Articles by Patrick James

Qualcomm in $93m licensing settlement

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm is to settle a case with Taiwanese regulators for about $93 million and has agreed to invest $700 million in Taiwan over the next five years. The new settlement replaces a $778 million fine imposed by Taiwan’s Fair…


WiLAN awarded $145m in Apple patent fight

Patent licensing company WiLAN Inc, a Quarterhill Inc. company, said a jury awarded WiLAN $145.1 million in damages against Apple Inc. for infringement of WiLAN’s US patent Nos 8,457,145 and 8,537,757. WiLAN said the trial verdict was rendered in the US…


Inscripta gets patents for CRISPR gene-editing

Gene-editing technology company Inscripta said the USPTO granted the company its first patent covering systems using MAD7, the company’s first free CRISPR enzyme, as well as patent coverage for systems using another MADzyme, MAD2. Inscripta also released new data run…


USPTO issues patent number 10 million

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) said it has issued US patent number 10 million. “More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the…


Seven new patents for FICO

Silicon Valley analytic software firm FICO said it has been awarded seven new patents related to fraud, artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics. FICO said it currently holds 188 US and foreign patents and has 89 pending patent applications. “FICO focuses…


New report unveils top 100 university patent holders

The Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2017 report has been announced by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Data obtained from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is…


Deere claims patent infringement in legal action

Deere & Company said it has taken legal action against Precision Planting LLC and AGCO Corporation claiming that the companies have infringed on 12 John Deere patents. “The Deere patents relate to several of the unique and inventive aspects of John Deere planting equipment,…


IEX files to dismiss Nasdaq patent infringement claims

Independent US stock exchange IEX said it filed a motion in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey seeking to dismiss Nasdaq’s patent infringement claims. IEX was made famous by Michael Lewis’ 2014 best-selling book Flash Boys….


Marshall Gerstein’s Pamela Cox appointed to LESI board

IP law firm Marshall Gerstein announced that partner Pamela Cox has been appointed to the board of directors for the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI). LESI is a professional organization that focuses on approaches to the transfer and licensing of…


Amarin in patent litigation settlement with Teva

Amarin Corporation plc announced a settlement agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. that resolves Amarin’s Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) patent litigation as it relates to Teva’s abbreviated new drug application seeking FDA approval of generic forms of Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) capsules. This…


Omeros settles infringement suit against Lupin

Omeros Corporation announced it entered into a settlement agreement with Lupin Ltd. and its subsidiary Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. resolving Omeros’ patent litigation against Lupin. “The litigation concerned Lupin’s filing of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) seeking approval from the…


Calyxt says Bayer CropScience agrees to settle

Food and agriculture company Calyxt, Inc. said Bayer CropScience, LP has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Calyxt in the Delaware Chancery Court. “Under the settlement terms, the parties agreed that the 2013 License Agreement is terminated, that Bayer…


TiVo enters IP license deal with Fnac Darty Group

TiVo Corporation said it entered into a multi-year intellectual property license agreement covering the consumer electronics brands of the Fnac Darty Group, the European retailer of entertainment and leisure products, consumer electronics and household appliances. TiVo said the new multi-region European…


LexisNexis firm Reed Tech acquires PatentSight

Reed Tech, a LexisNexis Legal & Professional company, said it acquired PatentSight, a provider of analytics solutions that help patent professionals gain insight “into the strength, quality and relative value of patents and patent portfolios.” PatentSight will become a part of…


Class action complaint filed against USPTO

Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC said attorneys from its class action and intellectual property group filed a class action complaint “against the United States and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for damages to Christy, Inc. and a class…


$10m secures MicroVision license agreement

MicroVision, Inc., a provider of ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology, said it entered into a license agreement with a “leading global technology company” to allow the licensee to use MicroVision’s display technology to manufacture and sell display-only engines based on…


3Shape Files patent complaint v Align Technology

3Shape said it filed a patent infringement complaint asserting its Patent No. US 9,962,244 B2: Focus Scanning Apparatus Recording Color against Align Technology, asserting that Align Technology’s ITero Elements intraoral scanner infringes the 3Shape patent. 3Shape filed the complaint in…


