Patent tally reaches 300 at imprint litho firm... "Molecular Imprints, Inc., a vendor of step-and-flash imprint lithography equipment, filed its 300th SFIL-related patent application worldwide. “This milestone is a testament to the hard work and drive of our technical staff and reflects our desire to protect our investor's equity going forward,” said Norm Schumaker, chief executive officer of MII (Austin, Texas), in a statement. So far more than 40 patents have been allowed or issued, the company said and added that it believes it is has largest nano-scale and 3D imprint patent portfolio of any company in the world.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Early Look at Research Project to Re-engineer the Internet... "The National Science Foundation is planning an effort to fundamentally re-engineer the Internet and overcome its shortcomings, creating a network more suited to the computerized world of the next decade. The new project, the Global Environment for Networking Investigations, was described for the first time by researchers and foundation officials at a technical meeting held in Philadelphia "
Patenting Nanotechnology Materials and Devices - Overview of Major Trends in the Nanotech IP Sector... "In the nanotech arena, it's not just the opportunity to patent the most basic enabling tools, but the ability to patent the nanomaterials themselves, the products they are used in and the methods of making them. At the US Patent & Trademark Office, there are three primary types of patent claims: 1. Composition of matter claims (that is, nanomaterials such as nanotubes, nanowires and nanoparticles); 2. Device, apparatus or system claims (including, for example, tools used to characterize and control nanomaterials - or devices incorporating nanomaterials); 3. Method claims (processes for synthesizing nanomaterials or constructing nano-scale devices)."
DReaM, the Open Media Commons and the Future of IP... "With networks that connect everyone to everyone, the transmissability, and the value, of intellectual property is obviously on the rise - as is the need for IP owners to want to control their destiny. By IP owners, I mean everyone from an amateur photographer with a valuable snapshot or movie, to a studio owner with a blockbuster new film; from a software company delivering an operating system, to a fab owner with a new process innovation. It's all IP - bits on the internet - and it's all got value to someone (and it's all readily distributed over the internet). "
Monday, August 29, 2005
Patent pending... The company was AllIsblue (don't go there unless you really, really love Flash and think it's the bee's knees even for displaying news headlines), and the patent-pending invention is a system ("SMS2mail") whereby you can text a word to a free short code and get back more information by email to the address of your choice. You're overwhelmed, right? Because that's the thing that's really lacking in your life: sufficient advertising, at least until Bluecasting ads from nearby billboards takes off. The thing that's hard to understand is why on earth this system should be worth a patent. As another journalist pointed out, it's really just an updated form of printing a reply coupon in an ad, and not at all dissimilar to the signs you used to see in the Paris Metro advertising Minitel pages (although in that case of course you had to go home and get in front of the terminal before you could use the numbers). Advertisers may like it because using a mobile phone instead of a pen/paper- /envelope/stamp means people will respond on impulse. But what is non-obvious or technically innovative about a database that collects email addresses via SMS and sends them files (magazines, audio, video)? No one knows, except apparently the EPO and the proud parents.
Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative (ONI) Launches Website... The State Chamber announced the launch of the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative (ONI) website, www.oknano.com. The website is part of a statewide initiative to create awareness of the emerging nanotechnology industry and its potential impact on Oklahoma. The ONI is a project coordinated by The State Chamber of Oklahoma and funded by the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Worldwide Biotech & Pharmaceutical Obtains the China Patent Golden Medal For Its 'Intact Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Method for Culturing HCV in Vitro by Cell Culture'... "Worldwide Biotech & Pharmaceutical Company (OTC Bulletin Board: WWBP) has obtained the China Patent Golden Medal for ''the Intact Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Method for Culturing HCV in Vitro by Cell Culture."
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Acacia Technologies Acquires Digital Inkjet Printing Patents... "Acacia Research Corp (Nasdaq:ACTG) (Nasdaq:CBMX) announced today that Acacia Patent Acquisition Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary that is part of the Acacia Technologies group, a leader in technology licensing, has acquired patents relating to a technology used to improve print image quality for inkjet printers."
Friday, August 26, 2005
TAEUS Opens Texas Branch Office; Barcuch Heads up New Sales Office -- "TAEUS International Corporation, the premiere provider of engineering-based intellectual property professional services, announces Charles Barcuch as regional sales manager. Barcuch is responsible for business development in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana."
