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CRISPR patent for Benson Hill Biosystems

Benson Hill Biosystems said the US Patent and Trademark Office granted it a patent related to CRISPR 3.0 Cms1 genome editing nucleases, further expanding the company’s suite of genomics tools to accelerate crop performance improvements. “Benson Hill’s genome editing system…

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United Therapeutics in Actavis patent settlement

United Therapeutics Corporation said it entered into a patent settlement agreement with Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. The settlement resolves litigation concerning certain patents relating to United Therapeutics’ Orenitram (treprostinil) extended-release tablets, and Actavis’ abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) seeking approval by…


Acacia invests $1m in Bitzumi with option on $9m

Patent licensing company Acacia Research Corporation said it entered into a joint venture and services agreement with Bitzumi Inc, a company developing “macro opportunities” in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries including a next generation decentralized exchange. Acacia said Bitzumi recently filed…


Cellectis gets patents for CRISPR use in T-cells

Clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Cellectis announced the issuance of two US patents “for the invention of certain uses of RNA-guided endonucleases, such as Cas9 or Cpf1, for the genetic engineering of T-cells.” Cellectis said: “Both patents claim methods by which T-cells…


Honeywell and Code in barcode patent settlement

Honeywell announced it reached a settlement with Code Corp, which manufactures bar code readers, to settle Honeywell’s claims that Code infringed certain Honeywell patents related to bar code scanning technology. “Under terms of the settlement, Code has agreed to make a…


Uber ‘settles Waymo trade secrets case for $245m’

Uber Technologies Inc will pay $245 million worth of its own shares to Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit to settle a legal dispute over trade secrets, Reuters reported. The deal means Uber’s new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi can move…


Aqua to manage another large sale of Nokia patents

Patent advisory and transaction firm Aqua Licensing said it has been retained to manage the sale of a second patent portfolio previously owned by Nokia, including patents developed by Alcatel-Lucent/Bell Labs, Nokia Technologies and Nokia Networks. The previous portfolio consisted of…


US falls to 12th in world for patent protection

The US patent protection system has fallen to Number 12 in the world, according to a new report from the US Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber released the 2018 International IP Index, a ranking of 50 nations based on how committed…


Delaware overtakes Eastern Texas as cases fall 10%

New patent case filings declined 10% in 2017 to 4,060 cases – the lowest level of new case filings since 2011 and a third straight year of decline, according to the fifth annual Patent Litigation Year in Review report by research firm…


BioDelivery Sciences in Teva patent settlement

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (BDSI) said it entered into a settlement agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd. that resolves BDSI’s Belbuca (buprenorphine) buccal film (CIII) patent litigation against Teva pending in the US District Court for…


Garmin and Navico resolve patent dispute

Garmin International and marine electronics company Navico announced they have ended a three-year-long dispute relating to sonar and auto guidance patents. The agreement includes a broad cross licensing of patents and other intellectual property. “This is an exciting time as…


Senate confirms Iancu as USPTO head

The US Senate has confirmed lawyer Andrei Iancu as the next head of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Reuters reported that the Senate voted 94-0 to confirm Iancu, 49, who was nominated by President Donald Trump in August….


Broadcom raises bid for Qualcomm to $146bn

Singapore-based semiconductor device giant Broadcom said it has made “a best and final offer” to acquire San Diego-based smartphone chip supplier Qualcomm. Including debt, the offer values Qualcomm at roughly $146 billion and would be the largest technology deal in history. Qualcomm…


Patent allowance notice for HorseFly drone delivery

Workhorse Group Inc. said the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice of allowance for the HorseFly Truck Launched Drone Package Delivery System patent application. “The HorseFly system adheres to all current FAA safety regulations for drone package…


Qualcomm, Samsung expand patent agreement

Qualcomm announced it has expanded its global patent cross-license agreement with Samsung covering mobile devices and infrastructure equipment. “The amended agreement is consistent with Qualcomm’s global handset-level licensing practices,” said Qualcomm. “As part of the agreement, Samsung will be withdrawing its…


Diebold Nixdorf moves IP portfolio to Anaqua

Boston-based IP management and analytics software firm Anaqua said ATM giant Diebold Nixdorf has selected the Anaqua platform to manage its global IP portfolio from its operations in the US and Germany. Diebold Nixdorf will use Anaqua’s software and services to manage…


Immersion in patent license deal with Marquardt

Touch feedback technology company Immersion announced it signed a multi-year license agreement with Marquardt GmbH, providing Marquardt with access to Immersion’s patented haptic technology for use in its automotive products. Marquardt is a leading system developer and manufacturer in the…


