Are you wasting money filing patents?

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But only recently did I read a clear document on the risks and rewards of patent strategy. Thanks to Russ Krajec, a patent attorney, for the quick improvement in my education, here are some important points to consider when thinking of your patent strategy.

DivX Sues Netflix, Hulu Over Patents

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DivX , the streaming video software developer which was started in San Diego, has filed patent infringement lawsuits against both Netflix and Hulu , accusing the firms of usings its video streaming intellectual property. The two patent infringement lawsuits are DIVX, LLC v. divx neulion patent infringement lawsuit legal uspto hulu netflix streaming content software media encoder

Patent litigation can kill the small guy.

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When you think of patents, you think of added value to the corporation in the form of protection of its intellectual property. Investors like to see patents or patent applications as evidence of intellectual property value and barriers to entry.

Lytx Trumpets New Patents

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San Diego-based a href="[link] , the developer of camera-based, driver safety and monitoring systems, said Wednesday that it received five patents in 2013, and filed applications for an additional, 18 patents on its technology.

RealD Claims Patent Wins

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Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD said today that it has reinforced its global IP protection, after a number of patent wins. According to RealD, one of its patents was recently reaffirmed by the Australian Patent Office, after a re-examination request by what it called a "struggling competitor", and a similar win at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Glaukos Sues Ivantis Over Patents

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San Clemente-based Glaukos , which is developing medical technology for the treatment of glaucoma, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ivantis. According to Glaukos, it filed the patent infringement suit in the U.S. The suit alleges that the Ivantis Hydrus Microstent device infringes on patents held by Glaukos covering its core glaucoma technologies. glaukos ivantis patent infringement glaucoma

Tinder Sues Bumble Over Patents

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Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder 's parent company, Match Group , has sued Tinder competitor Bumble in the Texas Western District Court oer patent infringement, alleging that Bumble is virtually identical to Tinder. it is suing Bumble over both patent infringement and stealing trade secrets. tinder bumble match group patent lawsuit legal uspto dating smartphone software

Ring Sued By Skybell Technologies Over Patents

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Santa Monica-based video doorbell developer Ring has been sued by a competitor, Skybell Technologies , in the California Central Court, for patent infringement. According to Skybell, Ring violated three of its patents covering dorbell communicaftions systems and methods. The patents are U.S. Patents No 9,055,202; 9,179,109; and 9,179,107. ring doorbell skybell technologies patent lawsuit legal uspto

Glaukos Settles Patent Suit

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Laguna Hills-based medical device maker Glaukos said this morning that it has entered into a settlement of a patent lawsuit with Transcend Medical. According to the company, it has agreed not to sue Transcend for patent infringement related to Transcend's CyPass Micro-Stent devices. Glaukos develops medical devices which are used to treat glaucoma. transcend infringement patent lawsuit legal lifescience medical biotech glauko

Ceres Gets Patent

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Thousand Oaks-based seed biotechnology developer Ceres reports this morning that it has been awarded a U.S. patent on a genetic sequence derived from corn. The company said the patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,710,201, covers use of a gene in areas of research, product development, and seed production. The company said the additional patent brings its total owned or licensed patents to 85; the company also says it has approximately 110 pending patent applications.

Iteris Settles Patent Lawsuit

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Santa Ana-based Iteris , which develops traffic management and monitoring equipment, reported late Monday that it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit that had been filed against the company by Wavetronix. iteris patent litigation wavetronix lawsuit legal settlement

Sonos Declares Patent Victory

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Santa Barbara-based Sonos , the developer of whole-home music streaming systems, has declared victory in a patent infringement suit, which had been filed against the firm in 2012. Sonos said it has declared victory in a case filed by a "patent troll" in 2012, in what it says was a "major victory" for the company in helping the company and others fight back against "baseless assertions" by patent assertion entities (PAE).

