KFx Sues Arthrex For Patent Infringement, Again

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KFx Medical said its new patent infringement lawsuit comes as a direct response to another, lawsuit, filed by Arthrex earlier this year against KFx Medical, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract and conspiracy. The long and complicated trail of lawsuits recently ccame after a federal appeals court confirmed a verdict awarding KFx Medical $35M in damages from Arthrex over patent infringement.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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We talked about patents. I brought up the fact that I find many larger companies abusing the patent system to slow down smaller competitors which is actually anti competitive.

VIZIO In Patent Setback

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According to Funai, President Obama has decided not to overrule an ITC order which found that VIZIO violated Funai patents. In a response, VIZIO claimed that the patents covered "obsolete" VIZIO television products, which are "no longer shipping and no longer in production." VIZIO said the products in the patent lawsuit are "no longer in mass production" and that the move would "not impact" the firm's ability to conduct business.

Qualcomm Fined $774M By Taiwan

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In the order the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission cited information received from more than 20 domestic and foreign mobile phone manufacturers, saying Qualcomm used its dominant market position and ownership of patents involved in standards unfairly. qualcomm taiwan competition legal telecom telecommunications hardware patent fair trade lawsuitSan Diego-based Qualcomm is facing more overseas antitrust woes, and has just been fined $773.9M by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission.

Bumble Countersues Tinder's Parent Firm, Match Group

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Female-first dating app developer Bumble has countersued Match Group , the parent company of Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder , alleging theft of trade secrets, fraud, unfair competition, and more, and seeking $400M in damages. The move comes in response to a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Tinder earlier this month , which apparently followed the rejection of a takeover offer from Match Group for Bumble.

Dollar Shave Club Countersues Gillette

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Gillette claims Dollar Shave Club has infringed on one of its patents for self cleaning razors. Dollar Shave said "we are not intimidated" by the attempt to "thwart competition with litigation." dollar shave club gillette patent lawsuit court legal razor subscription serviceSanta Monica-based Dollar Shave Club has filed a lawsuit against razor giant Gillette , in the U.S.

Boy! If I had only learned this before spending a million!

Berkonomics

Know your market and competition, or don’t spend a dime on anything else. There was even talk of some phone companies using the patented system for serving communities of guests, not just from a single hotel. In this case, the competition was not from a company but a new technology.

Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?

Berkonomics

And fifth: Competitive risk. . Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.” Especially if you are in the early stage of growing a business, these five risks can and often do derail entrepreneurs before realizing the riches of a great exit.

Intellectual Property – Worthless To A Startup, Priceless To A Big Dumb Company

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Patents held by startups generally have a limited ability to reduce competition. The average time required to obtain a patent is 36-to-40 months, during which there is no guarantee your adVenture will ultimately receive patent protection. No Patents, No Interest.

Masimo Settles Lawsuit

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Masimo had sued Hygia in April of 2009 over Hygia's reprocessing of its sensors, and also had later claimed patent and trademark infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin, and injury to business reputation in its suit. Tags: masimo medical device pulse oximetry hygia legal lawsuit patent

Hire for your core. Partner for the rest.

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Every business has an intellectual foundation where the CEO’s knowledge and vision create a barrier to entry that deflects some or much of the potential competition.

Emulex Sues Broadcom

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Emulex said the suit alleges that Broadcom has acted in an anticompetitive manner in violation of federal antitrust laws, as well as made defamatory statements and engaged in acts of unfair competition in violation of seven separate statutes. The lawsuit follows an earlier, patent lawsuit filed against Broadcom in September, plus an often contentious, failed takeover of Emulex by Broadcom. Tags: emulex broadcom legal lawsuit patent hardawre

Should I license my IP, sell a royalty stream, or just produce products?

Berkonomics

They will be more willing to pay a royalty fee if your product gets them to market earlier or is protected by patent to create a barrier to their competition. This week we contacted royalty licensing expert, the well-respected Arthur Lipper, asking the magic question.

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Should I license my IP, sell a royalty stream, or just produce products?

Berkonomics

They will be more willing to pay a royalty fee if your product gets them to market earlier or is protected by patent to create a barrier to their competition. This week we contacted royalty licensing expert, the well-respected Arthur Lipper, asking the magic question.

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What I learned from losing a million…Market knowledge comes FIRST.

Berkonomics

Know your market and competition, or don’t spend a dime on anything else. I have stated previously that I love absolutes – statements with no wiggle room for gray-area responses. There is no competition.”

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture

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One of these bright lights is Santa Barbara-based HG Data - developers of the world's largest competitive-intelligence database. <Note: According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, mixed-gender teams produce patents that are cited up to 42% more often.