AST acquires patent portfolios from Napster, Intertainer

AST, a provider of “proactive patent risk mitigation solutions,” said it acquired, on behalf of its members, two streaming multimedia patent portfolios. “Pursuant to AST’s catch and release model, these portfolios are now available on the open market through ICAP…


Broadridge gets proxy voting blockchain patent

Long Island-based fintech giant Broadridge Financial Solutions said the US Patent and Trademark Office granted it a patent “directed to blockchain technology that will enhance the processes for proxy voting and repurchase, or repo, agreements.” Broadridge’s infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for…


Bigbelly and Ecube settle patent case

Smart waste and recycling systems company Bigbelly, Inc said it settled a complaint filed with the US Central District Court in California alleging that Ecube Labs Co. Ltd. (South Korea) and Ecube Labs Co. (U.S.) infringe on two Bigbelly patents covering…


Patent for International Stem Cell

International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO), a California-based biotechnology company developing novel stem cell based therapies and biomedical products, said the USPTO granted the firm a key patent “on the method used to manufacture ISC-hpNSC.” “These are the cells administered in…


Pharma patent litigation rises 30% in 2017 – report

LexisNexis company Lex Machina released its fourth annual Hatch-Waxman/ANDA Litigation Report. The report focuses on FDA Paragraph IV pharmaceutical patent litigation related to Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) filed in US district courts under the Hatch-Waxman Act, and Patent Trial…


Patent for SenesTech rat control technology

SenesTech, Inc. announced the issuance of its patent on “reducing the reproductive capacity of mammals.” “This intellectual property is a key aspect of ContraPest, SenesTech’s flagship product that targets the reproductive capabilities of Norway and roof rats,” said SenesTec. “The patent application…


USITC to investigate Nintendo after Gamevice complaint

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it will investigate certain gaming console systems from Nintendo Co Ltd after California-based Gamevice Inc filed a complaint alleging that their importation infringed on its patents. The USITC said it voted to institute…


TiVo renews patent license deal with VIZIO

TiVo Corporation announced that it has renewed its patent license agreement with TV manufacturer VIZIO. Under terms of the agreement, the multi-year license renewal extends VIZIO’s use of TiVo’s patent portfolios for the company’s products. “TiVo’s intellectual property (IP) continues…


RPX to be acquired for $555m by HGGC

Patent risk management company RPX Corporation said it entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by HGGC, a middle market private equity firm, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $555 million. HGGC will initiate a tender offer for RPX…


Retailers say Supreme Court ruling will help stop trolls

The National Retail Federation welcomed the US Supreme Court ruling that upholds the constitutionality of a process “that allows bad patents to be reexamined administratively at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and thereby eliminates many lawsuits by patent trolls.”…


Spin Master alleges Mattel patent infringement

Children’s entertainment company Spin Master Corp said it sued Mattel, Inc. in the Central District of California in connection with Mattel’s sale and marketing of its Mecard branded toys. “Specifically, Spin Master claims Mattel’s Mecard toys infringe on at least two…


Court ‘missed patent reform opportunity’ claims IEEE

IEEE-USA, an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), has claimed the US Supreme Court “missed an opportunity” with its ruling that Intellectual Property Review (IPR) proceedings are constitutional. Many Silicon Valley technology companies favor the IPR…


$25m settles Alnylam-Dicerna trade secret case

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc said it entered into a settlement agreement with Dicerna Pharmaceuticals “resolving trade secret misappropriation claims against Dicerna, and counterclaims asserted by Dicerna, in pending litigation in the Superior Court of Middlesex County, Massachusetts.” Alnylam said the settlement also…


Ribbon files patent lawsuit against Metaswitch

Cloud communications firm Ribbon Communications Inc said its subsidiary filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Metaswitch in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. “This lawsuit seeks enhanced damages for Metaswitch’s continued infringement of seven Ribbon patents (from…


