Thursday, March 30, 2006

Google patents free Wi-Fi

As seem on money.cnn.com:
"More evidence has emerged that Google is getting ready to blanket the U.S. with free Wi-Fi, as Business 2.0 senior writer Om Malik reported last year. Now, the company has filed for three patents related to offering wireless Internet access. Search Engine Roundtable points out that the patents all have to do with serving up advertising through a wireless Internet connection maintained by a third party, whose brand Google would include in the presentation of those ads. Sounds a lot like Google's latest plan to unwire San Francisco, where it has teamed up with EarthLink (Research). By teaming up with partners who would build the actual Wi-Fi infrastructure, Google (Research) could complete a nationwide Wi-Fi network much more quickly than if it had to build it itself."

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Microsoft Begins Licensing Hardware Technology

As seen on extremetech.com:
"Microsoft said Wednesday that it will now license several of its hardware-specific technologies to other manufacturers. The software giant said that it will license three technologies: its 'U2' interface, which autosenses either a PS2 or a USB connector; the 'tilt wheel' found in its latest keyboards, and a 'magnifier' feature that zooms a specific area of the screen."

Cadec Global LLC Adds to IP Portfolio

As seen on ag-ip-news.com:
Cadec Global LLC, a provider of Mobile Information Systems for the transportation industry, announced in a Wednesday press release that hey have been awarded patent number 7,002,579 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for their Split Screen Global Positioning (GPS) and Electronic Tachograph (ETOG) feature.

Beatles' Company Faces Apple Computer In Court

As seen on Forbes.com:
"In the headlines this morning, it's Apple versus Apple. Apple Corps, the Beatles' record company, and Apple Computer faced off in a British court today in a trademark battle. Apple Corps is suing Steve Jobs' company, claiming it violated a 1991 agreement when it entered the music business with its iTunes online store."

Monday, March 27, 2006

Microsoft Appeals Korean Trade Ruling

As seen on online.wsj.com:
"Microsoft Corp. said Monday it has filed an appeal with the Seoul High Court to review the Korea Fair Trade Commission's decision to fine the software giant 32.5 billion won ($33.1 million) for unfair business practices."

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Honda to file lawsuit over China's decision to reject CR-V patent application

As seen on Forbes.com:
"Honda Motor Co said it will file a lawsuit against China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) over the patent authority's decision to invalidate the Japanese carmaker's copyright application for its CR-V sports-utility vehicle (SUV). The company said the SIPO recently ruled that the exterior design patent application for its CR-V model is invalid because the new design is too similar to the original version, thus likely to confuse buyers, said Honda. But the company insists that it has made remarkable improvements to the model and the new version is obviously different from the old one. "

Mac Rumors: Apple iPhone Integration and a Media Device? (Patents)

As seen on Mac Rumors:
"A search of the European Patent Office reveals a patent application from Apple entitled 'Database programs for handheld devices' that was published in Feb 2006. As advertised, the patent describes techniques for providing access to databases from handheld devices. The application, however, incidentally points out that 'the remote handheld device can, for example, be a wireless phone which uses a telecom server to communicate with the database program'."

Vietnam: Police get lesson in fakes, fraud

As seen on Viet Nam News:
"A seminar aimed at helping Vietnamese police and customs officers combat counterfeit and pirated goods opened on Monday in Ha Noi as part of a co-operative programme between the European Union and Viet Nam on intellectual property enforcement. Deputy director of the General Department of Customs (GDC) Nguyen Ngoc Tuc said that the violations of intellectual property rights (IPR) were increasingly complicated in Viet Nam. He said customs facilities needed to be upgraded in order to cope with the situation. The seminar would prove useful as participants will pass on their skills when they become trainers at local customs offices."

Remote controlled implants on the way

As seen on itnews.com.au:
"A patent application has been filed for a technology that would allow ear and eye implants to be positioned from outside the patient's body. A scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has filed a patent application that would allow ear and eye implants to be positioned from outside the patient's body. The patent application, filed earlier this month, states that the technology can also be used for precision maneuvering in confined spaces. That means it could help in the assembly, modification, and repair of equipment, such as weapons, according to the patent application. The patent covers an implant attached to a tube with gold particles. An electronic current works in conjunction with an electromagnet to guide the device into place from outside of the body. Once the device is in place, the metal can send signals to nerve ends, the same way normal implants work. The patent also mentions improvements to photolithographic techniques."

