"Ovonyx, Inc. ('Ovonyx') and Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. ('Samsung') today announced that they have entered into a long-term license agreement under Ovonyx' intellectual property relating to Ovonic Universal Memory (OUM) thin-film semiconductor memory technology. Ovonyx memory technology uses a reversible phase-change memory process that has been previously commercialized worldwide in rewritable CD and DVD optical memory disks. The Ovonyx array-addressed semiconductor memory technology can be used in applications such as Flash and DRAM memory replacements, as well as in embedded applications in many product areas such as microcontrollers and reconfigurable MOS logic."
Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
"CHINA'S top intellectual property watchdog said the administration will curb 'junk patents' that have little innovation. Tian Lipu, commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office, said that most junk patents are within the categories of utility model and design. According to the Patent Law, there are three categories -- invention, utility model and design. SIPO does not carry out detailed examinations on applications for utility model and design patents, which is in line with international practice. 'We do not substantially examine such patent applications in consideration of saving costs and other resources,' Tian said, adding that new utility models and designs have much less innovative features compared with inventions. Lack of substantial examinations might lead to junk patents, Tian said. Many local governments provide incentives for businesses and individuals that are active in applying for patents. With their encouragement, Tian said, some people submitted applications based on existing technologies or designs. Tian's office is now preparing for the third revisions of the patent law, focusing on some pressing problems affecting effective patent protection. The revisions might include improvement of the current examination mechanism for utility model and design patent applications. SIPO also advised local governments to channel more incentives to invention patents rather than utility models and designs. "
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
"Center Tuftonboro coffee roaster Jim Clark stood his ground against coffee giant Starbucks and won. Starbucks sued Clark's Black Bear Micro Roastery in U.S. District Court in New York, alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution of the Starbucks trademark because the New Hampshire man marketed a dark-roasted coffee blend called "Charbucks." But a U.S. District Court judge ruled against Starbucks last week, saying the company failed to prove its image was tarnished by the Charbucks brand."
"General Patent Corporation International (GPCI) announced an important victory in its patent enforcement campaign on behalf of Advanced Card Technologies LLC (ACT). The reexamination of two of ACT's patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) resulted in an affirmation of validity of these two patents with approximately two hundred new claims being issued."
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
"The government has shown strong determination to enforce the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the next few years, as IPR protection has been repeatedly underscored by top leaders this year. The Communist Party of China has included innovation into its 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010) at a meeting held in October. The term was stressed again at the central economy work meeting earlier this Month. 'The IPR protection is key to innovation, and therefore crucialto building China into a nation of innovation.' Tian Lipu, director of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPC), said recently. China's top leaders have stressed IPR protection many times this year. President Hu Jintao said China would strengthen IPR protection to contribute to the global trade growth. He said afterwards while meeting U.S. President George W. Bush that the Chinese government would willingly beef up muscle in fighting against IPR infringement. "
"Discoveries made at Oregon Health & Science University spawned six new companies in 2005, following a record seven new technology-transfer businesses in 2004 and six in 2003. The new companies include several drug discovery firms, a cancer diagnostics company and a software business. "
Monday, December 26, 2005
"China will continue to restructure State-owned companies in the following years to ultimately maintain 80 to 100 large-scale central enterprises that have better industry focus, advanced technologies, reasonable organization structures, flexible mechanisms, intellectual property rights and competitive edges in the international arena, according to Xinhuanet.com, citing the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council. The number of the so-called central enterprises under direct supervision of the SASAC has been reduced to 169 from 196 two years ago, said Li Rongrong, head of SASAC. China has privatized, restructured or closed down the number of State-owned companies by 4,000 to 5,000 every year."
"Nothing comes to the wronged so easily as righteous anger. After a hostile patent suit, the maker of the BlackBerry - the wireless e-mail gadget that chains the white-collar proletariat to its work - faces the threat of a court-ordered shutdown in America. The service's users (widely known as CrackBerry addicts) fret about coping without it; shareholders of Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian company that makes the devices, are angry at their wilting share price; and the wider technology industry, from Silicon Valley to Shenzen, China, watches nervously, wondering what it means for anyone who uses intellectual property - i.e., just about everybody. "
Sunday, December 25, 2005
"Open Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN), a provider of integrated, enterprise-wide data processing technologies for banks and credit unions throughout the United States and Canada, announced that Calgary-based Celero Solutions (Celero), a joint venture between five Canadian prairie cooperative organizations that serves more than 150 credit unions in Canada, has finalized a 10-year licensing rights, reseller and aintenance agreement with Open Solutions for the Canadian version of its enterprise relational data processing platform, The Complete Credit Union Solution®."
