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IPWatchdog.com has been online since 1999 and has provided information and news regarding intellectual property to many tens of millions of unique visitors. This page is open to all, but is intended to provide a platform to meet others who are interested in intellectual property topics including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, business and the Internet.

Dr. Phil wins copyright case against former segment director who had alleged false imprisonment


It’s not everyday that a copyright case involves claims of false imprisonment but an order granting summary judgment entered on August 30th in the Eastern District of Texas granted a legal win to American TV personality and psychologist Dr. Phil and his production studio in just such a case. Judge Rodney Gilstrap decided to grant summary judgment sua sponte to Dr. [ 406 more words ]


ipwatchdog.com Peteski Productions alleged that the segment director’s access of the video file in an attempt to smear Dr. Phil and extort money.

Securing Ownership Rights in Patents in the Real World


“It isn’t easy being a brilliant inventor, always alone. Always misunderstood. Easy to turn bitter, make horrible mistakes. People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can’t be fixed.” Hephaestus ~ Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth In the modern age, we cling to mythology - including the mythology of invention. In our minds eye, we see the inventor in the basement struggling by the sweat of the brow and candlelight until the eureka moment when the light bulb goes on over their head. [ 920 more words ]


ipwatchdog.com Whether you are creating or valuing IP, keep the following in mind as you look beyond the myth of invention to how the story unfolds in the real world.

A Repeatable Approach To Portfolio Monetization


To successfully monetize a patent portfolio, it is incredibly important to identify value within it, and to put in the work to prove to third parties and potential partners that that value exists. This exercise can be conducted as a one-off – in direct response to a claim, or in the event that an owner needs to generate revenue quickly – but the greatest benefit to an organization can be realized by developing a monetization program that results in a sustainable source of revenue generation. [ 1,735 more word ]


ipwatchdog.com With the data-driven part of the mining complete, the appropriate patents can be turned over to SMEs for evaluation of patent strength and enforceability.

Nintendo to appeal $10.1M jury verdict of infringement after invalidating 5 of 6 iLife patents at PTAB


On Thursday, August 31st, a jury verdict entered into a patent infringement case in the Northern District of Texas found that Japanese gaming giant Nintendo (TYO:7974) infringed upon a patent asserted by Texas-based medical tech firm iLife Technologies Inc. In the verdict, the jury agreed that iLife proved that it was owed $10.1 million in a lump sum royalty for the sales of a series of games for the Wii U console. [ 595 more words ]


ipwatchdog.com A jury verdict in a patent infringement case found gaming giant Nintendo infringed a patent asserted by medical tech firm iLife Technologies Inc.

CAFC Vacates and Remands Inconsistent Rulings by the Board on Validity of two SynQor Patents


16-2283.Opinion.8-29-2017.1 Vicor Corp. v. SynQor, Inc., Nos. 2016-2283, 2016-2282, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 16598 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 30, 2017) (Before Lourie, Taranto, and Chen, J.) (Opinion for the court, Chen, J.). Vicor requested inter partes reexamination of two SynQor patents, directed to DC-DC power converters. The same panel considered both proceedings, upholding the validity of certain claims of the ’290 Patent and invalidating certain claims of the ’021 Patent. [ 382 more words ]


ipwatchdog.com The Board’s decision was erroneous because the same panel reached inconsistent rulings on the same issue on the same record without explanation.

Korean court upholds $912M Qualcomm fine as tech rivals continue to make antitrust claims


On Monday, September 4th, a South Korean court denied a request made by San Diego, CA-based semiconductor developer Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) to rescind a fine levied last December by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) over alleged unfair business activities in patent licensing and chip sales. According to reports, the South Korean court decision keeps in place a $912 million in the latest blow to Qualcomm’s corporate intellectual property strategy. [ 364 more words ]


ipwatchdog.com A South Korean court denied a request to rescind the Qualcomm fine levied by the KFTC over alleged unfair business activities involving patent licensing.

Arent Fox Seeks Patent Staff Attorney or Patent Agent for New York Office


The New York office of Arent Fox LLP is seeking a patent staff attorney or agent with at least 3 years of experience in patent preparation, drafting and prosecution, preferably in the software/electrical technologies. Duties to Include: This position is for a Patent Staff Attorney or Patent Agent in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Physics. Duties will include patent preparation, drafting, and prosecution. [ 163 more words ]


ipwatchdog.com The NY office of Arent Fox LLP seeks a patent staff attorney or agent with at least 3 years experience in patent preparation, drafting and prosecution.

Art of the Patent - Playing Cards


kickstarter.com Celebrate over 200 years of the most famous and bizarre patent artwork through playing cards! One line-art illustration per card.

PTAB fails to decide IPR within 1-year statutory deadline


Another day and another story relating to serious questions about process and procedure at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has come to light. This time a panel of the PTAB is taking whatever time they desire to decide a case in violation of the 1-year statutorily mandated time limit within which to decide an… [ 779 more words ]


ipwatchdog.com Without extension for cause, parties to IPR2016-0037 are waiting for a decision for more than 14 months, two months beyond the 1-year statutory deadline.

A Patents as Property Rights History Lesson


When the Supreme Court hears Oil States v. Greene’s Energy, that a patent is private property affording the owner private property rights should be without question. In Oil States, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of postgrant patent validity challenges in an administrative venue, as opposed to proper proceedings in a real court. That question hinges on the premise of patents securing exclusive private property rights. [ 1,666 more word ]


ipwatchdog.com The notion that patents are public rights is more in line with Karl Marx than John Locke, and a direct assault upon the essence of private property rights.


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