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.

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. RealD develops 3D movie projection technology.

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. 8:18-cv-00014, Skybell Technologies, Inc. ring doorbell skybell technologies patent lawsuit legal uspto

Jacobs Buys Technology, Patents From Bayer AG

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Pasadena-based Jacobs Engineering Group said this morning that it has acquired the patent rights to a process for removing sulfuric acid from gases from Bayer AG. Financial terms of the technology buy were not announced. Jacobs Engineering said it acquired the BAYQUIK quasi-isothermal sulfuric acid converter technology and other related technology from Bayer AG, in a deal that includes all relevant Bayer technical, commercial and market information, plus transition services.

Powerwave Technologies Launches Patent Suit

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Santa Ana-based Powerwave Technologies , which develops wireless products, has launched a patent lawsuit against Microelectronics Technology, Inc. According to Powerwave, it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, claiming that MTI is infringing on one of its patents. The patent in question is U.S. Patent 6,818,477, covering printed circuit board 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.

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

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

Nimbus Data Trumpets Patent

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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.

UC Santa Barbara Sues Walmart, Target, Amazon Over Filament LED Patent

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In a major, patent lawsuit, the University of California, Santa Barbara has sued the five biggest retailers of filament "Edison-style" LED lighting, saying all of those bulbs violate patents held by UC Santa Barbara. International Trade Commission and lawsuits against five major retailers for the unauthorized distribution of what it says is its patented filament LED lighting technology.

Local Corporation Gets Patent

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Irvine-based Local Corporation , the operator of online local advertising websites, said today that it has been granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. The firm said the new patent, number 8,306,208, covers pay-per-call technology.

Universal Electronics Settles Patent Suit With Peel Technologies

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Santa Ana-based wireless control technology developer Universal Electronics said this morning that it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Peel Technologies. The two have now agreed to dismiss their respective patent infringement claims against each other. universal electronics patent infringement lawsuit legal wireless remote

Broadcom, Tessera In Patent Settlement

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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

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.

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.

Activision Blizzard Gets Patent Win

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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. McRO had sued Activision over the use of lip synchronization and facial expression technology in Call of Duty, Skylanders, and StarCraft II. activision blizzard patent lawsuit legal mcro planet blue callofduty synchronization uspto

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.

Snap Sued By BlackBerry Over Patents

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in a patent infringement suite filed with the U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles)--the result of a patent litigation push by BlackBerry Ltd. looks similar to another lawsuit filed by Blackberry last month against Facebook, alleging Snapchat's app uses messaging technology owned by the company. snap snapchat blackberry patent infringement litigation legal messagingVenice, California-based Snap has been sued by BlackBerry Ltd. ,

Illumina Wins Favorable Ruling In Patent Suit

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San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina said Thursday that it has received a favorable outcome in its patent litigation against Life Technologies. Patent Nos. 5,616,478; 5,958,698 and 6,001,568, which are owned by Life Technologies.

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.

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.:

Sonos, Sound United Settle Patent Spat

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Vista-based Sound United , the parent firm of audio brands Denon, Marantz, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, HEOS, Boston Acoustics and ClasseAudio, says it has settled all of the patent infringement litigation between the company and Santa Barbara-based Sonos. litigation lawsuit legal infringement patent united sound sonos

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

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.

Western Digital, Rambus In Patent Licensing Deal

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Irvine-based Western Digital is in a patent licensing agreement with Sunnyvale-based Rambus , Rambus announced on Monday. Rambus aid the agreement covers its patented memory technologies, including high-speed interfaces, memory architectures, resistive memory and security technologies, for use in Western Digital's flash products through 2021. western digital flash patent license licensing legal rambus hardware

Covario Scores SEO Patent

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San Diego-based Covario , the search engine optimization and search engine marketing software firm headed by Russ Mann, revealed this week that it has secured its first patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The firm said the patent covers technology used in its SEO Audit Score System. The patent number is 7,877,392. Patent and Trademark Office, inventors on the patent include Ray Grieselhuber, Brian Bartell, Dema Zlotin, and Russ Mann.

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Acacia Makes Patent Buy

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Acacia Research , the patent and licensing firm which aggressively licenses its portfolio of patents to technology companies, said Monday that it has acquired 7 medtech patent portfolios, comprising over 150 patents and pending applications. The firm said the patents are related to medical devices, biologics and diagnostic techniques. Acacia owns a wide range of patents, and regularly pursues companies for licensing terms covering those patents.

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.

NewEgg's Quest Against A Patent Troll

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Most high tech executives in Southern California might not be aware that Newegg , the online electronics and technology products retailer, is based here in the City of Industry. newegg patent ecommerce legal lawyer troll

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VIZIO Wins In Patent Lawsuit

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Irvine-based VIZIO , the manufacturer of HDTVs and other consumer electronics, said it has scored a win in another patent lawsuit today, saying that it has defeated a "patent troll". VIZIO said that it was granted summary judgement of invalidity on a patent held by Lochner Technologies LLC, a "non-practicing entity" (NPE). The entire issue of "patent trolls" is now being advised by a White House task force to address the issue.

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

RFaxis Gets Patents

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Irvine-based RFaxis , the semiconductor startup headed by Mike Neshat, reported Thursday that the firm has just received four patents for its technology. The firm said it now has had more than 30 patents filed for its architecture of its RF, front-end integrated circuits. The firm did not details the patents, however, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that patents No. All four patents name Oleksandr Gorbachov -- the firm's CTO -- as the inventor.