April 21, 1999
Commerce Secretary Bill Daley today will unveil an Internet database with text and images of 2 million patents and more than 1 million registered and pending trademarks. The searchable database is at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site at http://www.uspto.gov.
August 18, 2006 |
Affymetrix Inc., which makes instruments that analyze genetic information, won a court ruling Thursday in its contention that it owns a patent at issue in its lawsuit against rival Illumina Inc. U.S. District Judge Joseph Farnan in Wilmington, Del., agreed with Affymetrix and he rejected Illumina's bid to have the patent removed from the case. The patent covers a computer system for analyzing nucleic acid sequences. It's one of six patents that Santa Clara, Calif.
November 5, 2002 |
Cable television set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta Inc. on Monday said a Georgia federal court has thrown out some patent infringement claims against it made by Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. Atlanta-based Scientific-Atlanta said the court ruled that the firm's Explorer 3000 and 8600x set-top boxes do not infringe two patents held by Gemstar, which makes interactive television-programming guides.
June 29, 1997
Odetics Inc. said a federal appeals court ruled in its favor in a patent suit against Storage Technology Corp. Odetics said Friday the appeals court overturned a lower court's decision that its patents for library pass-through ports were not infringed by Storage Technology, based in Louisville, Colo. The appeals court remanded the case for consideration of infringement, Odetics said.
August 17, 2007 |
Nokia, the world's biggest mobile-phone maker, filed a U.S. trade complaint Thursday against San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., the latest in a fight between the two over royalties for chips that run cellphones. The complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, relates to patents for "wireless communication chips and chip sets," according to the commission's website. A public version of the complaint was not available.
October 13, 1999 |
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block inventors from patenting mathematical algorithms, leaving intact a powerful new legal tool for software developers, financial services companies and technology-based companies. For the second time this year, the justices rejected an appeal arguing that math formulas don't deserve the legal protection available for other innovative products and processes. The high court decision lets AT&T Corp.
February 29, 2008 |
EBay Inc. has settled a seven-year patent dispute with MercExchange that prompted an important intellectual-property ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. The San Jose-based online auction company said Thursday that it had bought the three MercExchange patents it had been accused of violating. The price was not disclosed, but EBay said the amount would not materially affect its financial results. Great Falls, Va.
July 18, 2012 |
The parent company of Venice-based visual effects house Digital Domain has settled a legal tussle with 3-D conversion rival Prime Focus World. Digital Domain, which created visual effects for the "Transformers" movies and "Tron: Legacy," has dropped a lawsuit it filed against Prime Focus in 2011 alleging that the Indian company had infringed on its patented technology for converting films from 2-D to 3-D. Under a settlement agreement announced...
March 27, 2012 |
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded two patents to Steve Jobs, the Apple Inc. co-founder who died five months ago. The patents were posthumously awarded to Jobs, as well as other employees of Apple, for their design of the current iMac and for the third-generation iPod Shuffle - which was famous for its tiny size and lack of buttons. In total, the agency awarded 19 patents to the company, which is notorious for stockpiling patents. In the past, Apple has filed patents for items ranging from products that have never made it to the public to staircases used at Apple stores around the world.
May 8, 2013 |
It took a lot of time, funding and the work of countless individual researchers to create the world's first bionic eye, which gives some sight back to the blind. How long? Well, the IBM ThinkPad (remember those?) was the world's hottest laptop computer when Second Sight Medical Products Inc. was doing some of its earliest work. Second Sight has a bank of those ThinkPad's in its offices, still dutifully plugging away on data related to the 20-year, $200-million effort to create the eye. It also took a stunning amount of patents, both in the U.S. and overseas, to protect all of the proprietary information involved in the creation of the $100,000 eye. The eye is formally called the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System.