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ibm gets a patent on “out-of-office” e-mail messages—in 2017

An IBM software engineer sketches out a pending ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>. IBM has acquired more US ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s than any other company for more than 20 years in a row. (Jared Lazarus/Feature Photo Service for IBM) IBMShare this storyThe Electronic Frontier Foundation is bringing light to what it calls a "stupefyingly mundane" ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> on e-mail technology, given not to a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> troll hiding in a small office but to one of the world's largest technology corporations.IBM lawyers wrangled with the US Patent and Trademark Office for years over their bizarre and alarming alternative history, in which IBM invented out-of-office e-mail—in 2010. US Patent No. 9,547,842, "Out-of-office electronic mail messaging system" was filed in 2010 and granted about six weeks ago.The "invention" represented in the '842 ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> is stark

ibm gets a patent on “out-of-office” e-mail messages—in 2017

An IBM software engineer sketches out a pending ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>. IBM has acquired more US ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s than any other company for more than 20 years in a row. (Jared Lazarus/Feature Photo Service for IBM) IBMShare this storyThe Electronic Frontier Foundation is bringing light to what it calls a "stupefyingly mundane" ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> on e-mail technology, given not to a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> troll hiding in a small office but to one of the world's largest technology corporations.IBM lawyers wrangled with the US Patent and Trademark Office for years over their bizarre and alarming alternative history, in which IBM invented out-of-office e-mail—in 2010. US Patent No. 9,547,842, "Out-of-office electronic mail messaging system" was filed in 2010 and granted about six weeks ago.The "invention" represented in the '842 ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> is stark

ibm gets a patent on “out-of-office” e-mail messages—in 2017

An IBM software engineer sketches out a pending ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>. IBM has acquired more US ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s than any other company for 23 years in a row. (Jared Lazarus/Feature Photo Service for IBM) IBMShare this storyThe Electronic Frontier Foundation is bringing light to what it calls a "stupefyingly mundane" ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> on e-mail technology, given not to a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> troll hiding in a small office but to one of the world's largest technology corporations.IBM lawyers wrangled with the US Patent and Trademark Office for years over their bizarre and alarming alternative history, in which IBM invented out-of-office e-mail—in 2010. US Patent No. 9,547,842, "Out-of-office electronic mail messaging system" was filed in 2010 and granted about six weeks ago.The "invention" represented in the '842 ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> is starkly at odds

why the roots of patent trolling may be in the patent office

US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Roy Finneren / FlickrShare this storyIn recent years, American companies have faced a growing threat from ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> assertion entities derisively called "ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> trolls." These often shadowy firms make money by threatening ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> lawsuits rather than creating useful products. A recent study suggests that the roots of the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> trolling problem may lie with the US Patent and Trademark office—specifically with ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> examiners who fail to thoroughly vet ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> applications before approving them.So-called ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> trolls "disproportionately purchase and assert ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s that were granted by 'lenient' examiners," write Harvard economist Josh Feng and his co-author Xavier Jaravel of the London School of Economics in a December paper.Patent examin

apple petitions u.s. patent office to invalidate four qualcomm patents

Apple today is further expanding its legal battle against chipmaker Qualcomm. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to challenge four of Qualcomm’s ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s…Sylvania HomeKit Light StripFor Apple, the end goal of this move is to have the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office cancel the four Qualcomm ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s in question. All four are involved in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> infringement lawsuit Qualcomm levied against Apple last year.Apple wants the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office to cancel four Qualcomm ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s, saying they don’t cover new ideas. All are part of a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>-infringement lawsuit Qualcomm filed in 2017 against Apple in federal court in California.The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s being challenged involve ways to automatically focus a digital camera; a device that functions as both a phone and