Patent which the European Patent Office intends to deliver to AllisBlue Confirms their Strategy "AllisBlue is the holder of a EP-Patent Application N° 01870057.5-2416 for its technology.... The specificity of the procedure enables anybody to send AllisBlue a request for digital content by a simple phone call, SMS or WAP session and to automatically receive the requested information by e-mail and/or on their mobile phone. This process splits up into several stages and guarantees, from the request to the reception of the desired information, the electronic data protection for the user of AllisBlue technology. "
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Native Americans Issue Warning About Akaka Bill, Federal Recognition... "Native Americans throughout the county working to help tribal members with a variety of issues say they are trying to warn native Hawaiians who may be considering supporting the Akaka Bill, about the problems with federal recognition and how it affects their world. The Akaka Bill, which is pending a vote before the U.S. Senate this September 6, would, according to its own author U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, allow Hawaiians to gain federal recognition as a Native 'tribe' and could even lead to secession or an independent nation of Hawaiians-only. 'That could be. As far as what's going to happen at the other end, I'm leaving it up to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren,' Akaka said when asked by a NPR reporter if the bill could lead to sovereignty or outright independence."
Symphogen and Cambridge Antibody Technology Sign Patent Licensing Agreement... Symphogen A/S, a biotechnology company pioneering recombinant human polyclonal antibodies for the treatment and prevention of human disease, announced today that it has entered into a patent license agreement with Cambridge Antibody Technology (LSE: CAT; NASDAQ: CATG). Under the terms of the agreement, Symphogen receives a license to use CAT's antibody phage display patents for research purposes and to develop and commercialize a number of therapeutic and diagnostic antibody products. "
New doubts on serial inventor... "His inventions changed the world and earned him a billion-dollar fortune, but eight years after his death corporate critics have claimed that Jerome Lemelson was one of the greatest frauds of the 20th century. A prodigious inventor with over 600 patents to his name, including the drive mechanism for the Walkman and an early prototype of the barcode scanner, Mr Lemelson was perhaps more famous for amassing a $1.5 billion fortune, mainly by suing corporate giants he claimed stole his designs, in a series of David versus Goliath courtroom battles."
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Protecting intellectual property in China... "Many multinational companies in China are losing the battle to protect their intellectual property, largely because they rely too heavily on legal tactics and fail to factor IP properly into their strategic and operational decisions."
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
TRIPping on data exclusivity... "The pharma industry is witnessing a rapidly changing policy environment. First, after years of the process patent regime, the Patents Act 1970 was amended to allow product patents. Now, there is a call to enforce other provisions of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (Trips)) agreement to which India is a signatory at the World Trade Organisation (WTO)."
SparkNet to Clear Channel: You shan't know Jack... "Jack, the eclectic new format that imitates an iPod on shuffle, is the hottest thing on radio, and people are scrambling to take credit and prevent others from using it. SparkNet Communications filed suit against Clear Channel in San Diego federal court over alleged trademark infringement and cyber squatting. SparkNet claims that it is the owner and rights-holder for Jack, which boosts radio playlists from the traditional 250-300 songs to around 1,000 songs, then mixes them randomly. It has licensed the trademark to 15 U.S. stations, including several owned by Infinity. The company objects to Clear Channel�s San Diego station KMYI using the word Jack in its web domain name while offering what the suit calls a cheap imitation of the Jack FM product. The law firm of Newman & Newman LLP brought the suit on behalf of SparkNet, which also alleges unfair competition, trademark dilution and violation of business and professional codes."
SourceForge Datastore Gets More Enterprise-Friendly... "SourceForge has inked partnerships with two leading software IP management start-up firms with Open Source expertise. By teaming up with Black Duck Software and Palamida, SourceForge will make available their entire Open Source projects repository, which now hosts some 103,000 Open Source projects, and supplies code. In turn, Black Duck and Palamida will marry the SourceForge data with the companies own management technologies, which include algorithms to help users and managers identify projects were code being used matches a certain project profile. "
Axial Vector(TM) Engine Corporation Files Patent for Piezoelectric Fuel Injector... "Axial Vector(TM) Engine Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: AXVC) announced that it has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application is titled 'Piezoelectric Liquid Injector.' The invention will be used to supply fuel to an internal combustion engine that produces significantly greater horsepower and torque, on less fuel, than conventional engines of similar size. These engines will be suitable replacements for existing engines in a number of industrial categories."
Monday, August 22, 2005
China: Law gives power to protect ideas... " Intellectual property litigation has increased in China since the introduction of a new patent law in early 2000. One reason may be the availability of pre-litigation relief, under which a claimant can apply to the courts for an injunction that would force a temporary halt to the alleged infringement or at least preserve evidence. But pre-litigation relief is under-utilised in China. IP owners should become more aware of this option as a way to exert pressure on those who infringe their IP rights. Applicants are usually required to provide a bond. Initially, most courts in China required the bond to be in the form of a payment to the court. This was often unappealing to IP owners, as it meant a substantial amount of their money would be tied up for a significant period of time. Recently, however, more courts have been prepared to accept a bank guarantee. In cases where the IP owner has assets in China, a letter of undertaking may also be acceptable. The court has to be satisfied that the bond will be sufficient to cover damages that may be caused to an alleged infringer if an injunction turns out to have been wrongfully obtained."