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

China’s Plan on IPR Protection Action 2006

Read the entire plan at ipr2.mofcom.gov.cn:

China’s plan on IPR Protection Action 2006 2006-03-14 11:00 state office of IPR CONTENTS I. Information on China’s Action Plan on IPR Protection 2006…2 II. China’s plan on IPR Protection Action 2006    i. Legislation Plan…………………………………………………………4    ii. Law Enforcement Plan………………………………………………7    iii. Mechanism Establishment Plan…………………………………12    iv. Propagandizing Plan…………………………………………………16    v. Training Program………………………………………………………20    vi. Plan of international communication and cooperation……22        vii. Promoting Enterprises’ Self-discipline Plan…………………25    viii. Providing Service to Obligee Plan ……………………………25    ix. The plan of special research………………………………………28

Next killer product is the patent itself

As seen on us.design-reuse.com:
"Patriot Scientific Corp. had spent nearly a decade trying unsuccessfully to establish a new microprocessor architecture when it decided it needed to do some soul-searching. It hit paydirt when that process revealed its real products: patents. The six-person company netted more than $24 million in 2005 from Advanced Micro Devices, Casio, Fujitsu, Intel and Hewlett-Packard by licensing seven U.S. patents it considers fundamental to CPUs. And it's just getting started."

Monday, March 20, 2006

Former Trade Officials Urge USTR to Confront IP Abuses as Threats to US Natl Security

As seen on usnewswire.com:
"USA for Innovation today submitted a letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative calling on Ambassador Rob Portman and his foreign policy counterparts in the Administration to consider threats against American intellectual property rights to be threats against America's national security. USA For Innovation recently released a study finding that American innovation's $5 trillion contribution to the American economy is left grossly unprotected at a time when innovation represents such a vital source of U.S. economic growth."

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Kuwaiti Authorities crackdowns on trade in illegal software

As seen on ameinfo.com:
Authorities in Kuwait have launched a crack down in the trade of illegal software by raiding two computer stores and seizing two personal computers loaded with pirated software. The Government of Kuwait in recent years enacted various measures to uphold Intellectual Property Rights in the country, and has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting a safe and legal digital society in the country.

Friday, March 10, 2006

China creates court for piracy cases

As seen on businessweek.com:
"China has created a special court to prosecute product piracy cases, a government spokesman said Friday, amid demands for Beijing to step up action against rampant illegal copying of movies, music, software and other goods. China's supreme court has named a 'Judicial Court of Intellectual Property for the court specially engaging in intellectual property cases nationwide,' a court spokesman, Sun Huapu, said at a news conference held during the annual meeting of parliament."

BioSystems International Licences Northeastern University Technology for Biomarker Discovery

As seen on genengnews.com:
"BioSystems International and Northeastern University (Boston MA) announce that they have signed a License Agreement for The University's 'Monoclonal antibody based biomarker discovery and development platform.' BioSystems International (BSI) discovers and validates biomarkers through partnerships with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics companies and in-house research programs or academic collaborations. BSI merges pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry experience with leading scientific and technology expertise in immunology, proteomics, genomics, separation science, micro/nanoscale analysis and bioinformatics."

MSU rises to top tier of research universities

As seen on montana.edu:
"Montana State University is now in the top tier of research universities in the United States. A new classification system by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes MSU as one of 94 research universities with 'very high research activity.' Other such institutions are Yale University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington. MSU's expenditures from sponsored research programs reached almost $100 million in Fiscal Year 2005 and are expected to keep going."

Thursday, March 09, 2006

ABBYY USA and Panasonic Form Strategic Tech Licensing Partnership

As seen on marketwire.com:
"ABBYY USA today announced it has formed a strategic technology licensing partnership with Panasonic through which Panasonic will include ABBYY's ineReader® Professional OCR application with its color duplex and simplex orkgroup class scanners."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

SC Stevens Institute Names Krisztina Holly to Lead University-Wide Initiative to Enhance the Societal and Economic Impact of USC's Research

As seen on home.businesswire.com:
"Krisztina Holly, formerly executive director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a veteran of successful technology start-ups, has been named executive director of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization. Holly joined the university March 1 and reports to USC Provost C. L. Max Nikias. Last week, Nikias and senior vice president for administration Todd R. Dickey announced a new university-wide role for the USC Stevens Institute on behalf of USC President Steven B. Sample."

