NEWS

3rd patent for Mobile Labs’ mobile device cloud

Atlanta-based Mobile Labs said it was awarded a third patent relating to the deviceConnect mobile device cloud. The new patent joins two others the US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Mobile Labs in the past year. “These patents recognize our development…


Manitowoc wins Federal Circuit ruling

The Manitowoc Company said the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in its favor in its patent infringement and trade secrets misappropriation lawsuit against Sany Heavy Industries and Sany America. Manitowoc said the CAFC ruling summarily affirmed the US…


Colbert Packaging’s MedLock EZ gets patent

Colbert Packaging said it was awarded a US patent for its MedLock EZ family of patient compliance packages. The company said MedLock EZ is a secure and sustainable unit dose alternative to amber pharmacy vials. It is the tenth patent issued for…


Medical device patents for RenovoRx

RenovoRx, a peripheral vascular medical device company, said it received two new device patents for its RenovoCath delivery catheter. “The patents come at a time when the company is gaining traction,” said Shaun Bagai, the company’s CEO. “RenovoRx is seeing early…


Testosterone patent infringement case dismissed

Clarus Therapeutics said its patent infringement lawsuit against Lipocine’s oral product for testosterone replacement therapy that had been filed in US District Court in Delaware has been dismissed. Clarus said the court found that there was not an immediate reason to…


Pfizer seeks to appeal patent ruling on Lyrica

Pfizer said it was disappointed with the decision by the Court of Appeal in London affirming the High Court’s decision that found the patent covering Lyrica for pain is not infringed by Actavis — and that it and will seek to…


Investel steps up SnapChat patent fight

Vancouver-based Teliphone Navigata-Westel’s parent company Investel Capital Corporation said it has filed a motion for default judgement in its patent infringement lawsuit against Snap Inc. — formerly known as SnapChat Inc. Investel said it has filed the motion in the Federal Court of Canada “as…


Patent bid by medical cannabis firm Growblox

Medical cannabis company Growblox Sciences announced the filing of the first of several patent applications for life science inventions by its subsidiary Growblox Life Sciences, LLC. The application covers “complex-cannabinoid-containing mixtures capable of enhancing dopamine secretion and protect neurons from…


2016 ‘slowest year for patent cases since 2011’

2016 looks like being be the slowest year for district court patent cases since 2011, according to the Third Quarter Litigation Trends report from research company Lex Machina. The report showed 3,376 patent cases were filed in the first three quarters of this year, compared…


Samsung scraps Galaxy Note 7 amid fire concerns

Samsung Electronics has scrapped its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in what could become one of the most expensive product safety failures in history. Samsung had announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September after reports of phones catching…


Renova in RDF gene patent license deal

Renova Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing gene therapy treatments for congestive heart failure and type 2 diabetes, said it obtained an exclusive worldwide license to a urocortin 3 gene patent from the nonprofit Research Development Foundation (RDF). Renova said it plans to…


Arch Biopartners gets patent for Metablok

Arch Biopartners said the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a patent to protect the composition and method of use for Metablok, the company’s drug candidate targeting inflammation, sepsis and cancer metastasis. “This patent establishes Metablok as a leading commercial opportunity in the Arch…


Patent for CymaBay liver disease treatment

Newark, California-based CymaBay Therapeutics said the US Patent and Trademark Office issued it a patent for MBX-8025 for the treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). “The patent provides coverage to at least 2035 and claims methods of treating NAFLD and…


Twitter hit with $2.7bn Voip-Pal patent lawsuit

Voip-Pal.com said it filed a lawsuit against Twitter in Federal District Court in Nevada seeking $2.69 billion in damages for patent infringement, plus punitive damages. Bellevue, Washington-based Voip-Pal.com says it owns a portfolio of patents relating to Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology that it is currently…


20% gain for licensing company stock index

The index of stock prices for the 12 largest publicly traded IP licensing companies soared 20.4% in the third quarter — its largest quarterly gain to date. That compares to a 3.3% quarterly gain for the S&P 500. The Public IP Licensing Index,…


Court reinstates Apple $120m win over Samsung

A federal appeals court has reinstated a $120 million jury award for Apple against Samsung, Reuters reported. The court said there was substantial evidence for the jury verdict connected to Samsung’s infringement of Apple patents on its slide-to-unlock and autocorrect features…


Infringement lawsuit against Lipocine dismissed

Pharmaceutical company Lipocine said the US District Court in Delaware granted its motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Clarus Therapeutics, Inc. Lipocine said Clarus had claimed that LPCN 1021 infringed Clarus’ patent. LPCN 1021 is Lipocine’s oral testosterone product candidate…


ParkerVision files infringement case against Apple

Lincensing company ParkerVision said its wholly-owned German subsidiary, ParkerVision GmbH, filed a complaint against Apple for alleged infringement of the German part of a European patent. The complaint, filed in Munich Regional Court, seeks injunctive relief and declaration of liability for damages for infringing…


‘Nuisance’ patent litigation targeted in FTC report

A new Federal Trade Commission report has put the spotlight on the business practices of patent assertion entities (PAEs), companies that acquire patents from third parties and then try to make money by licensing or suing accused infringers. The report includes several…


Appeal board upholds validity of Shire patent

Shire plc said the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision upholding the validity of the US patent related to Shire’s colitis drug Lialda. A petition seeking to institute inter partes review (IPR) was filed with the PTAB in April…


Consilio gets patent for Bloomberg Chat service

E-discovery and document review firm Consilio said it was awarded a US patent for its Enhanced Bloomberg Chat Review solution. Consilio said its technology “accelerates and streamlines the review of multi-party chat transcript documents, including Instant Bloomberg archives, for eDiscovery.” The technology “allows reviewers…


ID Insight encrypted cloud search gets patent

Minneapolis anti-fraud technology firm ID Insight said it was awarded a patent for its cloud-based encrypted search technology. ID Insight said the technology incorporates a “Google-like search experience with government-grade security, a combination that has never before been available to companies.” The firm said…


Patent for Invictus Medical neonatal technology

San Antonio-based Invictus Medical said it was granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that extends the capability of its GELShield extracranial pressure relief device used in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). “Wearable technology is an important part…


Seoul Semiconductor sues Kmart

Seoul Semiconductor said it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit together with its affiliate company Seoul Viosys against Kmart Corporation in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Seoul Semiconductor asserts in the complaint that Kmart is…


Netlist welcomes ITC investigation of SK Hynix

Netlist said the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted an investigation of South Korean memory chip maker SK Hynix related to its importation of memory products. The ITC will determine over the course of the investigation whether these SK Hynix products…


Trend Micro welcomes Intellectual Ventures ruling

Security software giant Trend Micro welcomed the ruling of the Federal Circuit Court which confirmed the invalidity of patents asserted against Trend Micro by patent holding company Intellectual Ventures (IV). Following a ruling by the US District Court of Delaware annulling Intellectual Ventures’…


IGT in cross-licensing deal with Aristocrat

International Game Technology (IGT) said it reached a comprehensive cross-licensing agreement with Aristocrat Leisure covering intellectual property involving game features and system patents. Terms of the agreement have not been revealed but IGT also announced that the firms have agreed to settle all…


Neptune and Aker BioMarine in patent agreement

Krill oil producers Neptune Technologies & Bioressources and Aker BioMarine announced they have entered into a broad patent cross-licensing agreement, ending all outstanding litigation between both companies. Key elements of the settlement and licensing agreement include: The agreement ends all…


Apple told to pay VirnetX $302m in patent fight

Nevada-based patent licensor VirnetX Holding Corporation said a jury in the US Court for the Eastern District of Texas awarded VirnetX $302.4 million in a verdict against Apple Corporation for infringing four VirnetX patents. It was alleged Apple used VirnetX patented…


Depomed wins Nucynta drug patent decision

Pharmaceutical company Depomed said Judge Claire C. Cecchi in the US District of New Jersey ruled in favor of Depomed in the company’s patent litigation against all three filers of abbreviated new drug applications for Depomed’s Nucynta opioid pain killer franchise. With the court’s ruling, Depomed said it expects…