Soryn IP Group claims $140m patent deals in 2017

Patent advisory and litigation finance firm Soryn IP Group, LLC said that through its various affiliates it saw the close of $140 million in patent-centric deals in 2017. Michael Gulliford, founder and managing principal of Soryn IP Group, said: “Last…


Immersion in settlement, license deals with Apple

San Jose-based Immersion Corporation, the developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, announced that it entered into settlement and license agreements with Apple, the terms of which are confidential. Immersion is an innovator of touch feedback technology, also known as…


Pernix Therapeutics in Actavis patent settlement

Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, a specialty pharmaceutical company, said it entered into a settlement agreement with Actavis Laboratories FL resolving patent litigation related to pain medication Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate). “The litigation has been pending in the U.S. District Court for the…


Avaya secures patent portfolio with deal for Spoken

Enterprise telecoms firm Avaya Holdings said it agreed to acquire Spoken Communications, an innovator in Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) products for enterprise customers and a provider of customer experience management applications built on conversational artificial intelligence. Avaya said the…


Illumina awarded $26.7m in Ariosa patent fight

Gene testing company Illumina said a federal jury in San Francisco ruled in its favor in a patent infringement suit filed against Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., now owned by Roche. “The jury found that both Ariosa’s previous and current version of the…


RPX ‘explores potential sale’ – report

Patent risk management company RPX Corporation is exploring a sale as part of a review of its options, according to a Reuters report citing “people familiar with the matter.” The speculation comes about one year after RPX CEO John Amster stepped…


ABA asks Federal Circuit to undo lawyer fees ruling

The American Bar Association (ABA) said it filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, arguing that a provision of US patent law does not give the government the right to be reimbursed for…


Rambus, Marvell sign patent license agreement

Rambus Inc said that Marvell Technology Group Ltd, a provider of storage, networking and connectivity semiconductor services, has signed a patent license agreement with Rambus. “Under the terms of the agreement, Rambus will license Marvell a wide range of innovations, including…


Qualcomm to appeal $1.2bn fine over Apple deal

Qualcomm said it will appeal the decision of the European Commission (EC) to fine Qualcomm $1.23 billion “for abusing its market dominance in LTE (Long-Term Evolution) baseband chipsets.” European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals…


Network-1 claims Federal Circuit patent ruling

IP licensing company Network-1 Technologies said the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the USPTO in favor of Network-1 relating to a covered business…


Juniper pays Network-1 $12.7m patent settlement

Network-1 Technologies, Inc. said it agreed to revise its previously announced settlement with Juniper Networks, Inc. over patent litigation for infringement of Network-1’s Remote Power Patent pending in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Network-1 said it…


Tencent, Google in patent cross-licensing deal

Alphabet Inc’s Google and Chinese social media and gaming giant Tencent have agreed a long-term deal to cross-license patents on a wide range of products and technologies. Tencent oversees China’s leading social media and payments app WeChat which has almost…


TiVo’s Google patent deal now includes YouTube TV

TiVo Corporation announced that Google expanded its multi-year patent license agreement to expressly include YouTube TV. The agreement covers Google’s use of TiVo’s patented technologies worldwide and offers a license for Google’s products and services across internet-based platforms and devices. “The…


Sprint, Cox in patent settlement and business deal

Sprint and Cox Communications announced a new multi-year business agreement as part of a settlement of patent litigation between the parties. The firms said the agreement “will allow Sprint to leverage Cox’s broadband infrastructure to accelerate the densification of the…


Qualcomm’s NXP deal cleared with patent conditions

Qualcomm Incorporated said the European Commission and the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) authorized the acquisition by Qualcomm River Holdings B.V., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, of NXP Semiconductors N.V. The acquisition has now received eight of the…


Marathon acquires cryptocurrency exchange patents

IP licensing firm Marathon Patent Group, Inc said it agreed to acquire four patents related to the transmission and exchange of cryptocurrencies between buyers and sellers. “As with any new and emerging technology the company’s efforts to enter into businesses…


USPTO invalidates J&J prostate cancer drug patent

The US Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated a Johnson & Johnson patent on its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Zytiga, a ruling that brings rivals closer to selling generic versions. According to a Reuters report, the PTAB said a Johnson…


BioTime announces 41 new patents

BioTime, Inc, a late-stage, clinical biotechnology company developing and commercializing products addressing degenerative diseases, announced the issuance of 41 new patents over the past 12 months that are owned by or licensed to BioTime. “These new patents add to the…