Closing Open-Source Patent Loopholes

As seen on cio.com:
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released a draft version of its new general public software license (GPL) that is designed in part to protect open-source users from being sued over software patents. The document (available at http://gplv3.fsf.org/draft) is the first major revision to the popular software license in 15 years and would change the terms under which a variety of open-source software, including Linux, Samba and MySQL, is used. The GPL is a license that allows users to freely copy software as long as they share any modifications they make to it. The draft includes a provision requiring software distributors to 'shield' users against patent infringement claims when they distribute software that incorporates patented technology. The provision is aimed at discouraging patent infringement suits and preventing users from being hurt in intellectual property disputes, such as the dueling lawsuits between SCO and IBM. The two companies contested who owns the rights to Linux and Unix, and some Linux users were caught up in the litigation. The patent provision is likely to kick off a lot of discussion, especially from large companies with lots of patents that may wonder exactly what they must do to protect users, says Karen Copenhaver, general counsel with intellectual property management vendor Black Duck Software. Linus Torvalds, developer of the Linux kernel, a key component of the Linux operating system, says he’ll oppose the new license for another reason: its rejection of digital rights management."

Friday, March 03, 2006

Research In Motion and NTP Sign Definitive Settlement Agreement to End Litigation

As seen on Research In Motion:
"Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX: RIM) and NTP, Inc. (NTP) today announced that they have signed a definitive licensing and settlement agreement. All terms of the agreement have been finalized and the litigation against RIM has been dismissed by a court order this afternoon. The agreement eliminates the need for any further court proceedings or decisions relating to damages or injunctive relief. RIM has paid NTP $612.5 million in full and final settlement of all claims against RIM, as well as for a perpetual, fully-paid up license going forward. This amount includes money already escrowed by RIM to date. The licensing and settlement agreement relates to all patents owned and controlled by NTP and covers all of RIM's products, services and technologies. NTP grants RIM an unfettered right to continue its business, including its BlackBerry® related business. The resolution permits RIM and its partners to sell RIM products and services completely free and clear of any claim by NTP, including any claims that NTP may have against wireless carriers, channel partners, suppliers or customers in relation to RIM products or services, (including BlackBerry Connect and Built-In technology), or in relation to third party products and services, to the extent they are used in connection with RIM products and services."

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Gateway Enters Into 7-Year Cross License of IP with HP

As seen on prnewswire.com:
"Gateway, Inc. (NYSE: GTW) announced today an agreement with the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) to cross-license each other's patent portfolios for a period of seven years. As part of this agreement, the companies also reached a global settlement and mutual release of all claims in litigation against the other company. Under the binding term sheet, Gateway will pay HP $47 million, $25 million to be paid within seven business days following the execution of a definitive Settlement and Cross-License Agreement, and $22 million a year after that date. Gateway has attributed $16.7 million of the $47 million to resolving, without admission of fault, allegations of past infringement in connection with PCs made from 1999 to the present. The remaining $30.3 million will be attributed to the seven-year cross license."

Europe Puts the Brake on Continuation Practices

As seen on mondaq.com:
"Proposals have been circulating before the United States Congress regarding changes to the US code to restrict continuation practices for US patent applications. In Europe, the term 'continuation application' does not exist. Nevertheless, it is customary for applicants to file divisional applications and ‘divisionals of divisionals’in order to extract the last benefits from their applications and to prolong pendency. In combined cases T020/02 and T0797/02 (23 September 2004), the EPO Board of Appeal issued controversial decisions regarding such divisional practices. Their underlying reasoning was that divisional applications filed from divisional applications (i.e. second and further generation divisionals) are to be treated differently to divisional applications filed from an original parent application (i.e. first-generation divisionals). It was held that the invention or group of inventions defined in the claims of the first-generation divisional determines the 'essential content' of that application. Therefore, to meet the requirements of the European Patent Convention, any further divisional applications divided out of the first-generation divisional must be directed to objects encompassed by such invention or group of inventions. This finding was primarily based on the Board of Appeal’s desire to provide legal certainty for the public and to avoid interpreting the EPC in a manner that would set up a system of 'continuation applications' as in the US."

DRM Watch: P2P Shutdowns in South Korea and Europe

As seen on drmwatch.com:
"Legal actions have taken place recently that put dents in P2P file sharing around the world. The South Korean file-sharing network Soribada announced on Monday that it has agreed to a settlement with KAPP (the Korean equivalent of RIAA in the US) related to charges of copyright infringement before that country's Central District Court. Soribada will pay KAPP the sum of KRW 8.5 Billion (US $8.7 Million) to end the dispute."