It seems obvious that patents were intended to be public. Ostensibly, patents reward innovation by allowing for a temporary legal monopoly, and legitimate patent-holders who are using patents to produce exclusive goods would want others to know their patent exists to avoid copycats and costly litigation. Unfortunately for many producers, modern patent law allows for [...]
Patent litigation has been exploding between technology giants, and nowhere is the trend more evident than among producers of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. You don’t have to look far to find high profile examples of these types of cases. While intellectual property law in general and patents specifically were designed to [...]
Today, the 10 person jury in Oracle v. Google has unanimously ruled that Google did not infringe upon Oracle patents when developing the Android operating system. Although Android has been consistently outpaced in revenue by the iOS system from Apple, it still powers many popular phones and has garnered a significant fan base. The original [...]
On the lighter side of the law, the news has recently covered a couple of very strange examples of intellectual property.
First, we head to Russia…
On April 16th, the International Herald Tribune told the tale of a Russian man who has trademarked a particular style of beard. This man, one I.V. Pugach, states on his website [...]
Apple and Samsung will enter settlement talks in California in an effort to resolve their dual patent infringement suits. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, will represent the company alongside their general counsel. Samsung will also be represented in the talks by its CEO, Gee-Sung Choi, and general counsel. San Francisco based Magistrate Judge Joseph [...]
India has officially compiled and patented 1,300 yoga postures, known as asanas, and made them publically available through the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), which also includes a wealth of authoritative information on ayurvedic medicine. In addition, 250 of the most popular postures – such as downward facing dog and cobra – were videotaped for [...]