Nanotechnology aims to help golf game... "Companies are beginning to incorporate nanotechnology - molecule-size materials and electronics - in sports equipment, with golf leading the way. They are focusing on nanometal coatings, which have a crystalline structure that is as much as 1,000 times smaller than traditional metals yet four times stronger. A golf club shaft coated with a nanometal could be stronger yet lighter, allowing for greater clubhead speed. A clubhead using a nanometal coating could be light enough to allow a larger sweet spot."
Nano Risk and Benefit Database... "With fortuitous timing, a pair of nanotechnology research organizations -- the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) and Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) -- have assembled the world's first database of nanoscience research related to benefits and risks. Although nanoscale particles have long existed in the natural world, and studies of the effects of 'ultrafine' particles from traditional material production techniques are well-established, the active manufacturing of materials (and, eventually, machinery) at the nanoscale has raised significant questions about their overall environmental and health effects. Some preliminary research has pointed to risks from materials such as carbon nanotubes under certain conditions; as these materials become easier to produce, and as their benefits become more widely known, we need to be able to show definitively the level of environmental and health risk they present. As we better know the level of risk, we can adjust our production, containment and mitigation techniques accordingly."
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Motorola curbs chase for patents... "When it comes to one measure of innovation, patents for inventions, Motorola has lost ground. The Schaumburg technology giant was regularly among the top 10 recipients of U.S. patents during the 1990s, yet it slipped to 30th in 2004, according to U.S. Patent Office data. The reason lies in a round of cost cutting and a change in Motorola's patenting strategy, executives say. After going through the 1990s with a policy of patenting as much as possible, Motorola switched gears five years ago to focus on technologies deemed most critical. It's made for a delicate balance between the company's researchers--who are compensated partly for producing patents--and managers commissioned to keep a lid on costs."
City-sponsored Wi-Fi's wild ride... "Telecom giants, including Verizon and SBC Communications, have been pressing legislatures to stop cities from sponsoring their own high-speed wireless networks - no matter if the cities' goal is to improve efficiency of municipal services ('e-government') and deliver lower-cost broadband Internet services to citizens and businesses. As soon as Philadelphia announced it wanted to build an audacious citywide Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) network, the Pennsylvania Legislature was lobbied heavily until it agreed to forbid any other city in the state from following suit. It's unfair competition, the telecoms have argued, for local governments to use public funds to offer telecommunication services - even though the phone companies received (according to a Wall Street Journal report) $5 billion in federal subsidies last year."
Saturday, August 20, 2005
WTO must address exporters' problems... "India defined its goals in the ongoing WTO negotiations on trade facilitation by emphasising that the difficulties Indian exporters faced with regard to border clearance procedures and formalities in other countries must be addressed. It is also important that a multilateral framework is established for international cooperation in ensuring compliance with customs law, commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath pointed out in a message to a seminar on the subject, organised here by UCTAD. Trade facilitation refers to facilitation of movement of goods across borders by easing cumbersome and inefficient border clearance system, which adds to the transaction cost of trade and industry, making exports uncompetitive and imports more expensive."
Bar owner wins partial victory against Starbucks... "A Galveston bar owner whose house-brand Star Bock beer prompted a battle with the worldwide Starbucks coffee chain can continue to sell the private brew in his bar but can't sell the beer regionally or nationally, a federal judge ruled today."
Acacia Technologies Licenses Interstitial Internet Advertising Technology to Priceline.com... "Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:ACTG)(Nasdaq:CBMX) announced that InternetAd Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that is part of the Acacia Technologies group, a leader in technology licensing, has entered into a license with Priceline.com Incorporated covering a portfolio of patents that apply to interstitial Internet advertising. The license to Priceline.com resolves a patent infringement lawsuit against Priceline.com which was pending in the District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division."
Printed TVs at your store soon? Q&A with Ian Chao of CDT, part four... "The keenest competition in the global television market is the race for the next generation of flat-panel technology, and leading the charge is the UK-based Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), a pioneer of polymer-OLED (PLED) technology. A key benefit of PLED technology is the ability to deposit layers in the display using printing processes such as ink-jet printing. CDT is not alone. Last year, Seiko Epson demonstrated a 40-inch model based on printed PLED technology. If development continues at the heady pace of the last two or three years, Ian Chao, general manager, Asia Business Development, CDT, thinks it's quite possible we could be seeing PLED TVs by 2007."
Friday, August 19, 2005
Russia Approves Roulabette(TM) Patent Application for Wagering From Terminals Remote From a Casino... " Andrew Hirko, Senior Vice President, Kenilworth Systems Corporation (OTC: KENS), stated that 'The Patent Office in Russia has allowed Kenilworth's Patent Application for playing live, in-progress Casino Table Games such as Roulette, Baccarat, Dice and others broadcasting from a casino to terminals in remote locations such as hotels, resorts, homes and public gathering places.' This Application corresponds to Kenilworth's U.S. Patent, which was granted in 2003 by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Applications corresponding to the issued U.S. Patent also have been filed in other countries throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America."
Beijing court to hear Yahoo! unfair competition lawsuit against Baidu... "A Beijing court has agreed to hear a lawsuit filed by 3721, a Yahoo! subsidiary, against Chinese search engine Baidu on charges of unfair competition, a court official told Interfax Wednesday. 'We have just accepted the case and will be announcing a time for the court hearings later,' an official with the Beijing Haidian District People's Court, who wished to remain anonymous, told Interfax on Wednesday. In its lawsuit, 3721 accuses Baidu's 'IE Search Companion' and 'Baidu SoBar' applications, which are downloaded onto users' computers, of preventing netizens from using a similar product offered by 3721 named 'Internet Assistant,' the Beijing court said in a report posted at www.chinacourt.org."
Unmanned Aircraft Capabilities Expanding in War on Terrorism... "Unmanned aerial systems 'have helped reduce the complexity and time lag in the 'sensor-to-shooter chain' for acting on 'actionable intelligence,'' according to a document released earlier this month. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap 2005-2030, released Aug. 4 with more than 200 pages, explains these diverse systems range from 'micro air vehicles, weighing less than a pound, to massive aircraft weighing more than 40,000 ( pounds ), and vary in cost from a few thousand dollars to tens of millions.' The roadmap, now in its third iteration, lays out technology goals for developing unmanned systems over the next 25 years, explained Dyke Weatherington, deputy director of DoD's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Planning Task Force."
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Tessera Brings Chip-Scale Packaging Capabilities to North Dakota State University; NDSU Electronics Center Ready to Assemble CSP-based Semiconductor Products for Technology Companies and Government Agencies... "Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:TSRA), a provider of miniaturization technologies for the electronics industry, announced that it has completed a successful chip-scale packaging (CSP) technology transfer to North Dakota State University (NDSU) and has partnered with NDSU in the development of a fully functional microelectronics center at the university. As part of a multi-year government program sponsored by the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), Tessera has licensed its MicroBGA(R) CSP technology to NDSU and has provided the university with the technical knowledge and training necessary to package and assemble semiconductor chips, such as EEPROM, DRAM and Flash memory. These semiconductor devices are widely utilized in defense, medical, wireless, consumer and computing electronics to meet next-generation miniaturization,performance and reliability requirements. "
Nanotechnology gives unexplainable boost to MRI scan contrast agents... "Carbon nanotubes have have become an unexpected source of highly effective contrast agents for enhancing MRI scans. The new agents - dubbed gadonanotubes - use the same highly toxic metal, gadolinium, that is given to more than a quarter of MRI patients today, but the metal atoms are encased inside a hollow nanotube of pure carbon. Shrouding the toxic metals inside the benign carbon is expected to significantly reduce or eliminate the metal's toxicity to patients. The gadonanotubes were created by researchers at Rice University, the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston, all in the USA, and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. They have succeeded in creating a new class of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents that are at least 40 times more effective than the best in current clinical use. The research was published this month in the journal Chemical Communications."
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Licensing fee may double cost of new alfalfa seed... "Monsanto, which got U.S. government approval for commercial Roundup Ready alfalfa a few weeks ago, has set a technology licensing fee that will nearly double the seed cost for most western farmers wanting to try the system. That's the assessment of Steve Orloff, a University of California extension agronomist and farm advisor in Siskiyou County."
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Enesco Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction against Department 56, Inc. Based on Amended Complaint... "Enesco Group, Inc. (NYSE:ENC), in the giftware, and home and garden decor industries, filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Department 56, Inc. based on Enesco's Amended Complaint in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. Enesco seeks preliminary injunctive relief relating to Enesco's claim that Department 56 has been unfairly competing through allegedly false and misleading statements and conduct. The amended complaint alleges that the actions of Department 56 violate federal unfair competition laws, as well as the Illinois Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. The motion for preliminary injunction seeks an order preliminarily prohibiting Department 56 from engaging in conduct that constitutes unfair competition. Enesco is vigorously pursuing adherence to its current license agreement, and does not seek to terminate its license agreement with Jim Shore Designs in the amended complaint."
Network-1 Announces PoE Technology Licensing Program... "Network-1 Security Solutions Inc. has introduced the Power Up licensing program for its Remote Power patent relating to several key technologies enabling the delivery and receipt of power over data communications networks, including technologies underlying the IEEE 802.3af Power Over Ethernet (PoE) standard that was approved in June 2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)."
Monday, August 15, 2005
Britain plans sweeping defence audit... "A sweeping review of Britain's defence industry to determine what weapons technologies should be maintained in the UK and which can be ceded to foreign suppliers has been launched by the government. The review could lead to a fundamental reshaping of the nation's defence industry. The six-month review will lead to a detailed white paper by the end of the year. It will specify which domestic industrial capabilities are essential to national security and competitiveness in effect, picking winners among existing military technologies."
