Last week, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to corporations that try to use patent law as a weapon against other firms, saying that companies can only be sued for patent infringement in the places they actually do business. Now, the court has ruled again along those same lines, handing a victory to consumer […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits. The justices ruled unanimously on Monday that such lawsuits can be filed only in states where defendants are incorporated. The issue is important to many companies that complained about patent owners choosing more favorable courts in […]
There are generally three types of patents — utility, design and plant patents. Plant patents cover new plant breeds and hybrids. Utility patents cover the function and/or structure of processes, articles of manufacture and compositions of matter. Design patents cover ornamental designs for articles of manufacture. Thus, an article of manufacture can be the subject […]
WASHINGTON — The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology. Haro and Hulls traced the […]
Culver Franchising System Inc. has grown from a family restaurant to a national restaurant franchising business that takes pride in the attention it gives to its customers. One of its services included a food calculator on its website for diners to factor the nutritional content of menu items. One thing Culver’s did not count on […]
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a pair of decisions that could make it more difficult to bring patent infringement claims in some circumstances, further hampering suits brought by so-called “patent trolls.” But while the justices’ rulings in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., No. 12-786, and Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig […]
Kathryn Doyle, a partner in Riverside Law of Pennsylvania, will discuss the meaning of patent law Tuesday at the University of Rochester. Doyle will present “Patent Laws Are Changing: Are You Prepared?” at noon in the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The free event, part of the For Inventors, […]
Increased fees and provisions of section 18 are among the major concerns stakeholders have regarding the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Section 18, which goes into effect Sept. 16, involves the transitional program for covered business method patents and provides a post-grant review of patents issued before the law was enacted. David Kappos, director of the […]
The University of Rochester F.I.R.E. series will present a program on inventing from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 13 in the Class of ‘62 Auditorium. Dr. Kathryn Doyle, partner and chair of Riverside Law in Pennsylvania, will talk about the technology transfer process and when a researcher becomes an inventor and research yields an invention.
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