Jeff John Roberts, at GigaOM, reports on a deal released last Wednesday between patent behemoth Intellectual Ventures, and a maker of home thermostats, Nest Labs. While the details of the deal are not yet public, it seems likely that the deal included the sale of some patents and the licensing of others. It looks like Nest Labs is seeking refuge from the Honeywell litigation rainstorm beneath the Intellectual Ventures umbrella. Likely the deal gives Nest Labs some weapons to use against larger Honeywell in future litigation.
#2. NUEDEXTA Capsules litigation comes to an end
Wockhardt (BSE & NSE) and Avanir Pharmaceutifcals (AVNR) have reached an agreement, ending their litigation over marketing and selling of NEUDEXTA capsules. The settlement agreement grants Wockhardt the right to begin selling a generic version of NUEDEXTA on July 30, 2026, or earlier under certain circumstances.
#3. Ministry of Sound v. Spotify
Stuart Dredge, for The Guardian, reports that Ministry of Sound is suing Spotify for infringment. The dance music group, Ministry of Sound alleges that Spotify is infringing several copyrights because Spotify has failed to remove users playlists. Ministry of Sound argues that some playlists on the streaming music service mirror the group’s dance compilations. A major issue is the contribution of ordering and arranging the songs in a playlist. Spotify has the rights to stream all the tracks on the playlists in question, but the issue here is whether the compilation structure – the order of the songs – can be copyrighted.
#4. Santa Clara Professor to joins Whitehouse Office of S&T
Colleen Chien, Associate Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, will serve in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as senior advisor for intellectual property and innovation to Todd Park. Professor Chien has been published extensively on patent assertion entities (she coined the term), and the secondary market for patents.
#1. Google going for noise in eBooks.
Victoria Slind-Flor, at Bloomberg, reports that Google is seeking a patent covering what it calls “triggered sounds.” "Existing e-book readers don’t take 'full advantage' of their capabilities to immerse a reader, Google says. The technology covered by the patent would allow certain trigger points in the text to call forth prerecorded sounds related to the contents of the book.
#1. Interplanetary Internet?!
Reports out of the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) carry news of the first steps in creating an interplanetary internet. Phil Larson and Mike Gazarik reported that on September 6, NASA launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission to study the thin atmosphere around the moon. However, the satellite will also be testing a new technology, the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration. This technology is supposed to allow much faster data transmission between objects in space and ground control on Earth.
• Intellectual Property Symposium – Oct. 4 – University of Missouri School of Law – Columbia, MO
“Resolving IP Disputes: Calling for an Alternative Paradigm,” hosted by the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Greg Gorder, the founder and vice chairman of Intellectual Ventures.
- Although the event is free, please sign-up in advance: http://tinyurl.com/MUPatentLaw
- Printable Brochure and Schedule: /media/docs/2013/09/ResolvingIPDisputesBrochure.pdf
• Supreme Court IP Review Conference – Sep. 26 – Chicago-Kent
The Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR) is a conference designed to provide intellectual property practitioners, jurists, legal academics and law students with a review of IP cases from the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 Term, a preview of cases on the docket for the 2013 Term, and a discussion of cert. petitions to watch.
- The Honorable Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will deliver the keynote address at SCIPR 2013
- Register online for SCIPR 2013 by 12:00 pm (CST), September 23, 2013.
ABA section of Intellectual of Property Webinar/Teleconference
- Roberts Mlotkowski Safran & Cole, P.C. (RMSC), an Intellectual Property Law Firm (RMSC) located in prestigious Tysons Corner, Virginia seeks a Patent Attorney with 2-5 years experience having an electrical engineering or computer sciences degree.
- Burr & Brown, a Syracuse, New York Law Firm seeks experienced patent attorneys or patent agents to handle foreign-based patent prosecution. Candidates must have substantial experience prosecuting cases before the USPTO.
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