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Car and Driver (blog)Ford Applies to Patent “Luminescent Vehicle Molding” – Car and Driver Blog
Car and Driver (blog)
A poster on the Ford Focus RS Club forum—and first reported by Jalopnik—has discovered something mighty interesting in the form of a patent application filed on June 25: Ford may be working on vehicle body panels and elements that light up. The way …
Connecticut Law TribuneConn. IP Firm Helps ESPN Star Patent A Really Cool Cooler
Connecticut Law Tribune
‘As you can imagine, a lot of people have been playing around with cooler concepts,’ said attorney Michael Cantor, whose firm researched previous patents. If you’ve ever gone tailgating, either at a sports event or an outdoor concert, then you probably …
US court invalidates Versata patent in $391 million caseYahoo News UKNEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld the cancellation of a software patent owned by Versata Inc that previously led to a $345 million jury verdict against its …Continue Reading ...
TechdirtVenture Capital Trade Association Hires Patent Troll Lawyers, Fights Against …TechdirtSo… it seemed really, really odd earlier this year, when a guy hired by the NVCA to appear at a Congressional hearing on patent reform argued against pate…Continue Reading ...
The outcome of the Versata case:
With regard to the issues in the case, we conclude:
• On appeal in a § 18 case to this court of a
final written decision by the PTAB,
as a general principle we may review issues de-
cided during the PTAB review process, re-
gardless of when they first arose in the process, if they
are part of or a predicate to the ultimate merits.
• The invention claimed in the ’350 patent is
a covered business method patent as that
term is understood, and it does not fall
within the meaning of a “technological in-
• The PTAB’s claim constructions are af-
• The requirements of § 101 of the Patent Act
apply in a §18 review.
• The ’350 patent claims at issue were
properly held invalid under § 101
Judge Hughes wrote separately:
In reaching that conclusion,
however, the majority impermissibly
expands this court’s jurisdiction and our
scope of review to second-guess the Board’s initial deter-
mination that the patent at issue
is a “covered business method patent.”
Our review of that question is barred by
the plain language, structure, and purpose
of the post-grant review provisions; and by our recent precedent
interpreting an identical statutory bar on review in the
inter partes review provisions.
Link: http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/images/stories/opinions-orders/14-1194.Opinion.7-8-2015.1.PDFContinue Reading ...
The Indian ExpressQS University Rankings: BRICS 2015-Better ranking brings little joy for MU as …
The Indian Express
The ‘QS University Rankings: BRICS 2015′ is a ranking of the top universities in five BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The eight … “Nor have we heard of a single patent coming out of the university in the last few years …
Bob Pavey: Patent legislation unfairly tilts the playing field – San Jose …
San Jose Mercury News
Its ostensible aim is to curb lawsuits by holders of general, often vague patents who prey on unsuspecting technology users, typically small companies — thus the origin of the epithet “patent troll.” Under the proposed legislation, losers in court …
Federal Circuit Affirms That No Supplier Exception Exists When It Comes To The …
JD Supra (press release)
The Federal Circuit held that a finding that a commercial sale did not take place, would allow TMC “to circumvent the on-sale bar simply because its contracts happened to only cover the processes that produced the patented product-by process.” (Id. at *3).
Next week, all of T-Mobile’s U.S. customers will be able to call folks in Canada and Mexico — and make calls while traveling there — without any extra fees.Continue Reading ...
$$ This simplifies the assembly of the adjustment mechanism. / これによって、調整機構の組立体を簡素化する。(USP8441737)
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Further to the IPBiz post The “new normal” in jobs predicted long ago by William Bridges , there has been some discussion of comments by JEB Bush, specifically the Bush text:
“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”
There was some clarification. Also, Rick Klein of ABC noted:
But in their context and later clarification, it’s clear that Bush was making a very serious point about a very real issue: underemployment. That makes this episode an early test of Bush’s strength in the Republican field, as well as a challenge to his rivals who would consider pouncing on the moment. Would they want to attack Bush when they agree – and in fact are largely building their entire campaigns – around his broader point about an Obama economy that has left too many working too few hours?
link for Klein text: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/note-jeb-bush-meant/story?id=32324497
One notes that the issue of low work force participation [e.g., “Under President Obama, we have the lowest workforce participation rate since 1977″ and separately –The percentage of Americans in the workforce — those who either have a job or are actively seeking one — dropped to 62.6 percent, a 38-year low. — is distinct from underemployment.
This is of special concern because “underemployed” are considered to be IN the workforce. If one normalized to a factor such as “hours worked” instead of “Americans in the work force”, the situation would look worse.
As to older Americans, note from the BLS in 2008:
Since the mid-1990s there has been a dramatic shift in the part-time versus full-time status of the older workforce. The ratio of part-time to full-time employment among older workers was relatively steady from 1977 through 1990. Between 1990 and 1995, part-time work among older workers began trending upward with a corresponding decline in full-time employment. But after 1995, that trend began a marked reversal with full-time employment rising sharply. Between 1995 and 2007, the number of older workers on full-time work schedules nearly doubled while the number working part-time rose just 19 percent. As a result, full-timers now account for a majority among older workers: 56 percent in 2007, up from 44 percent in 1995.
The percentage of people 65 and older in the labor force increased from 12.1 percent in 1990 to 16.1 percent in 2010.
And, from CNBC
America’s workforce is aging, with nearly a third of workers now over 50 and employees over age 65 outnumbering teenage workers for the first time since 1948.
link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102614597Continue Reading ...
St. Louis Today summarized the recent activity:
San Francisco-based Square Inc. and St. Louisan Jim McKelvey, a Square co-founder along with Square co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, sued Washington University associate professor Robert Morley Jr. in federal court in St. Louis in 2010, alleging McKelvey’s name was left off a patent for Square, a small plastic device that plugs into a cellphone or iPad and allows merchants to process credit card transactions.
The lawsuit alleged McKelvey worked with Morley to develop a prototype for Square. Morley later filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that he was unfairly cut out of the Square enterprise after developing key software.
The litigation was stayed, or put on hold, while the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board evaluated Square’s request that the board review the patentability of 17 claims of the patent, referred to as the “’946 patent” in court documents.
So, McKelvey’s name was allegedly cut off from a patent, and Morley was cut out from the company. In the patent before PTAB, five claims survived challenge.
link: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/patent-board-issues-ruling-in-square-invention-dispute/article_e07f1731-3cf1-5fff-a1af-8e158d2dd9f2.htmlContinue Reading ...
Further to earlier posts on IPBiz (e.g., Judge Newman in Cuozzo was correct on Congressional intent on claim construction standard ) note the CAFC opinion of 8 July 2015 in the Cuozzo case located at:http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/images/stories/opinions…Continue Reading ...
ReutersU.S. court invalidates Versata patent in $391 million case | ReutersReutersWhile the appeals were proceeding, SAP separately challenged the validity of the patent at the federal patent agency. In June 2013, the agency ruled the patent was invali…Continue Reading ...
International Business TimesGoogle Working On ‘Terminator Vision’ For Google Glass, Patent Shows
International Business Times
The technology described within the patent application — formally titled “Self-Describing Three-Dimensional (3D) Object Recognition and Control Descriptors for Augmented Reality Interfaces” — would “provide for the detection and recognition of target …
Google patent uses finger frames to snap pics with Glass-like devicesEngadget
In the ongoing debate around patent reform in the US there are two distinct narratives at play. The first is well known to anyone that has even only occasionally followed the progress of the proposed legislation.
It is the claim championed by…Continue Reading ...