Saturday, December 24, 2005
"Sun Pharma has sealed its fourth acquisition in the US. The pharma company has completed the purchase of dosage form manufacturing operations of the US-based Able Laboratories for $23.15 million by its wholly owned subsidiary, Sun Pharmaceutical Inc, Michigan. Sun Pharma has also bagged significant intellectual property, reports Economic Times. "
Thursday, December 22, 2005
"NetClarity, a provider of network vulnerability products and services, has filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for preemptive, proactive protection of networks using non-traditional and untapped RSS and XML sources, such as the Open Vulnerability Assessment Language (OVAL), an international standard managed by MITRE and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The patent application, titled 'Proactive Network Security using Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds,' includes unique methodologies to better protect networks, quarantine untrusted network equipment and malicious insiders, and bolster the security of trusted but weak network assets against attack and downtime."
"University of Chicago researchers have licensed a genetic test that determines which patients are likely to have a serious adverse reaction to irinotecan hydrochloride (Camptosar®), a key component of the standard first-line treatment for advanced cancers of the colon and rectum, to Mayo Clinic. Until now, the UGT1A1 test has only been available to patients enrolled in studies at the University of Chicago. Third Wave had received FDA approval for its UGT1A1 test kit in August, but the test had not yet been made available to patients. Through this licensing agreement, Mayo Clinic's reference laboratory, Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML), will make the test available to patients nationwide, starting this month."
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
"GTECH Holdings Corporation (NYSE: GTK) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GTECH Corporation, signed a licensing agreement with the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS). The license grants GTECH the exclusive rights in the United States and Canada to develop and market slot machines and video lottery terminals (VLTs) featuring THE GAME OF LIFE property brand in the casino and government-sponsored environments."
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
"'Leaders from four information technology companies, seven American universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced that they have adopted first-of-a-kind guiding principles to accelerate collaborative research for open source software. Specifically, the companies and universities agreed:
+ That intellectual property arising from selected research collaborations will be made available free of charge for commercial and academic use.
+ To an established set of guidelines that address the rights of the participants and the public.
These twelve enterprises believe the principles will accelerate innovation and contribute to open source software research across a breadth of initiatives, thus enabling the development of related industry standards and greater interoperability, while managing intellectual property in a more balanced manner."
"Crucell NV and Royal DSM NV unit DSM Biologics said they will strengthen and expand their existing collaboration on Crucell's PER.C6 protein and monoclonal antibody licensing technology. The two companies will develop and offer a fully integrated PER.C6 protein and monoclonal antibody production package for licensees in order to increase licensing and royalty income and accelerate the development and roll-out of the PER.C6 technology platform in the market."
"International Brachytherapy (IBt) s.a. and IsoRay Inc. announce that they have signed a letter of intent related to a 'Technology Licensing Agreement'. Under the terms of this agreement, IBt will provide access to IsoRay to some of its proprietary intellectual property and technology. IBt is the owner of a series of patents related to its products and methods of fabrication. These are currently used for the manufacture of seeds containing the therapeutic isotopes: I-125 and Pd-103. IsoRay is, on the other hand, currently manufacturing and distributing seeds associated with a different isotope, Cesium or Cs-131. The rights granted under the agreement will provide IsoRay an exclusive access to IBt's 'polymer seed technology' for the manufacture and sale of a Cs-131 seed (exclusive of any rights to I-125 or Pd-103) and limited to the North American market. In exchange for these rights, IsoRay will make a series of payments spread over 2005 and 2006, as well as paying a royalty on sales of products based on IBt's technology."
Monday, December 19, 2005
"Raser Technologies, Inc. (PCX:RZ)('Raser'), a technology licensing company that develops and licenses advanced electric motor, electronic motor drive and related technologies, announced today that it has received a third Notice of Allowance for its proprietary Symetron(TM) technologies. This latest notice is for Raser's 'Electromagnetic Motor' patent application that was filed in September, 2004. Raser expects the patent to formally issue in the first quarter of 2006. "
Saturday, December 17, 2005
"Yahoo has decided to take a licence out on the JPEG patent with Forgent Networks. Under the deal, Yahoo will pay Forgent royalties but be dismissed from the pending patent suit taking place in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit, which involves several remaining defendants, revolves around US patent number 4,698,672. Forgent acquired the patent when it bought Compression Labs in 1997. During an audit of its intellectual property portfolio a few years ago, company officials first realised that the patent, in their belief, embodied a method for compressing photographs that was being used by digital camera makers and others. Several companies have taken licences out with Forgent. The patent has brought Forgent over $100m in royalties. If successful in the suit, the patent could be worth close to $1bn, according to Forgent execs."