Ironwood, Allergan in settlement with Sun Pharma

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Allergan plc announced they reached an agreement with subsidiaries of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. resolving patent litigation brought in response to Sun Pharma’s abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) seeking approval to market a generic version of Linzess…


TiVo files new patent suits against Comcast

TiVo Corporation said that Rovi Corporation, a TiVo company, and related Rovi affiliates, filed new patent infringement lawsuits against Comcast Corporation in the US District Court for the Central District of California and the US District Court for the District…


320,000 US utility patent grants issued in 2017

Patent database provider IFI CLAIMS Patent Services has released its annual analysis of the US patent landscape for 2017. The company also posted the 2017 IFI CLAIMS U.S. Top 50, its ranking of US utility patent assignees. IFI said the US…


Spotify accused of infringing Philips patents

Patent licensing company Sisvel has accused music-streaming service Spotify of infringing three patents originally granted to Dutch technology firm Philips — according to a Reuters report. Sisvel, an Italian intellectual property management firm, sued Spotify in US District Court in…


IBM leads again in 2017 with record 9,043 patents

IBM said its inventors received a record 9,043 patents in 2017, marking the company’s 25th consecutive year of US patent leadership and crossing the 100,000-patent milestone. “The new patents were granted to a diverse group of more than 8,500 IBM researchers,…


Four patents for analytics company Mattersight

Behavioral analytics company Mattersight Corporation said the USPTO granted it four new patents covering personality-based chatbot communication, in-store customer analysis, and fraud ID. Mattersight had a total of 45 US patents at the end of 2017. “We’re really excited about all…


Air Products acquires Shell technology and patents

Industrial gases giant Air Products announced an agreement to acquire Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Coal Gasification Technology business as well as Shell’s patent portfolio for Liquids (Residue) Gasification. Financial terms are not being disclosed, and the acquisition is expected to…


Microbot acquires to strengthen patent portfolio

Massachusetts-based Microbot Medical Inc. said it entered into an agreement to acquire a novel patent-protected technology from CardioSert Ltd., a privately-held medical device company based in Israel. Microbot Medical is a medical device company specializing in the design and development…


WiLAN firm acquires patent portfolio from Panasonic

Patent licensing company Wi-LAN announced that its subsidiary Cetus Technologies, Inc acquired a portfolio of patents from Panasonic Corporation. “The portfolio relates to semiconductor memory technologies used in Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) as well as NAND Flash Memory,” said Wi-LAN….


Alder Bio in big patent, license deal with Teva

Bothell, Washington-based Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. said it entered into a European patent settlement and global license agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH. Alder is focused on developing novel therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of migraine. “The agreement resolves Alder’s appeal…


Rhythmlink patent license deal with Dignity Health

Medical device manufacturing company Rhythmlink International, LLC announced a new patent licensing agreement with Dignity Health “that includes broad coverage for improving and expanding brain health monitoring options for caregivers and patients.” Rhythmlink said: “Dignity Health’s US Patent Number 9,345,418…


Patent for Novoclem’s Cystic Fibrosis treatment

Novoclem Therapeutics announced that US Patent No. 9,850,322 — “Water Soluble Nitric Oxide-Releasing Polyglucosamines and Uses Thereof” has been issued. The patent lists Mark Schoenfisch and Yuan Lu as inventors and is assigned to the University of North Carolina at…


Radiation monitoring device patent for RadiaDyne

RadiaDyne announced the issuance of US Patent 9,833,637, a skin patch dosimeter, which relates to the monitoring of skin radiation dose delivered during cancer treatment. “This issuance of this patent provides broad protection for our unique sensor delivery devices for…


ClearOne gets patent for video synchronization

Audio and visual communication firm ClearOne said it was awarded a new patent by the USPTO relating to its video streaming technology. “This patent, entitled ‘A Control Mechanism for Video Output’ enables, among other things, all of the video decoders…


Blast Motion and Zepp Labs settle patent litigation

Blast Motion, Inc. and Zepp Labs, Inc. announced a stipulated judgment and settlement in their patent lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of California. The companies said the court entered a judgment of infringement against Zepp…


WiLAN in IP and patent deal with TSMC

Patent licensing company Wi-LAN Inc, a Quarterhill Inc. company, said it entered a new seven‑year intellectual property framework agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd (TSMC), the world’s leading semiconductor foundry. “The new framework agreement grants TSMC certain rights under…


Network-1 Technologies acquires patent portfolio

IP licensing company Network-1 Technologies, Inc. announced the acquisition of a patent portfolio relating to the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine industries and next generation consumer mobile technologies. Network-1 said the patent portfolio was acquired from M2M and IoT Technologies, LLC,…