Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins

Microsoft and LG Sign Patent Agreement

  • Microsoft and LG singed a patent agreement that provides coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for LG's tablets, mobile phones and other products that runs on the Android Platform. Microsoft claims that more than 70% of all Android smartphones sold in the US are now receiving coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio. It has been estimated that more than 700,000 Android based devices are sold every day and analyst have predicted that the number will reach 2.5 million devices per day. [Link] Microsoft most likely receives anywhere from $5-$15 dollars per device sold, meaning Microsoft makes $2.45 million-$7.35 million every day from Android operated phones. [Link]

Wal-Mart and Entrepreneurs

  • Wal-Mart has launched a "Get on the Shelf" contest to find the next new thing to put on their shelves. The contest is limited to categories that Wal-Mart carries, which makes the contest open to all kind of entrepreneurs. There will be 3 winners picked and their items will be sold on, with the grand prize winner being featured on the site's home page and stocked n select Wal-Mart stores. The public will vote for their favorite products, similar to other contest such as American Idol. [Link]

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

  • The PTO is seeking nominations for the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented by the President and is the highest award for technological achievement in the US. The medal is awarded to individuals, teams of up to 4, or companies for their contribution to America's economic, environmental, and social well-being. [Link]

Patent Jobs:

  • Cardinal Intellectual Property is seeking a patent search attorney to work at their Evanston, Illinois location. [Link]
  • Roberts Mlotkowski Safran & Cole is looking for a patent attorney with 2-4 years of experience and a degree in EE to work at their McLean, Virginia office. [Link]
  • Cardinal Intellectual Property is searching for patent search professional to work remotely. [Link]
  • DIRECTV is seeking a senior patent analysis counsel with 6+ years of experience to work at their El Segundo, California location. [Link]
  • Dority & Manning is seeking patent attorneys with 1-4 years of experience and a BSEE or BSME to work at their Greenville, SC office. [Link]
  • The Sughrue Firm is searching for patent agents with 1-2 years of experience and backgrounds in computer science of software to work in their Silicon Valley office. [Link]
  • Whirlpool is seeking a patent agent with a minimum of 2 years of experience and a BS in engineering to work at their Saint Joseph, Michigan location. [Link]
  • Hiscock & Barclay is seeking patent agents/attorneys with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience to work at their New York offices. [Link]
  • Steptoe & Johnson is searching for IP associates with a minimum of 4 years of experience in patent litigation and a technical background to work in their DC or Chicago offices. [Link]
  • Edell, Shapiro & Finnan is looking for a patent attorney with 2+ years of experience and a degree in EE or physics to work at their Rockville, Maryland office. [Link]
  • Michael Best & Friedrich is seeking a biotech associate with 5+ years of experience and a Ph.D. to work at their Madison, Milwaukee or Chicago office. [Link]
  • Intellectual Ventures and Invention Law Group is looking for a Chief Policy Counsel with 15+ years of experience to work at their Bellevue, Washington location. [Link]
  • Telesign is seeking a IP analyst with 2+ years of experience to work at their Marina Del Rey, California location. [Link]

Upcoming Events:

  • The American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Young Lawyers Division, ABA-IPL Young Lawyers Action Group and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education will sponsor a webinar on January 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar, Prosecution Strategies: Tackling USPTO Obviousness Rejections will explore how the KSR standards have been applied in various technology areas and provide guidance for effective avenues of argument based on the technology area. Speakers include: Janet Hendrickson, Gregory Hillyer, Michelle O'Brien, and Zachary Stern. [Link]
  • American University Washington College of Law Administrative Law Review will be hosting an afternoon symposium on January 25 on the creation and administration of a new trial-like review procedure, more commonly known as post-grant patent opposition, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, titled Regulating Innovation: How the Patent and Trademark Office Intends to Create Adjudication From Scratch. The symposium will explore the rulemaking that will be required of the agency, the implementation of the post-grant review process, and industry reaction to the proposed changes.
  • International IP- Is the IP World Flat? Santa Clara Computer & High Tech Law Journal is hosting its annual symposium January 27 on SCU Campus. The symposium will include the following 4 panels: (1) International Patent Harmonization; (2) Non Practicing Entities: Going Global; (3) The Rise of Chinese IP; and (4) Comparative e-Privacy Regimes. Speakers include: David Abrams, Colleen Chien, Nancy Kremers, Francois Gilbert and many others. Also, PatentlyO's Dennis Crouch will be a Speaker discussing International Patent Harmonization. [Link]
  • The American Conference Institute (ACI) The Comprehensive Guide to Patent Reform For Life Science Companies, conference is scheduled for January 31- February 1 in New York. (Patently-O readers register with PO 200 for a discount). [Link]
  • AIPLA webinar, Selecting the Right Expert to Put on (or Poke Holes in) a Patentee's Case, will be held on February 1. The webinar will focus on the process of selecting a damage expert, recent cases that may influence the decision and some of the ways that a damage expert can assist with evaluating poking holes in the opposing expert's analysis. The webinar will be presented by Gillian Thackray and Philip Green. [Link]
  • The DC Bar's IP Section will host an event, Section 337 IP Investigations at the ITC: Lessons for District Court Practitioners, on February 2. The event will discuss what practitioners need to know before appearing at the ITC. Speakers include ITC Commissioner Shara Aranoff, ITC Judges Theodore Essex and Robert Rogers, Jr., Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Michael Diehl, Christine Lehman, Marcia Sundeen, Maureen Browne, and Jaime Underwood. [Link]
  • The Intellectual Property Law Section of the Utah State Bar is hosting its annual IP Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 17, 2012, at the Little America Hotel. This full day event includes two tracks of topics in various areas of IP law, lunch, and a networking reception. Confirmed speakers include Ted McAleer, Executive Director of USTAR; Robin Zhao, Jeekai & Partners; Hon. Dee V Benson, US Dist. Ct for the Dist. of Utah; Hon. Ted Stewart, US Dist. Ct for the Dist. of Utah; Hon. Virginia Kendall, US Dist. Ct for Northern Dist. of Illinois; Paul Marchegiani, NBC; Howard Michael, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione; Jeff Gee, Symantec; and Richard Chang, ICON. [Link]
  • The 7th Annual Conference on EU Pharma Law & Regulation will be held on February 22-23 on London. The conference will bring together eminent in-house counsel from the world's largest pharma and biotech companies, top legal practitioners and regulatory experts in an outstanding speaker panel. (Patently-O readers register with PO 10 for a discount). [Link]
  • LES (USA & Canada) 2012 Winter Meeting will be held March 12-14 in Anaheim, CA. The meeting will focus on cutting-edge issues in the high tech space with overlapping content in related industries, including clean tech, nanotech, and medical devices. Featured speakers include Honorable Randall Rader, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Catherine Casserly, CEO, Creative Commons; and Patrick Ennis, Head of Global Technology, Intellectual Ventures. Save $100 before January 31. [Link]

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About Dennis Crouch

Law Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. Co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship.