Osram, Hubbell in Lighting Science license deal

LED lighting firm Lighting Science announced the signing of new perpetual patent license agreements with Osram-Sylvania and Hubbell Lighting, a division of Hubbell Inc. Lighting Science said the license agreements cover its ‘968 patent family and apply to the “low profile…


Europe issues better patents than US, says EPO boss

The head of the European Patent Office (EPO) told Reuters in an interview he believes his agency is producing better-quality patents than its US counterpart. EPO President Benoît Battistelli told Reuters his office scrutinizes patent applications more closely than the US Patent and…


Wireless patent holders join license one-stop shop

A new company called Avanci is streamlining the process for manufacturers entering the Internet of Things (IoT) space by offering a single license to wireless patents owned by different companies. Avanci said its new marketplace offers IoT companies a single license to wireless…


Immunicum: ‘US patent to be granted’

Sweden-based Immunicum, a biopharmaceutical company that develops therapeutic cancer treatments, said the USPTO intends to grant a patent relating to the firm’s CD70-technology. The US patent to be granted, with the title ‘Method for proliferation of antigen-specific T cells,’ protects the method for expansion of tumor specific…


CyberArk gets patent for detecting cyber risks

CyberArk, a company that protects organizations from cyber attacks that have made their way inside a network perimeter, said it was awarded another patent by the USPTO for “innovative security risk detection technology.” CyberArk said the patent was for “correlation-based security risk identification.”…


SawStop sues Bosch for patent infringement

Oregon-based table saw safety firm SawStop said it sued Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany and its subsidiary Robert Bosch Tool Corporation for patent infringement. The lawsuit is before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). SawStop said Administrative Law Judge Thomas B. Pender…


HP gets 6,500 patents in $1bn Samsung deal

HP Inc. said it agreed to acquire Samsung Electronics’ printer business in a deal valued at around $1.05 billion. HP said Samsung’s printer business brought with it a “compelling intellectual property portfolio of more than 6,500 printing patents and a world-class…


Netlist gets ‘hybrid memory architecture’ patent

Netlist, Inc. said it was issued a patent relating to a “multi-channel hybrid memory architecture” that uses “non-volatile memory” to protect critical data in the event of power loss. “Netlist’s fundamental hybrid memory portfolio reflects nearly a decade of pioneering work by…


USITC to investigate athletic footwear

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain athletic footwear. The USITC said the products at issue in the investigation are athletic running and training footwear with specific sole technology. “The investigation is based…


Decline in software patent suits since Alice – report

There has been a large decline in certain types of software patent suits since the 2014 “Alice” ruling by the Supreme Court that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not eligible for a patent, according to research by patent research platform Patexia. “Our…


Powerphase gets patent for turbine technology

Powerphase, a developer of upgrades for gas turbines, said it has been issued a new patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new type of technology that improves the output, fuel efficiency and responsiveness of gas turbines….


InterDigital and Huawei sign patent license deal

InterDigital said it signed a multi-year royalty bearing patent license agreement with Chinese tech giant Huawei Investment & Holding Co. “The agreement covers Huawei’s and its affiliates’ sales of their 3G and 4G terminal unit products and sets forth cash payments…


WntResearch gets patent approval in Canada

Swedish biotech firm WntResearch said it received an approval from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) on its patent application for its drug candidate Box-5 and similar peptides for the treatment of malignant melanoma and gastric cancer. Box-5 is currently…


Patent troll ‘immunity’ network waives fees

License on Transfer (LOT) Network, the non-profit body that works to “immunize” firms against patent trolls, has waived its annual fee for start-ups with less than $5 million in annual revenues. Writing on the network’s website, LOT’s CEO Ken Seddon said: “We hope that…


Epistar files patent lawsuit against Adamax

Epistar Corporation, a manufacturer of LED solid-state lighting technologies, said it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Adamax Inc. asserting that products and technology of Adamax’s Newhouse Lighting infringe six Epistar patents. Epistar’s complaint in the US District Court for the…


Patent for MacroPoint freight tracking

Patented freight tracking software firm MacroPoint said it has been issued a patent covering its tracking technology. It said the Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent No. 9,429,659 for “Machine or Group of Machines for Monitoring Location of a Vehicle or…


Israel Patent Office joins international system

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) have announced that ILPO is to participate in the international Cooperative Classification Patent (CPC) system. The ILPO will classify its newly filed Israel national stage patent documents…


Ortho gets patent for rotator cuff product

Ortho Regenerative Technologies, which produces products for repair of sports medicine injuries, said it was issued of a patent from the USPTO that protects its lead product candidate called Restore-R — a proprietary biopolymer being developed to biologically repair shoulder rotator cuff injuries. “The issuance of…


Emson sues Telebrands over flashlight patent

Consumer prodcuts firm E. Mishan & Sons (Emson), the marketer and supplier of the Bell + Howell Taclight flashlight, said it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Telebrands Corp in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York….


