Posts Tagged: "patent infringement"

CAFC Says “Patented Invention” Does Not Include Methods

In the 1972 case of Deepsouth Packing Co. v. Laitram Corp, a bare majority of the Supreme Court ruled that exporting three separate boxes of parts that could be assembled abroad into a patented deveining machine in less than an hour was not actionable under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a). In response, Congress in 1984 enacted 35 U.S.C. § 271(f) to…

Twitter Sued for Patent Infringement in S. District of TX

Three weeks ago, TechRadium, Inc., a Texas Corporation with its principal place of business in Sugar Land, Texas, sued Twitter, Inc., a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in San Francisco, California, alleging the infringement of US Patent No. 7,130,389, issued on October 31, 2006, and US Patent No. 7,496,183, issued on February 24, 2009, and US Patent…

CAFC Grants Microsoft Expedited Patent Appeal in Word Case

The plot thickens as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an Order earlier today granting Microsoft an expedited appeal of its  patent infringement loss to i4i Limited Partnership.  In addition to losing approximately $300 million in a decision handed down on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, Judge Leonard Davis of the United States District Court for…

Patent Injunction: Microsoft Ordered to Stop Selling Word

Yesterday, Leonard Davis, a United States District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Texas, ordered Microsoft Corporation to stop selling Word, an order that becomes effective in 59 days (i.e., 60 days from yesterday).  The permanent injunction issued after the conclusion of a patent infringement lawsuit brought by i4i Limited Partnership, a litigation where Microsoft was found to infringe…

Foreign Patent Owners Safe From Declaratory Judgment

In a decision that is simply painful to read, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday decided in Autogenomics v. Oxford Gene Technology that a foreign patent owner cannot be made a defendant to a lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment of invalidity, unenforceability and noninfringement.  According to the majority opinion, Oxford is a British biotechnology company…

More Bad Patent News for Rambus

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has orderd a stay in the patent infringement case filed by Rambus Inc. against Micron Technology, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Nanya Technology Corporation.  The order staying the litigation was issued by the District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte, and comes after a decision earlier this month by the U.S. District Court of…

Limits on Patent Damages Would Harm US Economy

Those familiar with the trials and tribulations surrounding recent attempts to get Congress to enact patent reform know that there were a number of controversial proposals that caused the demise of patent reform efforts in 2008.  One of the more controversial proposals was the proposal that would have significantly limited the amount of patent infringement damages awarded to successful patent…

False Patent Press Release Leads to Sanctions

On November 17, 2008, I found a press release on Business Wire issued by AutoClear LLC discussing what allegedly transpired in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by American Science & Engineering, Inc. (ASE) against AutoClear in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  The trouble with this particular press release was that it was apparently completely false,…

No Contact Thermometer Patent Litigation

Kidz-Med Inc., a subsidiary of American Scientific Resources, Inc., a supplier of the Thermofocus 5-in-1 thermometer, along with Tecnimed SRL, the manufacturer of the Thermofocus, are each denying allegations that the non-contact thermometer has infringed US patents owned by Exergen Corp.  The complaint filed by Exergen Corporation on August 15, 2008, in the United States Federal District Court for the District of…

Motorola and RIM Sue Over Patents

Over the weekend both Motorola and Research In Motion sued each other.  On Saturday, February 16, 2008, Motorola sued RIM in United States Federal District Court for the District of Delaware, and also filed suit against RIM in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  I wonder if that $432 million plaintiff’s verdict against Boston Scientific had anything to do with Motorola’s decision to…