Google Sues Sonos Over Patents

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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.

RealD Gets Patent Win

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Los Angeles-based 3D movie technology developer RealD announced on Wednesday that the company has scored a patent win in Europe. According to the company, the European Patent Office (EPO) has upheld the validity on one of its key patents for light-doubling 3D cinema projection systems. RealD said the ruling will bolster its case against Volfoni, who the company is suing over infringement of its patents.

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Newegg Wins Another Patent Suit, Launches Sale In Celebration

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Los Angeles-based online retailer Newegg said this morning that it has scored another win over what it called a "patent troll"--and has launched a 24-hour flash sale on its site in celebration. Newegg said it won a patent infringement lawsuit file against the company by TQP Development, which had claimed Newegg infringed upon a patent covering basic online encryption. Newegg's big celebration sale runs through the rest of today.

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Sonos Sues Google For Patent Infringement

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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

Mindspeed Gets $5.3M In Patent Sale

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Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Mindspeed Technologies announced today that it has sold of a portfolio of legacy patents, for $5.3M. Specific details on the sale and the buyer of the patents was not disclosed by the company. The firm said the new sale comes on top of a previously announced, $10.0M patent sale it announced in July. Mindspeed said the patent sales puts the firm in its "strongest net cash position in over five years."

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. In exchange, it said Transcend will pay the company 1% of future net sales, via quarterly payments, up to a maximum amount of $6M.

OnGreen Launches Patent Marketplace

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Pasadena-based OnGreen , the online marketplace for green and clean technology businesses, said today that it has launched a new, patent marketplace focused on allowing users to license or sell their intellectual property (IP). OnGreen said the patent exchange will focus on promoting the sale and licensing of green and clean technology patents and other form of IP. Tags: ongreen patent intellectual property legal exchange marketplace

Mindspeed Sells Patents

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Newport Beach-based chip provider Mindspeed Technologies said this morning that it has sold off a number of its patents in a $10M intellectual property sale. According to Mindspeed, the "legacy" patent sale includes $7.5M Name of the buyer of the patents was not disclosed, nor were the specific patents covered in the sale. Tags: mindspeed patent merger acquisition intellectual property

VIZIO Signs Another Patent Licensee

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Irvine-based VIZIO , the maker of HDTVs, has signed another patent license deal, this time with Seiki Digital , the company said Tuesday. VIZIO said that Seiki has agreed to make royalty payments to VIZIO for sales of licensed products. VIZIO has been aggressively signing up companies as licensees to its patent portfolio, which it describes as a "substantial worldwide patent portfolio directed to digital television technology."

Newegg Puts Muscle Behind Anti-Patent Troll Effort

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Los Angeles-based online electronics e-commerce giant Newegg said it is donating proceeds from a sale of T-shirts, to help defend what it says is a patent troll victim. The company has been adamant in attacking "patent trolls"--patent holders who have been suing companies, usually small, over usually dubious patent claims that they own solely to sue other people. newegg foam arrow larp larper role playing patent infringement legal

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Irvine Sensors Gains $9.5M In Patent Sale

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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. Tags: aprolase patent sensors irvine

VIZIO Licenses Patents To Westinghouse Digital

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Irvine-based HDTV manufacturer VIZIO said this morning that it has licensed its digital TV patent portfolio to Westinghouse Digital LLC , a manufacturer of HDTVs, settling a patent dispute between the companies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however, VIZIO said that Westinghouse has agreed to make royalty payments to VIZIO for sales of licensed products. vizio westinghouse digital television patent legal

Getting A Software Patent Is Valuable But Frustrating

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For a software startup, a patent can be the intellectual property providing the key competitive advantage, or it can be an expensive non-defensible bureaucratic nightmare -- or both. I still generally advise software startups to file a patent as a barrier to entry from competitors and to increase their valuation by investors, but every entrepreneur needs to understand the tradeoffs. Some argue to simply eliminate software patents, while others put their hopes in U.S.

Irvine Sensors Sells Patents

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Costa Mesa-based Irvine Sensors, which develops image processors, electro-optic cameras, and other sensor technology, said this morning that it is selling a number of its patents and patent applications to Aprolase Development Co., in cash for the patents. The firm will license back the patents for royalty-free use.

InTouch Technologies Settles Patent Suit

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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.

Qualcomm Says Chinese Court Has Banned Some Apple iPhone Sales

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The San Diego chipmaker said a Chinese court has ordered four Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) subsidiaries in China to stop the sale and import of seven iPhone models in that country. Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ) said the court had granted two preliminary injunctions against the subsidiaries over patents the San Diego company said Apple had violated. Qualcomm announced a win Monday in its ongoing and multijurisdictional legal battle with Apple.

Mindspeed Sells Patents, Gets $15M Line Of Credit

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Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies, a supplier of semiconductors to the networking industry, said today that it has sold a number of its patents for $2M, and also scored a $15M line of credit from Silicon valley Bank. According to Mindspeed, it gained $2M from the sale of "non-core" patents. The patent deal also includes future revenue from licensing royalties. The buyer of those patents was not disclosed.