Online patent filing: Only 4 per cent take-up in a year. What's going wrong?... "The UK Patent Office has received just 1000 online patent applications in the first year of its the e-filing system which went live in August 2004. In a typical year the Patent Office receives 30,000 applications, of which about 17,000 are searched. Only about 11,500 are examined of which about 8,000 are granted. In take-up terms, there's a very long way to go before the Patent Office achieves a meaningful usership of the service - if 96% of the applications are not using the service. It's the classic example of an excellent e-Government service planned, built, switched-on and then not used in volume. Without serious, sustained marketing and assertive management of take-up stimulation through promotion and marketing, it is highly likely that usership growth will not rise strongly."
"The Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois is seeking a full-time Research Engineer. The Research Engineer will assist with and perform research related activities involving semiconductor device fabrication and applications in nanotechnology. The primary duties of the Research Engineer will center on state-of-the-art lithographic and analytical tooling, located in a class 100 cleanroom environment, that is being used in conjunction with research primarily related to nanotechnology and semiconductor device fabrication."
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Law class shield for high-tech ideas - IIT Kharagpur plans school on intellectual property to protect assets ... "The seat of technological innovation in the country is now gearing up to protect ideas from being stolen. The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur will set up a school of intellectual property law, the first of its kind in the country, Vinod Gupta, a distinguished alumnus of the country's oldest IIT, said during its 51st convocation."
Company audits help to safeguard assets, procedures... "How involved an IP audit is can vary widely depending on the type of company. An organization that depends on a single brand name would have a relatively simple audit, whereas another that has hundreds of patents would be more involved. A company like Procter & Gamble, for instance, might not have many patents to consider during an audit, but the company has valuable brand names to protect. A company like The Walt Disney Company might have more trademarks and copyrights than patents."
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Tagging, Monitoring and Tracking Using Nanotechnology Methods and Devices... "Nanobarcodes - What Are They Made Of? A "nanobarcode" is an alternative tagging or monitoring device that works more like the UPC code, but on the nano-scale. One type of nanobarcode - developed by Nanoplex Technologies - is a nanoparticle consisting of metallic stripes, where variations in the striping provide the method of encoding information. Nanoplex changes the length and width of the particles and the number, width and composition of each stripe to make billions and billions of variations."
Title: Method and device providing an easy way to deter birds from landing Applicant:Dim Arizot Ltd, Israel International application number: WO 2005/067378
"An Israeli team thinks it has found an easy way to deter birds from landing. Featuring a series of laser sources and a multidirectional reflector, also known as a mirrorball, the unit projects light towards the bird and causes the creature to change direction. According to the authors of patent application WO 2005/067378, the unit causes no permanent harm to the bird."
Friday, August 12, 2005
Amazon Settles Patent Suit For $40M... "Online retailer Amazon.com agreed to a $40 million mediated settlement Wednesday, settling patent litigation over basic functions of its popular website. The e-commerce giant was sued by Chicago-based software developer Soverain LLC in January 2004 and again in December 2004. In complaints filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Soverain asserted a total of five patents related to e-commerce functions. "
DVD makers complain they are forced to overpay... " Independent makers of pre-recorded DVDs have told the European Commission that a coterie of big companies use patents to choke their income, violating European Union law. But those who license the technology say they follow the patent licensing rules for pre-recorded optical discs. The independent fabricators make a quarter of the 3 billion DVDs produced annually worldwide and believe the situation is at a turning point because new, high-capacity Blue Ray and HD DVD discs for high-definition movies debut next year."
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Ocean Tomo Launches IP Private Equity Fund... "Merchant bank Ocean Tomo has launched an investment fund to provide private equity capital and mezzanine debt to companies with undervalued intellectual property rights, including patents and trademarks. The bank said the Ocean Tomo Capital Fund, the first of its kind, has already attracted $200 million. Perot Investments, Inc., a Dallas investment company founded by Ross Perot, is the principal investor in the fund."
Apple fails to patent iPod interface... "A near three-year-long attempt by Apple Computer to patent the menu-based software interface of its popular iPod digital music player has ultimately proved unsuccessful, AppleInsider has discovered. The company's patent application, which lists Apple vice president Jeff Robbin and Apple chief executive Steve Jobs as two of its primary inventors, received a final rejection last month from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Standing in Apple's way appears to be a prior filing by inventor John Platt, who submitted a patent application for a similar software design for a portable device in May of 2002 -- just five months before Robbin submitted his claims on behalf of Apple."
RFID Tags To Be Tested On UK License Plates... "The British government is preparing to test new high-tech license plates containing microchips capable of transmitting unique vehicle identification numbers and other data to readers more than 300 feet away, Wired reported."
