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Google’s Patent Grab Invokes the Old Nuclear Doctrine “Mutual Assured Destruction”

As reported by Mashable , Google recently acquired 217 patents from IBM. The patent acquisition might look developmental, but just as likely, it's a defensive move intended to build up its patent warheads in defense of trolls or other IP giants (e.g., Apple). Time to drag out some nuclear verbiage...

Tech Titans Fund Undocumented Students

"A group of Silicon Valley technology leaders, impatient with attempts to rewrite immigration laws, is funding efforts to help undocumented youths attend college, find jobs and stay in the country despite their illegal status. The group includes Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the Palm Pilot;...

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Parents Beat Motion to Dismiss in Lawsuit Against Apple for App Purchases Made by Their Children

Plaintiffs filed a class action against Apple Inc. on behalf of parents who downloaded or permitted their minor children to download a supposedly free app from Apple and then incurred charges for game-related purchases made by their children without their parents' knowledge or permission. In re Apple...

Troutman Sanders LLP: District Judge O'Grady Dismisses Fraud, Interference and Antitrust Claims in Patent Suit

By Dabney Carr Erick Cherdak brought claims for patent infringement, patent interference under 35 U.S.C. 291 and antitrust violations against several defendants, including Apple and Nike, based on his patent for an "Athletic Shoe with Timing Device." On motions to dismiss, Judge Liam...

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Troutman Sanders LLP: Apple v. Samsung: Irreparable Harm and Obviousness in Preliminary Injunction Analysis

By Megan Rahman On May 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. , No. 2012-1105 (Fed. Cir. May 14, 2012) affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part and remanded the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction awarded to Apple with respect...

eBook Antitrust Litigation Against Apple and Publishing Companies Continues

On May 15, 2012, the Honorable Denise Cote, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, denied Apple's and five of the largest publishing companies' motions to dismiss in the eBooks antitrust litigation case. See In re Electronic Books Antitrust Litigation, No. 11 MD 2293...

Kodak Fails in Attempting Quick Bankruptcy Sale of Apple's Alleged Patents

Last Friday, bankrupt Eastman Kodak was dealt a setback in its attempt to sell patents related to digital cameras. Ownership of these patents (ten digital imaging patents) have been put into dispute by Apple and Flashpoint Tech. Kodak had requested an order to aid of its planned sale and finding...

Apple's New Cloning Patent: A Defense against Orwellian Big Brother?

As reported by Gizmodo , Apple has successfully patented a process for configuring a "clone" of your identity, the goal being to avoid unwanted internet tracking. As the article states: You can define a whole host of attributes ("areas of interest" and "feigned confidential...

Judge Posner Expresses Software Patent Doubts after Apple/Motorola Dismissal

Richard Posner, the U.S. judge who recently squashed Apple Inc.'s smartphone battle with Motorola Inc., has doubts regarding the applicability of patents to software. According to a story in the Chicago Tribune , Posner noted that smartphones have thousands of features, with all of them having...

HTC Beats Apple Smartphone Patent Claims in UK Court

As reported by Law360 , the UK's High Court of Justice on Wednesday found that certain European smartphone patents owned by Apple are either invalid or not infringed by HTC, Asia's second-largest smartphone maker. HTC was absolved of allegations that it infringed Apple's slide-to-unlock...

LG Electronics Accused of Infringing Smartphone Touch-Screen Patents

On Monday, Touchscreen Gestures filed suit against LG Electronics, alleging that LG's smartphones and tablets infringe touch-screen technology patents. In its complaint , Touchscreen accuses LG of infringing U.S. Patent Nos: 7,184,031 , entitled "Method and Controller for Identifying...

Judicial Branch Quickly Becoming Apple Branch as iPhone Maker Accounts for 60% of Patent Litigation

According to IP consulting firm Kanzatec IP Group , Apple Inc. is involved in 60% of ongoing patent lawsuits. Kanzatec's patent Inforgraphic, Who is Suing Whom , can be viewed at Android Authority . Click the image to read the article / view the Infographic. .... Sign in with your...

Is Our Reality Becoming a Patent Reality? Apple’s Building Patent Suggests It Is

I'm developing a phobia of patents. Like germs, they're everywhere and often impossible to identify. Take the Apple Store for instance. The products carry a microbial layer of patent security, and unless you're a patent attorney or an inventor, that's very hard to visualize. But...

Apple’s Recent Patent Grant Invokes Old R.E.M. Lyrics: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

You might rule the world if you owned this patent: U.S. Patent No. 8223134B1 2012-07-17 Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents In a computer-implemented method, a portion of an electronic document is displayed on the touch...

Peter S. Vogel: Cloud Data Storage - How Safe?

By Peter S. Vogel Daily news headlines regularly report lax, or no, security for cloud data. In the past few weeks two very high profile businesses reported cloud breaches - Apple's iCloud and Dropbox. It is no coincidence that my August column for eCommerce Times is entitled " The Cloud...

Jury Awards Apple $1.05 Billion In California Patent Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO - ( Mealeys ) After three days of deliberations, a California federal jury on Friday awarded Apple Inc. $1,049,343,540 in its high-stakes lawsuit with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., deeming the software giant's patents both valid and infringed ( Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics...

California Federal Jury Awards Apple $1.05 Billion In Patent Dispute With Samsung

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) After three days of deliberations, a California federal jury on Aug. 24 awarded Apple Inc. $1,049,343,540 in its high-stakes lawsuit with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., deeming the software giant's patents both valid and infringed ( Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics...

Patents Post-Grant: Apple Jury Confuses Obviousness Analysis in Arriving at Record Damage Verdict?

Record Verdict Demonstrates Fallibility of Jury Trials There has been a ton of armchair quarterbacking since last Friday's one billion dollar damage verdict in the Apple/Samsung patent war. While Apple is generally regarded as a high-tech innovator, many commentators take issue with the mechanism...

Patents Post-Grant: Juror Confusion over Patent Laws to Doom Apple Samsung Verdict?

Juror Bias/Confusion Alleged in Apple Samsung War Back in August I explained that the record verdict in the now infamous Apple/Samsung patent row may have been the result of a confused jury foreman . In public statements made shortly after the verdict, the jury foreman explained to Bloomberg ( here...

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful information" about privacy choices...

California Federal Jury Awards $290 Million in Apple, Samsung Retrial

SAN FRANCISCO — (Mealey’s) In its third day of deliberations, a California federal jury on Nov. 21 awarded Apple Inc. damages of $290,456,793 for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s infringement of several smart phone patents ( Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. , No. 11-1846, N...

I-9 Audit Threatens Apple Packing Plant

"Hundreds of workers at a central Washington apple-packaging company could be laid off after a federal immigration audit. Crunch Pak notified its employees Friday that they need to provide documents proving they can work in the United States legally after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...