How many Texas residents have found their smartphones running out of battery life with no way to charge them? Well, that could change now that Sony's patent law application was approved. The tech giant patented a way for one smartphone to draw battery power from another.
The end of March is always an exciting time for golfers. Spring time is on the horizon, daylight savings has provided us with more sunshine at the end of the day, and the Masters is right around the corner. This year is shaping up nicely - most of the world's top players are playing well early in the season, and Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and Rickie Fowler have each already won this year. But a few weeks before the Masters, a surprising name is making a splash in the golf industry. On Monday, multiple sources reported that Costco Wholesale Corporation has filed suit in the Western District of Washington seeking a declaratory judgment that it does not infringe on eleven patents for golf balls held by Acushnet, the parent company of industry leader Titleist.
On Monday, World IP Review reported that a U.S. based business called FigureFun filed suit against Lego Systems in the Eastern District of Texas on March 8. The suit focuses on Lego's alleged infringement of two patents, Patent. No. 7,001,276 for "Gaming machine and server therefor" and Patent No. 7,338,377 for "Token with built-in IC chip." An IC chip is an integrated circuit chip, which is set of electronic circuits on a single chip. The advantages of integrated circuits are two-fold: they are both cheaper and perform better than a traditional electronic circuit. FigureFun alleges Lego is infringing upon its '276 patent by the development of Lego Dimensions, a video game for PlayStation, XBOX, and Nintendo Wii. FigureFun alleges Lego is infringing upon its '377 patent because characters in Lego Dimensions include "a token for a gaming machine on which a player plays a game by controlling the character."
Many Texas residents might feel as though they blink and the technology they use every day changes. Companies in the technology industry always seem to be tweaking and changing existing technology to do more. Just as many people have issues keeping up with the changes, some would say that outdated patent law is having the same problem.
On Monday, Law360 reported that Inventergy, Inc. has sued Apple, Inc., maker of our beloved iPhones, for allegedly infringing eight patents relating to communication equipment, base station equipment, and mobile phone's communication methods. Apple has been on notice of these claims since Inventergy approached them in January of 2015 and offered a nonexclusive license on "fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms." Apple refused to enter such an agreement.
As a Texas inventor, you might think that coming up with the idea was the easy part by the time you address all of the initial legal issues surrounding your invention. While either your patent is pending or you receive your patent, it would be nice to believe that you are done with the legalities. However, patent law outlines additional steps that need to be taken in order to safeguard your intellectual property rights.
It has been a week and a half since the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, but that does not mean that football will be leaving the news anytime soon. The offseason always brings a renewed discussion of policy issues in football, and in recent years this has meant a focus on head trauma and concussions. While the potential damage to players (understandably) is the focus of the discussion, one area that fails to get the same headlines is the technology driving the equipment used by the players.
Many Texas families purchase some sort of ride-on vehicle for their children. If Dynacraft BSC, Inc., manufactured one of those vehicles, it might be the subject of a current lawsuit filed by Fisher-Price and Mattel, Inc., which is the toy manufacturer's parent company. Fisher-Price is asserting its patent law rights by alleging that Dynacraft infringed on four of its patents.
On Monday, January 30, a jury in a Delaware district court issued a $28 million verdict in favor of Evonik Degussa GmbH. Its competitor, Materia Inc., was found guilty of infringing Evonik's U.S. Patent No. 7,378,528.
More than a few Texas residents might be familiar with medications such as Humalog (an insulin drug) and Cialis (an erectile dysfunction drug). These are the top two drugs made by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co. Its third largest seller, Alimta (a lung cancer drug), recently jumped one of three patent law hurdles.