New Partner Adds Strength to Crowell & Moring's Intellectual Property Group... "Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partner John W. Ryan to the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Ryan's legal practice is complemented by his 20 years of industry and business experience practicing intellectual property law, most recently as co-chair of an intellectual property practice at a major international law firm and formerly as vice president and chief patent counsel of biotechnology company IGEN, Inc. The addition of Ryan comes as part of an aggressive growth initiative within the firm's Intellectual Property Group, which has added 37 attorneys since 2001."
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
SIIA Issues Latest Anti-Piracy Rewards Program Award to Whistleblower... "The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association of the software industry, today announced yet another Reward Program payout of $5,000 to an employee who contacted SIIA to report widespread software piracy at his company."
Chipworks expands systems analysis capabilities - Invests significantly in new lab facilities... "Chipworks Inc., (Chipworks) the industry leader in reverse engineering and analysis of semiconductor chips and systems, announced a significant investment in new lab facilities to support increasing customer demand for system analysis services."
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
U.S. VCs to Stay at Home... "The vast majority of U.S. venture capitalists plan to keep their investments inside the United States as they continue to view the nation as a place where big bets on entrepreneurs are most likely to pay off, according to a survey released [recently]. Only 20 percent of VCs planned to increase investments outside the U.S. over the next five years, said Deloitte & Touche's report, which surveyed 545 venture capitalists between February and April. Only one U.S. venture partner in nine is currently investing abroad, according to the survey."
Drug firm, MGH fight over royalties... "A dispute over royalties between Massachusetts General Hospital and the manufacturer of the drug Enbrel could cut into the millions of dollars in royalties received by the hospital and one of its star scientists. Amgen Inc. last year sold nearly $2 billion worth of Enbrel, which doctors prescribe to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Under terms of a licensing agreement, the company paid Mass. General approximately $41 million for its role in helping invent the drug -- about two-thirds of the $63 million in licensing payments the hospital received from all sources last year. The money supports a major genetics laboratory run by Brian Seed, a Harvard University biophysicist who made key discoveries that led to Enbrel's development. But now Amgen wants to reduce its payments to Mass.General."
Monday, June 27, 2005
US Supreme Court rules on Grokster... "A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Internet file-trading networks can be held liable when their users copy music, movies and other protected works without permission. The justices set aside a U.S. appeals court ruling that the peer-to-peer networks cannot be held liable for copyright infringement because they can be used for legitimate purposes as well. "We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright ... is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties," Justice David Souter wrote for the court. The case had been closely watched by the entertainment and technology industries as a test of copyright law in the computer era. It was considered the most important copyright case to reach the Supreme Court in more than two decades. Online networks like Grokster and Morpheus allow millions of computer users to copy music and movies for free from each others' hard drives."
British Businesses In Danger Of Losing Intellectual Property Rights... "More than 70% of British businesses risk losing their intellectual property rights when signing deals with other businesses, according to a new survey from the Patent Office. In the research conducted by the Patent Office, 40% of businesses think that they automatically own the copyright if they ask a sub-contractor to develop software for their business while an additional 30% of businesses do not know who owns it."
More Cash for Clean Energy... "Investments in clean energy include $270 million for wind farms, and a $30-million addition to clean-energy fund. Airtricity, an Irish wind energy firm, said Friday it will invest $270 million to build wind farms in Texas, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. The company plans to invest a total of $1.5 billion in North America by 2010. In a separate announcement, the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) and VantagePoint Venture Partners announced they have invested $30 million in New Energy Capital, a private equity fund focused on renewable energy."
Korea dishes out $800m on RFID - silicon.com... "Government to deploy tracking technology in businesses and homes: The South Korean government is ploughing $800m into RFID research and development. Daeje Chin, the Korean Minister of Information and Communication, said after several pilot projects the government believes RFID to be as important as the mobile phone business. Chin said: 'This will be very important for us in the next 10 years. The handset business is very big but RFID will be as important. We are trying to procure a number of goals with RFID and the application of new technology brings benefits in all social systems including the individual family.'"
Secretive panel could block China's Unocal bid... "If Unocal Corp. accepts an $18.5 billion takeover by China's CNOOC Ltd. the deal's fate may hinge on how a secretive U.S. review panel defines 'national security,' experts said on Friday. 'The primary question for this transaction is whether they consider energy security to be a national-security issue,' said Michael Wessel, a Democrat and a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission."
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Made in Montana campaign gets boost... "An allocation from the 2005 Montana Legislature has left Tony Preite, director of Montana Department of Commerce, extremely pleased. The $400,000 appropriation will fund the department's Made in Montana program. 'It is definitely a bump up over what we had in the past and definitely more funds for the trade shows,' he said. Preite has a number of things in mind for the funds including enhancing the current Made in Montana program through trade shows, entrepreneurial training for small businesses, national and international marketing assistance, advertising, marketing technical assistance and continuation of development of industry clusters such as biomedicine and bioscience. "
Solar energy lights up Navajos' lives... "Torreon-Star Lake and Ojo Encino chapter houses in northwest New Mexico partnered with Sacred Power to bring solar energy systems that could be easily installed, operated and maintained to the area. The systems are portable, running on both solar and wind power, and comprised of an 800-watt photovoltaic cell, 400-watt wind turbine, 10,000-watt-hour batteries and an AC inverter. "
NASA Issues Request for Technology Transfer Proposal... "NASA announced the release of the Technology Transfer Transformation Request for Proposals (RFP). This solicitation is part of NASA's transformation of its technology transfer program that began in the summer of 2004. The RFP addresses and implements several recommendations made by the National Academy for Public Administration after a year-long independent review of the Agency's technology transfer program. "
Saturday, June 25, 2005
ISA EXPO 2005 Announces Wireless Security Forum... "Peter Fuhr, Chief Technology Officer for Apprion, will moderate a wireless security forum on 26 October at ISA EXPO 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The forum, entitled 'Is It Secure? Security Aspects of Hybrid Wireless and Wired Deployments in Industrial Settings' is the second in a three-part forum series to be presented at the annual trade show."