Bosch sues Mando for alleged patent infringement

German automotive parts supplier Robert Bosch has filed a lawsuit in the United States against South Korean rival Mando Corp alleging infringement of four patents, according to Reuters. Shares in Mando fell 13% after the suit was filed at US District Court for the…


Mobivity gets patent for image content on receipts

Mobivity Holdings, a mobile marketing and customer engagement firm, said the US Patent Office has allowed its application for patent protection covering a process for printing “dynamic image content” on receipts to be granted. The patent, the company’s seventh, invents a system to…


Vivify gets patent for TV healthcare delivery

Texas-based Vivify Health, a provider of remote care via mobile devices, has been awarded a patent for its methods of engaging and monitoring healthcare consumers through their existing televisions. Vivify said the patent further expands the capabilities of its Vivify Pathways platform to…


WSJ: Qualcomm in talks to buy NXP Semiconductors

Qualcomm is in talks to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV in a deal that could be valued at more than $30 billion and become the latest merger in a consolidating semiconductor industry, according to The Wall Street Journal. An agreement could be reached in…


China patent covers MPI anti-cancer drugs

Medical Prognosis Institute (MPI), based in Denmark and Arizona, said the Chinese Patent Office granted a patent on MPIs Drug Response Predictor (DRP) technology covering eight anti-cancer drugs including cisplatin. The patent was previously granted in the US and Japan. “We are…


Via Licensing expands LTE patent pool

Via Licensing Corporation announced the expansion of its LTE (Long-Term Evolution) patent pool to include the LTE-Advanced standard technologies — with no change in the program’s royalty rate. Companies offering their patents through Via’s LTE patent pool include AT&T, China Mobile,…


Patent for Crescendo’s transgenic mouse work

Cambridge, England-based drug discovery firm Crescendo Biologics, developer of Humabody therapeutics, said it has been granted a US patent for its transgenic mouse platform for generating Humabody drug products. Crescendo said the patent covers “mice which do not produce functional endogenous…


3M wins injunction in paint spray patent case

3M said the District Court of Frankfurt, Germany, ordered a preliminary injunction against China-based Qingdao Summit Industrial for infringement of the German portion of 3M’s European patent relating to its PPS technology that enables mixing and spraying of coatings for automotive collision repair….


Picosun patents coating to stop device overheating

Finnish firm Picosun Oy, a provider of industrial ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) technology, said it has patented a novel ALD nanolaminate coating to protect electronics such as smartphones, tablets, computers and lighting devices from overheating. Picosun said overheating of components such…


BlackBerry to outsource phone development

Shares of BlackBerry rose almost 4% after it said it will outsource the development of smartphones as part of a “pivot to software.” The firm said it will “end all internal hardware development” and will now outsource that function. Announcing the…


EIP issued Alzheimer’s and stroke drug patents

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based EIP Pharma said the US Patent Office issued it two patents entitled “Compositions and methods for treating Alzheimer’s disease” and “Methods and compositions for recovery from stroke.” EIP Pharma CEO John Alam said: “These newly issued patents provide a strong proprietary position for VX-745…


Perrigo in meth-blocking licensing deal

Drug company Perrigo said it agreed an exclusive licensing agreement with Highland Pharmaceuticals for its Tarex methamphetamine (meth) blocking technology and the distribution rights of Zephrex-D. Perrigo said Zephrex-D was developed using the Tarex technology and has been proven to be…


Monscierge gets patent for hotel mobile tech

Oklahoma City-based technology firm Monscierge said it was awarded a patent for the communication process of receiving and servicing hotel guests requests through the use of mobile technology. This is the company’s second US patent for mobile services provided to hospitality customers, the first…


Patent for virtual storage firm SoftNAS

Virtual storage firm SoftNAS, which calls itself “the best-selling NAS in the cloud” said it was assigned a patent for synchronization in a storage solution. Cloud NAS is network attached storage that is accessed over the Internet. The patent covers SnapReplicate,…


Patent notices for Glytec diabetes technology

Glytec announced notices of allowance received from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for three patent applications directed toward its eGlycemic Management System (eGMS). The company said it is aggressively building a patent portfolio that affords protection of its proprietary diabetes technologies….


