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]