Friday, December 16, 2005
"Visto Corporation has filed a legal action against Microsoft for misappropriating Visto's intellectual property. The complaint asserts that Microsoft has infringed upon multiple patents Visto holds regarding proprietary technology that provides enterprises and consumers with mobile access to their E-Mail and other data. The company is seeking a permanent injunction that would prohibit Microsoft from misappropriating the technology that Visto and its cofounder helped develop nearly a decade ago."
Thursday, December 15, 2005
"Acacia Research Corporation said its Acacia Technologies group has acquired a patent for its laminated micromesh technology that can be used in clothing and other items. Paul Ryan, Acacia chairman and chief executive officer, said: 'Acacia is rapidly becoming the leader in technology licensing as companies select us to license their patented technologies. 'Acacia continues to grow its base of future revenues through new acquisitions of patent portfolios for licensing.' The patented technology can be used in fabrics to maximise moisture transport and increase breathability and is most often used in sports apparel."
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
"Wireless email upstart Visto today announced a patent licensing deal with NTP. NTP is of course in a viscous patent lawsuit with wireless email leader Research In Motion. Terms of the deal were not announced, but Visto will not be protected for the life of NTP's patents. The agreement was an obvious dig at RIM: The agreement gives Visto access to NTP's patents for the life of those patents, providing Visto's customers and partners with access to Visto's industry's leading technology in the mobile email market and stability in these turbulent times."
"RIM itself is the chief author if its own fate. In 2000, barely a year after the BlackBerry was introduced, NTP requested that RIM license its patents (which are based on the work of an inventor who earned around 50 patents over many years). In 2002 RIM suffered so devastating a legal defeat that it was ordered to pay NTP's legal bills. An appeals court largely upheld the judgment against the company this year. During this time, BlackBerry users rocketed into the millions - yet at every turn, rather than license the patents, RIM resisted; and, as it has resisted, the bills have mounted."
"Academics at Cambridge have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a change to the university's intellectual property rules, in spite of warnings that the new regime could damage the institution's position as a global leader in technological innovation. Over 70 per cent of the 1,000 dons balloted backed proposals to give the university ownership of patents on inventions by research staff while securing the copyright for the inventors. Supporters of the plan applauded what they described a new consensus, after five years of internal wrangling over the Cambridge intellectual property arrangements. The university has traditionally given individual academics much more control over the use of their research than at other British institutions, and Professor Ian Leslie, pro-vice chancellor, said the new arrangements would afeguard that control."
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
"A major accounting firm auditing the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the wake of media allegations of corruption has stated that it "cannot conclude that certain employees of WIPO and third parties concerned might have committed any fraud or dishonest acts," the agency said today. In September, WIPO Director-General Kamil Idris asked Ernst & Young, the international audit and consultancy firm, to conduct an independent external review, under the supervision of WIPO's External Auditor, the Swiss Federal Audit Office, into the allegations."
"Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (2330.TW) and Nasdaq-listed Silicon Storage Technology Inc (SST) said they have expanded their agreement to provide TSMC customers with advanced deep sub-micron embedded flash technology. The agreement covers TSMC's 130-nanometer embedded flash memory processes based on SST's SuperFlash technology."
Monday, December 12, 2005
"Starent Networks Corp., Tewksbury, MA, a maker of mobile packet infrastructure gear, has successfully defended its patent infringement case with UTStarcom Inc., a publicly traded company from Alameda, Calif. Originally filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in March 2004, the suit alleged Starent's ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway infringed on certain UTStarcom patents, and the company was seeking compensatory damages and injunctive relief. The court articulated four separate grounds for granting Starent Networks' motion for summary judgment, and stated that UTStarcom was attempting to expand its patent rights beyond what was covered by the patent."
Saturday, December 10, 2005
"Businesses with less than $125 million in revenue should be exempt from costly new financial control rules, an advisory panel to the Securities and Exchange Commission urged yesterday. The recommendation, which awaits a vote next week from the entire Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies, comes as trade groups and auditors battle over the time-consuming rules, mandated by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act to help prevent fraud and accounting mistakes."
"Organizations representing hundreds of venture capital, health care and technology companies are calling for changes to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which they contend is stifling business investment and innovation. A letter that industry groups mailed to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday criticized the provision of the act that requires companies to take certain steps to verify their accounting procedures and reports as 'one-size-fits-all.' The act puts 'disproportionate cost burdens' on smaller public companies, according to the letter. It was signed by the Biotechnology Industry Council, the National Venture Capital Association, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, a coalition of technology chief executives called TechNet, the California Healthcare Institute and the North American division of the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International Industry Association."