German Court Sides with Qualcomm in Patent Litigation Versus Apple

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A court in Munich, Germany, has ordered Apple to stop imports and sales in Germany of all models of iPhone that infringe on Qualcomm’s intellectual property, the San Diego wireless giant said Thursday. The court ruled that Cupertino, CA-based Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) infringed a Qualcomm patent that relates to a way to extend a smartphone’s battery life by enabling it to use power more efficiently.

Lawsuit Against Kingston Goes To Jury Trial

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A $15M lawsuit against Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology has gone to jury trial, with a company, Pavo Solutions LLC , seeking $15M in damages for what it says is patent infringement on a design for a swiveling USB flash memory cover. According to a report from Law360, Pavo Solutions claims Kingston made "tens of millions of dollars in profits and $233 million in sales" from the USB flash memory device which uses the swiveling cover.

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RealD Sues Volfoni, CinemaNext

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Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against two companies in Germany, Volfoni and CinemaNext , allegig the two are infringing on a number of its patents. According to RealD, it filed suit against Volfoni SAS, Volfoni GmbH and CinemaNext Deutschland Gmbh in a court in Dusseldorf, Germany, and is seeking an injunction banning the sale of the infringing devices and seeks financial damages.

Qualcomm Adds Another Chinese License, With Vivo

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Qualcomm said the new patent license deal--which is consistent with the terms of the plan it has filed with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)--covers the development, manufacturing, and sales of 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000 and 4G LTE equipment in China. legal international ndrc vivo wcdma license telecom patent china qualcommSan Diego-based Qualcomm announced yet another license deal in China over the weekend, this time with vivo Communication Technology Co.,

Materia Faces Legal Challenge From German Company

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patent infringement verdict over a chemical bond component Materia makes in January, and claims that Materia is still offering those infringing products for sale on its website. degussa evonik lawsuit legal infringement patent catalyst science material germany materiaPasadena-based material science technology developer Materia appears to be facing some legal challenges in court, according to Law360.

Yuneec Sued By DJI Over Drone Technology

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Ontario, California-based Yuneec , the Inland Empire-based consumer drone manufacturer which recently unveiled a drone platform with 4K video at CES, has been sued by competitor DJI , claiming patent infringement on two of its patents. In the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court, Central District of California, DJI claimed that Yuneec violated its patent on an interchangable, gimbal-based mounting system for cameras on its drones.

Kyocera Sues Kodak

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business from San Diego, said this morning that it has sued Eastman Kodak Company , for infringement on an inkjet patent. Patent No. Kyocera claims that Kodak's injet printers are infringing on the patent. Kyocera said it is seeking monetary damages and an injunction against Kodak to cease manufacturing and sales of products of infringing products. kyocera kodak injet patent infrigement legal lawsuitKyocera , the Japanese electronics firm which operates its U.S.

MaxLinear Sued By Competitor

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Silicon Laboratories said it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against MaxLinear in the Southern District of California, San Diego Division. Silicon Labs said it now has patent litigation against MaxLinear covering twenty of its patent related to RF and mixed-signal design. Silicon Labs said it is asking the court for an injunction stopping the sale of all of MaxLinear's infringing products. maxlinear mixed signal semiconductor patent infringement lawsuit

Typo Fights Back Against BlackBerry

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Typo , the Los Angeles startup backed by Ryan Seacrest which is developing a BlackBerry-like keyboard for the iPhone, has struck back against the patent lawsuit filed against the firm by BlackBerry. According to reports , Typo has submitted arguments to a California court against an injunction preventing sales of its keyboard. typo angeles startup patent infringement lawsuit blackberry keyboard legal intellectual property court

Hire for your core. Partner for the rest.

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Patents, branding, marketing and more. In the patent world, we protect this intellectual core with what we call a “patent thicket,” aptly describing the attempt to surround the core patent with other patents that defend the core and further prevent competitors from attacking the central component of the business. Or we do so with brilliant research and development, highly trained sales forces, large advertising campaigns, or secret processes.

Peregrine Semiconductor Sues RF Micro Devices, Motorola Mobility

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San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor has sued two of its competitors, RF Micro Devices and Motorola Mobility , claiming patent infringement, the firm said this morning. District Court over the patents, which it says covers silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology for RF ICs. Peregrine is seeking an exclusion order on the importantion and sale of infringing products, plus damages. peregrine semiconductor microdevices rfmicrodevices motorola mobility patent legal lawsuit

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Broadcom Files Another Suit Against Qualcomm

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Irvine-based Broadcom has filed another lawsuit against San Diego-based Qualcomm, saying Wednesday that it has filed a complaint asserting that Qualcomm's sales and licensing practices amount to patent misuse. Broadcom is looking to have Qualcomm's patents and patent licenses as unenforceable. The filing is the latest in a running battle between Qualcomm and Broadcom over their respective patent portfolios

Illumina Countersues Life Technologies

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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

Acacia Hires Two Execs

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Newport Beach-based Acacia Research , the patent licensing firm, said this morning that it has hired on two new executives. Lezama was previously VP of Sales at NextWave Wireless, and also has served at Marvell Semiconductor and Texas Instruments; Grossman was at Altera, and also has served at Qualcomm and Intel. acacia research patent licensing executive semiconductor

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What’s a “data room” and how do you use it?