apple petitions u.s. patent office to invalidate four qualcomm patents

Apple today is further expanding its legal battle against chipmaker Qualcomm. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to challenge four of Qualcomm’s ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s…Sylvania HomeKit Light StripFor Apple, the end goal of this move is to have the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office cancel the four Qualcomm ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s in question. All four are involved in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> infringement lawsuit Qualcomm levied against Apple last year.Apple wants the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office to cancel four Qualcomm ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s, saying they don’t cover new ideas. All are part of a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>-infringement lawsuit Qualcomm filed in 2017 against Apple in federal court in California.The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s being challenged involve ways to automatically focus a digital camera; a device that functions as both a phone and

apple petitions u.s. patent office to invalidate four qualcomm patents

Apple today is further expanding its legal battle against chipmaker Qualcomm. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to challenge four of Qualcomm’s ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s…Sylvania HomeKit Light StripFor Apple, the end goal of this move is to have the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office cancel the four Qualcomm ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s in question. All four are involved in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> infringement lawsuit Qualcomm levied against Apple last year.Apple wants the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office to cancel four Qualcomm ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s, saying they don’t cover new ideas. All are part of a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>-infringement lawsuit Qualcomm filed in 2017 against Apple in federal court in California.The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s being challenged involve ways to automatically focus a digital camera; a device that functions as both a phone and

apple petitions u.s. patent office to invalidate four qualcomm patents

Apple today is further expanding its legal battle against chipmaker Qualcomm. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to challenge four of Qualcomm’s ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s…Sylvania HomeKit Light StripFor Apple, the end goal of this move is to have the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office cancel the four Qualcomm ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s in question. All four are involved in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> infringement lawsuit Qualcomm levied against Apple last year.Apple wants the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office to cancel four Qualcomm ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s, saying they don’t cover new ideas. All are part of a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>-infringement lawsuit Qualcomm filed in 2017 against Apple in federal court in California.The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s being challenged involve ways to automatically focus a digital camera; a device that functions as both a phone and

supreme court seems reluctant to blow up a key weapon against patent trolls

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Justice Elena Kagan in 2010. All three seemed skeptical of the Oil States argument.Talk Radio News ServiceShare this storyIn Supreme Court oral arguments on Monday, justices seemed skeptical of arguments that a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> office process for challenging ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s runs afoul of the Constitution.The issue matters because the challenged process—which was created by the 2011 America Invents Act—has emerged as a key weapon against ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> trolls wielding low-quality ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s. Overall, defending a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> lawsuit can easily cost millions of dollars. By contrast, the new process, known as inter partes review, allows a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> to be invalidated for a sum in the low six figures.That's bad for ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> holders—especially those with low-quality ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s—because co

ibm somehow got a patent for an out-of-office email system

Or OOF, or OOTO or whatever other onomatopoeically ridiculous string of letters you use to let folks know you aren't available for a cubicle chat or call at your desk phone. Apparently, IBM applied for the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> in 2010, which is decades after companies created and deployed these now-commonplace features.As BoingBoing points out, this ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> was granted despite it seemingly flying in the face of the Supreme Court's 2014 decision on Alice Corp v. CLS Bank, which drew a line in the sand declaring some software concepts too abstract to be eligible for ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>. (In other words, finally ruling against ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> trolls.) If IBM's new one ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">getsont> re-examined, it'll run aground of the new Alice standard. That's probably why the company is lobbying to change that ruling.The history of this ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>'s certi

the head of the us patent office just quit

Lee, who headed up Google's ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> strategy until 2012, was rumored to be in line for a top job within the current cabinet. The scuttlebutt was that she was being eyed to head up the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It's not clear if that's still on the cards, but Politico has reported that despite earning praise from the current administration, Wilbur Ross has been scouting for a replacement. Whoever replaces her will need to continue to work to improve the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> regime in the US, and ensure that things don't start backsliding.* Lee was nominated in 2014, but Congress adjourned before confirming her, so served as acting director in the interim.