Friday, December 09, 2005
"Via Licensing Corporation is pleased to announce it will hold the second meeting of companies that hold patents essential for the implementation of the Near Field Communications (NFC) standard NFC IP-1. The next meeting is scheduled for December 15 and 16, 2005 in Tokyo, and includes companies that have had patents independently examined and determined to be essential to the NFC standard, which is published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as document TS 102 190. The NFC standard defines a manner in which consumer electronic devices can communicate with each other and with commercial devices to exchange information, currency, or media content. NFC-enabled devices utilize short-range wireless communication based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology."
"Gateway, Inc. today announced that the International Trade Commission (ITC) has overturned on appeal an earlier determination that Gateway-branded PCs infringed on HP patents involving parallel port technology. The Commission remanded the case to an administrative law judge for further proceedings regarding issues raised by both Gateway and HP."
"In a ranking of the innovativeness of 13 industrialized countries, Germany came in sixth. Presented in Berlin last Wednesday, the study was conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), on behalf of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and the German Association of Industry (BDI). The US, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Japan came in ahead of Germany. Germany beat out Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, and Italy. The study states that Germany's moderate performance is due to shortcomings in the education system and a lack of entrepreneurial spirit among Germans. In addition, the study states that Germany has some ground to make up compared to other countries when it comes to major future technologies and innovative startups. Furthermore, the study found that women in Germany do not play a large enough role in innovative process."
"Comprehensive Patent Enables Collaborative Development and Component Reuse in Advanced Semiconductor Design... MatrixOne, Inc. (NASDAQ: MONE), a leading provider of collaborative product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions for the value chain™, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company a patent for a system for managing reusable components, commonly referred to as IP (Intellectual Property) or virtual components in the electronics industry. The patent defines a comprehensive software application that provides a secure, high performance distributed library for cataloging, distributing, tracking, reporting and managing IP. This enables effective design reuse and the use of commercial components to meet the needs of increasing design complexity and faster time-to-market in advanced semiconductor design."
Thursday, December 08, 2005
"The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has tapped Nexicon (OTC Bulletin Board: NXCNE) to provide online anti-piracy monitoring that will help SIIA locate and assess the threat of pirated software and digital print content, identify those who facilitate its creation and sale, and assist SIIA members in protecting their intellectual property. Nexicon is a provider of intellectual property security, business intelligence, network monitoring and unified threat management, and billing support systems."
"Intellectual Property (IP) issues occur in three stages in most venture capital transactions. In the first stage the want-to-be venture-backed company presents its business plan and provides a lot of general information about the Company to the venture capital firm. During this stage VCs generally will not sign confidentiality agreements, so it is important that the Company withhold information which would constitute trade secrets or would destroy its ability to secure important patent protection at a later time. The second stage begins when the VC becomes interested in moving forward with the investment transaction and a term sheet is negotiated and executed. The term sheet may contain confidentiality provisions, or a separate non-disclosure and non-use agreement may be signed, but either way at this stage formal confidentiality obligations on the part of the investor are put in place." Read the full article...
"Case Western Reserve University's technology transfer program finished 20th in the nation in licensing revenues last year, according to statistics from a trade group. The program generated $11 million in licensing revenues for the one-year period ending June 30, 2004, according to a statement from Case. The university spent $262 million on research during that time. The statistics were provided by the Association of University Technology Managers, a nonprofit group of universities, research organizations and government agencies that manage intellectual property."
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII - News) Seeks Permanent Exclusion Order and Permanent Cease and Desist Order Related to Patent Covering Personal Computer and Electronic Device Functions, Especially Concerning InterVideo's InstantON Products and Technology.... InterVideo Digital Technology Corporation, has filed a Complaint under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the United States International Trade Commission, naming as respondents Dell Inc., Winbook Computer Corporation, Cyberlink Corporation of Taiwan, and Cyberlink's U.S. subsidiary, Cyberlink.com Corporation. The complaint asks the USITC to initiate an investigation into infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,765,788 ("the '788 Patent"), entitled "Method and apparatus for integrating personal computer and electronic device functions," and to enter permanent exclusion orders and permanent cease and desist orders at the conclusion of the investigation."