Nonprofit sues to block licensing of patents to Gilead

Nonprofit group Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) said it filed a lawsuit against the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “to block or invalidate an exclusive license of patents on a new chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T) therapy to Gilead Sciences.”…


Patent approvals for Bee Vectoring Technologies

Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT) announced that it has received two new key patent application allowances. The company said US Patent Application Ser. No. 15/092,968 received a Notice of Allowance and, upon issuance, “will provide a second patent in the US…


Patents for Altan Pharma’s intravenous paracetamol

Altan Pharma Limited said the USPTO granted two patents to Altan covering its intravenous formulation of acetaminophen (paracetamol). “U.S. Patent No. 9,943,479 covers Altan’s unique formulation, which allows the product to be packaged in a flexible plastic container and maintain…


200 patents for ViaCyte stem cell diabetes therapies

Regenerative medicine company ViaCyte announced “the recent issuance of more than 200 patents, which provide protection to the company’s core technologies around the world.” ViaCyte said the newly-issued patents further strengthen its position “in pluripotent cell-derived and implantable cell replacement therapies for…


Boston Scientific claims a win in EU patent dispute

Boston Scientific Corporation said that it “along with several other opponents” successfully opposed Edwards Lifesciences Corporation’s European patent EP 2,399,550 (‘550) in the European Patent Office (EPO) “resulting in a revocation of the patent.” “The ‘550 patent was the only…


Glaukos files patent lawsuit against Ivantis

Glaucoma treatment company Glaukos Corporation said it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ivantis, Inc. in the US District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division. “The lawsuit alleges that Ivantis’ Hydrus Microstent device infringes Glaukos patents relating to…


Ford licenses hybrid vehicle patents from Paice

Paice, a pioneer in hybrid electric vehicle technology, said it reached an agreement to license all of its hybrid vehicle technology to Ford Motor Company. Paice was founded in 1992 with the support of the University of Maryland. “The resolution…


Patents for UCSF and Akili Interactive initiative

Akili Interactive, a prescription digital medicine company, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) announced the issuance of patents broadly covering Akili’s proprietary platform technology that “adaptively delivers a range of stimuli designed to target specific networks in the brain.” “The…


Cree licenses patents to Nexperia

LED lighting company Cree, Inc. said it signed a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-bearing patent license agreement with Nexperia BV, a Dutch company. “The agreement provides Nexperia access to Cree’s extensive gallium nitride (GaN) power device patent portfolio, which includes over 300 issued…


Syneron Candela files patent suits v 18 distributors

Syneron Medical Ltd and its subsidiary Candela Corporation (Syneron Candela) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) said they filed patent infringement complaints against 18 manufacturers and distributors of fractional RF micro-needle dermatological treatment systems in both the US International Trade Commission…


Patent suits filed v AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint

Fractus S.A., a Barcelona-based antenna technology company, said it has filed lawsuits against AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint for alleged infringement of its United States patents on cellular base station antenna technologies. “Founded in 1999, Fractus developed innovative cellular base station…


Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $502m in latest twist

Patent licensor VirnetX Holding Corp. won $502.6 million against Apple after a federal jury in Texas said Apple was infringing patents for secure communications, Bloomberg reported. The decision is just the latest development in a dispute that is now in its…


Mediacom extends licensing agreement with TiVo

TiVo Corporation said it renewed its product and patent portfolio license agreement with Mediacom Communications, the multichannel video service provider. The extension provides Mediacom with access to a range of TiVo products, including the TiVo Gateway DVR, TiVo Mini, classic guides,…


Finjan, Carbon Black in patent license agreement

Cybersecurity licensing company Finjan Holdings said its subsidiary Finjan, Inc. entered into a confidential patent license and settlement agreement with Carbon Black on April 6, 2018, whereby the companies have resolved all pending litigation matters. In addition, subsidiary Finjan Mobile,…


CommScope, CCI in antenna patent license deal

CommScope and CCI have reached an agreement that resolves all litigation between the parties in India and the United States. The litigation relates to advanced base station antenna technologies that enable better performance in wireless networks. “Under the terms of…