the head of the us patent office just quit

Lee, who headed up Google's ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> strategy until 2012, was rumored to be in line for a top job within the current cabinet. The scuttlebutt was that she was being eyed to head up the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It's not clear if that's still in the cards, but Politico has reported that despite earning praise from the current administration, Wilbur Ross has been scouting for a replacement. Whoever replaces her will need to continue to work to improve the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> regime in the US, and ensure that things don't start backsliding.* Lee was nominated in 2014, but Congress adjourned before confirming her, so served as acting director in the interim.

eff destroys the podcasting patent, one last time

EnlargeEFFShare this storyEven spookier than a Halloween costume is a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> that just won't die.But it looks like a once-scary ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>—Personal Audio LLC's ridiculous claim to own podcasting—is finally gone. Personal Audio has been making headlines for years now, especially after it started threatening podcasters and became the target of an EFF crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to knock it out.EFF used that money to file an "inter partes review" at the US Patent Office, which knocked out the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> in 2015.The EFF showed the Patent Office examples of earlier technology that had all the key features of the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> but were well-established before the 1996 filing date. One was CNN's "Internet Newsroom," which features all the key claims of the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>: discrete episodes, an updated compilat

eff destroys the podcasting patent, one last time

EnlargeEFFShare this storyEven spookier than a Halloween costume is a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> that just won't die.But it looks like a once-scary ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>—Personal Audio LLC's ridiculous claim to own podcasting—is finally gone. Personal Audio has been making headlines for years now, especially after it started threatening podcasters, and became the target of an EFF crowdfunding campaign to raise funds and knock it out.EFF used that money to file an "inter partes review" at the US Patent Office, which knocked out the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> in 2015.The EFF showed the Patent Office examples of earlier technology that had all the key features of the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>, but were well-established before the 1996 filing date. One was CNN's "Internet Newsroom," which features all the key claims of the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>: discrete episodes, an updated compi

niwot-based crocs may lose claim to iconic clog following patent ruling

Crocs may soon lose rights to its claim to fame: the iconic clog that put the Niwot-based company on the map. The classic design cannot be protected against copycat, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office said last week.The USPTO ruled Crocs ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> D517789 invalid, Footwear News first reported. A similar design was published more than one year before Crocs' application, the agency found.Crocs has been involved in litigation over alleged ripoffs for more than a decade. The company sued 11 other shoemakers in 2006. Most were dismissed. USA Dawgs, added to the suit in 2012, celebrated the most recent decision by federal authorities."This is clearly the correct outcome," Dawgs CEO Steven Mann said in a statement. "In the reexamination proceeding, the Patent Office is evaluating relevant publications

at us patent office, a mystery lingers: who’s in charge?

Enlarge/ USPTO Director Michelle Lee, at right, touring the Denver office in 2014. At that time, she was Deputy Director.Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesShare this storyThe US Patent and Trademark Office has offered the first indication in weeks about who's in charge. Yesterday, at an event for lawyers who practice at USPTO, Michelle Lee was introduced as the office's director.Lee has been running the office for years, so such an introduction would normally be the ultimate non-event. But yesterday's acknowledgement comes after several weeks during which the office refused to answer a simple question: Who is the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office?When President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January, DC-centric publications including The Hill and Politicorep

these experts figured out why so many bogus patents get approved

Enlarge/ The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesShare this storyIf you've read our coverage of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Stupid Patent of the Month" series, you know America has a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> quality problem. People apply for ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s on ideas that are obvious, vague, or were invented years earlier. Too often, applications get approved and low-quality ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s fall into the hands of ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> trolls, creating headaches for real innovators.Why don't more low-quality ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s get rejected? A recent paper published by the Brookings Institution offers fascinating insights into this question. Written by legal scholars Michael Frakes and Melissa Wasserman, the paper identifies three ways the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> process encoura

jp morgan chase just got a patent on basic app communications

EnlargeCooper Neill/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesShare this storyDo you have apps on your phone? More than one? Can you imagine if the different apps could actually talk to each other?Of course you can—because they do, all the time. It's nothing special. But that didn't stop the nation's biggest bank, JP Morgan Chase, from getting a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> that describes exactly that process, titled "System and method for communication among mobile applications."The language of the primary claim in US Patent No. 9,747,468 describes a mobile app asking a user for permission to get information from another app; then, having acquired that permission, it goes ahead and ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">getsont> the information.Perhaps this dates to the early days of cell phones? Nope. The bank filed for the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> in 2013, and the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> was granted 

