Recent Patent Transfers

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

27 thoughts on “Recent Patent Transfers

  1. Dennis: “How much would you pay for the following claim with a 2003 priority date?”

    $0.00

    Completely worthless.

    May I suggest that one of the things that we could do to protect the public from such “information” processing patents is to sanction law firms for filing suit on such because they must know by now that information processing patents are invalid.

      1. anon, combine the abstract with conventional computer technology. The abstract does not improve the conventional computer technology.

        Is such patentable under Alice?

        1. The abstract? What a joke. You mean that a judge is now empowered by the SCOTUS to psychotically chant they don’t like a patent and invalidate it.

          Yes I agree with that.

  2. The answer to how much it is worth is — no one knows but the panel at the Fed. Cir. you draw.

    I see Paul Cole does business methods at the EPO and in the UK. To my mind that is a lottery. Just depends on whether you can characterize you invention as a technical improvement.

      1. Because Billy can’t tell the difference between new technology and a new method for selling his mommy a pair of army boots “on a computer”.

  3. Earlier this year, Palo Alto Networks agreed to pay $175 million to settle a patent case with Juniper.
    OMG … $175M for computer-related software — in 2014 — the horror of it all!!

  4. Are any of the computer-implemented j nk loving crybabies who “can’t understand” what’s eligible and what isn’t ever going to tell us exactly what subject matter they’d keep ineligible when their fantasy comes true and they rewrite patent law and remove the ability of the Supreme Court to interpret that law?

    Or are they just going to keep whining and crying forever like a bunch of entitled, coddled toddlers?

    It’s just a hoot watching these self-proclaimed “experts” and master patent attorneys pretend on, one hand, that they simply have no idea (no idea!!!) how to interpret these recent decisions and apply them to claims and then, on the other hand, complain that everyone who has a clue about what’s going on (really not that difficult) is “naive” or somehow lacking in intelligence.

    And they wonder why their sad little movement to make everything eligible again isn’t gaining traction.

    Clowns.

        1. From the one that “proudly” boasts that intellectual honesty is not required on a blog, any accusation from you about 1ying is purely a joke.

              1. Seems to me the archives are chock full of examples of your beloved computer-implemented j nk getting tanked by the courts.

                Try to keep up, Billy.

                After all: there’s much more to come!

    1. Are any of the computer-implemented j nk loving crybabies who “can’t understand” what’s eligible and what isn’t ever going to tell us exactly what subject matter they’d keep ineligible when their fantasy comes true and they rewrite patent law and remove the ability of the Supreme Court to interpret that law?

      Still waiting.

      You guys are going to let the illustrious Billy speak for you?

      Seems like a really, really d mb move given Billy’s track record.

    1. a natural peppercorn, or a synthetic peppercorn…

      (or maybe a genetically modified peppercorn for which I can go after some hapless 80 year old farmer…)

      ;-)

  5. How much would you pay for the following claim with a 2003 priority date?

    A computerized device that’s capable of receiving information and “automatically” responding to the receipt of that information! Wow. That’s really impressive. Sooper dooper complicated techno stuff.

    The tears that are going to be shed over the next year by the whining crybabies who live and breathe to write and assert claims like that might very well alleviate some of the drought conditions in the Western states. Very much a win-win situation.

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