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Amazon makes good use of patent law

Texas readers may have heard that mega-retailer Amazon has some interesting ideas about the future of shipping their goods. Recently, the company has applied for patents for methods that include drones and flying ships. The innovative retailer has always used patent law to protect its technological developments, and now the company has applied for patents for underwater warehouses that would be built across the nation.

Amazon uses patent law to prevent price comparisons in stores

It may seem counterintuitive to Texas consumers that online retailing giant Amazon would want to keep customers from comparing prices while they stop at brick and mortar stores. However, the company is moving parts of its business into traditional retail stores. Could this be why Amazon decided to use patent law to keep consumers from finding a better price online?

Small businesses get big win from USSC in patent law case

Anyone in Texas who buys toner for printers knows how expensive new cartridges can be. In recent years, a market has grown that remanufactures those cartridges and sells them at a lower cost than a new one. One large printer cartridge retailer, Lexmark International, was unhappy with this loss of business and filed a lawsuit against several smaller companies that remanufacture and sell those printer cartridges. The printer giant believed that patent law was on its side, but the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled otherwise.

What does patent law say about international patents?

The internet and other modern technologies have made the world a smaller place. Now more than ever before, Texas inventors can share their products with people from every corner of the globe. As you determine the market for your product, you might discover that you need to add an international patent to your arsenal. This may make you wonder what patent law says about applying for international patents.

Will patent law support Walmart's application for new system

Most Americans, Texas residents included, do at least some online shopping. This means that traditional brick and mortar businesses like Walmart need to find a way to stay relevant and up-to-date in order to compete with other online retail giants like Amazon. In fact, Walmart is now hoping that patent law will support its application for a new online system that is already being touted as similar to the "Dash" buttons that Amazon uses.

What does patent law say about utility patents?

Once a Texas inventor creates something, he or she needs to take the next step to secure the legal rights to it. Patent law provides for three general patents, one of which is a utility patent. This type of patent covers the inventions functionality and structure. A design patent covers the way an invention looks, and a plant patent covers new variations of plants that are asexually reproducible.

Patent law issues: Responses to an application

Texas inventors know that securing their intellectual property rights is essential. They carefully fill out their patent applications and send them to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to await a decision. At this point, they know that under patent law, they must wait for a response from an examiner.

Two More Patent Casualties to Alice Ruling

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled that two patents held by Twilio Inc. were invalid under Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank because the patents fell under the category of abstract ideas implemented by a computer. This blog has highlighted several patents over the past few months that included an Alice analysis, and this case follows the same line of thinking.

Sen. Orrin Hatch weighs in on patent law case before the USSC

When filing a lawsuit against a company, it needs to be filed in the place where the company was formed or where it has substantial business ties. This location represents the "venue" where the case is heard, which for some companies could include a variety of locations. When it comes to patent law cases, lawsuits are often filed in locations where goods that supposedly infringe on another's patent are sold. It might surprise many people to know that in 2015, a favorite venue for these cases was right here in Texas, according to Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Dow Seeking En Banc Hearing in Patent Infringement Suit

On Monday, April 3, Law360 reported that Dow Agrosciences, LLC ("Dow"), a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, has requested an en banc hearing by the Federal Circuit to review a prior ruling by the Federal Circuit. In March, a three-judge panel awarded Bayer Cropscience NV ("Bayer"), a Bayer Corp. subsidiary, a $450 million judgment in a dispute between the companies over patents controlling weeds. The ruling, issued March 1, held that the review of arbitration awards is "very limited." Dow is now arguing this interpretation is incorrect because the decision violates public policy.

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