article thumbnail

Patent litigation can kill the small guy.

Berkonomics

Here’s the bright side to patents. 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.

Patents 156
article thumbnail

Sonos Continues To Battle Google Over Patents

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based smart speaker manufacturer Sonos is continuing to battle Google over patents, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission this week to reject a judge's blessing of a software design change to avoid infringing on Sonos patents. Sonos sued Google in January of 2020, alleging patent infringement on a number of its patents, as Google's smart speakers have cut into Sonos sales. sonos google patent infringement lawsuit wireless audio

Patents 153
Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

article thumbnail

Google Renews Patent Melee with Sonos

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based whole-home audio system maker Sonos, and Internet giant Google are heading back into a patent battle, after Google filed two new lawsuits againt Sonos this morning. According to Bloomberg Law, Alphabet Inc's Google LLC filed two lawsuits this morning alleging that Sonos audio players infringe on multiple patents owned by Google. sonos google patent voice lawsuit legal infringement

Patents 109
article thumbnail

DivX Gets Patent Licensing Win At Disney

socalTECH

San Diego-based digital video technology developer DivX--which has in recent years pivoted to patent licensing--reported this week that it has signed an intellectual property (IP) licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Company. DivX was previously focused on offering up its video playback technology to device manufacturers, but recently has been more active in patent licensing of its video patents. divx patent licensing video technology streaming hulu espn

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Vizio Gets Attorney's Fees In Patent Suit

socalTECH

Irvine-based Vizio has racked up another win in its battle against a company which had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company, winning--along with Sharp Electronics--a combined $4.17 According to reports, the attorney's fees were awarded as a result of Wi-Lan continuing its patent infringement case against Vizio and Sharp even after it became "clear it couldn't win.". vizio sharp wilan patent infringement legal lawsuit

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Blizzard Entertainment Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit

socalTECH

Irvine-based online games maker Blizzard Entertainment has settled a patent infringement lawsuit which had been filed against the company by a firm called Via Vadis LLC. Patent No. blizzard entertainment patent infringment lawsuit viavadis vadisAccording to a filing by the firms, they have reached an agreement and will file dismissal paperwork in the suit, which was scheduled to go to trial yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

article thumbnail

Crown Electrokinetics Buys IBM Smart Glass Patents

socalTECH

a company that is developing smart glass technology, said this morning that it has acquired 10 patents from IBM Corporation. Financial details of the patent acquisition were not announced. According to Crown, it now has a patent portfolio including 34 patents and applications in the smart glass technology area. crown electrokinetics smart glass patent licensing license materialsLos Angeles-based Crown Electrokinetics Corp.,

IBM 109
article thumbnail

Google Sues Sonos Over Patents

socalTECH

Google has counter-sued Santa Barbara-based Sonos , with a patent infringement lawsuit, saying that Sonos has illegally used a number of Google patents in the development of its wireless audio technology. The patent infringement lawsuit is in response to another, patent infringement lawsuit filed by Sonos against Google January, where Sonos sought both financial damages and a ban on the sale of Google's speakers, smartphones, and laptops in the United States.

Patents 116
article thumbnail

Qualcomm Finally Gets Victory In Long Running Patent Case

socalTECH

San Diego-based Qualcomm has finally gotten victory in a very long running battle over patent infringement with a company called ParkerVision. A ruling in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted a motion for summary judgment in the case, which involved a series of patent infringement lawsuits filed over 10 years by ParkerVision. ParkerVision had initially claimed infringement on 11 patents by Qualcomm.

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Caltech Sues Samsung Over Patents After $1.1 Billion Win

socalTECH

The California Institute of Technology has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit, after winning $1.1 billion in damages in a patent infringement lawsuit last year against Broadcom. Caltech filed a lawsuit gainst Samsung, saying that Samsung's Galaxy phones, tablets, and watches use Wi-Fi chipsets which infringe on five of its patents. caltech samsung patent infringement galaxy phone legal wifi

CalTech 109
article thumbnail

Sonos Gets Patent Win Over Google

socalTECH

International Trade Commission judge ruled that the patents held by Sonos are valid, saying Google violated a part of the Tariff Act. sonos google patent infringement lawsuit wireless audioSanta Barbara-based smart speaker manufacturer Sonos has scored a win in court over Google, over an intellectual property dispute over wireless audio technology. The win came when a U.S.

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Are you wasting money filing patents?

