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Interactive Brokers, TradeStation oppose Trading Technologies’ motion to multiply patent appeals

“First, TT asserted both patents against Appellees in the same district court case, and both patents were asserted against the same products” reports financefeeds.com. This is barely surprising given that the same brokers are appellees in six cases brought by Trading Technologies during the past four moths over issues that are broadly the same.In their latest submission with the Court, the appellees argue that TT is correct that this appeal and Case No. 18-1063 involve two different patents. Source: financefeeds.com Share This:

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Apple Facing ITC Patent Infringement Investigation Over Aqua Connect Complaint

“The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating Apple over patent infringement allegations stemming from a complaint submitted by Aqua Connect and subsidiary Strategic Technology Partners” writes Jeff Gamet for macobserver.com. Apple products in the investigation include “certain Apple Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs.” Presumably the ITC complaint relates to a patent infringement lawsuit Aqua Connect filed in October related to AirPlay mirroring which lets users share the screen from one device to another.ITC details about the alleged patent infringement are sparse at the moment.The complainants request that…

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Apple faces U.S. ITC inquiry in patent dispute

“AAPL, -1.51% for patent infringement, the USITC said late Tuesday” writes Tech Reporter for marketwatch.com. If the order is granted, the agency could block the import of “certain Apple Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs” but it was not immediately clear which gadgets the probe targets.Aqua Connect Inc. and Strategic Technology Partners LLC lodged a complaint Oct. 10 and requested the USITC issue a temporary exclusion order, the USITC said. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Crypto News 

MasterCard Files Patent for Blockchain-Based Payment System

“According to a CoinDesk report, electronic payments company MasterCard is exploring the adoption of blockchain into its payments network” reports financemagnates.com. In any case, MasterCard is certainly pursuing the integration of blockchain technology more aggressively than really any other electronic payments company. Source: financemagnates.com Share This:

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Digital Ally shares surge 19% premarket after company puts itself up for sale

“Digital Ally Inc. shares DGLY, -2.23% jumped 19% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the video recording equipment and analytic software company said it is exploring its strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the company” writes Ciara Linnane for marketwatch.com. The Lenexa, Kansas-based company said options include “monetizing its patent portfolio and related patent infringement litigation against Axon Enterprise, Inc. (“Axon,” formerly known as TASER International, Inc.) and Enforcement Video, LLC d/b/a WatchGuard Video (“WatchGuard”), the sale of the company as a whole, or the sale of select properties or…

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Apple patents a unique way to coat iPhones in 18-karat gold

“According to the patent, the process could be used for “mobile phones, tablet computers, notebook computers, instrument windows, appliance screens, and the like,” and could be used to make cosmetically appealing color such as “yellow gold, red gold, rose gold, pink gold, white gold, gray gold, green gold, blue gold or purple gold.”” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Apple has an idea for making “enclosures for electronic devices” out of hardened gold, according to a patent application published on Oct. 26.It could also be used to process 24-karat gold, the…

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Crypto News 

Bitmain may Lose a key Bitcoin Mining Hardware Patent to a Competitor

“A lot of Bitcoin users hope Bitmain less access to the patent in question” writes Jp Buntinx for livebitcoinnews.com. There is an interesting debacle taking place in the world of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency right now.Yang Zuoxing, former Bitmain director of design, is trying to revoke this patent moving forward. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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Markets News 

Trading Technologies continues to dispute Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions

“Trading Technologies International, Inc. continues to dispute the decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) regarding its patents” reports financefeeds.com. In August this year, the Board ruled that the ’999 patent does not recite a novel and non-obvious technological feature.In what is the fifth appeal filed by the company for the last three months, it disputes all the decisions made by the Board on August 14, 2017 regarding patent U.S. Patent 7,212,999 (“the ’999 patent”).For the reasons discussed above, the Board ruled in August that claims 1 –…

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Allergan’s unusual deal with a Native American tribe could be backfiring

“The case was regarding Restasis, a blockbuster eye drug whose patents Allergan had in September given to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. “Even before today, AGN’s stock had lost 12% of its value since the company announced the controversial Restasis patent agreement with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.Allergan, the drugmaker behind Botox, on Monday, had patents on one of its key drugs invalidated by a district court judge.The unusual move gave Restasis sovereign immunity from certain patent challenges, and led to a lot of backlash from…

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Apple to appeal five-year-long patent battle after $439.7 million loss

“The US Patent and Trademark Office recently invalidated all four of the patents that VirnetX is suing over” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. But VirnetX can appeal that decision; and until all appeals are decided, the patents remain enforceable, which is why Apple is still on the hook.Apple has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps.While $440 million isn’t a lot of money for Apple, there’s principle at stake here:…

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