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Innovation Act of 2013 – Latest Effort to Disarm Patent Trolls
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

H.R. 3309 – Innovation Act

The perceived “patent troll” problem has plagued the U.S. patent system for years. To curb abusive patent litigation, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with a bipartisan coalition, introduced the “Innovation Act” in the House of Representatives on Oct 23, 2013. The patent reform bill contains a number of provisions that seek to change the landscape of patent procurement, ownership, and enforcement.


Posted On Nov - 3 - 2013 5 Comments READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Finds Means–Plus–Function Algorithm Claim Invalid for Indefiniteness
By Aditya Gupta – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

Ibormeith IP, LLC v Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

The Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s holding that certain means-plus-function claims of Ibormeith’s patent -  “Sleepiness Detection for Vehicle Driver or Machine Operator” – were invalid for indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. § 112. The court also noted that Ibormeith’s arguments for the breadth of its disclosure, for the purpose of infringement, must be held as “binding admissions” when evaluating claim validity.


Posted On Oct - 30 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Denies Nokia Relief from ITC Import Ban
By James Grace – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

Interdigital Commc’ns, LLC v. Int’l Trade Comm’n

The Supreme Court denied Nokia’s petition for a writ of certiorari, upholding the Federal Circuit’s finding that Nokia had violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing into the U.S. cell phones that violated two U.S. patents owned by InterDigital. In denying the petition without comment, the Supreme Court did not address whether “licensing alone” could satisfy the “domestic industry” requirement of Section 337.


Posted On Oct - 26 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Affirms Inequitable Conduct Based on False Declaration
By Mary Schnoor – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

Intellect Wireless, Inc. v. HTC Corp.

The Federal Circuit affirmed that two patents owned by Intellect Wireless, Inc. (“Intellect”) are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. Intellect claimed that HTC Corp. had infringed patents covering technology allowing a wireless device to receive and display caller identification information. The founder of Intellect, and inventor of the patents in question, intentionally submitted false declarations to the USPTO.


Posted On Oct - 22 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Mengyi Wang

Protecting Dwindling Elephant Populations in Kenya: Google Earth, Drones, and Legislation

California Governor Vetoes State Electronic Privacy Bill

SeaChange Prevails in ARRIS Patent Dispute


Posted On Oct - 21 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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