Tag Archive for Patents in the News

TC Heartland Attacks The Heart Of Patent Forum Shopping

The Supreme Court decided TC Heartland v. Kraft on Monday.  The decision addresses a procedural point with huge effects on patent litigation.   The Problem The basic problem before this case was that it was very easy to pick the court you wanted to sue someone in; it’s called “forum shopping.”  And (if you’re a…

Apple and Samsung Begin to Wind Down the Smartphone Wars

As we’ve written a number of times (e.g., here, here, and here), nothing good has come out of the war between Apple and Samsung. Both companies have spent millions and neither has much to show for it. The big losers, of course, have been consumers, who could be enjoying better products: products that could have been built using…

Apple Wants to Compete on Patent Portfolio, Not Products

(Cross-posted on DisCo) Apple has been an odd player in the patent debate. On the one hand, it’s the company that gets sued by patent trolls more than any other. As a result, it supports most of the patent reform bill, and Apple uses the Covered Business Method (CBM) program far more than any other…

Patent Trolls Keep On Suing

Well, the numbers are in for 2013, and it seems that patent trolling shows no signs of slowing down. According to RPX, trolls sued over 4,800 companies last year, up from the 4,282 they sued in 2012. Now, some argue that it’s not patent trolls that are the problem; it’s big companies “stripping garage inventors…

What Does the Shutdown Mean for Patents?

Today, the news is being dominated by the partial shutdown of the U.S. government. Because we focus on patents, we wanted to let readers know what’s happening to the patent world during the shutdown. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will stay open. According to a public announcement on its website, the PTO has a…

Patents in the News 3/15

After a couple day hiatus due to sickness, I am back. Here are some interesting links worth reading from this week.  I am going to do a separate post on news coverage of yesterday’s patent troll hearing in the House Judiciary committee. Q&A With Samsung’s Mobile Chief Korean Giant Unveils Galaxy Phone; Mobile Chief Isn’t…

Patents In the News 3/4/13

Microsoft, Motorola submit final arguments to Washington court on the relevance and effects of Google-MPEG LA AVC/H.264 agreement to a Microsoft-Motorola RAND license Essential Patent Blog March 4, 2013 A couple of weeks ago, we noted a peculiar minute order emanating from Judge James L. Robart’s courtroom in the Microsoft-Motorola RAND case.  Based on his…

Patents in the News 2/28

FTC-Google public comments round-up #2: Tech companies have their say The Essential Patent Blog February 28, 2013 Yesterday we covered several public comments submitted to the FTC by various professional organizations and trade/industry associations surround the FTC-Google consent decree.  Today, we’re here to tackle the submissions from several large companies that chose to comment on…

Patents in the News 2/27

  Businesses plan to boost IP litigation spending – survey Thomson Reuters February 27, 2013 Dan Levine More publicly traded companies are planning to increase spending on intellectual property litigation over the next 12 months than compared to any other practice area, a new survey of general counsels and heads of litigation has found. Guest…