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Fort Myers-based NeoMedia Technologies Inc. announced Wednesday that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is re-examining one of its patents. NeoMedia has developed bar code reading technology that links camera phone users directly to the Web. The company has a large portfolio of U.S. and foreign patents and pending applications for inventions that involve the processing of "machine readable codes over wireless networks."
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Nov 2007 13:57
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The recent introduction of a favourable tax exemption for patents should provide a significant fillip for companies involved in research and development in Belgium. Research and development is the big winner from the introduction of a favorable tax regime for patent income in Belgium.This regime should, together with the notional interest deduction, further attract foreign investors to Belgium and be welcomed by existing Belgian companies and branches. The new tax incentive for patents comes down to an 80 percent tax exemption of patent income as a result of which the nominal tax rate for such income.
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Nov 2007 13:52
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Mark Chandler, Cisco: "As an innovator and large patent holder - our portfolio was recently rated No. 1 in the telecommunications world by the Patent Board - we certainly support strong laws that protect inventors' creativity and innovations and the companies and people who may ultimately own those inventions. Yet, we face a growing tide of patent litigation and an environment that is deterring innovation by siphoning resources that could be spend on research and development."
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Nov 2007 13:49
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Vonage settlement of three software patents suits has critics up in arms again. But calls to restrict software patents as anticompetitive remain pointless and futile. Why is it that software patents get no respect? After almost every high-profile lawsuit involving software patents, there are cries of dismay and derision over how the intellectual property system is being abused to con juries and extract corporate ransom.
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Nov 2007 13:37
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Garmin Ltd. announces today a confidential global settlement of all of its intellectual property litigation with TomTom. The settlement resolves all of the pending intellectual property litigation including cases in the UK, Netherlands, Wisconsin, and Texas. The parties did not disclose details of their agreement.
by: zoobabzoobab
15 Nov 2007 13:35
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Delaware firm Autotext Technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 23 major technology companies including Apple and IBM, regarding predictive word processing. [...] All companies listed in the lawsuit, Autotext alleges, are infringing on a "computer-based transcription" patent that was filed in 1994. The patent is loosely about predictive word processing, where a list of words is presented when a user begins to input letters, hence the Autotext nomenclature.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 20:27
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Technology Patents LLC may be the new champion for suing 131 companies worldwide—the list goes on and on, naming companies like Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Telstra, AT&T, Cincinnati Bell, Motorola, Microsoft, Helio, Taiwan Mobile, O2, Rogers Wireless, China Resources Peoples Telephone Company, Yahoo, Sprint, and everyone in between. The company and its founder, Aris Mardirossian, are suing over what he believes to be infringement on two of his patents that address international text messaging.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 15:44
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The patent-holding firm could "send letters to big companies saying, 'We have 800 patents that cover your business,'" said Ron Laurie, managing director of Inflexion Point Strategy LLC, a Palo Alto, Calif., investment bank specializing in intellectual property. That is a "game changer," he said, because companies usually get warned over just a few patents. Faced with such massive numbers, he said, "nobody can risk going to court, and they're just going to write you a check."
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 13:45
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Agreement will cover intellectual property contained in hardware and software products, including certain Linux-based technologies. Microsoft Corp. and Kyocera Mita Corp. have signed a patent cross-licensing agreement to allow access to each company’s respective patent portfolio. The agreement encompasses a broad range of patents and will help further each company’s research and development (R&D) efforts.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 13:33
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Through this agreement, Kyocera Mita will gain access to Microsoft's patents for Kyocera Mit's current and future product lines, including multifunction products (MFP), printers, copiers and certain Linux-based embedded devices. Microsoft will gain access to Kyocera Mita patents for Microsoft's current and future product lines, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and other IT product lines.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 13:30
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In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from universities in Asia." I know I will sleep so much more comfortably knowing that IVL will be out plundering Asia so that it can turn around and plunder the rest of the planet.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 13:29
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The University of California is a major patent player. It receives by far more patents from the U.S. PTO than any school in the country. It’s generated about $500 million in patent royalties and fee income in the past five years. It also aggressively uses the courts. As a plaintiff alleging patent infringement, the school has settled a claim against Genentech for $200 million, secured a payment of $185 million from Monsanto, and won a $30 million settlement from Microsoft. Yet, when it comes to getting sued for patent infringement, the university, as well as the state of California, are Teflon. The legal doctrine of sovereign immunity protects states and state institutions from legal liability. Courts have held that participating in the federal patent system doesn’t cost a state its immunity. The upshot — states can sue, but effectively can’t be sued. Here’s the WSJ story.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 13:27
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And, in the light of the newest EU Treaty of Lisbon, majority decisions in this field of law should be possible after ratification thereof. This rough consensus might mature into a full political majority if the French EU Presidency manages to overcome some problems concerning issues like language of proceedings etc. pp. In short, Mr. Gaster believes that the problem of building effective political majorities for a EU-wide patent litigation system can be solved with good luck during the French EU Presidency in 2008.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 10:27
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A job offer by the EPO recruiting software patent examiners appeared recently on Monster.be. But the EPO don't grant software patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Nov 2007 10:19
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"That is probably fair," said Kim Walker, head of intellectual property at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-law.com. "The solution would really be for somebody like the European Commission to say that protection for software which is constantly evolving and developing and is only really valuable for a couple of years, doesn't need 20 years of protection." "It would be good if someone had the guts to develop a new form of protection for software which would give short, sharp and narrow protection," he said. "I don't know if it would be feasible, the international complications would be enormous, but if you are going to protect software otherwise than through copyright, it ought to be something with a lighter touch."
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Nov 2007 16:16
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The reforms could include viewing patents not as a monopoly on innovations but as a way of making information about them more widely available, European Patent Office vice president Michael Desantes told a conference in Manila. Adrian Cristobal, head of the Philippines' intellectual property office, said the patent system needed to be promoted in his country since only 1.2 percent of all patents in the Philippines were held by Filipinos.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Nov 2007 13:11
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My railing against software patents shouldn't be new to you, dear reader. Recently, this tilting at windmills has generated some attention. Among other things, a new group of interesting people is forming a coalition named End Software Patents.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Nov 2007 13:06
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This treaty could ultimately prove bigger than WIPO - without the constraints of consensus building, developing countries, and civil society groups, the ACTA could further reshape the IP landscape with tougher enforcement, stronger penalties, and a gradual eradication of the copyright and trademark balance.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Nov 2007 12:31
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There is still heavy internal discussions going on whether to use the C-Word. A World Cup of CII was organized by IENA which kindly pointed to FFII ressources.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Nov 2007 11:21
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The last couple of years has brought about rapid and dramatic changes in patent law. The impetus for this change has come not only from the usual sources ­ the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but also as a result of an unprecedented combination of increasing attention on patent cases by the U.S. Supreme Court and patent reform debate in Congress. Against the backdrop of this new patent environment, this paper discusses the various existing and emerging business models within the evolving intellectual property (IP) marketplace.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Nov 2007 11:19
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