Consortium Pools RFID Patents... "Twenty vendors working with RFID disclosed their intention to form an intellectual-property licensing consortium intended to simplify management of and access to RFID patents for manufacturers and users. Founding members include Alien Technology, Applied Wireless Identification Group, Avery Dennison, Moore Wallace, Symbol Technologies, ThingMagic, Tyco Fire & Security, and Zebra Technologies. Notably absent from the group is Intermec Technologies Corp., one of the largest holders of RFID intellectual-property licenses."
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Microsoft, Apple 'spar over iPod patent'..."According to AppleInsider, a patent filed in 2002 by a Microsoft researcher has prompted the US Patent and Trademark Office to reject an Apple application to patent its iPod user interface. But leave the black helicopters grounded for a moment: the conspiracy theories may not be flightworthy. The AppleInsider story says the Apple application 'to patent the menu-based software interface of its popular iPod digital music player has ultimately proved unsuccessful.' However that isn't the case. The story is coy about the patents it discusses, doesn't mention the Microsoft connection and upon further research, it's clear that several key aspects of the Pod are adequately covered by separate Apple IP applications. Both patents discussed have weathered multiple rejections by the USPTO."
Recycling program provides safe technological trash disposal at MU - Columbia Missourian... "The GreenDisk recycling program at MU, however, provides safe disposal of intellectual property. GreenDisk, based in Sammamish, Wash., has been in business since 1993. The company collects diskettes, compact disks, printer cartridges, cellular phones, video tapes and other "technotrash," disposes of the intellectual property, then recycles the physical components into its own brand of office supplies."
Gateway Tussle Over Intellectual Property... "Hewlett-Packard and Gateway exchanged shots this week in the latest round of an ongoing battle over PC-related intellectual property. The International Trade Commission on Monday said Gateway infringed on HP intellectual property by importing PCs that violated two HP patents related to the use of parallel ports for printing. At the same time, the ITC also dropped HP complaints that Gateway violated patents related to how processor speed is set and how PCs can be booted from a CD-ROM. Another three counts were dropped earlier by HP."
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Feds test RFID controls at U.S. borders... "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun testing immigration documents laced with radio-frequency identification chips at five spots on the Mexican and Canadian orders. "
SiRF Sues u-Nav Microelectronics for Patent Infringement... "SiRF Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIRF), a leading provider of GPS-enabled location technology, announced that it has filed a complaint against u-Nav Microelectronics in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. SiRF's complaint alleges infringement by u-Nav of three of SiRF's GPS technology patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 6,297,771; 6,496,145; and 6,526,322. SiRF's complaint requests an award of both monetary damages and an injunction to prevent further infringement."
Nanotechnology to provide portable genetic risk detection... "A state-of-the-art portable biosensing device based on micro- and nanotechnologies will empower doctors to rapidly and accurately forewarn patients of their genetic risk of developing diseases such as cancer."
Information for Civic Participatory Nanotechnology Event... "The Science, Technology & Society Program (STS) at the University of Texas at Austin today announced registration and program information for the STS Civic Forum on the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology. The event is being held on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the University of Texas at Austin Campus, UTC 2.112. There is no cost to attend the STS Civic Forum on the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology, but an RSVP is required and participants must commit to the full day (9:00-3:30). On-line Registration for the event begins on August 15, 2005 at: www.sts.utexas.edu/civicforum."
Monday, August 08, 2005
MAINE: Utilities Tax: Special Assessment Will Fund Solar Energy Rebate Program... "To encourage the use of solar energy in the state, Maine has established a solar energy rebate program funded by a special public utilities assessment on transmission and distribution companies that is not to exceed 0.005 cents per kilowatt-hour. Accordingly, an owner or tenant of residential or commercial property located in Maine is entitled to a rebate for a qualified solar energy system that is appropriately installed after July 1,2005, and that is connected to the electrical grid. Note that participation in this rebate program is limited to a Maine resident and that the program terminates December 31, 2008."
A Rising Yuan Won't Lift All Boats... "OVER the last couple of years, a good number of economists, accompanied by a horde of American manufacturers, union leaders and politicians, have called on China to release the yuan's peg to the dollar. Well, China blinked last month. The yuan has strengthened by only 2 percent since China's announcement on July 21, but that country's willingness to take even this modest step suggests that if Americans keep pushing for the yuan to appreciate steeply, we may get what we want. What is less clear is whether we are prepared to live with the consequences."
RFID and China... "As rulers of the world's largest potential RFID market, Chinese leaders view the setting of RFID standards as critical to its economic strategy. China is the manufacturing capital of the world and the largest market for technology. Currently, the country is home to 95 million Internet users. With usage growing faster then 20 percent a year, China will have more Internet users than any other country by 2006. It already has the largest installed base of both landlines (314 million) and mobile telephones (334 million)."
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Breakthrough Nanotechnology Reduces Infection Rates of Medical Devices... "A scientific breakthrough in nanotechnology that has direct implications in the battle against hospital-related infections was disclosed to the public for the first time at the Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, held last week in Portland, Oregon."