RealD Gets European Patent

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Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD is reporting this morning that it has been issued a patent in Europe, for the company''s XL Cinema System. The company said European Patent No. The company says it now has more than 60 patents issued around the world. reald europe patent movie projection technology

RealD Wins Patent Infringement Action

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Beverly Hills-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD reports that it has won a patent infringement ation against competitor MasterImage, after a U.S. According to RealD, the US ITC has reached an initial determination, which concludes that RealD's patents were valid and infringed by MasterImage. RealD had filed an ITC complaint alleging MasterImage's Horizon3D cinema products violate its patents.

Illumina Sues Premaitha Health Over Patents

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San Diego-based life sciences equipment developer Illumina says it has filed a new patent infringement suit against Premaitha Health plc , in the United Kingdom. According to Illumina, its new suit accuses Premaitha of infringing upon European Patent (UK) 1 524 321 B2 titled, "Non-invasive Detection of Fetal Genetic Traits". Illumina said that the patent in question is exclusively licensed to Illumina from Sequenom.

Transphorm Gets Patents

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Goleta-based Transphorm , the developer of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion technology, reports that it has scored two patents covering its technology. The company said the two patents are number 8,816,751 titled "Inductive Load Power Switching Circuits", and patent application 13/887,204 titled "Bridge Circuits and Their Components", which it describes as "landmark patents" for its technology. The second patent application was filed on May 3, 20`13.

Zadara Storage Gets Patent Award

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Irvine-based Zadara Storage , which develops technology for cloud-based storage services, reported that it has scored a U.S. Patent for its technology. The company said that it received US Patent 8,819,230 for a Virtual Private Storage Array service for cloud servers. The patent was filed on November 5, 2011, and names CEO Nelson Nahum, along with Yair Hershko, Yoav Ossia, Shyam Kaushik, Lev Vainblat, Alex Lyakas, Moshe Melnikov, and Vladamir Popovski as inventors.

Ceres Gets Two Crop Patents

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Thousand Oaks-based agricultural biotechnology developer Ceres reports that it hs received two, U.S. patents on crop traits that it says it is looking to apply to such crops as corn, soybean, forage sorghum and cotton. The two patents are U.S. Patent No. Patent No. 9,309,573, and bring the company's total number of patents to approximately 90. ceres crop patent uspto encoding intellectual property

Qualcomm Signs Chinese Patent Deal

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San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has entered into a patent licensing deal with Chinese company Zhuhai Ewpe Information Technology Inc. According to Qualcomm, the 3G and 4G Chinese patent license gives EWPE a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 and 4G LTE subscriber units for use in China. qualcomm china patent telecom license wcdma

RealD Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit

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Beverly Hills-based RealD , the developer of 3D movie projection technology, said Friday that it has won a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor MasterImage 3D. International Trade Commission, which found that MasterImage 3D's systems infringe on its patents, and which ban infringing systems from MasterImage from entering or being sold in the United States. reald patent infringement lawsuit masterimage legal international trade commission

Resonant Trumpets New Patent Wins

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Goleta-based Resonant , which develops technology used for radio frequency (RF) filtering, says that it has just surpassed 125 issued and pending patents covering its technology. The company aid the two latest patents, issued on March 28th, were US Patent No.: 9,608,595, "Acoustic wave filters with enhanced rejection" and US Patent No.:

Verdezyne Gains Patent

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Carlsbad-based Verdezyne , the venture backed developer of biofuels technology, said today that it has been granted a United States Patent. The firm said the patent, No. The patent was filed on March 11, 2011.

Nomadix Spars Over Patent Suit With Guest-Tek

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Agoura-based Nomadix , which develops wireless and Internet gateway technology, which is in the midst of a patent fight with hotel entertainment company Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd. , has been ordered to provide up information on its patents as a result of a countersuit from Guest-Tek. Nomadix ramped up its patent licensing and lawsuit efforts around 2008, targeting other technology providers in the hotel Internet industry.

NGD Systems Gains Two New Patents

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Irvine-based NGD Systems reported this morning that it has received two new patents for its solid state drive (SSD) technology. Both patents were developed by Vladimir Alves, the company's Chief Technology Officer, and Joao Alcantara. The company says it now has 14 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The company was represented by Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP in the patent filings.

