#1. Twitter’s Puny Patent Portfolio May Prove A Positive
Leading up Twitter’s IPO, market analysts are pointing to the relatively small number of patents held by the company as weakness. Jeff John Roberts, writing for GigaOM explains why Twitter’s slim patent portfolio might not be a weakness, but instead a sign of strength.
#2. Apple Touchscreen Patent Upheld in Reexamination
Steven Musil, writing for C|Net, reports that “after invalidating US Patent No. 7,479,949 last December, the USPTO issued a re-examination certificate (see article & examination certificate here) reaffirming all 20 claims included in the patent, according to a filing last month spotted by Foss Patents.”
#3. Jorge Contreras on Patent Pledges Outside Standards-Setting Organizations
Dan O'Connor, writing at Patent Progress, interviewed Jorge Contreras to discuss his new paper, “Patent Pledges,” covering FRAND commitments and a call for a new paradigm in standards-setting. Mr. Contreras is a professor at the Washington College of Law at American University and a contributor at Patent Progress. His research focuses primarily on the effects of intellectual property structures on the dissemination and production of technological innovation, with a focus on basic scientific research and technical standards development.
#4. Goodlatte’s Innovation Act
Both Dennis Crouch here at Patently-O, and our friend Andrew Williams at PatentDocs, wrote about legislation proposed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), namely the “Innovation Act.” The bill is squarely aimed at Patent Trolls and allows for parties to discover who the ultimate owner of the patent or exclusive right actually is, rather than a shell corporation.
-Read Dennis’ article here.
-Read Andrew’s article here.
#1. Samsung Files Patent on Competitor to Google Glass
Alex Colon, writing at GigaOM, reports that Samsung has filed a design patent in Korea that looks suspiciously similar to Google Glass. Apparently, the Samsung patent focuses more on the “sportiness” of the spectacles. “The patent shows that the glasses could come with built-in earphones, which would allow you to listen to music and answer calls while you’re wearing it.”
#1. Unbreakable Chemical Locks
Lisa Zyga’s story at Phys.org explains how research performed by Professor Abraham Shanzer and his group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel could lead to the first chemical lock that responds to multiple “passwords.”
-read the article here.
Whittier Law School IP Symposium
- The Global Medicine Challenge: The Fine Line Between Incentivizing Innovation and Protecting Human Rights
- The Keynote Speaker will be James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International, and NGO dealing with issues involving Intellectual Property.
- This event has been approved for 5.5 hours of CLE
- View the Program Flyer here.
- WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Precedent and Practice
Geneva, Switzerland, October 29 and 30, 2013
- International Technology – Licensing and Dispute Resolution
Madrid, Spain, November 11, 2013
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-Morris & Kamlay LLP, an IP specialty firm in DC with a relaxed and flexible work environment, is looking for an experienced patent prosecutor.
-Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick is seeking a Patent Attorney to work in its Melbourne, Australia, offices.