microsoft cans outlook.com premium as it rolls its features into office 365

EnlargeAlexander SavinShare this storyMicrosoft is shaking up its consumer-oriented e-mail offerings, further improving the value of its Office 365 subscriptions as it continues to push customers away from perpetual licenses.Features formerly part of the Outlook.com Premium scheme, an annual subscription to Microsoft's consumer e-mail and calendaring service, are now rolled into the Office 365 Home and Personal subscriptions. But there's a downside to this: Outlook.com Premium is being discontinued (as spotted by Paul Thurrott). At least for now, that service includes features not found in Office 365 Home or Personal.Consumer editions of Office 365, unlike their corporate counterparts, don't come with an Exchange account for e-mail. Rather, Microsoft's consumer e-mail solution is Outlook.c

boulder's minutekey gets new duplication patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a new ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> to Boulder-based minuteKEY, a manufacturer of self-service kiosks for automated key duplication, according to a company news release.The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>, minukeKEY's 15th, "covers a method of duplicating a key including storing key blanks in a machine, receiving a master key, automatically detecting the cross-sectional profile of the master key, automatically selecting the appropriate blank key based on the profile match, and automatically cutting the blank key to duplicate a key tooth pattern of the master key," the release said."This ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> protection is a significant milestone for minuteKEY," minuteKEY CEO Randy Fagundo said in a statement. "It recognizes the company's leadership and early innovations that have revolutionized the age-o

torrent gets favourable order against otsuka's patent application

Indian Patent Office has refused ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> application of Japanese drug manufacturer Otsuka Pharmaceuticals for certain forms of its anti-psychotic drug aripiprazole, a medicine it sells under the brand Abilify. Torrent has been at loggerheads with Otsuka over the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> of Abilify in other countries earlier. The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> application for “Hydrate A of Aripiprazole and a process of preparation thereof”, was filed by Otsuka Pharma in December 2002. Torrent Pharma filed its pre-grant opposition alleging that the invention claimed are already published. It stressed on the clause in the Patents Act, which restricts incremental innovations from claiming for ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s, under Section 3(d) of the act. Otsuka claimed that in the specification, it was clearly mentioned that each of the aripiprazole forms of

amazon patent details parachute label for drone deliveries

Another Amazon ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> related to drone deliveries has surfaced, this one describing possible methods the company’s future delivery drones may utilize to get packages to customers. One big question regarding drone deliveries is how, exactly, the package will go from the drone in the sky to the person on the ground. The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> details one method — a package label that is also a parachute, deploying when the package is dropped to lower it safely to the ground. The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>, which was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office and is dated May 30, details ‘systems and methods for delivering packages via aerial vehicles.’ These aerial vehicles are drones, of course, as shown in the illustrations. The drones featured in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> images appear to be typical heavy-duty quad-copter designs with

samsung patents a flying screen that could be used for hovering video

Samsung was awarded a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week for what it's calling a "flying display device." The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>, spotted by LetsGoDigital, was filed for in 2016 and describes a drone-like device with a screen that could be capable of streaming video, like, for example, broadcast television, but, as The Verge points out, it could also presumably be used as a hovering advertisement display. According to Samsung's ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>, the flying screen would be supported by four propellers and could have features like voice recognition, a vibration system, an obstacle detection unit with a camera or a sensor as well as gyro, motion and accelerometer sensors. And the display could be a range of devices, including a tablet, a laptop or a mobile medical device.