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Copies of intellectual property filings such as patents, copyrights and trademarks, all owned URL addresses, and even copies of source code, may be resident in the deal room, dependent upon the type of buyer. First, what’s a “deal book?”. Maybe you have not heard the term, “deal book.”

Acacia Research Gets $12.4M Win Against Yahoo

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Newport Beach-based patent licensing firm Acacia Research Corporation has scored a major patent lawsuit win, this time against Yahoo! , in a final judgment for willful infringement of the firm's patents. Acacia also said that it has been awarded a royalty rate on all Yahoo IMVironment sales of 23%. Acacia has acquired a significant portfolio of patents, which it aggressively licenses to firms. Tags: acacia research patent legal licensing lawsuit yahoo

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Xencor In Licensing Deal With Merck

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Xencor said that the deal provides Merck with access to one of its patents for therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. Xencor said the non-exclusive license will provide Xencor with an upfront payment and annual maintenance fees, along with milestone payments associated with the successful development of Merck product candidates, and royalties on sales. xencor merck licensing patent therapeutic monoclonal antibodies lifescience

Non-competes, gray areas, and salvaging a failed purchase

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And because there was consideration paid to you in the sale, that clause is binding upon you and is effective almost everywhere. Patents expire after 14 or 20 years – depending upon type – and publicly disclosed patent information is no longer subject to your original agreements after that expiration, as long as you use only the publicly disclosed information as filed within the patents themselves.). Last week we introduced the subject of non-compete agreements.

Non-competes, gray areas, and salvaging a failed purchase

Berkonomics

And because there was consideration paid to you in the sale, that clause is binding upon you and is effective almost everywhere. Patents expire after 14 or 20 years – depending upon type – and publicly disclosed patent information is no longer subject to your original agreements after that expiration, as long as you use only the publicly disclosed information as filed within the patents themselves.). Last week we introduced the subject of non-compete agreements.

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

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“Good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean, Needs not the painted flourish of your praise: Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, Not uttered by base sale of chapmen’s tongues” . Patents held by startups generally have a limited ability to reduce competition.

VIZIO Sues Competitor

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saying late Wednesday that it has filed a patent infringement suite against the firm. VIZIO also said it is seeking awards of damages for "millions" of past infringing sales. Details on the patents in question were not released. Tags: vizio legal lawsuit hdtv patent infringement Irvine-based HDTV maker VIZIO has sued Japanese competitor Funai Electric Company, Ltd.

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HP Settles With Two SoCal Firms Over Inkjet Imports

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Printer giant HP disclosed this morning that it has settled with two, Southern California importers of inkjet cartridges, as part of a larger investigation by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) over importation and sale of HP 02-comatible inkjet ink cartridges. HP said that those two firms have agreed that HP's patents are valid, will cease and desist from selling HP 02 cartridges, and have paid the firm an undisclosed amount of money.

Broadcom: Qualcomm In Contempt, Again

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Irvine-based Broadcom is continuing its patent skirmish with San Diego-based Qualcomm, saying Tuesday that Qualcomm has been held in contempt of an injunction entered into last December, covering the use, sale, and import of certain EV-DO chips. According to Broadcomm, Qualcomm has been ordered to retrieve the chips, and destroy them, or to pay Broadcom Qualcomm's gross profits on the sales. Patent No.

How much do you spend on R&D? Is it enough?

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Companies that are successful with their first product must begin thinking about the costs of additional products or of that product’s replacement well before any evidence of a peak in sales is noticed. To attempt to find an average number, companies should “tax” themselves by reserving some percentage – say ten percent of their net revenues or two percent of sales – for research and new product development. Why do profitable, mature businesses die away?

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Kingston Technology Unable To Shake $7.5M Jury Award

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jury award for patent infringement on a "swiveling" cover for a USB flash memory device, after a California federal judge rejected the company's legal challenge to the jury's findings. The original lawsuit had claimed that Kingston had made "tens of millions of dollars in profits and $233 million in sales" from those USB flash memory devices with those swiveling covers. Fountain Valley-based memory giant Kingston Technology was unable to reduce a $7.5M

Everything you do adds or reduces company value

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The question to study in your board meeting long before making any offer to purchase a candidate business is: “Would this acquisition add significantly to our enterprise value and attractiveness in an eventual sale?”.