Saturday, February 25, 2006

BlackBerry influence peddling charged

As seen on rockymountainnews.com:
"The latest volley in a bitter legal feud over the popular BlackBerry came Thursday when tiny patent holder NTP Inc. accused the wireless e-mail device's maker, Research In Motion Ltd., of using its political clout to try to sway the U.S. patent office. 'NTP believes that RIM has utilized its money, power and political influence to overcome its complete defeat in the court system and to inappropriately influence the U.S. Patent Office process,' Arlington, Va.-based NTP said in a statement Thursday. "

Friday, February 24, 2006

Iron Mountain and Assn of Corporate Counsel Present Webcast on Tech Escrow Best Practices

As seen on prnewswire.com: "Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) and the Association of Corporate Counsel Present Webcast on Technology Escrow Best Practices. Topic: Implementing a Best Practice Technology Escrow Program for Your Organization's IP When: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 1:00 PM ET Where: Free registration at http://www.ironmountain.com/ipm What: Companies in every industry have intellectual property (IP) that is critical to operating their business. This can be mission-critical software or other non-software related assets such as hardware designs, manufacturing processes, industrial know-how, or supply-chain secrets. This webcast will focus on using technology escrow as a form of intellectual property protection, especially as it relates to software source code, and will discuss best practices and strategies put forth by leading companies who are using it today, including: * Best practices for protecting intellectual property interests through escrow * Leveraging contract terms and conditions for a successful escrow arrangement * Incorporating escrow in a comprehensive compliance and risk management strategy * Firsthand accounts about intellectual property strategies and escrow usage

LES-AC Advisory Board to Develop IP Valuation Standards in the Arab World

As seen on ag-ip-news.com:
"The Licensing Executives Society-Arab Countries (LES-AC) on Wednesday established an advisory board to develop Intellectual Property Valuation Standards in the Arab world. The LES-AC Intellectual Property (IP) and Financial Reporting Task Force meeting which was chaired by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and CEO of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh organization (TAGorg) stressed on the need to act immediately."

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

SMEs failing to be clever over their intellectual assets

As seen on business.scotsman.com:
"SCOTLAND'S small business sector is struggling to capitalise on its intellectual assets, a conference in the city this week will be told. According to the Intellectual Assets Centre (IAC), the country's SMEs are aware and keen to exploit the potential - but find it a difficult minefield to navigate through."

International Trade Commission to Investigate AnalogicTech for Infringement of Linear Technology Patents

As seen on biz.yahoo.com:
"Linear Technology Corporation (Nasdaq: LLTC - News), a leading manufacturer and supplier of patented high-performance analog integrated circuits, announced today that a complaint has been filed with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) asking the ITC to institute an investigation into whether Advanced Analogic Technologies (AnalogicTech) is violating Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act. Linear Technology bases its complaint upon its assertions that AnalogicTech's power management ICs infringe various claims of Linear's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,411,531 and 6,580,258."

Micron says Rambus tried to extract unjust patent licensing fees, files suit

As seen on tgdaily.com:
"Micron has filed a lawsuit against Rambus claiming that the IP company has violated sections of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and Virginia conspiracy laws through a pattern of illegal conduct. In the latest installment of the ongoing battle between memory manufacturers and Rambus, Micron's complaint alleges that Rambus engaged in a 'pattern of destruction of evidence, false testimony and other improper activities designed to mislead courts and Micron and to extract unjust patent licensing fees or damages from Micron.' The company also said that Rambus 'intentionally concealed information through false testimony and other means regarding the ownership of key Rambus patents asserted against Micron in patent suits.'"

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Black Duck Launches New Program for Enhanced Due Diligence

As seen on businesswire.com:
Black Duck Software, a provider of software compliance management solutions, announced that it has created a program for facilitating more thorough, accurate, and efficient due diligence and technology assessments. The Enhanced Due Diligence program brings together legal expertise and technology for automated code review and analysis, and makes that combination readily available on demand anywhere in the world.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Kodak broadens its participation in OLED Technology

As seen on letsgodigital.org:
"Having pioneered production of the world's first full-color, active matrix organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays, Kodak today announced that it will broaden its participation in the OLED industry in order to further promote the commercialization of OLED technology. OLED technology is enabling a new generation of small and large screen display devices. To facilitate the company's move, Kodak has granted full control of SK Display Corporation to Sanyo Electric Company. Kodak and Sanyo formed the SK Display joint venture in 2001 to manufacture OLED displays. Kodak will continue as exclusive licensing agent on behalf of Kodak and Sanyo for certain OLED intellectual property."

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Intellectual property rights a priority: US envoy

As seen on btimes.com.my:
"AMERICAN investors are pushing for the setting up of a special court for intellectual property rights (IPR) cases as they see IPR protection as a priority, US Ambassador to Malaysia Christopher LaFleur said yesterday. “Protecting intellectual property rights is at the top of our agenda,” he said at a a luncheon dialogue with members of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (northern region) in George Town, Penang, yesterday. LaFleur said investors are seeing a new determination on the part of the Malaysian Government to protect IPR and “we have been encouraged by statements that the Government may establish the special court this year.”

Microsoft bolsters Windows Embedded, Mobile IP protection

As seen on windowsfordevices.com:
"With costly intellectual property lawsuits clogging up court systems and draining corporate litigation accounts around the globe, Microsoft issued an announcement Thursday intended to soothe any legal worries of its embedded software partners and bolster its intellectual property protections for them. The company said it will increase IP protection for the more than 4,000 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and distributors of its Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile software, who now will receive comparable IP protection to that already offered for other Microsoft flagship products."

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Long research road to a new vaccine

As seen on eurekalert.org:
"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the licensing of a new vaccine against a disease responsible for tens of thousands of hospitalizations in the United States and hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world each year. The vaccine, developed by Merck & Co., Inc., will be sold as OTATEQ® and will protect infants against rotavirus infection. Rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that is the most common cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children."