lg patent reveals full-screen foldable phone concept with clamshell design

LetsGoDigitalLG has received a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> for an inward folding smartphone.The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> shows a large smartphone that folds in half.It also reveals some features LG may be planning for a potential foldable phone.The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted LG a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> for a foldable smartphone. The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>, which was granted on June 28 and discovered by LetsGoDigital (via Phone Arena), hints at some features LG could be planning to include in a foldable phone.The device shown in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> looks like a large version of a regular smartphone that would fold vertically. This is similar to designs in Samsung ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s seen earlier in the year, though it differs from the tablet-like the one seen in LG ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s from 2017.The bulk of the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> focuses on the hinge mechanism which moves apart

niwot-based crocs may lose claim to iconic clog following patent ruling

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include comments from Crocs sent after press deadline.Crocs may soon lose rights to its claim to fame: the iconic clog that put the Niwot-based company on the map. The classic design cannot be protected against copycat, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office said last week.The USPTO ruled Crocs ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> D517789 invalid, Footwear News first reported. A similar design was published more than one year before Crocs' application, the agency found.Crocs has been involved in litigation over alleged ripoffs for more than a decade. The company sued 11 other shoemakers in 2006. Most were dismissed. USA Dawgs, added to the suit in 2012, celebrated the most recent decision by federal authorities."This is clearly the correct outcome," Dawgs CEO Steven Mann said i

uber patent details ai that can tell if riders are drunk or tired

Uber has submitted an application to ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> an artificial intelligence technology that identifies drunk passengers. The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>, which is dated June 7 with the US Patent and Trademark Office, is titled “Predicting User State Using Machine Learning,” and it hints that such a system may be used to accommodate riders who are outside of their “normal behavior” state.The ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> describes a system that is trained to identify passenger states so that it can determine when they’re acting outside of their normal behavioral state. “The prediction is based on data associated with a request submitted by a user,” Uber explains in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>. Machine learning would be behind this system. The company indicates that the system could be used as a way to prevent issues that could arise when “users and/or pro

supreme court upholds patent review process, dealing trolls a blow

Enlarge/ Justice Clarence Thomas, front, wrote the majority opinion.MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesShare this storyThe Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a process for challenging low-quality ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s. Since its creation in 2011, this "inter partes review" (IPR) process has dramatically lowered the cost of defending against frivolous ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> litigation.The process allows an executive branch agency—not the courts—to revoke a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> after it has been granted. Critics claim that runs afoul of the Constitution's requirement that only the courts can deprive people of their property.But the Supreme Court didn't buy it. In a 7-2 decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the nation's highest court ruled that ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> rights were fundamentally a government-granted privilege that c

dual camera company backed by samsung and foxconn extends patent infringement cl

Coretronics, a company with ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s for smartphone dual-camera technology, has filed a second ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> infringement claim against Apple.The company first sued Apple in November of last year. At that point, the claimed infringement related to the dual-lens system used in the iPhone 7 Plus, while the latest case taront style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">getsont> the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X also …NordVPNIronically, the company has financial backing from Foxconn, a key Apple supplier, as well as fellow supplier and key rival, Samsung.Patently Apple reports that the new lawsuit adds an additional ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> into the mix, as well as extending the claim to the two additional iPhone models. That aspect of the case seems to be problematic, as the site notes.In the second lawsuit they add one addition ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> 9,857,568 titled “Miniature telephot

dual camera company backed by samsung and foxconn extends patent infringement cl

Coretronics, a company with ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s for smartphone dual-camera technology, has filed a second ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> infringement claim against Apple.The company first sued Apple in November of last year. At that point, the claimed infringement related to the dual-lens system used in the iPhone 7 Plus, while the latest case taront style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">getsont> the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X also …NordVPNIronically, the company has financial backing from Foxconn, a key Apple supplier, as well as fellow supplier and key rival, Samsung.Patently Apple reports that the new lawsuit adds an additional ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> into the mix, as well as extending the claim to the two additional iPhone models. That aspect of the case seems to be problematic, as the site notes.In the second lawsuit they add one addition ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> 9,857,568 titled “Miniature telephot

