Google and other tech giants unveil the High Tech Inventors Alliance to work toward a “balanced” U.S. patent system

Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Google, Intel, Oracle and Salesforce, who invested $62.9 billion in research and development in 2016, collectively own more than 115,000 patents and employ more than 447,000 in the U.S, have joined together to form the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), dedicated to supporting “balanced patent policy.” The alliance’s focus on a balanced patent system [...]

Crossroads seeks rehearing of ex parte re-exam at PTAB and Federal Circuit rulings cancelling patents in IPRs

Crossroads Systems (CRDS), the patent licensing company run by CEO Richard Coleman Jr., said it has asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reconsider its rejection of claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,897,311 in an ex parte reexamination proceeding. The Austin, Texas-based company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

Senator Chris Coons’ STRONGER patent reform bill seen as antidote to anti-patent troll legislation

Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, introduced new patent-owner friendly legislation designed to rebalance the U.S. patent system by restoring injunctive relief and getting rid of the gamesmanship in the inter partes review and post-grant review processes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The new bill is called the Support Technology & Research [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to find IPR process unconstitutional, patent market observers say

The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to uphold the constitutionality of the inter partes review (IPR) process in in Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Group despite what could be described as magical thinking by patent owners, patent market observers say. The high court took up only one of three questions presented by Oil States in [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

USPTO Associate Solicitor Matal elevated to acting director in wake of Lee’s abrupt resignation

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal was elevated to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, according to a statement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The position is effective June 7 and follows the resignation of Michelle Lee. The statement [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments

USPTO forms working group to comply with Trump executive order on deregulation

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said on Friday march 24 it had formed a working group  on regulatory reform to consider, review and recommend ways to improve, revise and streamline regulations in an effort to comply with President Donald Trump's executive order requiring two regulations be discarded in order to put a new one [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

USPTO grants Network-1 its 17th patent related to Cox portfolio acquired in 2013

Network-1 Technologies Inc. (NTIP), the patent licensing company run by CEO Corey Horowitz, said it was granted a 17th patent related to the patent portfolio acquired from Professor Ingemar Cox in 2013. The New York-based company said the newly issued patent — U.S. Patent No. 9,558,190, entitled “System and Method for Taking Action with Respect [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update2) USPTO Director Michelle Lee is said to be staying on under incoming Trump administration

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee has agreed to stay on under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump and an announcement is expected, according to multiple news outlets. Several sources said the Trump transition team was working on an announcement about Lee's re-appointment that could come out as early as Thursday evening. Paul [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|exec changes, Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

Jury orders Cantor unit to pay $400K to USPTO Deputy Director Slifer for reneging on terms of patent sale

A jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan ordered a unit of Cantor Fitzgerald to pay $400,000 in damages to Russell Slifer to compensate the deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the Cantor unit’s failure to live up to the terms of a patent sale agreement. Slifer sold some gaming patents [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, USPTO|0 Comments

(Update1) Equitable IP Chairman Dean Becker seeks info from public for his IPR battles with Unified Patents

Dean Becker, chairman of Equitable IP Holdings Corp., the private patent fund company that has taken over the enforcement actions of Spherix Inc. (SPEX), is trying to enlist the help of the public in gathering information on the ownership and membership of Unified Patents, the privately held company that has filed some 60 inter partes [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent Trolling, PTAB, USPTO|0 Comments