GE and the 4 year-old product development company Quirky have come to an agreement that will allow the public to use many GE patents to spur invention and innovation. The initial deal will make 200 patents available to the public, but will eventually include thousands.
Quirky’s model provides revenue sharing to inventors in its online community [...]
Google just announced the “Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge” or OPN as a way to decrease patent threats surrounding open-source software. Open-source software is freely available to public and private entities, with its complete source code, to change, use, or distribute to anyone for any reason. It is generally created collaboratively and publicly by individuals donating [...]
Last week, in an unexpected turn of events, Nokia filed a brief in support of Apple in their lawsuit against Samsung. The brief was filed under seal but a summary provided with the brief indicates that Nokia believes Judge Koh wrongly denied Apple’s request for permanent injunction of Samsung’s products. Judge Koh previously ruled that [...]
Starting March 15, the US patent office is implementing major adjustments to the existing system of filing for patents. The system will no longer go by the “first-to-invent” rule that has existed since the patent office’s inception in 1790, but rather by a “first-to-file” rule that awards the patent to whoever manages to get their [...]
The U.S. may have finally found a way to stop, or at least limit, patent trolls from continuing to wreak havoc on the legal system. A proposed “loser pays” update to the Shield Act in America Act would make patent trolls financially liable for all legal costs in unsuccessful lawsuits. Representative Peter DeFazio who helped [...]
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently concluded a 19-month investigation into Google’s Internet search engine practices concluding that Google had not violated any antitrust laws. However, at the conclusion of the investigation, Google was forced to sign a consent agreement intended to reduce confusion and uncertainty currently surrounding Standard Essential Patents. While this agreement [...]