September, 2011

‘New’ Joinder of Accused Infringers: Implications for NPEs?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Thursday, September 15, 2011, one day before the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) became a law, was a historic date in its own right. At least 54 new patent cases were filed across the district courts – accusing over 800 corporate entities of patent infringement. These numbers represent an all-time-high for a single day filing and are directly linked to […]

LVL Tries Carpet Bombing; Sues Apple, Ignores Samsung

Reading Time: 1 minute LVL Patent Group, a little known patent holder, took the US cellular industry by storm, filing nine alleged patent infringement suits against 120 defendants. Top industry players including Apple, Casio, HP, HTC, Huawei, LG, Kyocera, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, RIM, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, AT&T, Cricket, Verizon, T-Mobile and Metro PCS have been accused of alleged patent violations. The Delaware-based […]

The America Invents Act: A Drill-down

Reading Time: 5 minutes The long awaited and the long debated Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is finally here and legal pundits are wasting no time in pointing out its merits and demerits. The act itself, passed by the U.S. Senate on September 8, 2011 with a landslide majority of 89-9 and more recently signed by President Obama, aims to initiate a long pending overhaul […]

3D Stacked ICs – The Next Dimension to Computing?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Consumer demand for high performance and low power microchips have been a major driving force behind the continued need for scaling of semiconductor devices. Today’s semiconductor chips face extreme pressure to achieve increased performance, while reducing their size and accommodating new functionalities. When the size of the transistors shrink, interconnect delay and power consumption affects performance adversely. In SoCs (System on […]

Nanowire Batteries – Energizer Bunny for Gadgets

Reading Time: 4 minutes Stanford researchers recently invented a new type of rechargeable batteries employing silicon nanowire technology which can hold ten times more power than our current batteries.  With the ongoing boom in smartphone and tablet markets, nanowire batteries can easily turn out to be the next game changer in an ultra-mobile world. Need for nanowire batteries Most of our consumer electronics (including […]