Patent examiners ‘paid $18m for unworked hours’

US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent examiners were paid more than $18 million for 288,479 hours of work “not supported by relevant evidence” that they did any work, an investigation by the US Department of Commerce’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found. For the…


Nokia patent chief leaves after Samsung deals

The head of the Nokia’s division that handles patents and development of new consumer products is leaving just more than a month after the firm struck a crucial patent deal with Samsung Electronics. Nokia said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies and a member of the…


Blast Motion says patent validity confirmed

Blast Motion, which makes wearable sports analysis technology, said the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a series of decisions confirming the novelty and validity of all five of its patents that were asserted against Zepp Labs in litigation. In March…


Jacobs acquires patent rights from Bayer

Jacobs Engineering Group said it acquired the patent rights for BAYQIK sulfuric acid converter technology and other related technology from Bayer AG. BAYQIK technology enables more efficient conversion of process gas with high SO2 concentrations. Bayer developed, piloted and commercialized the technology…


Patent for RetroSense vision restoration method

RetroSense Therapeutics said it has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on its proprietary method for restoring vision using optogenetics. Optogenetics “refers broadly to means of conferring light sensitivity to cells that were not…


Comedy movie targets patent trolls

A comedy movie by Austin, Texas-based independent film maker Lex Lybrand about a tech start-up that “fights back against patent trolls using their own system against ’em” will be released on October 11. “When the Austin tech startup NeverCharge Battery…


Andrews Kurth hires 55 from Kenyon to boost IP

Houston-based law firm Andrews Kurth agreed to hire New York-based Kenyon & Kenyon’s remaining 55 lawyers in a deal that will allow the firm to bolster its intellectual property and technology practice. Speculation about a potential merger of the firms had intensified this summer as Kenyon…


Fitbit and Jawbone back in court September 1

Fitness device company Fitbit and rival Jawbone will be back in court on Thursday, September 1, when a claim construction hearing will take place in a lawsuit by Fitbit against Jawbone filed in San Jose federal court, Reuters reported. Fitbit is…


Fitbit cleared of stealing Jawbone trade secrets

Fitbit said the International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an initial determination in favor of Fitbit following an ITC investigation brought by rival firm Jawbone. Fitbit said the administrative law judge who presided over the merits hearing concluded “that Fitbit did not misappropriate any Jawbone trade secrets.”…


FORMA hires Shair as new chief IP counsel

FORMA Therapeutics, a clinical-stage and research and development company, announced the appointment of Karoline Shair as vice president, legal and chief intellectual property counsel. Shair joins FORMA with more than 20 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector. She most…


Apple teases with September 7 invitation

Apple has invited journalists to an event in San Francisco on September 7 where it is expected to unveil a number of product upgrades. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is expected to introduce next-generation versions of the iPhone and Apple…


Mylan launches half-price generic EpiPen

Mylan said its US subsidiary will launch the first generic of its is allergy EpiPen Auto-Injector at a price of $300 for a two-pack carton — about half the price of the branded product, which is still patent protected. Mylan said the authorized generic will be identical to…


Gillette sues Edgewell for patent infringement

The Gillette Company, owned Procter & Gamble, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in the Southern District of New York against Edgewell Personal Care, a manufacturer of shaving products. The lawsuit focuses on Edgewell’s three-bladed private label razors with…


Drug patent ruling lifts Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Vanda Pharmaceuticals said a US District Court in Delaware ruled that Roxane Laboratories infringed two of its patents by submitting to the FDA an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) seeking permission to market a generic version of schizophrenia drug Fanapt before the expiration of Vanda’s patents. Vanda’s…


P&G prevails against private label firms

Procter & Gamble said a federal court issued a permanent injunction banning a private label manufacturer from infringing P&G’s Crest Whitestrips intellectual property rights. P&G said the court prohibited Onuge Personal Care (Guangzhou) from manufacturing, offering, selling, or distributing products that infringe P&G’s patents…