Carmanah buys traffic control patents for $2.4m

Carmanah Technologies Corp. said it acquired a portfolio of patents and patent applications from Stop Experts, Inc. and R.D. Jones. The patents, issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office, as well as additional patent applications, all relate to traffic…


Everspin in patent license agreement with Alps Electric

Everspin Technologies, Inc. said it entered into a multi-year worldwide licensing agreement with Alps Electric Co, a manufacturer of 3D magnetic sensors. Under the agreement, Alps and Everspin will mutually grant licenses to magnetoresistive-based 3D sensor patent portfolios for magnetoresistive…


Cantor Colburn is fourth-largest US patent firm

Cantor Colburn said it is the fourth-largest patent firm in the United States as ranked by issued patents according to IP Watchdog, a intellectual property blog. The blog compiled a list of about 800 US patent firms based on the…


L’Oréal buys virtual makeover firm ModiFace

L’Oréal announced the acquisition of Toronto-based ModiFace, a company that speciliazes in augmented reality and artificial intelligence for the beauty industry. ModiFace engineers, researchers and scientists have submitted more than 200 scientific publications and registered more than thirty patents. In…


Procter & Gamble resolves Whitestrips patent dispute

Procter & Gamble (P&G) said it resolved its patent infringement dispute with Ranir, LLC regarding Ranir’s tooth whitening strip products in the United States and Canada. “This dispute was based on P&G’s significant patent portfolio relating to tooth whitening, including…


AveXis in gene therapy patent deal with Genethon

AveXis, Inc. and Genethon announced they entered into an exclusive, worldwide license agreement for in vivo gene therapy delivery of AAV9 vector into the central nervous system (CNS) for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Under terms of the…


IGT in patent cross-license deal with Novomatic

International Game Technology (IGT), holder of the largest slot game feature patent portfolio in North America, said it signed a patent cross-license agreement with the Novomatic Group, a full-service provider in all segments of the gaming industry. Under the agreement,…


TiVo renews IP license deal with Alticast

TiVo Corporation said that Alticast, an end-to-end media technology provider, has renewed its intellectual property (IP) license to deliver advanced entertainment products in Korea. The IP license covers the patent portfolio of Rovi Corporation, a TiVo company, enabling Alticast to deliver…


Levi Strauss licenses more patents from RevoLaze

RevoLaze, LLC, a laser technology firm headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, said it reached a new licensing agreement with Levi Strauss & Co. regarding additional denim laser patents in its intellectual property portfolio. “This new agreement provides Levi Strauss & Co….


IBM and EVG sign laser tech license agreement

EV Group (EVG) and IBM announced that the companies agreed to sign a license agreement on laser debonding technology. EVG said it plans to integrate IBM’s patented Hybrid Laser Release process into EVG’s advanced, field-proven temporary bonding and debonding equipment…


Trump blocks Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

US President Donald Trump has blocked Singapore-based semiconductor device giant Broadcom Ltd’s proposed takeover of San Diego-based smartphone chip supplier Qualcomm on national security grounds amid concerns that it would give China an advantage in mobile communications. Qualcomm is a major player…


USPTO unveils new patent cover design

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled a new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10…


Ardagh goes to Federal Appeals Court on $50m ruling

Metal and glass packaging giant Ardagh Group said it will “vigorously appeal” to the Federal Appeals Court after a ruling that it should pay $50 million for allegedly infringing on a glass recycling patent owned by licensing company Green Mountain Glass. “Ardagh Group S.A….


Intellicheck and Honeywell in patent settlement

Intellicheck, Inc. and Honeywell International have confidentially settled all pending patent related matters between them in both federal court and at the Patent, Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), Intellicheck said. “In the case of Intellicheck, Inc. v. Honeywell International, Inc., Case…


Wi-LAN firm in Ricoh patent license deal

Patent licensing company Wi-LAN Inc, a Quarterhill company, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Commercial Copy Innovations has entered into a settlement and patent license agreement with Ricoh Company, Ltd. The license covers various printer related technology. All other terms of the…


Waters moves IP management to Anaqua

Boston-based IP management and analytics software firm Anaqua, Inc said specialty measurement technology company Waters Corporation will migrate its IP software to Anaqua’s new Anaqua 9 software. “We needed an IP management solution that could handle a significant number of workflows…


Patent for VistaGen depression treatment

VistaGen Therapeutics said it received a Notice of Allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a patent application related to methods of treating depression with AV-101, its oral new generation glutamatergic product candidate in Phase 2 development for…