Hitachi to Establish Plasma Display License Management Subsidiary... "Hitachi (TSE: 6501) announced that it will establish Hitachi Plasma Patent Licensing on July 1. To be capitalized at 100 million ($917,000), the wholly owned subsidiary will manage the plasma display panel (PDP) patent portfolio owned by Hitachi. "
Sending a message to RIM... "After months of negotiation, Research In Motion and NTP seem miles apart in figuring out a suitable deal for the BlackBerry maker to license NTP's wireless e-mail technology. The two have been locked in one of the largest patent infringement cases in history. But the sudden collapse of the talks still took investors and users of RIM's e-mail service by surprise. RIM lost more than $1 billion in value in two days, as many investors abandoned the stock amid the uncertainty. "
Friday, June 24, 2005
Colorado to invest $25 million in startup firms... "The Colorado Venture Capital Authority, Colorado's first state-backed investment fund, has sealed a deal with High Country Venture LLC, an affiliate of Boulder private investment company Tango, to manage the fund."
Sun Wants IBM's Server Unit... " 'Sun Microsystems plans to go on an acquisition binge over the next year, with one target being IBM's server hardware division,' Sun Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schwartz said."
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Sandia Develops Secure Wireless Technology... "Sandia National Laboratories in cooperation with Time Domain Corporation and KoolSpan Inc. has developed a secure wireless Ultra Wideband data communication network that can be used to help sensors monitor U.S. Air Force bases and DOE nuclear facilities and wirelessly control remotely operated weapon systems."
Mass Tech Transfer Center transfers $250,000 in awards to researchers... "The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) has announced its first technology investigation and technology assessment awards, giving out $250,000 to seven different universities and research hospitals in Massachusetts. The awards cover a broad variety of technology areas including educational software and techniques to stabilize peptide drugs."
Ben Franklin Technology Partners & Phoenix IP Ventures Enter into Commercialization Agreement to Offer Services to BFTP/SEP's Technology Commercialization Network of Research Institutions... "Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (www.sep.benfranklin.org) -- an innovative economic development organization which has advanced the region's economy through science, technology and entrepreneurship -- has announced an agreement with Phoenix IP Ventures for the firm to provide its commercialization expertise to BFTP/SEP's Technology Commercialization Network (TCN)."
The Wall Street Transcript Detects a Groundswell of Interest in Corporate America for Maximizing the Value of its Intellectual Property... "The Wall Street Transcript is nearing completion of its special report entitled 'Valuing, Leveraging, Defending, and Monetizing Intellectual Property.' This unique collection of interviews with leading IP practitioners reveals several trends among Corporate America in relation to its management of Intellectual Property."
Transforming Transmeta... "Transmeta Corp., which once captivated the PC industry with its Crusoe processor for notebooks, is repositioning itself as a journeyman technology provider for low-power chips, in an effort to stem its financial losses. Although the Santa Clara, Calif., company is still selling one Effice on processor - Efficeon succeeded Crusoe - for notebooks and thin clients, it is remaking itself in the image of companies such as ARM Ltd. and Rambus Inc. by endeavoring to license its chip technologies. It is offering, for example, LongRun2, its chip power management technology, as well as design assistance to clients who wish to add it to their chips."
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Big software houses seen winners in EU patent vote... "Some of the world's top software houses breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when a European Parliament committee watered down tough patenting proposals, to the dismay of open-source supporters. The legislature's legal affairs committee agreed 16 to 10 to a 'patentability of computer-implemented inventions' bill, which goes to the full parliament in July."
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Real RFID Talent Will Cost You... "Not surprisingly, people with RFID experience are in demand and their salaries are rising accordingly. Respondents [of the survey noted in this article] with more than four years of RFID work experience earn an average of $13,000 more than employees with one to four years of RFID work experience, and nearly $30,000 more than those with less than a year of experience. The RFID industry is evolving rapidly. Professional training companies are stepping up to provide RFID training programs, and CompTIA and the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility have teamed up to develop a certification program for people who install RFID systems."
