#1. Minnesota becomes the first state to settle with a Patent Troll
Jennifer Bjorhus , of the Star Tribune reports that recently, the state of Minnesota reached a settlement agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, a Delaware corporation. If the state discovers that any Minnesota residents or companies actually paid MPHJ Technology money for either a license or an alleged infringement, MPHJ will have to pay a $50,000 civil penalty and refund all money. Swanson’s office said it’s not clear how many Minnesota companies were targeted but estimated it to be hundreds.
#2. The next phase in the Apple/Samsung Saga
Gene Quinn, at IPWatchdog, reports that Apple and Samsung, interestingly enough, wound up on the same side of the argument. See Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. (Fed. Cir., August 23, 2013).The two tech giants are arguing back against a district court decision to allow some sensitive information to become publicly available. Both parties filed motions to seal certain writings, and district Judge Lucy Koh denied the motions. Appeals joined at the Federal Circuit, that court issued an order staying the unsealing of certain documents.
#3. Intellectual Ventures opens a DC lobbying office
Christina Wilkie, at the Huffington Post, reports that Intellectual Ventures, the largest patent holding firm in the United States, is opening a lobbying office in the nation’s capital. This latest move for the Bellevue, Washington based patent holding firm will probably set a trend for other firms with similar business models. The recent outcry from the patent community and the general anxieties over firms with similar practices mean these companies are going on the offensive, trying to set the course for policy rather than react to it.
#4. New Zealand decides the software question
Reuven Cohen, for Forbes, reports that New Zealand has banned software patents. In a bill passed earlier today, the Government of New Zealand announced that software in the country will no longer be patentable. In taking the position, New Zealand joins many other nations. "For example, U.S. patent law excludes “abstract ideas”, and this has been used to refuse some patents involving software. In Europe, “computer programs as such” are excluded from patentability and European Patent Office policy is consequently that a program for a computer is not patentable if it does not have the potential to cause a “further technical effect” beyond the inherent technical interactions between hardware and software.”"
#1. IBM Applies for a Virtual Shared Shopping Experience
Steve Brachmann, writing for IPWatchdog, reports International Business Machines’ recent application for a patent on a “a system for collaborative shopping” whereby users can see what is in other people’s carts and interact via computers and smartphones. The rise of online shopping in the past decade is marked, and this idea represents another way to make the often singular online experience more social.
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