- Sandisk transferred a handful of patents and applications to newly formed company known as Sudek Technologies. The patents stem from the work of MusicGremlin – which was bought by Sandisk several years ago. How much would you pay for the following claim with a 2003 priority date?
1. An electronic device comprising:
an interface through which to communicate with a network; a memory; and processor in communication with the interface and the memory,
wherein the processor is operative to:
receive subscription information from a user, wherein the subscription information includes (i) a user-selection of one of a plurality of available subscription lists and (ii) a user-selected frequency at which an updated listing of digital media file titles from the selected subscription list is to be delivered from a server in the network to the electronic device, wherein the server stores a listing of one or more digital media file titles for the selected subscription list, which is updated periodically, wherein the delivery of the updated listing occurs repeatedly over time as the server updates the listing;
provide the subscription information to the server;
after an available connection to the network is detected:
automatically establish a connection to the server, wherein the connection to the server is established invisibly to the user; and
automatically receive an updated listing of digital media file titles from the server if it is time for the updated listing to be delivered, per the user-selected frequency in the subscription information, wherein the user manually selects the subscription list but particular digital media file titles from the subscription list are automatically selected and sent to the user.
- Japanese Konica-Minolta has transferred a set of 20+ patents to the Korean company Moneual (maker of a roomba competitor). The patents are all older (latest issued date is 2002) and relate to control systems for a mobile robot.
- The patent holding company known as “HOME RUN PATENTS LLC” has transferred all 16 of its patents to Palo Alto Networks. Earlier this year, Palo Alto Networks agreed to pay $175 million to settle a patent case with Juniper.
- RPX added a few more patents to its portfolio with a transfer from Hyperchip. The patents relate to fundamental aspects of network operations (such as congestion avoidance).
- Codexis just transferred a set of six patents to Pioneer Hi-Bred (DuPont) related to genetically modified plants with “pest resistance.” The patents were originally held by Maxygen and it is possible this transfer is simply a clean-up of a prior sale to DuPont.