operating entities, and consumers this is yet another example in a seemingly endless litany of companies springing forward to extract consumer welfare from the high-tech…

USPTO Accepting Comments on Software Patents

Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a Federal Register notice on software patent issues, announcing several roundtables and a written comment period.  The roundtables will be held February 12, 2013 in Silicon Valley, and February 27, 2013 in New York City, and they will be webcast.  To speak at the roundtables,…