Tech Transfer Center seeks 'energy' investments... "The Center for Technology Transfer Inc., Madison, is seeking proposals from businesses for investment of nearly $1.8 million in emerging technologies that will improve energy efficiency in Wisconsin. The three-year-old nonprofit organization will invest between $100,000 and $350,000 in as many as five businesses that are developing technology to improve energy efficiencies in electricity, natural gas, propane or renewable energy. The funding round will close Aug. 31 and is open to companies inside and outside the state that are developing technology that will have an economic impact in Wisconsin"
"The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider limiting antitrust suits against pharmaceutical companies, computer makers and other patent holders. The justices today said they will hear an appeal by Illinois Tool Works Inc., which is trying to block a lawsuit over devices it sells for use in industrial printers. Companies and business trade groups want the court to overturn a decision they say relies on an outdated antitrust analysis and hurts companies that make money through patent licensing. The case involves ``tying'' claims, which contend a company is illegally conditioning the sale of a sought-after product on the purchase of a second item."
Monday, June 20, 2005
Biotech Companies Increasingly Focusing On In-Licensing; Increasing Alliance Formation for Product Development... "Biotechnology companies large and small are increasingly focusing on acquiring the commercial rights to products, or 'in-licensing,' according to a report released today by Deloitte Research, a subsidiary of Deloitte Services LP, titled 'Critical Factors for Alliance Formation.' Almost 20 percent of small biotech companies surveyed plan to predominantly in-license with opportunistic selling of the commercial rights to products, or 'out-licensing,' and only a little more than one-third plan to continue on the traditional path of predominantly out-licensing to larger firms. The study also found that more than 70 percent of small biotech companies plan to increase the number of alliances they form over the next three years."
Lumenis Announces Regulatory Approval for the Lumenis One(TM) in China and Sale of Over 500 IPL(R) Quantum(TM) Systems in Asia Pacific... "Lumenis Ltd. (LUME.PK), a global developer, manufacturer and seller of laser and light-based devices for medical, aesthetic, ophthalmic, dental and veterinary applications, announced that it has received regulatory approval for the Lumenis One from the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of China. Lumenis also announced today that it has sold more than 500 IPL Quantum systems in the Asia Pacific region, which consists of all of Asia outside of Japan."
Corporations and Intellectual Property Audits: What Are They and When Should a Company Conduct One?... "An intellectual property audit is in many ways the same thing as what business people talk about when they talk about due diligence. It really is finding out what intellectual property a company owns, the status of that intellectual property, is it in the right name, do they really own it. You do an audit and call it due diligence when involved in an acquisition, merger, public offering or financing. "
Companies among top 10 for trademark... "Fisher Scientific of Hampton, Russound of Newmarket, and Bottomline Technologies of Portsmouth recently were named among the top 10 applicants in the state for trademark registrations in 2004. The list was released by the Intellectual Property Section of the N.H. Bar Association, which compiled a total of 512 trademark registrations for individuals and entities in the state."
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Patent Sale Part of University's Technology Transfer Plan... "The University of Tulsa has sold U.S. Patent No. 6,732,180 to Overpeer, Inc., a provider of anti-piracy services to major record labels, film studios, game publishers and software companies. The patent defines a system for closely imitating digital media files on peer-to-peer networks. The technology covered by this patent can impair the ability of peer-to-peer users from illegitimately acquiring copyrighted files."
Montana makes case to keep MANG... "Montana representatives asked four BRAC commissioners to overturn the Pentagon's May 13 recommendation that six of the Montana Air National Guard's fighter jets be moved to Air National Guard bases in Iowa and Alabama, while the other nine be retired from service....The criteria evaluating the suitability of Special Use Airspace wholly failed to consider the requirement of modern airborne sensor systems to have access to contiguous large volumes of airspace unencumbered by numerous noise restrictions dictated by large communities underlying the airspace or encroachment by civilian airline and general aviation traffic. "
Geneticists oppose singling out Jewish women in European breast cancer patent... "On June 29 the EPO will hear the opposition of several European genetic societies and research institutes against the patent on the second breast cancer gene, BRCA2, to which the US-based Myriad Genetics holds the exclusive, worldwide license. In preparation of these hearings, the patent owners have now rewritten the original claims in the patent, to specifically protect the identification of one particular mutation - frequent in the Jewish population - "for diagnosing a predisposition to breast cancer in Ashkenazi-Jewish women". This is the first time that a racial or ethnic group has been specifically singled out as a diagnostic target in this way. "This is not the way to go for genetic testing", said Professor Gert-Jan van Ommen, from the Center of Human and Clinical Genetics, at the Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands. "What it means in practice is that genetic centres that do not have licences for this test - or where the healthcare systems cannot afford to pay for it - may be forced to deny it to Ashkenazi Jewish women." One of 100 Ashkenazi Jewish women carries the BRCA2 mutation which predisposes her to breast cancer, and gives a 65-70% chance of developing the disease."
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Microsoft Gives $1 Million to Berkeley Center for Law & Technology... "In a unique partnership aimed toward developing and understanding new research on cutting-edge law and technology policy issues, Microsoft Corp. will give $1 million to the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law."
Defenders of Property Rights to USTR: Consider Sanctions if Brazil Moves Forward With Theft of U.S. Drug Patents
Defenders of Property Rights to USTR: Consider Sanctions if Brazil Moves Forward With Theft of U.S. Drug Patents... "Defenders of Property Rights (DPR) called on the Office of the United States Trade Representative to prevent Brazil's theft of U.S. drug patents and to consider sanctions against President Lula's government as an option during a joint press conference June 16 at the National Press Club. Joined by a number of free market and advocacy groups and in the wake of a unanimous vote by Brazil's lower house in favor of breaking U.S. patents on a variety of U.S.-manufactured drugs, DPR renewed requests to U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman to take a hard line with Brazil when it comes to protecting American intellectual property rights. USTR estimates that total losses for American business is approaching $1 billion annually."