WiLAN firm in patent license deal with MSI

WiLAN, a Quarterhill company said its subsidiary Anton Innovations granted a license for certain patents owned by Anton Innovations to MSI Computer Corporation. The licensed patents relate to multi-modal wi-fi technology. MSI designs, develops and provides computer hardware, related products…


Memjet, Canon in patent cross-license deal

Digital inkjet technology firm Memjet and Canon have entered into a long-term, global agreement to cross-license their patents around key segments and applications. Terms of the agreement remain confidential. “We are excited and pleased with our agreement with Canon, which validates…


Microsoft says joint venture partners will keep patents

Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote in a blog post that Microsoft customers do not have to be concerned that Microsoft might set up a competing business after working with them to develop new products. In the post, Smith outlined what Microsoft…


AbbVie in Humira patent deal with Samsung Bioepis

AbbVie announced a global resolution of all intellectual property-related litigation with Samsung Bioepis over its proposed biosimilar adalimumab product. Under terms of the settlement agreements, AbbVie will grant to Samsung Bioepis a non-exclusive license to AbbVie’s intellectual property relating to…


Indivior files patent lawsuits over addiction treatment

Pharmaceutical company Indivior plc said its US subsidiary Indivior Inc. has filed patent lawsuits against Dr. Reddy’s, Actavis, Par, Alvogen and Teva for alleged infringement of a US patent relating to their respective proposed generic versions of Indivior’s Suboxone Film…


InterDigital, Kyocera in patent license agreement

Mobile technology firm InterDigital, Inc. said the company’s patent licensing subsidiaries signed a multi-year, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-bearing patent license agreement with Kyocera Corporation. InterDigital said: “The agreement covers sales by Kyocera Corporation and its affiliates of terminal unit products designed…


Marathon Patent amends Global Bit Ventures deal

IP licensing firm Marathon Patent Group, Inc. said it amended the terms of its pending acquisition of Global Bit Ventures Inc. (GBV), a digital asset technology company that mines cryptocurrencies. Marathon said it will issue 70 million shares in purchase consideration instead…


Innovative Sonic joins Via Licensing’s LTE patent pool

Via Licensing Corporation said Innovative Sonic has become the newest licensor in Via’s LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless licensing program. Via said its LTE licensing program “offers the industry a fair, transparent, and cost-effective means to obtain a license to…


Humach licenses patent portfolio to RPX

Dallas-based outsourcer Humach said it has licensed a portion of its extensive patent portfolio to patent risk management company RPX Corporation. Humach said its patent portfolio includes patents for “dynamic scalability in the cloud” and that it has retained ownership of…


IHI moves IP management systems to Anaqua

Boston-based IP management and analytics software firm Anaqua, Inc said Japanese heavy-industry manufacturer IHI Corporation will upgrade its IP management systems by moving to ANAQUA 9, Anaqua’s integrated software and services platform. IHI, which provides a broad range of products such as power…


Workhorse gets patent for HorseFly drone delivery

Workhorse Group Inc. said the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent for the HorseFly Truck Launched Drone Package Delivery System. “The HorseFly UAV Delivery System is a custom-built, high efficiency delivery UAV that is fully integrated with…


TiVo signs long-term IP license with Starz Entertainment

TiVo Corporation said that Starz Entertainment LLC, a media distribution company that owns several TV networks in the US, signed a long-term intellectual property (IP) license. “Starz is acquiring a license to the TiVo patent portfolios and the over-the-top (OTT) assets…


Ultravision files USITC patent complaint v 37 firms

Ultravision International, a manufacturer and distributor of LED displays and LED lighting, said it filed a patent infringement complaint at the US International Trade Commission (USITC) seeking remedial orders barring 37 companies from importing, selling and distributing infringing LED display…


Indivior to pay up to $294m in C4X license deal

Indivior said its subsidiary Indivior UK Limited and C4X Discovery Holdings entered into a license agreement whereby Indivior UK obtained exclusive global rights to develop and commercialize C4X’s oral orexin-1 receptor antagonist program. “The orexin-1 (OX1) molecular pathway has been…