Broadcom Wins Emulex Patent Lawsuit


Irvine-based Broadcom Corporation reports this morning that it has scored a win in a patent infringement suit it filed against Emulex , where it had accused Emulex of infringing on two of its patents. Emulex had not issued any statements about the patent suit as of early this morning.

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

Both Sides of the Table

A company has just filed suit against you for product patent infringement (obviously more serious). This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. I recently wrote a post on how to Deal with your Elephants in the Room during your VC meetings.

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iRise Settles Patent Suit


El Segundo-based iRise , a developer of visualization products used for prototyping corporate software projects, reports today that the firm has settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed against Axure Software Solutions. iRise had sued Axure in June of 2008 over patent infringement.

Novatel Points To Patents


San Diego-based Novatel Wireless is calling attention to its patent portfolio this morning, on the heels of the firm's continued launch of its personal Wi-Fi hotspot products, saying it now has five key patents covering the technology behind those products.

Dot Hill Gets Two Patents


Carlsbad-based Dot Hill Systems , a developer of enterprise storage systems, disclosed today that the firm has landed two patents covering its products. The firm said the patent include U.S. Patent 7,558,897 and U.S. Patent 7,558,981, both of which were granted to the firm by the USPTO on July 7th. The firm said the two patents brings the company's total patent portfolio to 53 patents.

AeroVironment Receives Electric Vehicle Patent


Monrovia-based AeroVironment disclosed today that the firm has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. AeroVironment said the patent covers charging technology for battery packs and electric vehicles. AeroVironment's products include fast charge systems for electric vehicles. According to the USPTO, the patent was actually granted back in October of last year, and was filed in October of 2004.

VIZIO In Patent Setback


According to Funai, President Obama has decided not to overrule an ITC order which found that VIZIO violated Funai patents. Funai claimed in a statement that the lack of action from Obama means that Vizio and its associates have been barred from importing and selling infringing digital television products in the U.S. In a response, VIZIO claimed that the patents covered "obsolete" VIZIO television products, which are "no longer shipping and no longer in production."

OC Firm On Patent Offensive


An Orange County firm, SpeedTrack , has targeted, Best Buy, Dell, Costco, The Home Depot, and a slew of other firms over a patent the firm said is being infringed upon by the companies. According to SpeedTrack, the patent--U.S. Patent No. 5,544,360--covers how those retailers return searches for products on their web sites, so that users don't see "cannot be found" in the results. The company is seeking damages for the patent infringement.

Networks In Motion Gets Patent


Aliso Viejo-based Networks In Motion , which develops wireless navigation software, announced Tuesday that the firm has scored a new patent on its technology. The firm said the patent covers technology used to keep its online director of businesses and entertainment venues up to date. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent--number 7,486,958--was granted on February 3rd, and names Michael A. Tags: patent motion networks wireless

CEIVA Logic Claims Patent Win


Burbank-based CEIVA Logic , a developer of Internet-connected, digital photo frames, said this week that a Los Angeles Federal District Court has ruled that competitor Frame Media's products infringe on one of its patents, relating to its digital photo sharing system. Patent, No., CEIVA filed the lawsuit against CEIVA in July of 2008 claiming infringement of its patent. Tags: ceiva logic digital photo frame patent legal lawsuit

InTouch Technologies Settles Patent Suit


over the firm's patents. According to InTouch Technologies, HeadThere has agreed to cease its alleged infringing activities--including promotion and sale of its products in the US--and both companies will release each other from liability related to the litigation. patents, for products to be sold outside the United States. InTouch Technologies sued HeadThere in October of 2007 over the alleged patent infringement.

Irvine Sensors Gains $9.5M In Patent Sale


in cash in a deal to sell most of its patents and patent applications. According to Irvine Sensors, the deal--originally announced in December--calls for its to sell the patents to Aprolase Development Co., which will also license the patented technology back to Irvine Sensors. The firm said it has royalty-free, worldwide use of the patents sold to Aprolase. Irvine Sensors develops miniaturized cameras, image processors, and other semiconductor products.

Emulex In Patent Cross License With IBM


Costa Mesa-based Emulex announced today that the firm has signed a multi-year, cross licensing patent deal with IBM. According to Emulex, the deal covers integrating the firm's OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter architecture with IBM's platforms, including its IBM System p, System x, and BladeCenter products. Financial details of the patent licensing deal were not disclosed. Tags: emulex patent license legal

Nomadix, HP Settle Patent Suit


Agoura Hills-based Nomadix said today that it has settled a patent infringement case it had filed against HP , covering the Nomadix patent portfolio. According to Nomadix, the settlement includes a license to HP for key portions of its patent portfolio. Nomadix, which develops Internet gateway products, is now owned by DOCOMO interTouch. Nomadix had filed its original patent suit against HP in 2009, and had also named Wayport, Inc.,

Nomadix Wins $3.3M In Patent Ruling


in a patent enforcement action against Second Rule LLC. According to DOCOMO interTouch, the parent firm of Nomadix, the Federal Court in the Central District of California ruled on March 31st that Second Rule infringed on five Nomadix patents. Nomadix and DOCOMO said that the injunction prevents Second Rule from manufacturing, selling, importing, exporting, and tranferring its product. Nomadix was represented by Knobbe Martens in the patent suit.

