MaxVal Sponsors and Exhibits at IP Counsel Cafe – May 10-12, 2017

MaxVal is sponsoring the upcoming IP Counsel Café, one of the largest annual gathering of IP Counsel and professionals, May 10-12, 2017 in Palo Alto, CA. MaxVal will showcase its suite of IP lifecycle management solutions to the IP Counsel and IP Portfolio managers. As an exhibiting sponsor, MaxVal will demonstrate their end-to-end Intellectual Asset Management solution, Symphony and participate in various networking opportunities throughout the event. From invention capture, docketing to annuity management, Symphony brings all facets of IP management onto one stage. “We are excited that since its launch, Symphony has been trusted by more than 20 SMBs and Fortune

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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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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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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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