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Nokia Loses Two Cases Against HTC, Poised for Victory With Third

Reading Time: 1 minute Finnish corporation Nokia lost its two-headed dragon to HTC earlier this week, even after a Mannheim Regional Court nearly indicated in February that Nokia could win a German patent injunction against the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant. Nokia had pressed patent infringement charges against HTC on the latter’s use of Google Play and android services. A Mannheim district court earlier this […]

Microsoft Set to Make Touchscreens Cleaner

Reading Time: 1 minute Are you one of those clean freaks who ensures your touchscreen is spic and span? And yet are your fears allayed of possible infection-causing germs thriving on your phone screen? Well, Microsoft has come up with a novel idea to ensure your touchscreen is free of grime and germs. The Washington headquartered multinational has applied for a patent that uses […]

McKool Smith Helps VirnetX Get a Big Bite out of Apple

Reading Time: 2 minutes Apple involved in a patent lawsuit barely feels like news these days. While its war with Samsung has been a one-off case that has gizmo freaks across the world staring wide-eyed for updates that shouldn’t be missed, especially with Apple seeming to don a victory hat, a recent verdict against the company has made patent lawsuit followers sit up. VirnetX, an intellectual […]

Hybrid Biking Gets a New Kick

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hybridization of the car and bike has been around for a couple of decades now. But with Polaris filing an application to patent its latest automobile innovation of the three-wheeler (likely to be named “Slingshot”), it has taken the interbreeding of the car-bike to a newer level. This three-wheeler buddy bike follows the norm of two wheels at the front […]

Lack of Patent Killing Cancer of Cancer?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The importance of patents has been on the rise, and more so has its significance grown in the world of biotechnology. Some studies suggest that the biotech industry spends about 40-50% of its revenue on R&D, which catapults the necessity to protect its research results. But how many biotech researchers have the funding to patent their inventions? It’s a question […]

Hanging on to the ‘Like’ Controversy

Reading Time: 1 minute William Hazlitt once said, “When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest”. If there’s one trendy ‘rich and famous’ that this philosophy reminds us of, its facebook. Rife with controversies ever so often, facebook’s popularity only seems to be rising with every hullaballoo. Patent infringement cases that this social networking […]

Use Network Scanners, Earn a Lawsuit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Non-practicing entities, commonly known as patent trolls, have more often than not gained popularity for targeting small entities that do not have enough power to fight in courts and quickly settle the matter out of court. A study by the Santa Clara University’s School of Law has found that at least 66% of unique defendants to troll suits have an […]

It’s My Name and My Name Alone

Reading Time: 2 minutes If Shakespeare boldly questioned “What’s in a name?” today, he probably would have been flooded with responses in his facebook and twitter accounts. A recent report in the Business Standard magazine went gaga over international home products seller IKEA facing trademark obstacles in India what with at least three Indian companies registered with the same name. Piping interest is also […]

Piezoelectricity Emerging as Panacea to Power Crisis

Reading Time: 2 minutes Drive faster… faster… even faster… Sounds like a dream inspiration that you wish turns into reality? Well, it could soon come to that if the world goes the South Korean industrial designer Jung-Hoon Kim’s way and adopts the design of his eco-friendly electricity generating car, P-Eco. Conjured to run only on piezoelectricity, where a wire system inside the car vibrates […]

Fellowes Shredders Comes Under a New 337 Complaint

Reading Time: 1 minute Earlier this month, Illinois-based Fellowes Inc., a leading manufacturer and seller of home and office paper shredders in the U.S, filed a complaint under Section 337 requesting ITC to initiate investigation against a group of companies pursuant to the infringement of their intellectual property rights. The basic issues at hand include the development and testing processes and engineering know-how necessary […]

4G/LTE Set to Usher in a New Wave of Litigation & Licensing

Reading Time: 2 minutes SMEs, Research Institutes poised to assert 4G/LTE patent rights. 4G/LTE technology continues to become more commonplace in the mobile technology market, which is likely to prompt a host of existing patent holders to assert their rights, thus creating an explosion of new litigation and licensing. At present, at least half the seminal patents in this domain are held by the […]

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 […]

ITC Denies Sanctions On Microsoft: What Was The Real Risk?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Continuing with the coverage on the ‘Smartphone Wars’, Microsoft gained a strategic battle with the ITC recently denying a motion for Microsoft to be sanctioned for allowing its expert to review secret Android code. Microsoft is currently contending that some Android-powered Motorola phones infringe on Microsoft’s patents. As required by the court, Motorola (and Google, after being served a subpoena […]

McKool Smith Wins $345 Million Jury Verdict for Versata against SAP

Reading Time: 1 minute iRunway congratulates its clients – Versata Software and McKool Smith – on this landmark verdict. The jury awarded Versata $260 Million for lost profits and $85 Million as reasonable royalty. This damages retrial follows the $138.6 Million patent jury verdict against SAP in 2009. The original verdict was set aside by the district court Judge (Eastern District of Texas) following […]