Category: Patent

Apple sued, again

News.com reports: Apple sued over iTunes interface: A Vermont company has sued Apple Computer, alleging that the interface for iTunes infringes on its patent. Contois Music & Technology filed suit last week in U.S. District Court in Vermont, alleging that Apple’s actions are ‘irreparably’ damaging Contois. The company seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction, as well as unspecified damages, according… Read more →

Software Patents and multimedia

The great, open-source VideoLAN project is threatened by software patents: “VideoLAN is seriously threatened by software patents due to the numerous patented techniques it implements and uses. Also threatened are the many libraries and projects which VLC is built upon, like FFmpeg, and the other fellow Free And Open Source software multimedia players, which include MPlayer, xine, Freevo, MythTV, gstreamer.” Read more →

Patentability of Crustless Sandwich

atently-O reports: Federal Circuit to Decide Patentability of Crustless Sandwich: “On April 6 at 2:00 pm, Judges Clevenger, Gajarsa & Prost will hear in re Kretchman (Case No. 04–1448) that involves peanut butter and jelly sandwich technology.  Smuckers has already received one patent on its highly profitable ‘Uncrustables,’ and is now appealing a patent office rejection of a second, broader… Read more →

Profits in the Attic

In Slate, Daniel Gross discusses how Ampex has turned its patent portfolio and the threat of patent litigation into profit: The Profits in the Attic – How an old technology has turned Ampex into America’s hottest stock: The hottest tech stock in America hasn’t been surging because of what its products promise to do in the future, but for breakthroughs… Read more →

Playstation patent problems

AP: Sony Ordered to Pay in PlayStation Case: “Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp.’s video game unit has been ordered to pay $90.7 million in damages to Immersion Corp. over a patent infringement lawsuit related to a controller for Sony’s PlayStation consoles, the company said Monday.” Read more →

Eminent Domain over Patents?

Can a state use its power of eminent domain to obtain public control of a patent in order to promote lower drug prices? One D.C. Councilman hopes so. The American Prospect reports: Patents Pending: “[District of Columbia Councilman David] Catania, a Republican who recently registered as independent after breaking with President Bush over the same-sex-marriage issue, introduced a compulsory license… Read more →

Open Source Patent Policy

At ACS Blog, Sean Kellogg writes about The Open Source Approach to Patent Policy: “The past months have witnessed amazing developments in the area of software patents. First IBM, and then Sun Microsystems, announced they were granting the rights to more than 2000 patents to open source developers for use in software development. The announcement comes at a critical moment… Read more →

Patent reform

J. Matthew Buchanan discusses patent reform proposals: Promote the Progress : A patent reform primer: “This year stands to be a critical step in the history of US patent law. Reform is on the agenda and it seems a critical mass is developing. It is quickly becoming clear that major changes are likely to be made in the near future… Read more →

When dot-com patents go bad

Salon.com: When dot-com patents go bad When faced with two choices — selling a company’s patents as part of its overall assets or selling the patents alone — the court (and the market) chose the latter. This means that in the eyes of the legal system and the marketplace, the Commerce One patents were more valuable to independent licensing firms… Read more →

Patent Problem

The Economist: Monopolies of the mind Patents, said Thomas Jefferson, should draw “a line between the things which are worth to the public the embarrassment of an exclusive patent, and those which are not.” As the value that society places on intellectual property has increased, that line has become murkier—and the cause of some embarrassment, too. Around the world, patent… Read more →