Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins

Samsung v. Apple: The Battle Continues

  • A Netherland court recently denied Samsung's request for an injunction banning Apple from selling iPhones and iPads. Samsung claims that Apple should not be allowed to sell devices with 3G technology because they infringe Samsung patents. The court stated that because the 3G technology is the industry standard, Samsung is obliged to offer Apple licenses under fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms. It seems that the licensing fee Samsung sought was not a FRAND offer and that if Samsung does make a FRAND offer and for some reason an agreement is not reach Samsung may file another patent suit and ask for a new injunction request. [Link]


  • Those who couldn't make it along to the UK IPO's event "Understanding the Use and Impact of Design Rights on the Design Sector" hosted by the Designs Council on 21 September 2011 can either listen to the presentations or download Word-format transcripts from this webpage. The event was a presentation of the economic research conducted for the IPO by the researchers, moderated by an expert panel and followed by a lively discussion. The research itself is published here. [Link]

Taiwan Will Form Patent Bank

  • The quasi-government agency, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) announced the bank, saying it could be similar to existing defensive patent aggregators such as RPX and Allied Security Trust. The director of ITRI stated that the bank will assist Taiwanese manufactures with the creation of patent portfolios and patenting strategies during the manufactures' R&D periods and later assist in defending them from suits and in expanding their market share. HTC is a Taiwan based company, who has been in a heated patent infringement battle against Apple, and it would be to their advantage for an IP bank like this. [Link]

Patent Jobs

  • King & Spalding is searching for a patent attorney with 1-2 years of experience to work at their Houston office. [Link]
  • McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff is seeking a junior associate with 2-3 years of experience, to work in their electrical arts group. [Link]
  • Rambus is seeking a Senior Patent Counsel with 8+ years of experience and a BSEE or related degree. [Link]
  • Sheppard Mullin is searching for 2 attorneys: (1) an associate with at least 2 years of patent prosecution experience, and (2) an associate with 2-4 years of patent litigation experience. [Link]
  • The University of New Hampshire School of Law's Franklin Pierce Center for IP is seeking to hire a full-time professor of patent prosecution practice. [Link]

Upcoming Events:

  • The 2011 AIPLA Annual Meeting will be held October 20-22, in Washington, DC. The Annual Meeting will bring nearly 2,000 IP professionals together to meet, share, and connect with one another and provide insight into some of the most pressing issues facing our profession today! Over 100 IP Professionals, from corporations, law firms, universities, the courts, federal agencies, with expertise both domestically and internationally will be presenting on a varied landscape of IP issues. [Link]
  • Back to School: The New Patent Law Explained, conference will be hosted by Berkeley Center for Law and Technology on October 21 in Berkeley, California. Professors and practitioners will provide detailed explanations of the changes and discuss the impact on patent prosecution, counseling, and litigation. [Link]
  • American Conference Institute will be holding a FDA Boot Camp Device Edition conference on October 25th-October 26th in Chicago. (Patently-O readers can register with code PO 200 for a discount) [Link]
  • The University of Texas at Austin will hold its 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute on October 27-28. The program will cover: recent developments in claims construction and claims drafting, cost savings in litigation, inequitable conduct after Therasense, and many other topics. [Link]
  • Whittier Law School's Center for IP Law and Law Review will host the 29th Annual Law Review Symposium: The Law of the Smart Phone on November 3rd. The symposium will feature presentations and panel discussions devoted to the privacy, regulation, economics, and intellectual property issues surrounding smart phone technology. Guest speakers include, Gerald Faulhaber, Mark Roark, Alan Friel, Susan Freiwald and many others. [Link]
  • IPMI is holding the IP Law & Management Institute on November 6th – 8th at the Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Springs, CA. Hailed as "One of the few programs geared to experienced in-house IP Counsel", the Institute is a CLE-accredited program designed to provide time-starved Heads of IP with the Opportunity to meet and network with their peers, learn from the best practices and validate solutions and services. [Link]
  • World Research Group, an official Patently-O Jobs sponsor, is hosting the 3rd Annual Social TechNet Intellectual Property Forum Nov. 16-17 in New York. This conference provides solutions to the most prevalent in-house software and online IP protection and management issues. (Patently-O readers can save $200 by using promo code ABY668) [Link]
  • IBC will hold a Standards and Patents Conference in London on November 16th & 17th. The conference will analyze the interplay between standards, intellectual property and competition law. There will be 28 speakers representing various organizations, such as, the European Commission, Mr. Justice Floyd, IBM, Qualcomm Europe, Nokia, GE Healthcare and Intel. (Patently-O readers receive a 10% discount) [Link]
  • IBC will hold a US Patent Reform Congress Conference on November 18th in London. The conference will focus in the impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents for the European practitioner, with expertise from the EPO, AIPLA, USPTO and more. (Patently-O readers receive a 10% discount) [Link]
  • The American Conference Institute's 2nd Annual Forum on: Paragraph IV Disputes will be held in San Francisco on December 7th. Experienced faculty of renowned litigators and judges will guide attendees through every stage of a Paragraph IV challenge to help them formulate offensive moves and defensive plays. (Patently-O readers can receive a discount by registering with code PO 200) [Link]

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