Exhibit explores everyday inventions... "An exhibit of ideas that have transformed the way we live - from the toothbrush to TiVo - is on display in a bright and airy museum at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. The USPTO Museum opened July 14 at the agency's new headquarters, 600 Dulany St. In a modern style that belies the agency's 200-year-old origins, dozens of flat-panel screens tell the stories behind some of the world's best-known inventions, such as the hair dryer, the skateboard and the Slinky."
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Grassroots trademark opposition effort goes to the top: State of MT formally joins 'Last Best Place' fray
Grassrouts trademark opposition effort goes to the top: State of MT formally joins 'Last Best Place' fray... "The Montana Department of Commerce on Thursday filed its formal opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against Las Vegas businessman David E. Lipson's application to trademark the phrase 'The Last Best Place.' 'We're doing this to preserve our legal options,' said Eric Stern, senior counselor to Gov. Brian Schweitzer. 'Mr. Lipson has shown a willingness to cooperate, so we hope he will. Ultimately, we will do everything we have to to protect this thing.' 'He's not going to get a trademark that will give him exclusive rights to this name,' Schweitzer said."
Amazon's patent-pending service search service... "ZDNet is reporting that Amazon has filed a patent application for an online marketplace where consumers search and pay for Web services. (Link to the patent application below.) The idea is to create a marketplace where third-party Web services providers can link up with consumers.As seen on USPTO: "United States Patent Application20050165656 Kind Code A1 - Frederick, Robert ; et al. July 28, 2005
Providing a marketplace for web services Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable medium is described for facilitating interactions between computing systems, such as by providing an electronic Web service ('WS') marketplace via which third-party WS providers make their WSes available to third-party WS consumers who locate and purchase access to those WSes via the electronic marketplace. Some or all available WSes may have associated use prices and or non-price use conditions, and if so access to those WSes may be provided only if a consumer requesting access provides appropriate payment and otherwise satisfies the specified use conditions. In some situations, WS consumers may also purchase subscriptions to provide later access to registered WSes. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring it, and is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.Inventors: Frederick, Robert; (Seattle, WA) ; Agrawal, Ashish; (Seattle, WA) ; Barr, Jeffrey; (Sammamish, WA) Correspondence Name: PERKINS COIE LLP
Hawaii: Trade Zone expands... "Gov. Linda Lingle dedicated the expanded office and warehouse space at Foreign Trade Zone No. 9 at Pier 2 of Honolulu Harbor on Thursday. The $3.15 million addition will open up 12,500 square feet of office space for import-export startups and 5,000 square feet of temperature-controlled warehouse space. The FTZ program is part of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and is home to local businesses with foreign ties."
Start Planning for the Nanotech Revolution... "In the near future experts predict one area of telecom growth will be nanotechnology, which makes revolutionary microscopic components possible. These tiny titans will be incorporated into telecom systems and microprocessors, resulting in more powerful communication systems and computers."
Nano conference: Rome, Italy - November 2005... "A conference on nanoscience and nanotechnology will take place in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 16 November. The event will bring together leading experts in research and innovative technologies in the biomedical, aerospace, optoelectronics, instrumentation and services fields. Participants will have both academic and industrial backgrounds."
Single most challenging Sarbanes-Oxley issue today... "Just a few short years ago, most companies felt that their greatest risk of information leakage and misuse was from outsiders. As such, early investments were in devices and systems to protect the perimeter. However, the damaging leaks and distortions of financial information that led to the passing of Sarbanes-Oxley were, in fact, violations by insiders. The need to track the actions of users inside a company has greatly increased the amount of data that entities must collect to ensure a complete view of all activity. After all, insiders have valid passwords, don't get stopped by firewalls, and usually have a legitimate reason to be accessing company information."
Friday, August 05, 2005
Roland Berger Assesses IP Concerns in China... "The study, 'Intellectual Property Protection in China,' analyzes industrial intellectual property (IP) violations and protections, and focuses on engineered products rather than the entire gamut of goods subject to piracy. It includes a survey of leading multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in China from industries including automotive, sanitary products, chemicals, telecommunications equipment, semiconductors, batteries and construction machinery."
French FM counsels Iran to see reason regarding nukes... "French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Friday urged Iran to adopt a reasonable attitude in a dispute over its decision to resume uranium enrichment in spite of what the European Union says is a prior agreement to suspend this activity. Iran accuses the EU of not keeping its end of a bargain that covers civilian nuclear technology transfer to Iran, trade concessions and a willingness to discuss political and security cooperation on a number of issues."
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Were You Lying Then, or Are You Lying Now?... "Addressing the issue of inventorship, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a decision granting summary judgment of invalidity of a patent based on contradictory declarations by the same person because a genuine issue of material fact exists as to which declaration is the truth. Checkpoint Systems, Inc. v All-Tag Security S.A., Case No. 04-1395 (Fed. Cir. June 20, 2005) (Schall, J.)."
