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What it’s really like to be sued by a patent troll — and how to stop it

“Together, we can curb the patent troll problem in a collaborative, proactive, and systematic way” writes Alcatel-lucent Enterprise for venturebeat.com. There are plenty of things I’d rather do than deal with patent trolls, and I’m guessing it’s the same for you.This inoculates all members against patent troll litigation using those assets.If you think your business is too big or too small or too off the radar to fall prey to a patent troll, think again.Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), are entities that acquire patents for…

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Broad Institute takes a hit in European CRISPR patent struggle

“But in Europe, a dispute that has gotten much less attention could derail several key Broad patents” writes Kelly Servick for sciencemag.org. Disagreement between Rockefeller and the Broad over Marraffini’s role in key CRISPR inventions led to a bizarre dispute, creating conflicting, identical patents with different authors,   reported in 2016.It has so far prevailed in a high-profile patent dispute with the University of California (UC), Berkeley.She notes that the decision doesn’t threaten the many follow-on patents the Broad has filed for gene-editing technologies, including alternatives to the Cas9 enzyme used in the…

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TiVo’s stock rallies after expanded patent licensing pact with Google

“TIVO, +1.72% shot up 2.8% in premarket trade Thursday, after the video recording and audience insights company announced an expanded patent deal with Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, -0.53% Google” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. TiVo’s stock has tumbled 22.9% over the past three months through Wednesday, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% has gained 9.4%. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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J&J cancer drug patent invalidated by U.S. court, hitting UK’s BTG

“A U.S. administrative court invalidated a Johnson & Johnson patent on its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Zytiga, bringing rivals closer to selling generic versions and hitting shares in its British partner BTG “ reports foxbusiness.com. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board said a Johnson & Johnson patent describing a method of administering Zytiga should not have been granted because the process it described was obvious. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Shenzen judge rules Samsung infringed on one of Huawei’s wireless communications patents and must stop selling products using infringing technology in China

“According to a court in Shenzhen, Samsung has infringed upon a single Huawei patent concerning wireless communications” reports slashgear.com. A judge in Shenzhen ruled yesterday that Samsung has infringed upon one of Huawei’s wireless communications patents.Back in 2016, Huawei sued Samsung for allegedly violating several of its patents.Lawsuits were filed in both California and China, the latter of which has proven fruitful for the company. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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A high-ranking Obama Commerce Dept. official commuted by taxi — and billed the government

“To escape notice, Aiyer impersonated current and former high-level agency officials, writing their names on cab receipts and vouchers he submitted to the taxi company, which then billed the government, investigators found” reports washingtonpost.com. A spokesman for the office declined to comment, referring a request to the Commerce Department, its parent agency. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Federal rules, patent issues put brakes on Ann Arbor’s crosswalk plans

“According to the FHWA, federal regulations through the MUTCD prohibit the use of patented devices” writes Ryan Stanton for mlive.com. ANN ARBOR, MI – For the last six years, Ann Arbor has been on a mission to improve pedestrian safety by installing pedestrian-activated, flashing signals at dozens of crosswalks.Company president Adam Ranck said he’s not aware of the issues with the federal rules and patent rights regarding RRFBs. Source: mlive.com Share This:

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Microsoft thinks the only way to get bigger smartphone screens is by adding a second screen

“Even more interestingly, Microsoft explains why it’s even giving so much thought to the idea of a foldable smartphone” writes Matt Weinberger for businessinsider.com. The short version is that Microsoft believes the rise of edge-to-edge smartphone screens — like on the iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy S8 — means there isn’t much room for improvement on the current design. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Apple just patented a navigation system for self-driving cars

“In the patent, Apple describes methods to make self-driving vehicle navigation more efficient, reducing the need to constantly remake detailed maps” writes Anita Balakrishnan for cnbc.com. The patent comes after a Bloomberg report last year that said Apple was using virtual reality to test self-driving cars.The lengthy patent application titled simply “Autonomous Navigation System,” was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday and has apparently been in the works since at least 2015.Still, the pages-long patent application gives some insight into how the company is thinking about…

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