Shorter Time To Register Intellectual Property... "The period for registration of intellectual property will be reduced by 10 months to 48 months by the end of this year, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal. He said this would be achieved by beefing up the number of experienced inspectors from 42 to 100, and using external expertise, such as from Sirim. The registration period for intellectual property in Europe ranged from 40 to 60 months, he said. Another reason for the faster registration was the fact that many arrears in applications for registration had been dealt with, he told reporters after attending the annual industrial consultative council meeting of the ministry with the private sector, here. The process of expediting the registration period was aimed at encouraging more people to register their inventions as intellectual property, he said."
Friday, June 17, 2005
PatentCafe's New Online Tools Analyze Patent Value... "Patent search engine and patent informatics company PatentCafe announces the launch of its Patent Factor Index Report (PF/i), an online patent analysis tool that evaluates the Legal, Commercial and Technological quality and valuation indicators of an issued patent. Used for investment and acquisition due diligence, to support product strategies, help establish licensing value, or to evaluate infringement litigation risk, the PF/i Reports provide a fast, reliable overall assessment of a patent's strengths and weaknesses. The computerized report, which uses the company's human-like Latent Semantic Analysis patent search engine, is a significant advancement for computer-based patent evaluation. The PF/I reports are an affordable alternative to the hand-researched patent reports that consulting firms charge thousands of dollars for. The PF/I Reports may even outperform humans since the semantic engine, which searches nearly three million US patents, finds highly relevant patents that even the most skilled patent searchers miss."
Supreme Court Ruling Favors Large Drug Firms... "In a potential blow to small biotechnology firms, the Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for other companies to use their research for drug development without running afoul of patent laws. In a case that grew out of a dispute between two companies about research pioneered in San Diego, the court unanimously ruled that federal law provides a relatively broad exemption to patent protections for studies on potential new medications. That means that a compound patented by one company could be used by a competitor for its own drug development without paying a licensing fee. '...The statutory text makes clear that it provides a wide berth for the use of patented drugs in activities related to the federal regulatory process,' Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the court's opinion. However, the court did not apply the decision to 'research tools' like equipment."
Complete Data Erasure on Storage Systems... "The most efficient, cost-effective, and compliant method of erasing data is to completely overwrite the drive to render the data virtually unrecoverable, and to have the capacity to report the procedure. This is harder than it looks, especially with large and complex storage systems. Companies can assign service levels according to the relative importance of the data; with more overwrite passes for critical information. (Common overwrite levels go from three passes for noncritical data up to seven for the most sensitive information.) Once done, the professional service or erasure application should deliver an independent audit and written proof of service completion."
Harris Corporation Awarded Innovative Space-Based Radar Antenna Technology (ISAT) Payload Contract By Lockheed Martin... "Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS - News) announced that it has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to continue the development of the Flight Demonstration System (FDS) radar payload for the Innovative Space-Based Radar Antenna Technology (ISAT) program. The ISAT program, under the direction of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Special Projects Office and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab's (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, includes the development of technologies required to deploy extremely large antennas in space for tactical sensing of moving targets on the ground. Harris is responsible for the design of the radar sensor payload, which will provide Moving Target Indicator (MTI) surveillance of areas previously obscured from view by airborne assets."
Raser Joins with Prestolite to Develop Integrated Starter/Alternators... "Raser Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: RSTG), a technology licensing company that develops and licenses advanced electric motor, controller and related technologies, and Prestolite Electric Incorporated, a global manufacturer of alternators and starters for heavy-duty vehicles, have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to work together in the performance of future military contracts. Under the terms of the agreement, Raser will design and develop Integrated Starter Alternators ('ISA') and Prestolite will serve as the manufacturing source for those units. The ISAs are being designed to provide acceleration support and mobile power generation integrated within a vehicle's drive train using Raser's Symetron(TM) advanced alternating current (AC) induction technology."
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Patriot Scientific Names New Chairman/CEO... "Patriot Scientific Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: PTSC), a high-tech intellectual properties company working in the advanced microprocessor field, has named long-time board member David H. Pohl to the newly-created position of Chairman, CEO and President of Patriot Scientific."
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Evolution of capacity for institutionalized management of intellectual property at international agricultural research centers: A strategic case study... "Intellectual property rights long remained a matter dealt with in vague terms of general policy at international agricultural research centers (IARCs). This situation changed at the turn of the century, when intellectual property (IP) became an object of a major institution-building process at three centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This article analyzes why and how policies were grounded and made operational in terms of new intellectual property structures and procedures. Focusing on initial developments at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), this analysis aims to make a strategic case and contribute towards an analytic framework for investigating institutional capacity for IP rights management by international organizations pursuing public missions."
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Israeli patent blocks ads... "TEL AVIV - Sick and tired of commercials? Israeli students come to the rescue. Three local third-year computer science students managed to develop a software that allows television viewers to record commercial-free shows and mutes the sound during ad time, newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported. "
Scalable to Hundreds of Nodes, MeshScape Offers Low-Power, Robust Wireless Solution... "Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B) and Millennial Net announced a strategic partnership that will help OEMs rapidly develop and deploy wireless mesh network solutions for large, complex commercial applications in industrial automation, healthcare and military/homeland defense markets. Millennial Net will sell, integrate and support MeshScape(TM) wireless sensor networking system on Freescale's MC1319x platform."
Top 10 most common intellectual property rights mistakes during venture capital due diligence... "1. Too late to start filing Canadian and international patent applications. Unfortunately for many good technology companies, it may be too late to file for patent protection. The current Canadian rule provides applicants with a one-year grace period during which a patent application must be filed after certain public or private disclosure of the invention. Such disclosure may arise, for example, from a mere 'offer for sale' of the technology, even if the product has not yet been built or prototyped."
Monday, June 13, 2005
Beijing conference provides glimpse into China nano [text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua - New China News Agency]... "China has cumulatively invested a total of 830m yuan (about $100 million) into the development of its nanometer science and technology, according to an ongoing conference on nanoscience being held in Beijing."
Hampton Roads Tech Council offers student membership... "Join the Hampton Roads Technology Council as a student member today and begin networking with area business professionals from a vast array of technology fields. Student membership is a mere $25 per year and will provide you with access to local industry news and insight, invitations to the hottest tech events in town and the possibility of an introduction to your future employer!"
Samsung, Rambus trade lawsuits over chips... "The relationship between computer memory designer Rambus and one of its largest customers, Samsung Electronics, turned sour this week as the companies traded federal lawsuits over patents for computer memory chips. Weeks before a five-year patent licensing agreement between Rambus and Samsung was set to expire, Rambus on Monday said it terminated the license pact and filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung in California."
Intellectual Property cells soon... "Concerned at the poor performance of Indian universities in acquiring patents, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has mooted a proposal to set up Intellectual Property Management (IPM) cells in 50 varsities.These cells will promote academic and entrepreneurial activities by ensuring that research papers are protected by the copyright law, and scientific inventions, by patent registrations."
IT's Impact on RFID... "To realize the benefits of RFID, a company's IT department will first need to upgrade its infrastructure on a number of dimensions. Three areas, in particular, will need to be addressed: data management, network and end-user device management, and - a new category for many IT organizations - sensor management. In addition, tying all these together and integrating them with legacy systems will require a new level of systems integration capabilities. "
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Symantec Files Suit Against Hotbar in Adware Case... "Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC) announced that it has filed suit against Hotbar.com, Inc. The suit asks the court for a ruling supporting Symantec's right to detect certain Hotbar program files as adware and to empower customers with the ability to remove the files from their computers. Symantec is not seeking damages as part of the suit. Symantec is petitioning for a declaratory judgment by the court affirming Symantec's assertion that certain Hotbar program files are indeed adware and can be treated as computer security risks."
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Copyright Clearance Center Introduces “Copyright Plus” Desktop Compliance Solution... "Copyright Clearance Center, a provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions, unveiled CopyRight Plus - a desktop solution that helps companies make it easier and faster for their employees to comply with copyright law. CopyRight Plus is a customizable, secure, Web-based solution easily accessible by employees through their companies' intranet sites. It enables all employees to quickly verify their company's worldwide copyright licensing coverage from Copyright Clearance Center for various uses of content from print and electronic journals, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and other materials.
Bridges and buildings 'sense' cracks, damage with wireless devices... "Networks of wireless sensors embedded in buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructure hold that promise. In the first large-scale field test of the technology, University of Michigan researchers in conjunction with Stanford University and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology found that a wireless network of 14 sensors performed as well as traditional cabled-based monitoring systems."
Hitachi Sues Taiwanese Monitor Makers... "Hitachi Ltd. filed a lawsuit against three major Taiwanese monitor manufacturers and their American divisions in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. Hitachi's suit alleges infringement of its PC monitor patents. The companies cited are Amtran Technology Co. Ltd., Proview Electronics Co.Ltd. and Tatung Co., along with subsidiaries Proview Electronics International Holdings Ltd., Proview Technology, Inc. and Tatung Co. of America, Inc. Hitachi has been negotiating with the companies over possible patent licensing agreements for several years, but the talks broke off without reaching an agreement, a Hitachi spokesman said."
Friday, June 10, 2005
IP Technology: Growing in Sophistication as Microsoft Awards its First Certification of an IP product... "Dennemeyer & Co., a provider of software solutions for managing intellectual property assets, announced that its flagship product DIAMS-XE® has been awarded two key Microsoft's Certifications - Certified for Windows 2003 Serverand .NET Connected."
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Microsoft announces WMP-free Windows... "Microsoft is to release a version of Windows without the Windows Media Player on 15 June, the company said. The move is part of the company's plan to comply with the European Commission's ruling in March last year that found the company had abused its market position by bundling the player with its operating system. The Commission fined Microsoft €497m and instructed it to strip the media player from the OS."
Regional partnership to expand Racine County technology initiative... "Private industry, education and public officials plan to expand the scope of the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI), a technology transfer and economic development organization established in 2001. The organization will enter into a cooperation agreement with the Milwaukee County Research Park Corp., Racine County Economic Development Corp., and the Waukesha County Economic Development Corp. (WCEDC) to create a regional organization, the Greater Milwaukee Committee and WCEDC said Wednesday."