Snapchat Sued Over Electronic Messaging Patents

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the parent company of Snapchat , has been sued in a patent infringement suit, by a company called Vaporstream. Snap Inc), and cites a number of patents which were granted to Vaporstream in July of 2005 for Vaporstream's secure messaging products. Vaporstream says it develops "secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging" for the financial industry. property intellectual uspto secure messaging ephemeral lawsuit infringement patent snapchat

iRise Gets Patent

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El Segundo-based iRise , the developer of software visualization tools for the enterprise, said today that it has been awarded a third, U.S. Patent. The firm said the patent is number 7,788,647, and was awarded on August 31st. iRise develops software which can be used by non-technical users to simulate and prototype web applications; the firm's software is used to help define further software development efforts.

Illumina Files Patent Suit Again UK Firm

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San Diego-based lifesciences equipment developer Illumina has filed patent infringement suite against UK-based Premaitha Health plc , via its subsidiary, Verinata Health. The lawsuit was filed in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the United Kingdom. Illumina claims that Premaitha is violating its European patents covering the use of cell-free fetal DNA for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

Celerus Diagnostics Gains Patents

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Carpinteria-based Celerus Diagnostics , which develops cancer diganostics equipment for pathologists, announced today that it has been issued three patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The firm said the patents cover key technology behind its Rapid IHC system for immunohistochemistry. Celerus did not say what three patents it was issued. The firm has five patents pending, according to the U.S. Patent No. Patent No.

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The Alliance estimates that Southern California’s tech community could be one-third the size of Silicon Valley’s by supporting or further developing the six pillars it already has for innovation to occur.

RealD Files Patent Infringement Suit In Europe

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Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD has filed a patent infringement suit in Paris, saying that a 3D manufacturer and cinema operator are infringing upon a European patent. The company said the lawsuit was filed with the Paris First Instance Court, and covers European patent. patent No. That patent was issued in ovember of 2014. reald patent infringement lawsuit europe movie projection content hollywood cinema

KFx Medical Gets Patent

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Carlsbad-based KFX Medical , which is developing bone implant products for the orthopedic surgery market, reported today that it has received a third patent. The patent, U.S. Patent No. The patent was filed on September 26, 2011, and names Michael L. KFX said the quick turnaround time came via participation in the USPTO Patent Accelerated Examination Program. The patent is a continuation of a patent originally filed by the company in 2004.

Qualcomm Inks Chinese Patent License

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San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it is in a patent licensing deal with Chinese company QiKu Internet Network Scientific (Shenzhen) Co., According to Qualcomm, the licensing deal allows QiKu to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000, and 4G LTE subscriber units for use in China. qualcomm china patent licensing cdma wcdma telecom

Tinder Settles With Chinese Dating App Developer Tantan

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Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder , which is owned by Match Group, has settled a patent and trademark infringement lawsuit with Chinese dating app developer Tantan. Match Group had filed its patent and trademark infringement lawsuit against Tantan--often referrred to as "China's Tinder"--back in March. The patent lawsuit, Match Group LLV v. had been filed in the Texas Western District Court, a popular location for patent infringement lawsuits.

Illumina, Sequenom Settle Patent Lawsuit

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San Diego-based Illumina and fellow San Diego company Sequenom said the two have ended a patent dispute, with Illumina paying Sequenom $50M, plus additional payments through 2020. testing noninvasive prenatal genetic biotech lawsuit legal patent sequenom illumina

Qualcomm In Patent Deal With Yulong

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has entered into a Chinese patent licensing agreement with Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific (Shenzhen) Co., covering its 3G and 4G patents, according to the company. Qualcomm said the royalty-bearing patent license covers development, manufacturing, and sales of. Yulong is the 100th customer to sign up under Qualcomm's patent agreement terms reached with China's National Development and Reform Commission.