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NTP Inc. Sues Six Major Smartphone Companies

On Friday July 9, 2010, NTP Inc. filed patent infringement suits against six major smartphone companies.  NTP is suing Apple, Google, HTC, LG Electronics, Microsoft, and Motorola over eight NTP Inc. patents which relate to wireless e-mail delivery.  NTP is a patent holding company or also known as a “non-practicing entity.”  A non-practicing entity does [...]

En Banc Hearing for TiVo

On Friday, May 14, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit announced that it would grant an ‘en banc’ hearing of the TiVo v. Echostar case.  An ‘en banc’ hearing is a decision made by all the judges of a court, where typically only a panel of three judges hear an [...]

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Recently, U.S. District Court Judge Garrett Brown rejected the argument made by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. that the patent covering the main ingredient in Merck & Co.’s asthma and allergy treatment drug Singulair® was invalid or unenforceable. The patent that covers Singulair’s® main ingredient is U.S. Patent No. 5,565,473 and can be viewed at Google [...]

iPhone v. Palm Precentral (Pre)

A technological battle erupted between Palm and Apple.  Apple’s iPhone shook the economy when it was released two years ago with its multi-touch screen and unlimited capabilities.  Palm quickly hired ex-Apple employees in an attempt to compete with the iPhone and cash in on high demand for all-in-one mobile devices.  Palm released the Precentral (Pre) [...]

The Global Intellectual Property Center’s State-by-State Fact Sheet

On July 16, 2009, the Global Intellectual Property Center (“the GIPC”) released a comprehensive study on the importance of intellectual property and innovation in America. The GIPC is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The GIPC’s mission is to “champion intellectual property as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, [...]

Department of Justice Turns Against “Pay to Delay” Practice

In the pharmaceutical industry, timing is crucial.  Typically, drugs require years of research and development before they are sold.  A patent for a drug grants the patent owner the exclusive right to research, produce, use, sell, and market the drug for the life of the patent.  When the patent expires, generic companies scramble to enter [...]

ACLU Upset About Patented Breast Cancer Genes

On May 12, 2009, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in New  York Federal Court over the constitutionality of patented breast cancer genes. The ACLU is representing a group of pathologists, researchers, non-profit organizations, and cancer patients in filing a suit against the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Myraid Genetics, and the Directors of [...]

ALIVE – MLB Geolocating Patent

United States Patent No. 7,486,943 (“the ‘943 patent”) issued on February 3, 2009 for a SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING ACCESS BASED ON A DETERMINED GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF A SUBSCRIBER OF A SERVICE PROVIDED VIA A COMPUTER NETWORK. The ‘943 patent was assigned to Major League Baseball Advanced Media and describes a way of determining [...]

ALIVE – Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

United States Patent No. 7,404,462 (”the ‘462 patent”) issued on July 29, 2008 for a FUEL CELL ELECTRIC VEHICLE. Rising gasoline prices are acting as a catalyst fueling the debate over which form of alternative fuel will have a substantial effect on the automotive market of the future. Honda Motor Company recently launched its zero-emission, [...]

ALIVE & GREEN: Launch and Retrieval Arrangement for an Aerodynamic Profile Element and an Aerodynamic Profile Element

United States Patent No. 7,287,481 (”the ‘481 patent”) issued on October 30, 2007 for LAUNCH AND RETRIEVAL ARRANGEMENT FOR AN AERODYNAMIC PROFILE ELEMENT AND AN AERODYNAMIC PROFILE ELEMENT. Add cargo ships to the list of vehicles with the ability to incorporate hybrid technology. The ’481 patent describes a massive computer-controlled kite that can reduce fuel [...]