Novel drug for SARS shows promise... "A prototype drug created by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago shows promise in slowing replication of the virus responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Currently, there are no effective antiviral agents or vaccines for SARS, which killed almost 800 people in an epidemic in 2002-2003."
Computer scientists develop ubiquitous video application for 3D environments"... Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have taken the wraps off a new technique for mixing images and video feeds from mobile cameras in the field to provide remote viewers with a virtual window into a physical environment. Dubbed 'RealityFlythrough,' the application constructs a 3D virtual environment dynamically out of the live video streams."
"MIV Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB:MIVT), a developer of next-generation biocompatible stent coatings and drug delivery technologies, announced it has exercised the option provided in its Collaborative Research Agreement with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to license two additional technologies for advanced biocompatible and drug-eluting coatings for cardiovascular stents and other medical devices. The announcement of the latest patent licensing comes in the wake of the MIVT's announcement of the licensing of two other proprietary technologies from UBC that relate to the use of Hydroxyapatite (HAp) medical device coatings. Together, these four recently licensed technologies considerably broaden and intensify the Company's research and development initiatives towards the creation of unique and improved solutions for biocompatible and drug-elution products in the multi-billion-dollar medical device industry. "
"Research and Markets has announced Technology Patent Licensing: An International Reference on 21st Century Patent Licensing, Patent Pools and Patent Platforms. Authors pull readers through the entire process of planning and implementing a patent licensing program, beginning to end. Using by example, the mobile communications industry, the book covers critical topics such as the interaction of international technology standards and patent licensing, a comparison of the three main types of patent licensing, the determination of patent "essentiality" and its effect on the valuation of the patent, licensing terms which are "fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory" (FRAND), how to obtain no action letters from antitrust authorities such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission, and the Japanese Fair Trade Commission, and guidelines for the planning and implementation of an organized licensing arrangement for technology subject to international standards."
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Judge Says Proposed Rules Amendments Suggests Future Course of E-discovery... "The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal (S.D. Texas), chair person of the Fed. Rules Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, shared thoughts on how courts will deal with e-records in the future at two recent conferences. As keynote speaker at both the Defense Research Institute conference in Washington, D.C. on May 20 and the 13th Annual Conference on Managing Electronic Records in Chicago on May 25, she suggested that recent work on amending the Federal Rules to address discovery of electronically stored data, while not finalized, provide a window to the likely approach the courts will take."
NanoHorizons(TM) Patents Cost and Efficiency Breakthrough for Solar Cells and Organic LEDs... "NanoHorizons, Inc., an emerging leader in applied nanoscale materials and solutions, announced today that it has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent Office for its innovative nanoscale photovoltaic cell design. NanoHorizons' design enables dramatic improvements in solar cell efficiency and breakthrough reductions in fabrication costs. Brighter, more efficient Organic LEDs (OLEDs) are also made possible. The new technology will be available via NanoHorizons' new Technology Licensing Program."
CDT to Bring Advanced Technology to the Displays Market... "Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) (Nasdaq: OLED) has reached an agreement with the IBM Corporation (IBM) to market IBM's advanced design and materials development in amorphous silicon (a-Si) TFT technology for OLED display devices. CDT will offer to the market state-of-the-art OLED technology solutions based on IBM's advanced research. CDT will apply its significant experience and expertise in operating a successful licensing business model, along with in-depth displays knowledge and a wide network of contacts within the global display industry."
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute marked the opening of the Center for Future Energy Systems, a New York State Center for Advanced Technology. The new $20 million research center, in partnership with Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, seeks to meet the energy challenges of the 21st century by focusing on innovation in and commercialization of energy conservation and renewable energy systems.
Full story at http://www.physorg.com/news4432.html."
U.S., European Officials To Promote Collaboration Against Piracy... "The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said the U.S. officials will meet with public and private sector representatives to discuss U.S. proposals to simplify brand registration, improve brand protection in overseas markets, and develop consistent intellectual property (IP) policy. The U.S. officials will also hear about successful enforcement programs the Europeans have developed to curb piracy."
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Europe's VCs Outpacing U.S.... "European venture firms raised three times as much money during the first quarter as they did a year ago, but U.S. firms saw their fundraising ability fall by 44 percent. European fundraising during the period rose to E788.7 million ($964.5 million) - about half of what VCs raised in total during ech of the last two years. Fundraising in the United States fell to $3 billion from $5.3 billion a year earlier, according to VentureOne."
Preservation Sciences, Inc. and UTEK Corporation Announce Strategic Alliance Agreement for Technology Transfer... "UTEK Corporation, a technology transfer company, and Preservation Sciences, Inc., a research and development company that manufactures and markets anti-corrosion and industrial preservative technologies, today announced the signing of a strategic alliance agreement. "
How Successful Angels and Venture Capitalists work together best. Communication is the key... "A new study by researchers at George Washington University looks at the relationships between angel investors and institutional venture capitalists (VCs). The survey asked angels and VCs about how they worked together and how they perceive one another.... The industry's prevailing view is that angels serve as a "feeder system" for VCs who tend to fund larger, later-stage deals. But, all is not rosy. Download the 2005 report, Survey: The Relationship between Angels and Venture Capitalists in the Venture Investment Industry, by Tony Stanco and Uto Akah at http://lab2ipo.org/A2VCSurvey/VC%20Angel%20Survey%20v.final.pdf" -- thanks to Russ Fletcher, Montana Associated Technology Roundtables
Monday, June 06, 2005
Online Forum on Intellectual Property in the Information Society... "The WIPO Online Forum is open to participation by all interested persons - you are invited to join in online discussions over a period of two weeks through June 15, 2005. It is hoped that the Online Forum will further inform the discussions taking place during the second phase of WSIS. The conclusions of the Online Forum will form part of WIPO's contribution to the WSIS Tunis Summit."