"As Microsoft Corp. plans to increase its investment in research partnerships in Europe, the research produced is compatible with intellectual property claims and the aims of a commercial company, said a senior company official. "
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
"Technology and its impact on businesses has sparked N.Y. State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno to award $120,000 check to Albany Law School's Science and Technology Law Center to develop the nation's first Master's of Science in Legal Studies focused on technology transfer. The new degree program will strive on education and help working professionals better understand the legal and business aspects of the tech-transfer process."
"Musicrypt Inc. (TSX-V: MCT) (OTC: MCYPF), the industry's leading secure digital music distribution company, is pleased to announce that it has secured allowance of its United States patent application number 09/875,987 entitled 'Biometric Rights Management System.' The Biometric Rights Management System ('BRM') patent application relates to Musicrypt's innovative use of biometric security measures to implement digital rights management in the secure online distribution of music and other digital media. The BRM patent is projected to be in force until 2023. "
"Via Licensing Corporation is pleased to announce it will hold the second meeting of companies that hold patents essential for the implementation of the Near Field Communications (NFC) standard NFC IP-1. The next meeting is scheduled for December 15 and 16, 2005 in Tokyo, and includes companies that have had patents independently examined and determined to be essential to the NFC standard, which is published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as document TS 102 190. The NFC standard defines a manner in which consumer electronic devices can communicate with each other and with commercial devices to exchange information, currency, or media content. NFC-enabled devices utilize short-range wireless communication based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Joint patent licensing programs provide the market with a convenient and cost-effective way to obtain licenses to patents that are essential to the practice of a standard. By doing so, the programs encourage greater adoption of a standard. Without such a joint license, the process of providing and obtaining necessary licenses would be more cumbersome and expensive for all parties."
"The U.S. government is waving a white flag in its dispute with Canada over the lumber that country sells us, signaling capitulation in its longest-running trade dispute with its best trading partner. Whether this heads off a trade war or merely ends a battle is anyone's guess. The case for optimism isn't altogether compelling. At the end of November, the Bush administration curtly conceded that the high duties - taxes on imports - it's employed to deter Canada from selling softwood lumber in the United States were wrong. The administration recanted its earlier vow to ignore an appeal panel's judgment that the duties violated the North American Free Trade Agreement, and it agreed to drop the 16 percent surcharge slapped on Canadian lumber beginning in 2002. Some U.S. lumber producers contend that the way Canada sells timber to its lumber companies amounts to a subsidy that allows those companies to unfairly compete against lumber mills in the United States."
"Unless it is clearly documented in a written agreement it is not always clear who owns any intellectual property created by the virtual corporation. Under the Canadian Copyright Act, the employer owns the copyright in any works developed in the course of its employees' employment. This is not the case for rights in any patentable invention where the inventor is the first owner of the invention. It is also not the case for intellectual property rights developed by freelancers or sub-contractors. As a result, a large project may have a multitude of parties with rights in the final product."
Thursday, December 01, 2005
"Univera, Inc., d/b/a Oasis LifeSciences, announced that it has filed suit in United States District Court for the District of Colorado against Resource Maxima LLC, Gary Coe, and Sandra Coe for trademark infringement, unfair competition, misappropriation of business value, and patent infringement, and against SOE Trading and Management for patent infringement. The suit involves intellectual property rights that Oasis has obtained for its dietary supplement products sold under the Oasis family of Ageless™ marks, including AgelessXtra™. The complaint alleges that Resource Maxima and Gary and Sandra Coe have recently begun to sell a dietary supplement nearly identical to Oasis' AgelessXtra supplement under the mark Ageless Forever and that SOE manufactures the Ageless Forever product. Oasis seeks a permanent injunction and monetary damages from all defendants.... "
"GenuOne clients can track unauthorized use of their trademarks within domains (including Top Level Domains and all country codes) and Intellectual Property violations or non-compliance issues, within web pages, across the World Wide Web. Data is categorized according to a pre-defined set of infringements, yielding high priority and actionable results that enable clients to manage the integrity of their brand across the Internet."
Originally published in the Export, Customs & Trade Sentinel, Volume II, Number 4, Fall 2005... "Whereas many companies are aware of the traditional means of enforcing company-owned intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks and copyrights) through litigation in federal district court, companies operating in the international arena or facing infringement from international actors have a number of additional international trade remedies available to protect intellectual property assets. International trade remedies available through the U.S. International Trade Commission ('ITC') and the U.S."
"A Harrisville firm claiming 'the world's most powerful and effective biting insect control system' is in the middle of a legal battle over rights to use the technology. American Biophysics Corp., based in Rhode Island, filed suit in federal court Nov. 23 against Garland Enterprises and Akhil D. Garland for selling the technology through Utopia Yard and Garden Systems of Harrisville."