Cygnal Tech wins injunction against competition... "Cygnal Technologies Corp. said Wednesday it has been granted an injunction preventing a former employee and director - and his new company, Activo Inc. - from competing with the firm until Sept. 27. The company said the Ontario Superior Court ruled that James Taylor, as a director and senior employee, owed a fiduciary obligation to Cygnal."
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
IP▪InSource(SM) Best Practices in Intellectual Property Asset Management Education Series Starts October 6, 2005 with “Managing IP for Greater Corporate Value” Workshop... Click to register now IP▪InSource(SM) announces its Best Practices in Intellectual Property (IP) Asset Management Executive Education Series, a set of one-day workshops geared toward anyone interested in in-depth information, case studies, and best practices for the management of intellectual assets and intellectual property. <details...>
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Open Source Finance Is Here... "This spring, a $2.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation gave a boost to the Kuali Project's (www.kuali.org) development of a new open source financial system for colleges and universities. The founding partners, Indiana University, the University of Hawaii, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (www.nacubo.org), and the r-smart group (www.rsmart.com) have been joined by four additional partners: Cornell University (NY), San Joaquin Delta College (CA), Michigan State University, and the University of Arizona."
DRM Branches Out in Real-World Rollouts... "In a series of conference sessions and meetings, Sheppard and other presenters gave their perspectives on how enterprise-side DRM is solving business problems in environments ranging from Wells Fargo Bank to Pratt & Miller Engineering & Fabrication, an automotive design firm. DRM is getting use across a smorgasbord of industries as a means of assuring that IP (intellectual property) doesn't get into the wrong hands."
Uganda: Kist Wins Global Innovation Award... "KIGALI Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST) has won £30,000 special Africa prize of the international Ashden annual Awards competition. KIST applied through its centre for Innovations and Technology Transfer (CITT) for the 2005 award. KIST was praised for the applied research the institute persues to attain higher bio-degradation and purification of organic wastewater and management of toilet wastes through anaerobic technology."
Carriers Unaware of IP Ownership Threats and Opportunities... The numbers 705/4 represent the U.S. Patent Office classification for insurance inventions. And, according to industry sources, carriers are woefully oblivious to the spike in patents filed under that classification over the past few years. They're also unaware of the threats and opportunities that are emerging as a result of the 1998 court decision that opened those floodgates. In the case, titled State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit determined that business methods are patentable. Up until that time, everyone knew you could patent technology, but also assumed you couldn't patent a methodology. And no one had ever brought the issue to the courts until then.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Managing IP: Hong Kong in asset-freezing first... "Hong Kong is to freeze the criminal proceeds of a local counterfeit goods syndicate, the first time it has applied the asset-freezing procedure to a trade mark infringement case. Hong Kong Customs announced that it had smashed the counterfeiting group - the largest syndicate in the city so far - last week. It seized more than HK$62.5 million ($7.7 million) worth of fake clothes and leather goods and said it estimates that the crime proceeds of the group tops HK$20 million. Customs will use provisions in the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance to freeze the crime proceeds. The authorities also arrested 11 people, aged between 21 and 48. "
"STATUS REPORT Date Released: Saturday, July 30, 2005 Source: NASA Office of Exploration Systems Cancellation: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovative Partnerships Program - Technology Transfer Transformation 'The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) is hereby canceling the Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT) Request for Proposal (RFP). An internal Agency review was conducted of the Technology Transfer program. We have concluded that the RFP no longer reflects the Agency's requirements. We will review our requirements for technology transition over the next three months. Our review will include more explicit consideration of how technology transition efforts can best support all four Mission Directorates' activities. The time and effort devoted by Industry and NASA Centers to the formulation of our technology transfer transformation strategy have been of great value and are greatly appreciated.' See the original solicitation: NASA Presolicitation Notice: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovative Partnerships Program - Technology Transfer Transformation "
People on The Move... "The West Virginia High Technology Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation has added to its staff of scientists with the appointments of Sean Nixon and Johnna Sholtis. Nixon and Sholtis are working with the WVHTC's Intellectual Property (IP) Management Group. The IP Management Group specializes in moving early-stage research from laboratories to markets and provides a comprehensive range of intellectual property management services. Its mission is to help develop, produce and market new technologies that will enable national as well as West Virginia business and industry to be viable leaders in the global marketplace.
GenoMed submits 50th provisional patent application... "GenoMed announced that the Company has submitted its 50th provisional patent application, a major milestone in any development stage company. GenoMed has so far been awarded two patents, one for treating acute kidney failure without dialysis, and another for hastening lung maturation in prematurely born infants. Two of the most recently submitted patent applications include a drug delivery system whereby the delivery of drugs to the bloodstream is controlled through specially formulated toothpastes, and a method to reduce scarring and fibrosis both on the skin and in internal organs."