EU praises Microsoft reform plans... "The European Commission has praised Microsoft's initial response to its antitrust ruling against the company. Last week, Microsoft successfully met a deadline to give details of how it would improve the way it opens up its Windows operating systems to rivals. Microsoft had faced fines of up to $5m (�2.7m) a day if it failed to reply to Brussels by the 1 June deadline. The European Commission will now see what Microsoft's rivals think of the plans before it makes a final decision."
IBM seeks to map human brain... "IBM has joined forces with the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in an effort to map the human brain for the first time. The project will use one of IBM's eServer Blue Gene supercomputers to map the precise circuitry of the brain, starting with the neocortex which controls language, learning, memory and complex thought."
Sensors Support Integrated Information Systems... "The trend is toward aggregating information and putting intelligence behind it before feeding it to a higher-end application," adds Mike Prowten, at Lantronix Inc., a vendor of networking devices and services from Irvine, Calif. "Automation companies are connecting equipment that was not normally network-enabled before and are providing easier access to the data and control of that equipment. The two-step process of making that happen, he says, is putting the sensor information onto the network and pushing the intelligence as far down the hierarchy of devices as possible."
Sunday, June 05, 2005
"The International Data Group (IDG) will implement a communications programme to support Vietnam's admission to the World Trade Organisation, said IDG Chairman Patrick J. McGovern in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday. The IDG Chairman affirmed that the IDG is willing to invest US$100 million in young Vietnamese companies. Of the project value, 35 percent will go to the software development, 20 percent, telecommunications and services infrastructure facilities, 15 percent, the Internet, 15 percent, technological production and 15 percent biotechnology."
"On their second and final full day in Madison, the 35-person delegation, including representatives of Gainesville and Alachua County governments, staff from educational institutions in the county and members of the business community, spent the day learning how work done by researchers in university-sponsored labs can lead to greater benefits for a community as a whole. The trip, organized by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, was designed to study strategies used by Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to create a vibrant economy."
Networking companies jump on unfinished wireless standard... "The next generation of Wi-Fi will be so powerful that it's expected to be capable of carrying everything from Internet phone calls and music to high-definition television streams over the airwaves without a hiccup. Problem is, the standard technically known as 802.11n does not yet exist. Not even a draft has been approved. In fact, the final 802.11n specifications aren't expected to receive an official nod until late next year at the earliest. But that has not stopped the makers of access points, networking cards and other wireless gear from launching a parade of products that claim the benefits and even the underlying technologies of the still-to-be-defined 802.11n. The situation is setting a new standard for market confusion -- even in an industry that plasters its boxes with claims of unobtainable speeds, fuzzy math and a dizzying collection of acronyms. Some products are labeled 'Pre N,' which some believe might lead consumers to think the equipment is upgradeable to actual 802.11n."
Saturday, June 04, 2005
"Notebook sales surpassed desktop sales in the U.S. retail market in May for the first time, according to market research firm Current Analysis. Notebooks had 53 percent of the total PC retail market, up from 46 percent a year ago. "For a long time, notebooks were a niche product," said senior analyst Sam Bhavnani. "Now, low-cost foreign entrants in the market are competing with tier-1 products and bringing prices down." He also attributed the growth in notebook sales to the rise of Wi-Fi, saying that over 95 percent of retail notebooks have wireless cards, up from less than 80 percent a year ago. The only time that notebooks had ever previously approached 50 percent of the retail PC market was in August 2004, when Toshiba mounted an intense back-to-school advertising campaign. SOURCE: Current Analysis"
"American Sensor Technologies, a Landing, N.J., manufacturer of MEMS pressure sensors, transducers and transmitters announced it has acquired in its entirety the capital stock of Macro Sensors."
Hiring in the High-Tech Sector Surging Locally... "It's not quite the heyday of the dot-com boom era when engineers were offered BMWs as bonuses and employers shelled out thousands of stock options, but the high-tech job market in San Diego appears to be approaching levels it hasn't seen in five years."
Fedora Directory Server Now Available to the Open Source Community... "The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported, open source collaboration project, announced at the Red Hat Summit the availability of Fedora Directory Server. By making Fedora Directory Server freely available to the open source development community, Red Hat is enabling and encouraging the development of secure, enterprise technologies and providing customers and partners with increased choice. The availability of Fedora Directory Server licensed under the GPL underscores Red Hat's true commitment to open source innovation."
