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iPad dispute signals new era in trademark troubles

March 7, 2012 3:24 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Financially troubled Proview Electronics Co., a computer monitor and LED light maker, says it registered the iPad trademark in China and elsewhere more than a decade ago and wants Apple to stop selling or making the popular tablet computers under that name. Whatever the outcome, the dispute highlights the rising stakes of the trademark name game in the increasingly lucrative China consumer market, one that most global companies cannot afford to miss out on regardless of the risks.

New pilot survey reveals importance of intellectual property

February 27, 2012 3:14 am | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Census Bureau has revamped and expanded their Business R&D and Innovation Survey, which collects information from a nationally representative sample of about 40,000 companies. The results indicate that trademarks and trade secrets are the most important form of intellectual property protection, ahead of copyrights and patents.

Patent activities still not widely used in tenure evaluations

February 23, 2012 3:39 am | News | Comments

Should patent and commercialization activities by faculty count toward tenure and promotion? A large percentage of universities still do not include commercialization considerations for tenure and promotion, even six years after Texas A&M University created a stir by adding commercialization considerations as a sixth factor in tenure evaluations.


Pharma's niche focus spurs U.S. aid for antibiotics

January 26, 2012 11:28 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The pharmaceutical industry won approval to market a record number of new drugs for rare diseases last year, as a combination of scientific innovation and business opportunity spurred new treatments for diseases long-ignored by drug companies. Many of these so-called orphan drugs offer extra patent protections and faster government approval.

Experts see tough road for Kodak to reinvent self

January 20, 2012 7:19 am | by Dave Carpenter, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Kodak is at a crossroads: It could go the way of Circuit City, or it could prosper after bankruptcy like General Motors. Even in bankruptcy, the company boasts some enviable strengths, including a rich collection of photo patents, and more than $4 billion in annual sales. But it may be too late for a transition.

American Auto-Matrix resolves patent infringement lawsuit against TSI

January 10, 2012 5:32 am | News | Comments

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”.

Natcore receives NREL “black silicon” solar cell license

December 22, 2011 7:31 am | News | Comments

An R&D 100 Award-winning technology from National Renewable Energy Laboratory has recently been licensed to Natcore, a Colorado-based company that is able to commercialize the “black silicon” technology with its liquid phase deposition process.

Thomson Reuters publishes list of top global innovators

November 16, 2011 8:03 am | by R&D Editors | News | Comments

The 100 top innovators have been ranked this week by the Thomson Reuters’ intellectual property (IP) consulting arm. The U.S. continues to lead this list with a large share of innovators, and Asia and Europe place second and third, respectively. However, China is not yet ranked because of its practices regarding protecting IP and commercializing products globally.


Can Kodak rescue itself via a patent bonanza?

October 31, 2011 7:58 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Patents have become highly valuable to digital device makers who want to protect themselves from intellectual property lawsuits, and Kodak, which is facing the worst crisis of its 131-year history, is banking on this trend to save itself from ruin.

Will Steve Jobs' final vendetta haunt Google?

October 25, 2011 5:24 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Among the many revelations from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple’s co-founder is the anger Jobs had toward Google, which he claimed stole technology and features from Apple for its Android software. His comments suggest Google, which has been acquiring patents to shore up its legal claims, may face vigorous court battles with Apple.

Crocus and IBM sign tech development and patent agreements

October 7, 2011 1:44 pm | News | Comments

A new set of agreements between magnetic memory developer Crocus and IBM will provide mutual access to patents that will enable the companies to collaborate and integrate magnetic technology into semiconductor products.

Non-compete agreements create ‘career detours’

October 5, 2011 1:55 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Technology firms frequently require workers to sign non-compete agreements, which typically bar their employees from joining rival companies for one to two years. A new study of more than 1,000 engineers, conducted by an MIT professor, shows that these agreements come with a high cost for employees.

Obama signs patent reform legislation

September 16, 2011 11:12 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a major overhaul of the U.S. patent system, a measure designed to ease the way for inventors to bring their products to market. Passed in a rare display of congressional bipartisanship, the America Invents Act is the first significant change in patent law since 1952. It has been hailed as a milestone that would spur innovation and create jobs.


Ziptronix, Sony sign licensing agreement

September 6, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

Ziptronix Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Corporation for the use of Ziptronix's patents regarding oxide bonding technology for backside illumination imaging sensors.

Federal court upholds patenting on human genes

August 3, 2011 5:24 am | by Marley Seaman, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A federal court said Friday that human genes can be patented, reversing a lower court's ruling that involved a test for breast cancer but which could have had big implications for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Google buys about 1,000 IBM patents

August 1, 2011 12:32 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After losing out to a consortium of technology companies during bidding for thousands of patents from the bankrupt Nortel, Google has bolstered its war chest with a collection of patents from IBM, one of the industry’s leading generators of intellectual property. The move has less to do with innovation than it does an effort to defend against lawsuits from other tech companies.

Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents

July 25, 2011 5:00 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix. Generic competition will decimate sales of the brand-name drugs and cut costs to patients and companies that provide health benefits.

Space shuttle's science brought payoffs to Earth

July 19, 2011 7:14 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA often gets criticized for not living up to the hype when it comes to generating everyday technologies. Tang, to take the oft-cited example, was used by NASA, but not invented by the Apollo program. But defenders point to evidence that Space Shuttle program has prompted innovation that could have occurred in no other way.

Judges approve $4.5B Nortel patents sale

July 11, 2011 12:54 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A consortium that includes a veritable who’s-who of telecommunications and software giants have successfully placed their $4.5 billion cash bid for thousands of patents held by bankrupt telecom-equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp. The patents cover technologies that include data networking, semiconductors and 4G wireless systems. Nortel won three R&D 100 Awards for its products in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Ruling awaited in Kodak patent battle with Apple

June 23, 2011 7:41 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington is expected to issue a ruling Thursday on Kodak's complaint that its 2001 image-preview patent was infringed by iPhone behemoth Apple Inc., of Cupertino, California, and Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry. The embattled company is hoping to negotiate a licensing deal for the technology worth $1 billion.

In making innovation happen, does place matter?

May 20, 2011 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Do scientists' job locations have any impact on the way their work spreads? According to a study co-authored by an MIT economist, yes, it does, even in the Internet age. Frequent job and location switches, for example, can increase citation frequency for published works. But what happens with patents is entirely different.

Chinese tech giants fight over 4G phones

May 5, 2011 10:01 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A patent battle between two technology heavyweights, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp., has entered court as they try to stake their territory in the European mobile phone market. The dispute centers on alleged patent infringement by ZTE on Huawei’s fourth-generation mobile technology. At stake are billions of dollars in future sales.

IBM, Samsung sign patent cross-license deal

February 8, 2011 3:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM and Samsung Electronics Co. announced this week they have signed a patent cross-license agreement, which means each will license its respective patent portfolios to the other. In 2010, IBM was the top producer of new patents in the U.S., while South Korea's Samsung was also among the top 10.

Rush for patents is choking U.S. stem cell research

February 1, 2011 6:59 am | by Kerry Sheridan (AFP) | News | Comments

Cures for paralysis, blindness and diabetes could all be in reach with embryonic stem cell research, but the pursuit of medical progress is being choked by the U.S. rush to secure patents, experts say.

Records broken in patent totals for 2010

January 10, 2011 12:26 pm | News | Comments

2010 patent grants hit an all-time high, 31% over 2009. Once again, IBM tops the list as the first company to break 5,000 patents in a single year, and it did so handily. Other notable filers include Apple, Qualcomm, NEC, and SAP, all of which saw 70+% gains in patents this year.

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