Internet users quickly learned about the standoff between technology companies and Hollywood on Wednesday. Google blacked out its name, Reddit shut down for 12 hours, and Wikipedia blacked out its main site for the full day. At issue are two congressional proposals intended to limit online piracy of movies and TV programs.
American Auto-Matrix announced that it resolved its patent infringement lawsuit against TSI Inc. with an amicable and mutually beneficial settlement. The lawsuit, which had been pending in federal court since May 17, 2010, involved AMM’s U.S. Patent number 5,764,579, entitled “System for Controlling Laboratories with Fume Hoods”.
Plessey Semiconductors announced that it has agreed to a product licensing agreement with Intel Corp. and a share warrant agreement with Intel Capital. Under the terms of the licensing agreement, Plessey will be licensed to manufacture, sell, and support a select number of products in Intel's digital tuner portfolio.
FEI announced that it has acquired ASPEX Corporation of Delmont, Pa. ASPEX provides rugged scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and related services for environmentally demanding military, industrial, and factory floor applications.
Honeywell announced that it has signed a five-year contract extension with Sigma-Aldrich, under which Honeywell will continue to supply high-purity solvents and reagents to Sigma-Aldrich.
N.E. Chemcat Corporation has licensed electrocatalysts developed by scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory that can reduce the use of costly platinum and increase the effectiveness of fuel cells for use in electric vehicles. In addition, the license includes innovative methods for making the catalysts and an apparatus design used in manufacturing them.
Creative entrepreneurial spirit re-emerged as a positive outcome of the deep recession, with economic recovery led by a new generation of entrepreneurs who started businesses based upon the products of their minds. These products are protected by intellectual property (IP) rights. In the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, intellectual property rights are at risk if an entrepreneur were engaged in IP litigation.
Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc. announced a new benchmark in NAND Flash technology—the world's first 20 nm, 128 Gb, multilevel-cell (MLC) device. The companies also announced mass production of their 64 Gb 20 nm NAND, which further extends the companies' leadership in NAND process technology.
IBM and Micron Technology Inc. announced that Micron will begin production of a new memory device built using the first commercial CMOS manufacturing technology to employ through-silicon vias. IBM's advanced TSV chip-making process enables Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube to achieve speeds 15 times faster than today's technology.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has signed option agreements with three companies that will lead to products designed to increase the storage capacity of batteries used to power portable devices and electric vehicles, reduce the cost of fuel cells used to generate electricity from hydrogen, and detect pests hidden behind walls in buildings.
Reinnervate and Mirus Bio announced a commercial agreement to launch a new range of products for the transfection of cells cultured in 3D. Under the agreement, Mirus will produce and sell kits combining TransIT-3D Transfection Reagent, alvetex 3D cell culture plates, and detailed protocols for achieving transfection of selected cell lines growing in 3D.
FEI announced that it has acquired TILL Photonics, a Munich, Germany-based company that provides high-resolution digital light microscopes and high-speed imaging systems for live cell fluorescence microscopy.
Leica Microsystems has signed an agreement with the Max Planck Society and the German Cancer Research Center for the development of the next generation of super-resolution STED (stimulated emission depletion) microscopy.
Cabot Corporation has added graphene technology to its portfolio through an intellectual property licensing agreement with XG Sciences Inc. Under the agreement, Cabot will license intellectual property rights to XG's xGnP graphene nanoplatelets technology, including detailed know-how regarding the manufacturing process.
Oxford Instruments plc, a provider of high-technology tools and systems for industry and research, announced the acquisition of Platinum Medical Imaging LLC.
Horizon Discovery Ltd. announced a strategic partnership agreement with Promega Corporation, which centers on the delivery of endogenous gene reporting capabilities, in the form of Promega's luciferase and HaloTag reporter technologies, using Horizon's homologous recombination-based precision genome editing technology (rAAV GENESIS).
Micron Technology Inc. and Singapore's A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) jointly announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement to collaborate on the development of spin transfer torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM), a promising alternative non-volatile memory technology for next-generation storage.
For years, experts and officials have complained about cyberattacks emanating from China. Now, U.S. intelligence agencies have published a report that offers the first detailed public accusations from U.S. officials, saying computer attacks by foreign governments and corporate hackers are on the rise and represent a "persistent threat to U.S. economic security."
Genia Photonics Inc. announced a strategic partnership and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). The partnership will promote Genia's fiber-based laser technology development to a higher level and provide new opportunities for Genia's product applications.
Navitar Inc. announced a new licensing agreement with Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH. Under the terms of the contract, Carl Zeiss will license Navitar’s Hoffman Modulation Contrast (HMC) trademark for use in their iHMC product line.
Dassault Systèmes announced the acquisition of Elsys, a provider of interactive electrical engineering and disruptive multi-discipline generative schematics solutions.
Identifying atypical information in financial data early could help identify problematic financial trends such as the systemic risk that recently put the U.S. and global financial systems in a downward fall. Recognizing such anomalous information can also help regulators, investors, and advisors better manage their investment and savings portfolios. Now, new analytical software developed by Battelle researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory can do just that.
Expecting the worst, NASA agents swept in on a 74-year-old woman in a Denny’s restaurant five months ago to recover what believed to be a moon rock being sold on the black market. The woman claimed the tiny speck of rock, encased in acrylic, was given to her husband by Neil Armstrong. Armstrong says otherwise, and NASA is silent on the case.
SGD Inc., a single source wholesale supplier of specialty gas equipment, has acquired Special Gas Supplies LLC. Special Gas Supplies will now be operating out of SGD's facility in Emerson, N.J.
Affitech A/S and GE Healthcare Life Sciences announced that GE Healthcare Life Sciences has executed an exclusive license for the worldwide marketing and sales of products containing recombinant Protein L, granted by Affitech in a patent and know-how license agreement.