Power-One Inks Patent Deal With Texas Instruments


Camarillo-based Power-One , a developer of power supplies and other power conversion products, said today that the firm has agreed to license its digital power technology patents to Texas Instruments. According to Power-One, the non-exclusive, patent license covers access to Power-One's portfolio of digital power technology patents for use in TI's DC/DC controllers and modules, but does not include merchant stand-alone power supplies that use TI controllers.

Irvine Firm Goes On Patent Offensive


Irvine-based Uniloc USA , a firm which develops anti-fraud technology based on physical device recognition, said this morning that it has filed a patent infringement suit against Sony America, McAfee, Activision, Quark, Aspyr Media, and Borland Software. According to the firm, it has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division over unauthorized use of its anti-piracy product activation method and system.

Illumina Sues Affymetrix


San Diego-based Illumina , a developer of life sciences and genetic analysis systems, disclosed Tuesday that it has filed a patent infringement suit against competitor Affymetrix. The patent in question in the suite is U.S. patent number 7,510,841.

Broadcom, CSR Settle Lawsuits


The two did not discuss terms of the agreement, but did say they have agreed not to pursue infringement actions against each other, or against third parties based on each others' products, for a period of five years. Broadcom bought Global Locate in 2007; CSR acquired SiRF in February of 2009.

Illumina Countersues Life Technologies


San Diego-based life sciences firm Illumina reports today that it has countersued Life Technologies , after Life and Applied Biosystems sued the firm in September over patent infringement. Illumina said that it has denied the allegations of patent infringement, and sued Life and Applied Biosystems over its own patents. Illumina said that its patents--U.S. Patent Nos. Tags: illumina life technologies lawsuit legal genome sequencing patent

Emulex Licenses Technology From Alacritech


Costa Mesa-based Emulex , a developer of storage networking products, said today that it has signed a deal with Alacritech, a developer of TCP/IP offload technology, which will give it access to Alacritech's patent portfolio. Tags: emulex alacritech tcpip offload patent license

VIZIO Sues LG Electronics


Irvine-based VIZIO , a maker of HDTVs and other consumer electronics, said late Friday that the firm has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Korean electronics firm LG Electronics. Vizio said that its lawsuit alleges that LG infringes on "numerous" VIZIO patents in manufacturing, importation, and distribution of "certain" products, including high definition televisions. Tags: hdtv legal lawsuit patent electronics vizio

Aperio Sues Olympus, Hamamatsu


Vista-based Aperio Technologies , which develops digital pathology products for the healthcare and life sciences industries, is reporting that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Olympus America, Inc., patents. Olympus America is the distributor for the product. Tags: aperio patent lawsuit legal olympus hamamatsu lifescience biotech healthcare

Startup Business Model Considerations


Team – higher requirements for caliber of team members Product – focus on truly differentiated and not me-too Market – is it really big enough to provide investor returns** Traction – need more users, partners, patents, etc Timing – are you building for yesterday or 2 yrs from now? Fantastic post by Christian Gammill - Startup Delta Force… From a competitive perspective (e.g.


Kyocera, SPH Halt Legal Battle


SPH and Kyocera were engaged in a patent lawsuit battle over technology used in Kyocera's cell phone products. Tags: kyocera america wireless cell phone legal patent lawsuit San Diego-based Kyocera , including Kyocera Corp, Kyocera Wireless Corp, and Kyocera Communications Inc. reported this week that the companies have reached a 180-day standstill agreement with SPH America, which has resulted in the dismissal of four lawsuits by the respective firms.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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There was no viral social networking products back then like Twitter where people could easily discover your content. We started building the product 18 months ago so we are in better shape than 99% of start-ups. They looked nervous at having to speak with me impromptu and without the benefit of financial figures to scoff at, product pitches that they’ve seen 100 times and a market sizing to unpick. Free product. Don’t you guys want to see the product?

Intellectual Property Workshop for Techies by IEEE

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Saturday, March 7, 2009 -- Intellectual Property Workshop for Techies by IEEE. At this workshop, Intellectual Property attorneys will present on Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Non-Disclosure Agreements. The workshop will include case studies on how these subjects are utilized to protect actual products or services.

We’re Asking the Wrong Questions

Ask the Angels

In those days the pent up demand for hardware and software meant that any reasonable product could fuel significant growth so an IPO was a real possibility. Since there is a fundamental difference between a trade sale based on inherent revenue and profit generation from one based on exploiting an underlying patent or other form of IP, these are critical to an evaluation of whether the venture can be prepared for sale.

Roping in the Legal Eagles


Just as you would not ask your family physician to perform a coronary bypass, do not ask your corporate lawyer to help you write your patent application. Most corporate attorneys can give you general guidance with respect to securing your Intellectual Property (IP) rights, especially with respect to trademarks, copyrights and other non-patent-related items. However, you should seek a patent attorney when it is time to craft your patent application.

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Emulex Wins IBM


Costa Mesa-based Emulex is reporting today that its productings--including its 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Cards and 16Gb/s Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters--have been selected by IBM for its IBM Power Systems product line. The two announced a patent licensing deal in August, along with a design win in IBM's BladeCenter servers.

M86 Security Buys Finjan


According to M86 Security, the deal includes Finjan's global operations, products, and technology. M86 also said it has acquired a license to Finjan's patents. Orange-based M86 Security , a developer of web security tools, said today that it has acquired Finjan , a developer of secure Web gateways. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Finjan is based in Netanya, Israel.

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