PTAB invalidates haptic touch patent owned by Immersion enforced against Apple

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board dealt a blow to haptic touch technology specialist Immersion Corp. (IMMR) finding that the claims of a patent covering its haptic touch technology at issue in an enforcement action against Apple Inc. were unpatentable because they were obvious based on the prior art. The case was IPR2016-01372 and involved [...]

By | January 11th, 2018|Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe “is going to war” with the PTAB over concerns about its impartiality

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, which is trying to use its sovereign immunity to shield patents it acquired from Allergan Plc from review by the patent Trial and Appeal Board, “is going to war with the PTAB,” according to Michael Shore, a partner at Shore Chan Depumpo, who is one of the lawyers who dreamed [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

NPEs and operating companies filed fewer actions in 2017 driven by AIA and other market changes, RPX says

The patent enforcement business continued to struggle in 2017 with non-practicing entities and operating companies both filing infringement actions against fewer clients in recognition that changes in the patent market since 2011 have made it costlier and harder to extract settlements and especially nuisance settlements. That’s the big takeaway from RPX Corp. (RPXC)’s report “2017 [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|Patent Investing, Patent Reform, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Apple IPR petition against MEC Resources patent focuses on prior art, ignores tribal sovereign immunity

A petition for inter partes review filed by Apple Inc. (AAPL) of a patent owned by MEC Resources LLC, owned by three affiliated Native American tribes, didn’t take on the issue of tribal sovereign immunity, which has been used to shield patents from such reviews. Cupertino, California-based Apple filed IPR2018-00286 on Dec. 8 seeking to [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

High court seen as likely to find IPRs constitutional in Oil States v. Greene Energy, leave due process, takings issues for later

The U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing on the constitutionality of the American Invents Act and the inter partes review process before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board raised the possibility that the justices may rein in the perceived excesses of the PTAB eventually but not in Oil States versus Greene Energy. That's the assessment of patent [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

TiVo’s new CEO Rodriguez may struggle to improve on growth of licensing business led by Arvin Patel

TiVo Corp. (TIVO) CEO Enrique Rodriguez may find it challenging to improve on the growth of the company’s intellectual property licensing business, which has accelerated since the appointment of Arvin Patel as chief IP officer in August. When he took over as CEO last month, Rodriguez inherited a juggernaut of growth from TiVo’s IP licensing [...]

Network-1, Finjan find a win at the PTAB is no guarantee of enforcement success in district courts

As Network-1 Technologies Inc. (NTIP) and Finjan Inc. (FNJN) have recently learned and Voip-Pal Inc. (VPLM) may learn soon enough, success before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in defending the validity of patents is no guarantee of success in enforcement actions before the U.S. district courts. Until recently, patents that survived multiple IPR challenges [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Jury in Federal Court in Tyler Texas finds Network-1’s Remote Power Patent invalid and not infringed by HP

A jury in the U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas handed Network-1 Technologies Inc. a devastating loss, finding its flagship Remote Power Patent invalid and not infringed by Hewlett Packard. Shares of NetWork-1 plunged 32.95% or $1.45 to $2.95. They've traded between $2.60 and $5.05 over the past year. New York-based Network-1 said the jury [...]

By | November 14th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB|0 Comments

Proponent of patent reform U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte says he won’t seek re-election

U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee an architect of the America Invents Act, said he will not seek another term. His decision comes two days after he raised concern about how a new tactic of using tribal sovereign immunity to shield patents from challenges through the [...]

By | November 9th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing, Patent Trolling, PTAB|0 Comments

Supporters, critics of tribal sovereign immunity from IPRs fear an unbalanced patent system

The controversy over tribal sovereign immunity from inter partes review challenges of patents set off by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s acquisition of patents from Allergan PLC and SRC Labs, appears to turn on the same issues that confronted Congress before the America Invents Act of 2011, namely an allegedly unfair playing field. Based on [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling, PTAB|0 Comments