Berkonomics

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. What is the true cost of patenting an idea? The true average cost of a single patent over the twenty years of its legal life is $56,000, when you consider all costs beyond the initial application process.

Patents 152
article thumbnail

$1.1 Billion Caltech Patent Win Vacated, New Trial Ordered

socalTECH

billion patent infringement award that Caltech had won against Apple and Broadcom was vacated by a judge on Friday, and a new trial ordered. The patent battle between Caltech and Apple and Broadcom has been raging since 2016, when Caltech sued the two over its data transmission patents. caltech samsung patent infringement galaxy phone legal wifiA historic, $1.1

CalTech 109
article thumbnail

Sonos, Google In Court Over Patents

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based Sonos and Internet giant Google were in court this week , accusing each of patent infringement, with Sonos hoping to move a Google patent suit out of California and into Texas, in the Western District of Texas court, which has a reputation as being friendlier to patent lawsuits. sonos google patent infringement lawsuit legal

Patents 109
article thumbnail

RealD Claims Patent Wins

socalTECH

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. reald patent legal infringement cinema movie content protection projection display

Patents 148
article thumbnail

Google Starts Downgrading Speakers Due to Sonos Patent Win

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based smart speaker maker Sonos has scored a major win in its patent efforts, winning a patent infringement case it had filed against Google. sonos google patent infringement lawsuit wireless audioAs a result of that win, Google has started stripping functionality from its speakers, rather than pay Sonos for licensing.

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Sonos Lobs New Patent Lawsuit At Google

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based whole home audio systems maker Sonos has filed another patent infringement suit at Google , saying that Google has infringed on five wireless audio patents held by the company. The lawsuit is the second filed against Google by Sonos, which also sued Google over similar patents in January. google sonos patent infringement lawsuit legal

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Nomadix Gets Patent Win

socalTECH

Agoura Hills-based Internet access gateway maker Nomadix says that it has received a win in a federal court, saying that Blueprint RF has infringed upon one of the company's patents. District Court judge for the Central District of California, and stems from a patent infringment lawsuit filed by Nomadix in October of 2014, covering the idea of a "portal page" which users land on when first connecting to a network, particularly in hotels. The patent owned by Nomadix is U.S.

Patents 136
article thumbnail

Sonos, Lenbrook Settle Patent Infringement Lawsuit

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based whole-home audio systems developer Sonos , and audio systems developer Lenbrook Industries have settled a patent infringement lawsuit that Sonos had filed against Lenbrook. Financial details of the settlement were not announced, however, the two said that Lenbrook Industries will pay royalties for a license to Sonos' patents for all BluOS enabled devices. sonos lenbrook audio systems patent infringement legal lawsuit bluesound bluos

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Illumina Wins Patent Infringement Suit

socalTECH

San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina has won a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Ariosa Diagnostics , according to the company, in a win in the United Kingdom. According to Illumina, it received a judgement in its favor in the patent infringement suit, from the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the United Kingdom. illumina patent infringement lawsuit legal ariosa diagnostics international london court

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Caltech Wins $1.1 Billion Patent Verdict Against Apple, Broadcom

L.A. Business Journal

billion verdict against Apple and Broadcom for allegedly infringing on the Pasadena university's wireless technology patents Caltech won a $1.1

CalTech 185
article thumbnail

Triller Sues TikTok in Patent Dispute

L.A. Business Journal

for patent infringement Video-sharing platform Triller, which is owned by Century City-based Proxima Media, is suing TikTok Inc.

article thumbnail

Nimbus Data Trumpets Patent

socalTECH

Aliso Viejo-based Nimbus Data , a developer of flash-based storage products for the cloud infrastructure market, said it has received a "new" patent for its deduplication technology. The company said it was granted patent 8,751,763, entitled "Low-overhead Deduplication within Block-based Data Storage". According to the USPTO, the patent was actually granted two years ago on June 10, 2014, and names Karmpudi V. Ramarao as inventor of the patent.

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Patent litigation can kill the small guy.

Berkonomics

When you think of patents, you think of added value to the corporation in the form of protection of its intellectual property. In fact, many corporations spend millions developing surrounding patents to form what is known as a “patent thicket,” much like Brer Rabbit jumped into to protect himself against his detractors in the briar patch. Investors like to see patents or patent applications as evidence of intellectual property value and barriers to entry.

