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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,…


USITC to probe Apple after Qualcomm complaint

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it voted to institute an investigation of certain mobile electronic devices and radio frequency and processing components offered by Apple. The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Qualcomm. “The products at…


3M patent suit over metal mesh touch screen tech

3M and 3M Innovative Properties Co. filed a patent infringement lawsuit in federal district court in Wilmington, Delaware, against Elo Touch Solutions Inc. The suit alleges that certain Elo Touch projected capacitive products infringe 3M’s US Patents 8,179,381, 8,274,494, 8,704,799…


IBM in patent suit v Expedia after Priceline deal

IBM has accused online travel booking company Expedia Inc in a lawsuit of infringing IBM patents relating to information storage and sign-on technology, according to a Reuters report. The report said IBM sued Expedia in US District Court in Delaware,…


United Therapeutics, Corsair in patent, equity deal

United Therapeutics Corporation, which develops therapies for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), and Corsair Pharma Inc said they entered into an exclusive license agreement for Corsair’s portfolio of patents covering treprostinil prodrugs as well as an equity investment by United Therapeutics in…


Madenco Biosciences in license deal with Stanford

Madenco Biosciences Inc, a subsidiary of Quest PharmaTech Inc, announced the signing of an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Stanford University to develop and commercialize patented EGF wound healing technology in return for undisclosed upfront and milestone payments. The technology…


Ex-USPTO chief Michelle Lee rejoins ChIPs board

ChIPs, the nonprofit corporation that advances women in technology, law and policy, announced that former US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) director Michelle Lee has re-joined its board of directors. The ChIPs board voted to approve Lee for a two-year term…


AgJunction files patent suit against Raven

AgJunction Inc. said that through its subsidiary Novariant, Inc., a company involved in automated steering and machine control technology for precision agriculture, it filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Western District of Texas against Raven Industries, Inc. AgJunction said…


$12.5m patent deal between Finjan and FireEye

Cybersecurity licensing company Finjan Holdings and FireEye, Inc. announced they entered into confidential patent license agreements whereby the companies resolved all pending litigation matters and granted each other cross-licenses going forward. Under the terms of the agreements, FireEye agreed to…


Soligenix patent for dusquetide in oral mucositis

Biopharmaceutical company Soligenix, Inc. said the US Patent Office has granted a patent entitled “Novel Peptides and Analogs for Use in the Treatment of Oral Mucositis.” Mucositis is the clinical term for damage done to the mucosa by anticancer therapies. “The…


IBM and Priceline settle patent lawsuit

IBM said it reached agreement to resolve the patent lawsuit between IBM and The Priceline Group pending in the US District Court for Delaware. As part of the confidential settlement, the parties will obtain patent cross-licenses to each company’s worldwide patent…


Digital health firm DarioHealth gets new patent

DarioHealth Corp, a digital health company with mobile health and big data products, said the US Patent and Trademark Office issued the company a patent titled “Systems and Methods for Adjusting Power Levels on a Monitoring Device.” DarioHealth said it uses…


AppTech retains DiNovo Price for patent licensing

AppTech Corp. said it retained DiNovo Price LLP to “focus on immediate patent and technology licensing” and supplement its licensing and intellectual property strategy. AppTech’s patent portfolio consists of four issued US Patents covering mobile payments and application-to-person (A2P) two-way SMS…


DNA appoints broker to monetize Bitcoin ATM patent

Grandville, Michigan-based DNA Dynamics, Inc. said its UK subsidiary, DNA Interactive Limited, appointed Suffern, New York-based patent brokerage IPOfferings LLC, the company that recently brokered DNA’s ATM Bitcoin patent acquisition, to oversee the monetization of the patent. DNA had said on…


Nanogan pays $500,000 in patent purchase

IQE plc, a global supplier of advanced wafer products and wafer services to the semiconductor industry, announced that its subsidiary NanoGaN Limited has secured the purchase and assignment of a portfolio of patents from Taiwan-based Luxtaltek Corporation. NanoGan Limited has…


Nokia in multi-year patent license deal with Huawei

Nokia announced it signed a multi-year patent license agreement with Huawei. “Huawei is one of China’s largest companies and is among the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers and we are delighted to welcome them to our family of patent licensees,” said…


PTAB ‘deals blow to sovereign immunity tactic’

The US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has asserted its right to review the validity of patents owned by the University of Minnesota, rejecting the public university’s argument that its “sovereign” status grants it immunity, Reuters reported. The PTAB ruling…


RPX execs leave amid $800m takeover speculation

Amid speculation of an $800 million takeover offer for patent risk management company RPX Corporation, RPX said its chief revenue officer Steve Swank and chief strategy officer Bob Heath are leaving RPX. Trade publication IAM reported that RPX has been the subject of…


DNA Dynamics to acquire Bitcoin ATM patent

DNA Dynamics, Inc said its UK subsidiary DNA Interactive Limited signed a binding term sheet to acquire a patent “that requires any Bitcoin ATM operator to give a royalty on every Bitcoin ATM transaction throughout the US.” DNA said the…


CRISPR patent success for Merck’s MilliporeSigma

Merck’s MilliporeSigma, a Massachusetts-based genome editing company, said the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has issued a “Notice of Eligibility for Grant” for MilliporeSigma’s patent application covering the company’s CRISPR technology used in a genomic-integration method for eukaryotic cells. “Singapore’s…


Technicolor negotiates patent licensing transaction

Technicolor announced it is in negotiations for a strategic transaction relating to its patent licensing business. “While there is no assurance that a transaction will take place, Technicolor is confident it will reach an agreement,” said Technicolor. “This is in…


Marathon Patent to sell shares to raise $7.45m

IP licensing firm Marathon Patent Group, Inc. announced it agreed to sell 1,354,546 shares of its common stock for gross proceeds of $7.45 million. Each share of common stock is being sold for $5.50. “The shares were offered and are…


iRobot, Black & Decker agreement in patent dispute

iRobot Corp, maker of the Roomba vacuuming robot, said it reached a confidential agreement with Black & Decker. As part of the agreement, Black & Decker agreed to discontinue sales of all home robotic vacuums for a certain period of…


Tessera, Broadcom in settlement and patent deal

Patent licensing company Tessera Technologies, Inc, a subsidiary of Xperi Corporation, announced that Tessera and certain of its affiliates entered into agreements with Broadcom Ltd. and certain of its affiliates, customers and suppliers to settle and dismiss all pending litigation…


$27.5m settles Oxford, Qiagen patent suit

Oxford Immunotec Ltd. and Qiagen N.V. said they reached a settlement in the lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston alleging patent infringement in relation to Qiagen’s QuantiFERON-TB Gold and QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus products….


Mylan says IPR instituted on Sanofi Lantus patents

Mylan N.V. announced that the US Patent and Trademark Appeal Board (PTAB) has instituted inter partes review (IPR) proceedings on all claims against two Orange Book-listed patents owned by Sanofi for Lantus (insulin glargine injection) 100 Units/mL. “Mylan’s 505(b)(2) New Drug…


AliveCor patent covers wearable device heart data

AliveCor, which specialises in FDA-cleared personal electrocardiogram (EKG) technology, announced the issuance of a US patent which covers the use of data collected from wearable devices as a means of assisting the diagnosis of heart arrhythmias, including those that may…


Audio systems and IOT patent for ClearOne

Audio and visual communication firm ClearOne said it has been awarded a patent relating to smart audio systems and the Internet of Things (IOT). “This patent, entitled ‘Endpoint Parameter Management Architecture for Audio Mixers,’ among other things, enables audio mixers to…