Blingby says new patent boosts women in IP

Blingby said it has been granted a patent by the US Patent Office which relates to a video player “and a plurality of metadata areas that are configured to display, in real-time, streamed metadata items that are related to content of the…


BlackBerry in patent suit v Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram

BlackBerry Ltd has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook Inc and its WhatsApp and Instagram units. BlackBerry is arguing that Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram copied technology and features from BlackBerry Messenger. Litigation on alleged patent infringement is thought to be…


Nasdaq in patent suit v ‘Flash Boys’ IEX Group

Nasdaq, Inc. said it filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey “aiming to protect Nasdaq’s electronic trading technology from unauthorized use by IEX Group, Inc. and Investors Exchange LLC (IEX).” IEX…


InterDigital buys Technicolor patent unit in $475m deal

US wireless technology firm InterDigital, Inc. said it made a binding offer to purchase the patent licensing business of French media and entertainment company Technicolor for $150 million in cash “plus future contingent consideration.” Technicolor said the transaction values the patent…


Via launches new licensing program for wireless

IP firm Via Licensing Corporation said it is launching a new multi-generational licensing program for wireless technologies. “The program offers one of the largest combined cellular standard-essential patent portfolios for licensing connected devices, including smartphones, tablet computers, connected motor vehicles and…


Huawei in patent licence deal with Fraunhofer IIS

Communications equipment provider Huawei has entered into a worldwide patent license agreement with Fraunhofer IIS, the developer of audio and media technologies, for Fraunhofer’s MPEG-4 Audio patent portfolio. The license agreement addresses past and future use of Fraunhofer’s MPEG-4 Audio…


WiLAN alleges Google infringements on Siri patents

Patent licensing company Wi-LAN Inc has filed a lawsuit accusing Google Inc of infringing patents originally assigned to the inventors of Apple Inc’s voice assistant technology Siri, according to a Reuters report. WiLAN has sued Google in US District Court…


PTAB deals blow to Allergan, Tribe bid to shield patents

Generic drug company Mylan said the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) “has denied the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s motion to terminate Mylan’s patent challenge regarding six patents related to Allergan’s Restasis.” PTAB declined a request to dismiss litigation brought…


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…


Microsoft and Compuverde in license agreement

Microsoft and Compuverde announced they have entered into a license agreement to enable access to Microsoft’s Server Message Block (SMB) file transport technology for Compuverde’s software-defined storage (SDS) solution. Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage…


Clearfield pays CommScope $850k in patent settlement

CommScope and Clearfield, Inc said they agreed to terms of a settlement with that would resolve the patent infringement lawsuit CommScope filed against Clearfield in January 2017. In the suit, CommScope claimed infringement of 13 patents relating to CommScope fiber-to-the-X (FTTx)…


RenovaCare claims patent win against Avita Medical

RenovaCare, Inc., (RCAR), developer of the SkinGun and CellMist System for spraying a patient’s own skin stem cells onto burns and wounds for rapid self-healing, said it won against patent challenger Avita Medical in a proceeding at the United States…


Personalized Media in patent license deal with Haier

Texas-based Personalized Media Communications, LLC (PMC) said it concluded a patent licensing agreement with Chinese multinational consumer electronics and home appliance company Haier Corporation and its affiliates. Details of the agreement are confidential. PMC said it had been involved with Haier…


Perrigo confirms Bayer patent challenge

Perrigo Company plc said it filed a Paragraph IV Abbreviated New Drug Application with the US Food and Drug Administration for a generic version of Finacea Foam (azelaic acid foam, 15%). “Following notification from Perrigo, Bayer AG filed a patent litigation…


Siemens joins Via Licensing’s LTE patent pool

Via Licensing Corporation said Siemens AG is the latest licensor in Via’s LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless licensing program. “Via’s LTE licensing program offers the industry a fair, transparent, and cost-effective means to obtain a license to all LTE and…


Rambus in patent license deal with Gemalto

Rambus Inc said it signed a patent license agreement with digital security firm Gemalto. “The agreement covers the use of Rambus patents covering Differential Power Analysis (DPA) Countermeasures, which protect devices and integrated circuits against DPA and other related side-channel attacks,”…


Acacia leads $10m financing for robot firm Miso

Miso Robotics, the robotics and artificial intelligence company for restaurants and food providers, announced it secured $10 million in Series B financing led by patent licensing company Acacia Research Corporation. “Strategic investors participating in this funding round include Levy, the industry-leading…


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…