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Rensselaer Exclusive Licensee Enforces Natural Language Processing Patent Against Apple’s Siri

On October 19th, a Texas-based company sued Apple over US Patent 7,177,798.  Assignment records indicate the ‘798 Patent is owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and court documents state that Dynamic Advances, LLC is the “exclusively licensee” for the ‘798 and “facilitates Rensselaer’s goal of commercializing its patented inventions to the benefit of the general public and to further … Continue reading

Adult Swim Declared In Facebook’s Patent Infringement Pool!

I have a lot of fond memories from childhood.  Well, I have memories from my childhood. Among them were those summer-time trips to the local swimming pool.  Growing up in a small, southern town, the pool was just about the only place one could stand being outdoors most of the time.  And I have fond … Continue reading

Is A Lawfirm Using ICAP’s Patent Auction To Recover On Unpaid Prosecution Work?

ICAP lists The Stapleton Group as seller of three of the 52 lots currently listed for public auction. Lot numbers AUC050, 051 and 052 all feature patents sharing a common inventor, Lawrence Kates and many were prosecuted by the firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP.  A quick check of USPTO Assignment records reveals that … Continue reading

Inventor Of Patented CGI Technique Runs To Court After A Walt Disney Runaround

Joe Alter invented an improved technique for computer generated animation back in 2000, and was awarded US Patent 6,720,962 in 2004. According to Alter’s patent, his invention allows for “creation of a highly stable coordinate system involving guide columns in which Cartesian physical simulations may be carried out and rendered as well as deformed and … Continue reading

Major Law Firm Caught Patent Trolling

Got your attention?  During the 2006 oral argument in eBay v Mercexchange, Justice Kennedy famously asked about patent trolls: Is the troll the scary thing under the bridge, or is it a fishing technique? eBay’s lawyer claimed that it was the “scary thing under the bridge,” but if you were ever curious about what patent … Continue reading

Irresponsible (Or Dishonest) Journalism From SF Chronicle On Patent Reform

Gary Shapiro’s ridiculously misinformed views on patent reform and Stephen Foley’s ignorant rant about “patent value” were (in addition to complete garbage) arguably nuanced opinions, albeit borrowed from others without regard to actual fact.  But James Temple’s piece on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Business Report absolutely takes the cake as  far as irresponsible journalism goes.  … Continue reading

Don’t File A Patent: Second Edition

Why would a patent analyst recommend a book advising against filing patent applications? Well, I would be lying if I said I agreed with John Smith’s advice lock, stock and barrel.  That said, there are important, fundamental truths behind his story the demonstrate the importance of counseling inventors on realistic expectations of the costs and … Continue reading

Can We Have An Intellectually Honest Patent Reform Debate In The House?

The senate is nearly finished with its work, as the Feinstein Amendment was defeated handily, and S.23, the America Invents Act is scheduled for a vote on Friday. Senator Feinstein tried to pare back the bill by removing the flawed first-to-file provisions, leaving in place revisions that are actually needed, like ending fee diversion.  Senators … Continue reading

A Patent Obituary – A Belated Farewell To Engelgau ‘565

More than one year ago, the world lost what remained of US Patent 6,237,565. Conceived in 1999, the ‘565 had yet to know the impact it would have on the word, nor the fact that it would become known simply as “The Teleflex Patent.”  We don’t know whether the hundreds of siblings ever felt overshadowed … Continue reading

CAFC Prematurely Ends “Bilski” Hunting Season

Was it over before it started? Anti-patent advocates have been watching court filings closely, looking for situations where the Supreme Court’s recent case on patentability of abstract ideas could be used broadly against a class of so-called “software patents.” The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), through its Chief Judge Rader, may have … Continue reading