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Intellectual Property Patents

  • SCOTUS ruling limits where patent lawsuits can be filed

    Mark Lemley, professor at Stanford Law School, talks about the Supreme Court's decision to limit forum shopping, which allowed lawsuits to be filed in districts that were generally seen as more favorable for the plaintiff.

  • "I saw a lot of anti-patent people doing a victory dance yesterday without really understanding what this decision means," said David Pridham, chief executive of Dominion Harbor Group, a Texas- based company that buys patents and seeks to license them to other companies. "According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, 39 percent of all patent lawsuits in fiscal year 2016...

  • *New patent deal seen boosting Nokia's revenue. HELSINKI, May 23- Apple has settled a patent dispute with Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia and agreed to buy more of its network products and services, sending Nokia shares up 7 percent. Last year, Nokia bought France's Withings S.A., a small firm with products such as activity trackers and baby monitors built on...

  • HELSINKI, May 23- Nokia has settled its legal battle with Apple with a new patent licence agreement and also signed a business deal with the U.S. giant, surprising investors who had expected the dispute to drag on. Nokia shares, which fell in December when the patent dispute was announced, jumped as much as 8 percent to their highest since February 2016 and were 6.5...

  • HELSINKI, May 23- Nokia has settled its patent dispute with Apple and signed a business collaboration deal with the U.S. giant, the Finnish firm said on Tuesday, sending its shares sharply higher. Nokia shares, which fell in December due to the patent dispute, jumped 7.4 percent to 5.93 euros by 0717 GMT. In December, Nokia cut its annual run-rate forecast for patent...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google. The ruling is likely to lessen the steady flow of patent...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits in a ruling that places strict limits on where such cases can be filed. The case involved an appeal from TC Heartland, an Indiana- based food sweetener company sued by Kraft Foods in Delaware. But the Supreme Court's ruling will have the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google. The dispute began when Heartland, a subsidiary of...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google. The justices sided 8-0 with beverage flavoring company...

  • A tech inventor said Visa began work on the Apple Pay technology with Apple, MasterCard and American Express, after talks to work with him.

  • Mother of invention

    To fix a messy yogurt spill, Kristin Ahmer invented a spill-proof, dishwasher-safe reusable food pouch and launched her own company to make it. Now, she’s expanding into other spill-proof packages, and not just for kids.

  • NEW YORK— An escalating battle between Apple and Qualcomm over money and patent rights is drawing in Taiwanese contractors that assemble Apple's iPhones. Apple claims that Qualcomm is overcharging for patent-related license fees on iPhone sales, a point Qualcomm disputes. "As Apple continues to collect billions of dollars from consumer sales of its...

  • A Tide Amazon "Dash Button."

    Wal-Mart Stores has applied for a patent to compete with Amazon.com's wifi-connected, one-button ordering device, Amazon Dash.

  • TOKYO, May 1- The United States will begin an investigation into whether thermoplastic components used in some Japanese and German vehicle models sold in the country violate its patent laws, trade authorities said late last week. The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday listed 25 companies in the probe, including BMW, Honda Motor Co Ltd, Toyota Motor...

  • *More suits threatened to follow in the United States. April 28- ASML, the world's third largest semiconductor equipment maker, said on Friday it had counter-sued rival Nikon, after the Japanese company launched a wide-ranging patent battle against the Dutch company this week. They were brought in Japan by ASML on its own and jointly with its partner Carl Zeiss, a...

  • *ASML files countersuits as patent battle heats up vs Nikon. April 28- ASML, the world's third largest semiconductor equipment maker, said on Friday it had counter-sued rival Nikon, after the Japanese company launched a wide-ranging patent battle against the Dutch company this week. They were brought in Japan by ASML on its own and jointly with its partner Carl...

  • *ASML files patent case against Nikon in Japan. April 28- ASML, Europe's largest supplier to semiconductor manufacturers, said on Friday it had filed patent infringement cases against Nikon in Japan, a response to legal action taken by Nikon against the Dutch company. They were brought by ASML on its own and jointly with its strategic partner Carl Zeiss, a German...

  • April 28- ASML, Europe's largest supplier to semiconductor manufacturers, said on Friday it had filed patent infringement cases against Nikon in Japan, a response to legal action taken by Nikon against the Dutch company. They were brought by ASML on its own and jointly with its strategic partner Carl Zeiss, a German maker of optical systems and medical devices,...

  • April 18- U.S. generic drug company Argentum Pharmaceuticals LLC said on Tuesday it had reached an agreement with Allergan Plc that settles a patent dispute over the generic version of Allergan's eye drug, Restasis. The agreement gives Argentum the right to sell the copycat version of Restasis before the patents covering the drug expire, Argentum said.

  • April 17- IRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, brought a string of lawsuits on Monday accusing rivals including The Hoover Co and Black& Decker Corp of using its patented technology without permission. Bedford, Massachusetts- based iRobot filed lawsuits in federal court in Boston against Hoover, Black& Decker, Bobsweep Inc and Bissell Homecare...