Friday, June 03, 2005
ABI Research Identifies Printed and Organic Electronics' Potential for Intelligent Sensor Networks... "Printed and organic electronics technologies are likely to find a place at the table as RFID and other 'intelligent sensor networks' evolve towards the end of this decade, according to analysis from ABI Research. These cutting-edge technologies are already starting to find applications in the automotive industry, and organic components are finding their way into mobile phones. Silicon and other inorganic materials still rule the roost in the design of 'ubiquitous networks' such as RFID systems, but according to ABI Research's Erik Michielsen, 'RFID is the first iteration of intelligent sensor networks. There will be many additional waves. Companies that are looking to create such networks in and beyond the supply chain must take a serious look at the printed and organic electronics market and understand where, when and how they can be applied as intelligent sensor networks evolve.' "
"Marian E. Ladner joins Epstein Becker Green Wickliff & Hall (EBGWH), as a member of the firm's International Trade Practice. Ms. Ladner comes to EBGWH with over twenty years of experience and will focus on Customs & Import Compliance, Export Compliance, International, and Transportation & Logistics. Throughout her career, Ms. Ladner has provided legal interpretations and advice to leading members of the trade community. In addition, Ms. Ladner has prepared voluntary disclosures to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that resulted in the issuance of Warning Letters and/or avoided the imposition of criminal and civil penalties."
Luxell extends National Research Council flat panel partnership... "Luxell Technologies Inc. has extended a partnership with the National Research Council of Canada with new technology licensing and research and development collaboration agreements. The licensing agreement allows Luxell to commercialize the NRC's electroluminescent flat-panel display technology, considered background intellectual property to the firm's Black Layer display property. "
Thursday, June 02, 2005
CSUSB Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization Chooses Surado... "Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization (OTTC) at California State University, San Bernardino has selected Surado Solutions CRM for its customer relationship management needs."
Solar Energy Revenues, Jobs and Productivity More Than Double in FY-2005... "Equipment Technologies Inc., a company that designs, manufactures, assembles, programs and installs turn-key fabrication lines for all three stages of the photovoltaic manufacturing chain, announced that the company generated more revenue growth, employment growth and productivity growth in the fiscal year just ended, March 31, 2005, than at any time in its 11-year history. The growth was in the company's solar division, GT Solar Technologies, Inc. 'The unprecedented demand for solar energy equipment throughout the world is driving our business,' said Kedar Gupta, Chairman and CEO. 'Demand is being driven by a combination of government incentives in certain countries, the supply and price of oil, and by improvements in the efficiency and cost of solar PV technology. ' "
Optics center to add $25 million research facility... "Bausch & Lomb Inc. is planning a $25 million expansion of its North Goodman Street facility that would add 200 jobs. The state's Empire Zone program provides tax breaks to expanding businesses. It was created to help foster redevelopment of blighted urban areas, though the program has come under fire in recent years for providing tax breaks to companies in well-off suburban areas. There are 72 Empire Zones around the state. "
Federal Agencies To Use RFID, But Cite Concerns About Security And Privacy... "Thirteen of the largest federal agencies are using or plan to use radio-frequency identification technology, according to a study released by the Government Accountability Office. Yet agencies also indicated they're concerned about RFID. Six agencies cited security considerations, and one cited legal or privacy issues. Three acknowledged the risk that RFID could be inappropriately used to track the whereabouts of people. 'Key privacy concerns include tracking an individual's movements and profiling an individual's habits, among others,' the report said. Among those concerned about security, agencies identified data confidentiality, integrity, and availability as key issues. Three agencies also raised the issue of protecting personal data that would be stored on an RFID-enabled U.S. passport. "
Wi-Fi chips embedded in Samsung laptops... "Samsung is embedding chips from start-up Airgo Networks that use a technology called multiple-input multiple-output, or MIMO, to increase bandwidth, speed and distance range of wireless networks. This technology could theoretically boost data rates to 100mbps, although Airgo executives say it will more likely transmit at about 45mbps. It will expand the signal range to about 600 to 900 feet."
A labyrinth from lab to marketplace... "PhysioGenix Inc. in Wauwatosa, one of five finalists for the Governor's Small Business Technology Transfer Award, says it has all those pieces in place and is on the path toward turning what observers agree is a really good idea into a viable, job-creating, Wisconsin-based company. The company, which sells genetically altered rats designed to help drug-makers develop new drugs, was incorporated in 1997. It has two patents pending on its rats and genetic engineering processes. It also has licensing agreements with the Medical College of Wisconsin, where the preliminary research for combining physiology and genetics was conducted and supported by more than $40 million in National Institutes of Health grants."
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Patented technology captures carbon dioxide from power plants... " 'It has become clear to me that in addition to ringing alarm bells about the carbon dioxide problem, Earth scientists need to also think about ways to help solve the problem, beyond just leaving fossil fuels in the ground,' said coinventor Gregory Rau, a research scientist with UCSC's Institute of Marine Sciences who also works at LLNL. Rau and LLNL researcher Ken Caldeira developed the new carbon sequestration method, called Accelerated Weathering of Limestone. The U.S. Department of Energy, which sponsored their work, has now patented the technology. "
Researchers Aim To Protect DVDs with RFID... "On the drawing board is a system that would embed an RFID tag into a DVD. Today those tags are used for everything from inventory control at Wal-Mart to paying for gasoline at Exxon/Mobil stations. The tagged DVD would have to be played in a DVD player with hardware for reading the information in the tag. That information would be controlled by the owners of the content on the disc. The technology, theoretically, would provide a secure way to distribute movies so Hollywood would be able to feel confident about distributing DVDs of movies as they're released in theaters."
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