Sue Decker spent two-thirds of her 36-year journalism career covering intellectual property litigation and policy for Bloomberg News before retiring from full time work earlier this year to become a potter and teacher. Her IP interest focuses on how patent disputes affect business decisions and consumer choice, and analyzing patenting trends to glean the future.
Roomba maker IRobot Corp. came closer to its goal of knocking down cheaper rival SharkNinja after winning a decision in its patent-infringement case at the International Trade Commission (ITC/Commission), though it wasn’t a clear victory. ITC Judge MaryJoan McNamara said SharkNinja infringed two of four asserted iRobot patents, according to a notice posted last week on the agency’s electronic docket. The judge’s full findings won’t be public for a couple of weeks, to enable both sides to redact confidential business information.