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Federal Circuit Upholds A…

Federal Circuit Upholds Award of Attorneys’ Fees in Fracking Case

The Federal Circuit has upheld an award of attorneys’ fees against a party that tried to enforce a patent found to be invalid. The case of ENERGY HEATING, LLC v. HEAT ON-THE-FLY, LLC involved Heat-on-the-Fly’s (HOTF’s) patent for a “method an… Read More
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Categories: Litigation
Who is leading the Global…

Who is leading the Global Blockchain Patent Race?

Bitcoin has regained popularity as a result of its recent resurgence, but other blockchain applications have been quietly developing. Some of them have the potential to make a significant impact on people’s lives. Blockchain technology opens up… Read More
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Categories: Patents
The Growing Startup Scene…

The Growing Startup Scene in Africa

It’s a great time to be a startup in Africa. The overall amount of startup investment obtained by African startups nearly quadrupled in 2018. The number of fundraising transactions has more than doubled, and companies on the continent are increasin… Read More
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Categories: Patents

Spread-Spectrum Method for Sending Data Found Patent-Ineligible

A federal district court held that grouping data together with a single code is an abstract idea and thus not eligible for patent protection. Zyrcuits sued Acuity Brands and Universal Electronics Inc. for infringement of claim 4 of its US Patent No.… Read More
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Getting Sued Where Your S…

Getting Sued Where Your Servers Are: A Lesson from Netflix

A federal magistrate judge recently suggested that Netflix could be sued in the Eastern District of Texas because it uses servers there. The case of CA, Inc. v. Netflix, Inc. involves a dispute over whether Netflix is infringing CA’s patents. Among… Read More
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Categories: Litigation
Patents for Getting Your…

Patents for Getting Your Food Fast

“Take out” food is a very old concept. As the BBC reported, the ancient Roman city of Pompeii (and probably most other Roman cities) had a food counter (thermopolium) that served hot food and drinks to go. The idea of a delivery service for ready… Read More
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Racing to Control the Fut…

Racing to Control the Future of Technology: The 5G Patent Race

According to some projections, about 50% of the world’s data volume will be created by or between cars, sensors, or other diverse sorts of networked devices in the future. 5G, which has been hailed as a game-changer, has the potential to disrup… Read More
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Federal Circuit Makes It…

Federal Circuit Makes It Easier to Get a Design Patent

A recent decision by the Federal Circuit should make it easier for applicants to be granted design patents. The US Patent Office (USPTO) explains design patents in the Design Patent Application Guide, A design consists of the visual ornamental charac… Read More
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Jury Awards Optis $300 Mi…

Jury Awards Optis $300 Million in Apple Patent Trial

A federal jury has awarded Optis Wireless Technology LLC and several related companies $300 million in damages after a second patent trial against Apple. A jury previously found that Apple infringed five Optis wireless “standard essential patents… Read More
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IP Protection for Technol…

IP Protection for Technology Startups

Intellectual property (IP) is one of the most valuable assets of a tech startup. Through IP, a company can bring innovative products and services to the market. IP can also help protect a startup from the possibility of other companies stealing its c… Read More
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