Patents 173
article thumbnail

Glaukos Sues Ivantis Over Patents

socalTECH

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

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Fandango Gets Patent Win Over Maxwell

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based movie information, streaming, and reservations service Fandango has just received a win in court, after a California federal judge ruled in the company's favor in a patent invalidation case against Japanese company Maxwell, Ltd. Fandango had been seeking to invalidate three patents held by Maxwell over allowing access to movie and television shows for a set rental period. The patent suit, Maxwell, Ltd.

Fandango 125
article thumbnail

Iteris Settles Patent Lawsuit

socalTECH

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 Iteris said it has agreed to remove a feature from one of its products as part of the settlement. Financial details of the settlement were not announce by the companies involved. READ MORE>>.

Patents 138
article thumbnail

Ceres Gets Patent

socalTECH

patent on a genetic sequence derived from corn. The company said the patent, U.S. Patent No. 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. PTO, the inventors of the patent were Nicholai Alexandrov, Vyacheslav Brover, and Kenneth Feldman. The patent was originally filed in September of 2012.

Patents 131
article thumbnail

Glaukos Settles Patent Suit

socalTECH

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. transcend infringement patent lawsuit legal lifescience medical biotech glauko

Patents 125
article thumbnail

Lytx Trumpets New Patents

socalTECH

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. According to the company, the new patents and applications brings it to a total of 20 issued patents, and 32 patents pending. Lytx did not say what it intends to do with its growing patent trove.

Patents 131
article thumbnail

Sonos Declares Patent Victory

socalTECH

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).

Patents 125
article thumbnail

RealD Gets European Patent

socalTECH

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

Patents 125
article thumbnail

Ceres Gets Soybean Gene Patent

socalTECH

patent, covering the company's genetic sequence derived from soybean, which is aimed at producing improved soybean varieties. The company says it now has approximately 85 issued patents and numerous patent applications. The new patent, U.S. Patent No. ‌in the patent filing. ceres soybean gene genetic patent uspto agriculture biotech biotechnology seed

Patents 131
article thumbnail

Sonos Sues Lenbrook Industries Over Patent Infringement

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based whole home music system developer Sonos has sued Lenbrook Industries Ltd , the parent company of Bluesound Wireless Music Systems , over patent infringement, according to a court filing. alleging patent infringement. sonos patent infringement bluesound wireless music systems

Patents 109
article thumbnail

RealD Wins Patent Infringement Action

socalTECH

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.

Patents 126
article thumbnail

Broadcom, Tessera In Patent Settlement

socalTECH

Broadcom and Tessera Technologies have settled an ongoing patent dispute, according to Tessera, where the two have agree to settle and dismiss all pending litigation between them. Tessera said this morning that Broadcom entered into a new multi-year patent license agreement with Tessera. broadcom tessera patent legal lawsuit semiconductor

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Sonos Sues Google For Patent Infringement

socalTECH

Santa Barbara-based whole home, smart speaker manufacturer Sonos , one of Southern California's highest profile consumer electronics companies, has sued Google for patent infringement--claiming that Google has infringed on five of its patents, and seeking both a ban on the sale of Google's speakers, smartphones, and laptops, as well as financial damages. sonos google patent infringement lawsuit orrick legal

Patents 100
article thumbnail

Transphorm Gets Patents

socalTECH

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.

Patents 125
article thumbnail

ID Analytics Gets Patent

socalTECH

patent on the company''s identity manipulation detection system and method. The patent, U.S. Patent Number 13/494,976, was granted on December 23, 2014, and names Stephen Coggeshall, Wenzhoung Zhou, and Viktoria Rojkova as inventors. ID Analytics said the patent helps detect whether a consumer shows signs of deliberate identity manipulation that would indicate a significant risk of fraud. idanalytics lifelock risk management fraud prevention patent uspto legal

Patents 125
article thumbnail

Activision Blizzard Gets Patent Win

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard reported a win in court late Thursday, saying that the United States District Court, Central District of California has invalidated all patent claims asserted by McRO, Inc. Activision said it will "aggressively defend" its investments in its franchises from "entities whose sole purpose is to use patent litigation to hold innovative companies captive for monetary gain."

article thumbnail

Tinder Sues Bumble Over Patents

socalTECH

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

Patents 109
article thumbnail

Zadara Storage Gets Patent Award

socalTECH

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. The company was represented by Patent Law Group LLP in the patent filing.

Patents 149
article thumbnail

Ring Sued By Skybell Technologies Over Patents

socalTECH

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

Patents 109