The 5 Criteria That Matter When Evaluating A College Entreprenurial Program

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Ask: How many patents were filed by students and faculty during each of the past five years? How active (and helpful) is the technology transfer office, as measured by the number of patents licensed by alumni and students annually. Is there a venture competition with cash prizes?

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The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

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Did anybody hold patents that would prevent us from using this technology? I seldom hire patent attorneys during due diligence but this was too important. When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week.

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Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook

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Patents and Trademarks. Competition. Business Plans are dead. Most sophisticated investors ignore them, focusing their attention on an entrepreneur's pitch and presentation materials, financial forecast and executive summary.

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates

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Bill’s advice reflects Microsoft’s hardnosed culture, which encourages internal competition and a ruthless pursuit of the truth. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series.

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

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You’ll learn about competitive products that exist or are being built. Some resources on this: Intellectual Property is More Than Patents Does My Startup Have Intellectual Property?

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

You’ll learn about competitive products that exist or are being built. Some resources on this: Intellectual Property is More Than Patents Does My Startup Have Intellectual Property?

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Address the five risks to increase your valuation.

Berkonomics

And fifth: Competitive risk. If there are high barriers to entry with such protections as patents, long development time already spent or contracts with the major potential customers, then the risk of a competitor with more resources jumping into the frothy pool and taking advantage of the demand created by the company is minimized. In the creation of a new enterprise, there are five principal risks to be addressed by the entrepreneur.

Startup Business Model Considerations

SoCal CTO

Fantastic post by Christian Gammill - Startup Delta Force… From a competitive perspective (e.g. 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?

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Music Prodigy Beats 70 Startups To Bring Music Education Technology to the Masses

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Rock Prodigy is Music Prodigy’s pioneer product and is a revolutionary interactive music app powered by patent-pending polyphonic pitch-recognition technology that allows musicians of all skill levels to use any instrument and provide instant performance feedback to accelerate learning.

ArmorWay: Applying Computer Game Theory To Real Life Problems

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What we bring to the table is competitive analytics, where we consider your security adversary, and figure how they are trying to break your system, under different scenarios, and recommend a plan which optimizes your security strategy.

How to Get Your Startup Acquired by Larger Brands

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While it is impossible to know what the future holds, startup business owners can bank on the fact that potential future buyers will be evaluating their financial statements in addition to the value of their corporate team, working partnerships, marketing efforts, patents, and reputation.

How Deka Sounds Is Using 3D Printing For Your Next Bluetooth Headset

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I decided we''d patent a sliding mechanism on our Bluetooth, and use 3D printers to take pictures that people send to us, and my company will design a Bluetooth based on their picture, on our 3D printer. What''s your competitive advantage against others in the headset/accessories market?

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Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010

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Why Lawyers Don’t Run Startups - Steve Blank , May 27, 2010 Startups need to have a great lawyer, accountant, patent attorney, etc. No One Wins In Business Plan Competitions - Steve Blank , May 17, 2010 Last week one of the schools I teach at invited me to judge a business plan contest. At best I think business plan competitions are a waste of time.

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Makers Making The Sci-Fi Tricorder A Reality With VOXearch

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A number of teams have recently been looking to turn that vision into reality, as a result of the Qualcomm Tricorder Prize , a $10M competition being run by the X Prize Foundation to create a real life Tricorder. We caught up with one of the local teams competing in that competition, VOXearch (www.voxearch.com), to learn more about the prize as well as their specific approach to the competition. Mike Outmesguine: Right now, it''s a competition, so there are deadlines.

TechZulu Tech Crawl | Culver City Edition!

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Our unique entrepreneurial spirit lends itself perfectly to launching the next great web startup or is generating that fresh spark to create a competitive advantage for a large corporation. TZ Tech Crawl is back this month and heading to Culver City!

The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

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Whether it’s something as extensive as filing patents, more simple trademark registrations, and or putting appropriate documentation in place, don’t ignore this and don’t rely on boilerplate online templates.

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Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010

SoCal CTO

Just because a product has a patent, deep complexity and an obvious competitive advantage does not mean that it can fly by itself into the market. Competition is overrated - Chris Dixon , June 26, 2010 Your #1 competitor starting out will always be the BACK button, nothing else. Some great content around the intersection of startups and being a Startup CTO in June this year.

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Tilofy: Making Sense Of The World Around You Using Location Data

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Ali Khoshgozaran: Before we started the company, me and my partner had participated in the USC Viterbi startup competition. About 100 teams participated in that competition, and 10 teams were selected to be part of USC''s Viterbi Startup Garage program.

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Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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Because its just not that hyper-competitive, Im-hiring-all-your-staff, because-Im-Google environment. Dropped Calls, Students Protest AT&T Network Coverage Facebook Patents News Feed, Social Net Confusion Ensues Trying to Work from Home More Efficiently?