6 Things Startups Need to know about IP

Intellectual property (IP) protection is as important today as it has ever been for start-ups. For beginners, the prospect of where to start can be daunting. Why do startups need IP protection? Registering IP can do several things, including: Creates an asset that will have value even if the business model fails Creates an asset that can be used as collateral for commercial loans Justifies a higher valuation when seeking venture capital Provide higher value for its products/services when listed in  public market by facilitating licensing or sale Identify  more contribution margin which could reduce the need to raise investment

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Patent: Use of Common Sense in an Obviousness Analysis

The Federal Circuit decided Arendi S.A.R.L vs Apple Inc. in August of this year. The Court ruled that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board misapplied the law on permissible use of common sense in an analysis.

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Media Outlets Including Forbes Hit With Lawsuit

Many reputed media stations including, Forbes, Inc., American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., and Discovery Communications, Inc. have been targeted with a lawsuit for willful patent infringement filed by Texas-based Bartonfalls LLC. The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court of EDTX on October 11, 2016, where Bartonfalls claims that the companies have infringed the US patent 7,917,922.  The patent relates to a method that integrates a plurality of television signal sources into a cohesive audio/video environment. Claim 1 of the ‘922 patent describes a “method for automatically changing from a first TV program to an alternate TV program at a

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Court Shuts Down Patent Infringement Case Against Amazon.com

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has dismissed a lawsuit against Amazon.com filed by TriDim Innovations claiming patent infringement. TriDim filed a suit on Nov 30th 2015 for infringing two patents (U.S. Patent No. 5,838,326 and 5,847,709) on a “computer controlled display system” which it acquired from Xerox Corp. It claims that Amazon.com uses similar software for its Kindle Fire. The patents describe a three-dimensional computer document workspace that allows users to consolidate a large number of documents by touching, dropping and flicking them into three separate places in accordance to their usage. Amazon.com argued that

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Network-1 Announces Settlement of Patent Litigation With Polycom, Inc.

Network-1 Technologies, Inc. agreed to resolve its patent litigation case against Polycom, Inc, pending in the United States District Court of EDTX, for infringement of Network-1’s Remote Power Patent (U.S. Patent No. 6218930, the ‘930 patent). Polycom was one amongst the sixteen defendants named in the litigation.

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Yahoo Patents Smart Billboard for Ad Targeting

Yahoo has filed a patent for a camera equipped “smart” billboard that has a wide array of sensors and drone-based cameras to collect information about people for ad targeting.

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FameBit acquired by Google

Google recently announced its acquisition of FameBit, a marketplace that connects brands, influencers, and creators with YouTube and other social networking sites to sponsor their content. This is indeed a huge step for Google as this combination would increase the availability of branded content opportunities and bring more revenue to YouTube. However, YouTube said that the FameBit acquisition does not mean that it will be preferred over other digital marketing agencies and services. YouTube’s Ariel Bardin (VP, Product Management – Google Payment) said “Creators will always have the choice in how they work with brands, and there are many great

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Software Patents Are Against the First Amendment?

The verdict issued on Friday by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, found that three patents asserted against anti-virus companies were patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and that they did not pronounce a patentable invention. The patents were owned by Intellectual Ventures, which has a standing in the tech world as “patent troll”.

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$22 Million Verdict: Cellular Communications Equipment wins demonstrative victory against Apple Inc.

After finding that Apple willfully infringed on a patent, EDTX has adjured Apple to pay $22 million to Cellular Communications Equipment LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research. CCE holds a portfolio of telecommunications patents, mostly into Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technologies. Attorneys from Caldwell Cassady & Curry, a high-stakes civil litigation firm specializing in patent infringement and co-founder disputes, represented CCE in the Eastern District of Texas case. The lawsuit, filed in January 2014, accused Apple of selling multiple products that infringe upon the U.S. Patent No. 8,055,820. The patent is titled ”Apparatus, system, and method for designating a buffer status

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