dual camera company backed by samsung and foxconn extends patent infringement cl

Coretronics, a company with ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s for smartphone dual-camera technology, has filed a second ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> infringement claim against Apple.The company first sued Apple in November of last year. At that point, the claimed infringement related to the dual-lens system used in the iPhone 7 Plus, while the latest case taront style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">getsont> the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X also …NordVPNIronically, the company has financial backing from Foxconn, a key Apple supplier, as well as fellow supplier and key rival, Samsung.Patently Apple reports that the new lawsuit adds an additional ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> into the mix, as well as extending the claim to the two additional iPhone models. That aspect of the case seems to be problematic, as the site notes.In the second lawsuit they add one addition ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> 9,857,568 titled “Miniature telephot

supreme court upholds patent review process, dealing trolls a blow

Enlarge/ Justice Clarence Thomas, front, wrote the majority opinion.MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesShare this storyThe Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a process for challenging low-quality ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont>s. Since its creation in 2011, this "inter partes review" process has dramatically lowered the cost of defending against frivolous ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> litigation.The process allows an executive branch agency—not the courts—to revoke a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> after it has been granted. Critics claim that runs afoul of the Constitution's requirement that only the courts can deprive people of their property.But the Supreme Court didn't buy it. In a 7-2 decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the nation's highest court ruled that ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> rights were fundamentally a government-granted privilege that could p

huawei could be bringing a new 360-degree camera to the us

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Andrew Myrick Sep 26th, 2017Huawei has been steadily working on its presence here in the US, as we have seen a multitude of devices launched and accessories launched in recent years. However, as we near the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10, it seems that the company may have something else in store after new ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> filings were discovered.Huawei Honor VR CameraAccording to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Huawei has filed a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> for the “HUAWEI ENVIZION 360 PANORAMIC VR CAMERA”. This is likely to be different than the camera that was launched earlier this year under the Honor branding, but unfortunately, there’s no more information shared about the new camera in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> filings. Now, it’s important to note that Huawei has not been granted the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> (o

huawei could be bringing a new 360-degree camera to the us

+1,747
Andrew Myrick Sep 26th, 2017Huawei has been steadily working on its presence here in the US, as we have seen a multitude of devices launched and accessories launched in recent years. However, as we near the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10, it seems that the company may have something else in store after new ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> filings were discovered.Huawei Honor VR CameraAccording to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Huawei has filed a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> for the “HUAWEI ENVIZION 360 PANORAMIC VR CAMERA”. This is likely to be different than the camera that was launched earlier this year under the Honor branding, but unfortunately, there’s no more information shared about the new camera in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> filings. Now, it’s important to note that Huawei has not been granted the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> (o

huawei could be bringing a new 360-degree camera to the us

+1,992
Andrew Myrick Sep 26th, 2017Huawei has been steadily working on its presence here in the US, as we have seen a multitude of devices launched and accessories launched in recent years. However, as we near the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10, it seems that the company may have something else in store after new ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> filings were discovered.Huawei Honor VR CameraAccording to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Huawei has filed a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> for the “HUAWEI ENVIZION 360 PANORAMIC VR CAMERA”. This is likely to be different than the camera that was launched earlier this year under the Honor branding, but unfortunately, there’s no more information shared about the new camera in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> filings. Now, it’s important to note that Huawei has not been granted the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> (o

huawei could be bringing a new 360-degree camera to the us

+2,421
Andrew Myrick Sep 26th, 2017Huawei has been steadily working on its presence here in the US, as we have seen a multitude of devices launched and accessories launched in recent years. However, as we near the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10, it seems that the company may have something else in store after new ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> filings were discovered.Huawei Honor VR CameraAccording to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Huawei has filed a ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> for the “HUAWEI ENVIZION 360 PANORAMIC VR CAMERA”. This is likely to be different than the camera that was launched earlier this year under the Honor branding, but unfortunately, there’s no more information shared about the new camera in the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> filings. Now, it’s important to note that Huawei has not been granted the ont style="color:#666;background-color:#fff5a9;">patentont> (o

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