Want your patent renewals to be cost-effective? Consider these tips

IP strategists suggest that having a right strategy in place right from the outset of invention disclosure will help companies cut down their overall patent maintenance costs. With a little planning and preparation, you can learn how to manage your costs and achieve significant savings. Established companies, regardless of their assets or market values, look for every possible way to reduce direct and indirect costs. Patent renewal is one area where innovative companies hunt for opportunities to reduce the maintenance costs as much as possible. Anyone familiar with patent renewals would know how painful a process it can be and

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USPTO Recap – 7 Patent Issuance Facts of 2016 [INFOGRAPHIC]

This infographic features the top patent awardees of 2016 in different segments based on USPTO data. This segmentation can serve as a reference point for performing deeper analysis to support patent prosecution strategies, product marketing strategies, as well as global acquisition and licensing strategies.

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Best Practices for a Comprehensive Post-Allowance Review

When a Notice of Allowance (NOA) is received by the Applicant, it means that a patent application will no longer be reviewed by the examiner and it is entitled to the patent under the law. In other words, an application is about to be issued after the prosecution phase. However, the NOA may have errors or data missing, failing to correct them at this critical stage may impact the quality and the enforceability of the patent. Depending on the severity of the issue, an RCE may need to be filed to make necessary corrections or even defer or withdraw patent

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Arista Wins Copyright and Patent Battle with Cisco

Recently, Arista Networks won a major ruling in the long-running patent and copyright clash with Cisco. A jury in San Jose, California federal court found that Arista owed no damages over Cisco’s claims of patent infringement. Additionally, the jurors also found that Arista did not infringe Cisco’s patent as well. Initially, in 2014 Cisco sued Arista for infringing its copyright and patent which included Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) 11.0, Cisco IOS 11.1 and Cisco IOS 11.2. Further, Cisco named one patent in the suit, US number 7,047,526, titled “Generic command interface for multiple executable routines”. Cisco was roughly seeking

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Tech Giants Including Samsung Sued by KAIST Over Infringement of FinFET Technology

Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm and Global Foundries are being sued in the Federal Court of Texas by the US-based Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) for usage of their FinFet technologies without any permit.

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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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