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The Chamber of Digital Commerce, a global trade association on digital assets and blockchain technology, has formed the Blockchain Intellectual Property Council (BIPC), an initiative to promote innovation in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) by addressing intellectual property issues. The council will help balance the protection of proprietary information with the openness necessary for innovation. The Blockchain Intellectual Property Council will be chaired by Marc Kaufman, partner at Rimon Law; Patrick Murck, special counsel, Cooley & Fellow at Berkman Klein Center at Harvard; and James Murdock, chief business officer and general counsel at Blockstream. More than 40 institutions have committed to the council, including Blockstream, Bloq, Civic, Cognizant, Deloitte, Digital Currency Group, Ernst & Young, Gem, Medici Ventures, Microsoft, T0.com, TMX and Wipfli, according to...
Handset-maker Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on the company's Android smartphones and tablets, following a global agreement with Microsoft. The companies' new collaboration also includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement. According to a report in Wall Street Journal, Xiaomi is purchasing 1,500 patents from Microsoft. Beginning in September 2016, Xiaomi Android devices, including Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3, will come pre-installed with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype applications. This agreement builds on the companies' partnership with Windows 10 on Mi Pad and Microsoft Azure powering the Mi Cloud service.
Caltech is suing Apple for allegedly infringing not just one, but four of its patents. Broadcom has also been named in the suit. Jacob Kastrenakes reports.
Microsoft and Funai Electric are renewing a patent cross-licensing agreement covering a range of consumer audio-video products. Funai Electric is a manufacturer under Funai and other brands including Philips, Magnavox, DX Broadtec, Emerson, Sanyo and Kodak.
A California federal jury awarded Cave Consulting Group, roughly $12 million after determining that UnitedHealth Group’s subsidiary OptumInsight infringed Cave Consulting Group’s patent for measuring physician efficiency. The jury also rejected OptumInsight’s counterclaim that Cave Consulting Group infringed OptumInsight’s patent for processing medical claims data. The federal jury determined that OptumInsight infringed the ‘126 Patent by operating and licensing its Impact Intelligence software, a competing solution for developing physician efficiency scores. In response to Cave Consulting Group’s lawsuit, OptumInsight filed counterclaims asserting that Cave Consulting Group infringed eight patents relating to the processing of medical claims data. Cave Consulting Group defeated seven of those patents in pre-trial proceedings and obtained a jury finding of non-infringement on the eighth at trial. The case is Cave Consulting Group Inc. v. OptumInsight...
Microsoft and Canon have inked a broad patent cross-licensing agreement, whereby the companies get access to each other's patent portfolios. The agreement covers a broad range of products and services, including digital imaging and mobile consumer products. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements.
A federal jury has returned a verdict that Google owes $85 million in damages for infringing SimpleAir’s U.S. Patent No. 7,035,914. A separate jury had unanimously determined in January 2014 that Google infringed all five asserted claims of the ‘914 patent and that each claim was valid. This trial was limited to the issue of damages and concluded on March 19, 2014. The infringing services are the Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) services. The services are used by Google to process and send push notifications for Android applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail. In the damages trial, Google argued that it should only have to pay $6 million and that this amount should cover not just past infringement but...
Craig Electronics has become a licensee to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 patent portfolio license and ATSC patent portfolio license. Companies that license their MPEG-2 and ATSC patents through MPEG LA have agreed to dismiss their patent infringement actions against Craig Electronics before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Apple had filed for and was granted a patent for a sports monitoring system for earbuds, headphones, and headsets. Here's an excerpt from the patent abstract; The monitoring system can, for example, be used to monitor user activity, such as during exercise or sporting activities. The positioning of the monitoring system can also facilitate sensing of other user characteristics (e.g., biometric data), such as temperature, perspiration and heart rate. The monitoring system can also be used to control a an electronic device. In one embodiment, the monitoring system facilitates user control of the electronic device using head gestures. The story was first reported by Mikey Campbell of Apple Insider.
Cisco and Google have entered into a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement covering a broad range of products and technologies. The agreement allows each company to license the other's portfolio. Both Cisco and Google are members of the Coalition for Patent Fairness, a leading advocacy group for patent reform. Also see: Samsung, Google Sign 10-Year Global Patent License Agreement Twitter Buys Over 900 IBM Patents, Inks Cross-License Deal Tessera, Samsung Sign Patent Deals Ericsson, Samsung End Patent Dispute Qualcomm Buys Palm, IPAQ, Bitfone Patents From HP IBM Sets US Patent Record Again Nintendo Buys IA Labs Patent Portfolio
Twitter acquired over 900 patents from IBM, and the companies entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction took place in December, according to a statement by IBM released on Friday.
Ericsson and Samsung settled their patent dispute, ending complaints made by both companies against each other before the International Trade Commission, as well as the lawsuits before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The two companies agreed on a new cross licensing deal covering patents relating to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets. The agreement includes an initial payment, as well as ongoing royalty payments from Samsung to Ericsson for the term of the new multi-year license agreement. The initial payment in the agreement will impact Ericsson sales and net income in Q4 2013 by 4.2 billion Swedish kronor (roughly $652 million) and 3.3 billion Swedish kronor (roughly $512 million) respectively.
Samsung and Google have signed a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas. Dr. Seungho Ahn (Head, Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center): This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry. Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes. The agreement gives the companies access to each other’s patent portfolios, and covers existing patents, as well as those filed over the next ten years.
IBM inventors received 6,809 patents in 2013 says IBM. The company topped the annual list of U.S. patent leaders for the 21st consecutive year. IBM has 8,000 inventors residing in 47 different U.S. states and 41 countries. IBM's 2013 patent results represent inventions in areas such as IBM's Watson, cloud computing, Big Data and analytics, as well as cognitive systems. The Top Ten list of 2013 U.S. patent recipients include: IBM - 6,809 Samsung - 4,676 Canon - 3,825 Sony - 3,098 Microsoft - 2,660 Panasonic - 2,601 Toshiba - 2,416 Hon Hai - 2,279 Qualcomm - 2,103 LG Electronics - 1,947
IBM is investing $1 billion into the newly formed Watson Group, a business unit dedicated to the development and commercialization of cloud-delivered cognitive innovations. This will include $100 million dedicated for Watson-related venture investments. The IBM Watson Group will be led by Michael Rhodin, who most recently served as senior vice president, IBM Software Solutions Group. Michael Rhodin (Senior vice president, Watson Group, IBM): IBM has transformed Watson from a quiz-show winner, into a commercial cognitive computing breakthrough that is helping businesses engage customers, healthcare organizations personalize patient care, and entrepreneurs build businesses. The IBM Watson Group will have a new headquarters at 51 Astor Place in New York City’s “Silicon Alley” technology hub, leveraging the talents of approximately 2,000 professionals.