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US Acts to Protect its Companies’ Trade Secrets
May18

US Acts to Protect its Companies’ Trade Secrets

The US government has acted to protect the trade secrets of American companies, arguing that action is necessary especially in the light of increasing cyber espionage. Trade secrets are not intellectual property in the sense of an innovation, but they describe certain ways of doing it… the “secret sauce” of a company, like Coca Cola’s secret formula or some specific workflow or process that may give a company a competitive advantage....

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All ideas of world on single hard drive
Apr19

All ideas of world on single hard drive

Everyone knows that the US patent system is becoming more archaic. The dull database design, which has not changed for more than 40 years, the old indexing system, and most importantly, the process of defining which invention you can patent and which you cannot. The latter dinosaur process helps parasites in the field of science and technology, so-called trolls or companies that do not produce anything (NPE). If they do not get a...

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Will Federal Circuit Invalidate 13,500 Continuation Patents?
Apr08

Will Federal Circuit Invalidate 13,500 Continuation Patents?

The Federal Circuit is set to hear oral arguments in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. on May 6, 2016. According to the amicus brief filed on behalf of the United States, if the court affirms the district court decision “over 13,500” continuation patents could be invalidated. According to the amicus brief filed by the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the ripple effects of such a decision could reach over 30,000 patents. Indeed,...

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Big patent troll has lost its Ace
Mar28

Big patent troll has lost its Ace

One of the world’s richest and most powerful trolls has been defeated. Australian company Uniloc, which claimed to be a software developer, has in fact been a patent troll for a long time now and has been constantly harassing hardware and software developers all over the world with lawsuits. In 1996, Uniloc obtained a patent for a software activation method, and it became a golden goose for the opportunistic Australians. However,...

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Facebook sets sights on IoT control hub status
Mar21

Facebook sets sights on IoT control hub status

Facebook has recently been granted a patent by the US Patent & Trademark Office to control client IoT devices, such as thermostats, automobiles and toasters. Originally submitted in September 2014, the patented technology will allow users to send control signals to multiple devices using the social media platform, negating the requirement of installing multiple apps for these objects. Furthermore, users will be able to grant...

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Patents Granted for Tactical Cellular ‘On-the-Move’ Designed for Military, Public Safety and other Tactical Environments
Mar11

Patents Granted for Tactical Cellular ‘On-the-Move’ Designed for Military, Public Safety and other Tactical Environments

Patents Granted for Tactical Cellular ‘On-the-Move’ Designed for Military, Public Safety and other Tactical Environments RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oceus Networks, Inc., the market leader in delivering agile and innovative mobile solutions, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) granted five patents to the company for its groundbreaking technology that controls and enhances the use of mobile...

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IP: Are USPTO-Promulgated Trial Rules Reliable?
Feb06

IP: Are USPTO-Promulgated Trial Rules Reliable?

Originally appeared in Intellectual Property Magazine on February 3, 2016. —by David Soofian There is no getting around it, America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings are a work in progress. The United States Congress set a broad framework for inter partes review (IPR), post grant review (PGR) and covered business method (CBM) proceedings in the AIA, but left the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with much of the responsibility for...

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