1st Detect wins patent for chemical analysis

1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation, said the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a key patent for increasing the performance of the company’s ion trap mass spectrometer used for chemical analysis and detection. 1st Detect develops, manufactures and sells…


Acacia partners with Japanese manufacturer

Patent licensing firm Acacia Research Corporation said that one of its subsidiaries has partnered with a “major” Japanese semiconductor manufacturer but did not name the manufacturer. Acacia said the patents involved in the partnership relate to DRAM and Flash Memory circuits and…


Pfizer decides not to split in two

Pfizer said that after an extensive evaluation it will not, after all, split into two separate publicly traded companies “at this time.” The drug giant said the company’s board and executive leadership team determined “the company is best positioned to maximize future shareholder…


Validity of Mallinckrodt patent claims upheld

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals said on September 23 that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) upheld the validity of commercially significant claims related to five patents covering gas delivery systems as well as methods of using such systems related to INOMAX gas for…


Acacia subsidiary acquires patents from Renesas

Patent licensing company Acacia Research Corporation said that a subsidiary of Acacia has acquired an additional portfolio of semiconductor patents from Renesas Electronics Corporation. “These patents relate to Power Management, System-on-Chip System Architecture and Device Manufacturing Processes and Packaging,” Acacia said.


ClearOne awarded videoconferencing patent

Audio and visual communication firm ClearOne said it has been awarded a new patent by the the US Patent and Trademark Office involving its videoconferencing technology. “This patent describes a way to significantly improve the performance of a Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) and relates to using…


Finjan awarded $15m in win against Sophos

Cybersecurity licensing company Finjan Holdings said the jury in Finjan, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc. returned a unamimous verdict in favor of its wholly-owned subsidiary Finjan, Inc. Specifically, the jury found that all asserted claims of five Finjan US patents were literally infringed by Sophos….


MobileMedia wins $3m in Apple patent fight

MobileMedia Ideas LLC said the US District Court for the District of Delaware awarded it $3 million in damages after finding its “polite-ignore” patent for mobile phone call silencing valid and that it was infringed by the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4. Reuters reported…


Tessera to buy audio tech firm DTS for $850m

Semiconductor and patent licensing company Tessera Technologies said it agreed to acquire audio technology firm DTS for about $850 million in cash. DTS audio products are used in cinemas, cars, mobile devices and home theater systems and DTS technology is employed in about…


Sanofi files infringement suit against Merck

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said it filed a patent infringement suit against Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. in the US District Court for the District of Delaware. Sanofi alleges infringement of ten patents in the suit. Sanofi said the suit was triggered…


Solidia gets patents for sustainable concrete

Cement and concrete technology company Solidia Technologies said the US Patent and Trademark Office issued it three patents for sustainable concrete production systems. One patent covers Solidia’s system that is used for curing materials that consume Carbon Dioxide. A second covers railroad ties…


Orion alleges Energy Bank patent infringements

Orion Energy Systems, a manufacturer of energy-efficient retrofit lighting platforms, said it filed a complaint in the US Eastern Wisconsin District Court against Energy Bank, Inc. for alleged patent infringements and unfair competition under the Lanham Act. Orion said it has an…


Knobbe Martens adds 24 new associates

Intellectual property law firm Knobbe Martens said it has added 24 new associates at its Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. offices. “We are thrilled to welcome another group of outstanding associates,” said Steven Nataupsky, managing partner of Knobbe Martens. “Their wide…


EnteroMedics up 20% on European patent news

Shares of EnteroMedics rose about 20% on Monday after it said the European Patent Office issued a notice of intention to grant a European patent covering safety features of the company’s vBloc Neurometabolic Therapy System, which works to control sensations of hunger…


LifeNet $34.7m patent win upheld by Fed Circuit

LifeNet Health said the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a Virginia federal jury award to LifeNet Health of $34.7 million in damages for LifeCell Corp.’s infringement of a LifeNet Health patent related to improving the preservation of tissue grafts. LifeNet Health…