Sunday, May 21, 2006

MOSAID Announces Resignation of its General Counsel

As seen as us.design-reuse.com:
"MOSAID Technologies Incorporated (TSX:MSD) today announced that James Skippen, Senior Vice President, Patent Licensing and General Counsel, will be resigning from his position with MOSAID effective June 19, 2006. Mr. Skippen will be leaving to take on the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Wi-LAN Inc.

'Jim has made major contributions to MOSAID's success, particularly in the negotiation of patent licenses and in the assertion of our intellectual property rights in the courts,' said George Cwynar, President and Chief Executive Officer. 'We wish him well at Wi-LAN.'

Effective June 19, 2006, Mr. Ted Galanthay, a member of MOSAID's Board of Directors, will assume the role of acting General Counsel and Senior VP of Patent Licensing, supported by MOSAID's intellectual property team, until a replacement is appointed for Mr. Skippen. Mr. Galanthay has over 35 years of experience in managing intellectual property matters for premier global companies such as IBM, STMicroelectronics and Harris Corporation, and has served as a Director of MOSAID since September 2005."

Saturday, May 20, 2006

3rd Annual Tech Transfer Conference

As seen on floridaresearch.org:
3rd Annual Tech Transfer Conference
May 22 - 23, 2006

Ritz-Carlton
1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236

Click to register for Florida Research Consortium/ Tech Transfer Conference
Click to register for Pharlex Forum

Friday, May 19, 2006

Nanya and Renesas make nice; settle patent lawsuit; ink 5-year cross-license agreement

As seen on digitimes.com:
"Renesas Technology and Nanya Technology announced on May 16 that they have reached a settlement and will dismiss four pending lawsuits filed by Renesas accusing Nanya of patent infringement on its DRAM products. The two companies also inked a five-year cross-license agreement following the lawsuit settlement. Renesas initiated patent infringement litigation in December 2003 against Nanya and Nanya Technology USA in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Three similar lawsuits were filed by Renesas following the litigation, including patent infringement lawsuits and a motion for a preliminary injunction in the Tokyo District Court against Nanya Technology Corporation Japan."

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

UTEK Corporation and Rheologics Technologies, Inc. Sign Strategic Alliance

As seen on genengnews.com:
"UTEK Corporation (AMEX:UTK) (LSE-AIM:UTK), the technology transfer company, and Rheologics Technologies, Inc. (Pink Sheets:RTGI), a leader in the study of blood viscosity and its relationship to vascular disease, announced today that they have signed a strategic alliance."

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Strike at European Patent Office

As seen on heise.de:
"Inspectors at the European Patent Office (EPA) stopped work for several hours. They are using this half-day strike to make it clear that they oppose the plans for new work stipulations. The patent examiners, who will be directly affected, fear that they will not be able to spend as much time reviewing industrial property rights. According to a spokesperson from the Patent Office in a conversation with heise online on this unusual conflict, the strike is the result of the discussion about the implementation of a new assessment procedure for work at the EPA. The staff and management apparently disagree about this new approach. But the spokesperson did not wish to comment on how many people were taking part in the strike. "

Falling innovation levels fuel pharma/biotech collaborations

As seen on drugresearcher.com:
"A new report suggests the increasing number of collaboration between pharmaceutical and biotech companies is fuelled by a steep decline in innovation levels as well as the growing threat from generics and drug recalls."

DHS awards contract for software licensing

As seen on gcn.com:
"DHS’ Office of Procurement Operations said it was awarding a sole-source contract to the Center for Internet Security to “provide software licenses for security configuration benchmarks and scoring tools capability,” according to a presolicitation announcement. The contract, which is of an unspecified amount, will last for a year. The Hershey, Pa.-based center is chaired by Franklin Reeder, a former White House director of administration and a former chief of information policy in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Its president is Clint Kreitner, former president of a multihospital region of Adventist Health Systems. "

Homeland recruits non-profit for cybersecurity software licensing

As seen on washingtontechnology.com:
"The Homeland Security Department is enlisting the help of a non-profit organization to obtain cybersecurity tools for operating systems, servers and databases used by the federal government. The DHS Office of Procurement Operations said it is awarding a sole-source contract to the Hershey, Pa.-based Center for Internet Security to “provide software licenses for security configuration benchmarks and scoring tools capability,” according to a presolicitation announcement. The contract, which is of an unspecified amount, will last for a year. "

Monday, May 08, 2006

New licensing guide published

As seen on thepublican.com:
"Licensing lawyers Poppleston Allen has launched the latest edition of The Licensed Trade Guide. The booklet provides a run down on the details of the new Licensing Act giving invaluable information to licensees. It covers areas such as the role of the licensing authority, licensing objectives and licensing policy, whilst also explaining the decision process behind the granting of a licence."

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Local Competition to Provide Big Opportunities to San Diego Inventors

As seen on prweb.com:
"One smart San Diego County inventor or team of inventors will win approximately $50,000 worth of professional services to assist in the initial stages of patenting, financing and commercialization of their winning invention. The Glaux™ (“little owl”) Awards competition is being inaugurated by a local law firm as an annual competition for the purpose of spurring the best San Diego-created inventions into the marketplace. Individual inventors or groups of inventors working as a team may apply. However, each application must list one inventor residing in San Diego County, California. The competition is open to inventors of all ages and submissions for inventions in all fields are encouraged."

Montana State U signs deal for virus use

As seen on billingsgazette.net:
"Montana State University has signed a licensing agreement for commercial development of two researchers' work with a virus that could eventually be used to diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer and heart disease."

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Six transfers boost Utek's earnings

As seen on tampabay.bizjournals.com:
"Utek Corp. continued its growth during the first quarter. The Plant City-based technology transfer company (AMEX: UTK) reported earnings of $3.6 million, or 65 cents a share, on revenue of $11.8 million compared with earnings of $174,273, or 49 cents a share, on revenue of $2.5 million for the same period last year. The company completed six technology transfers during the quarter, with average revenue per transaction of $1.7 million. The value of the company's investment portfolio was $58.69 million at March 31, 2006, up almost $20 million during the quarter, the company said."

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Digi and Lantronix Settle Patent Suits

As seen on chron.com:
"Computer networking companies Digi International Inc. and Lantronix Inc. said they settled their patent infringement litigation and agreed to cross-license each other's patents. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Under the settlement, Irvine, Calif.-based Lantronix and Minnetonka, Minn.-based Digi International agreed to give each other the benefit and protection of all their current and future patents for six years. The two companies signed a previous agreement in 2002 to dismiss patent infringement and trade-secret lawsuits filed against each other. They also agreed to cross-licenses to each other's patents."

Monday, May 01, 2006

BlackBerry Maker Hit With Another Patent Suit

As seen on online.wsj.com:
"Research In Motion Ltd. has been hit with another patent-infringement suit that seeks to halt sales of its popular BlackBerry email devices in the U.S. Visto Corp., a maker of wireless email software, said Monday that it has sued RIM for infringing on four Visto patents. The closely held Redwood Shores, Calif., firm said it's seeking an injunction and monetary damages against Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM."