Patently-O Bits and Bytes No. 137

  • Pirates: The EU Parliament now has two members from the Swedish Pirate Party. The Pirates platform is based on weakening copyright laws and eliminating patents. The first line of the party website reads: “The Pirate Party wants to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens’ rights to privacy are respected.” [LINK]
  • Billion Dollar Trade Secret Trial: The top semiconductor manufacturer in Taiwan (TSMC) sued the top mainland China semiconductor manufacturer (SMIC) for stealing its trade secrets (in state court in California). The jury sided with the plaintiff, although the damage calculation is still underway. [LINK]
  • JOAO Control & Monitoring v. Playboy & Penthouse: The JOAO patent holding company has sued a dozen online pornography providers alleging patent infringement. The asserted patent claims an apparatus for transmitting audio and video information from a vehicle to a website. The inventor Ray Joao is also a patent attorney and is represented by Andrew Spangler.
  • Who Owns Patents being Reexamined: The folks at Westerman Hattori have been writing about reexaminations. In a recent post, they list the top-ten patentees whose patents are undergoing reexaminations (based on reexaminations granted since January 2009). The top five include Rambus, LGE, Weatherford/Lamb, Mondis Tech, and ADC Tech. [LINK]
Dennis Crouch

About Dennis Crouch

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

31 thoughts on “Patently-O Bits and Bytes No. 137

  1. The last question on Meet the Press this morning was:

    Where are we going to get the (additional) troops for Afghanistan?

    Why don’t we hire mercenaries?, even towel-head mercenaries?

  2. Ray Joao’s patent is Bilksi roadkill. Maybe he’s upset because neither mag did a spread on necrophilia.

  3. Wow…streaming audio and video to the net…obvious and old in the art.

    But streaming it FROM A CAR! Wow! Wizbang! Ingenious!!

    I think BangBus is in trouble!! (google that!)

  4. well, after a couple vocka martinis, i enjoy my bourbon manhattans — how ’bout you?

    hic up…

  5. Hi BigGuy,

    I’ve been had!

    Showes to go you that you cannot trust Al Gore’s Internet.

  6. Hi BigGuy,

    I’d like to take credit but I picked up the FOX announcement on the Internet.

  7. “It may be that Fox has been holding this information back due to the sensitivity of it and out of courtesy.”

    Yeah, that’s probably it. You are a funny man, JAOI!

  8. “Democrat or Republican, this report will open your eyes to how YOUR country is being sold down the road to Totalitarian Socialism. ”

    How much is totalitarian socialism paying?

  9. Dear “Just an ordinary inventor(TM):”

    Perhaps you pressed the “Post” key prematurely, but, is there more to your posting of 3:44PM EDT that might relate to patents?

  10. Patent attorney Ray Jaoa’s invention.

    Try to believe it.

    Claim 1:

    1. A monitoring apparatus, comprising:

    a processing device, wherein the processing device is associated with a web site, and further wherein the processing device is capable of providing audio information and video information, wherein the processing device receives audio information recorded by at least one of an audio recording device, a microphone, and a tape recorder, wherein the at least one of an audio recording device, a microphone, and a tape recorder, is located at a vehicle, and wherein the processing device is located at a location remote from the vehicle,

    wherein the processing device receives a signal transmitted from a communication device, wherein the communication device is located at a location remote from the processing device and remote from the vehicle, wherein the audio information is transmitted from the processing device to the communication device in response to the signal, and further wherein the audio information is transmitted to the communication device on or over at least one of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
    ——————

    Filed 2002. Issued in 2007.

    Heckuva job, Dudas.

  11. Have you heard about FOX NEWS SUNDAY at 9 PM?

    This Sunday at 9:00 pm Eastern.

    Maybe this is why the White House has been discounting FOX NEWS.

    It may be that Fox has been holding this information back due to the sensitivity of it and out of courtesy. But, Obama has taken on Fox and it appears they are ready to spill the ugly beans of truth about the background of this individual who has had an extremely radical past.

    This Sunday Fox news is going to air a very important documentary about Barack Obama, Sunday night at 9 P M Eastern.

    The report will go back to Obama’s earlier days, showing even then his close ties to radical Marxist professors, friends, spiritual advisers, etc. It will also reveal details about his ties to Rev. Wright for +20 years i.e. how he was participating with this man, and not for the reasons he states!

    The report has uncovered more of Obama’s radical past and we will see things that no one in the media is willing to put out there. It will be a segment to remember.

    Mark your calendar and pass this on to everyone you know: Sunday night 9 P M ET. Democrat or Republican, this report will open your eyes to how YOUR country is being sold down the road to Totalitarian Socialism. If you care about the direction of our country, pass this notice on to everyone you know.

    Pass the word around … this is more exciting than football, or even baseball …

  12. At least the Pirates in Europe do not disguise who they are like they do in the United States. They proudly raise their skull and crossbones in a sea of red flags, the flag of the French Revolution and of the radical left since, symbolic of the blood of revolutionaries.

    One wonders why the press in Europe is so much more honest than the press in the US on this issue. It may be because being a leftist in Europe is fashionably acceptable.

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