2011 November Archive

Los Angeles Based Surfer Kelly Slater Issued Patent For Wave Pool

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 29, 2011

wave-200x132 Los Angeles – Eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater was recently issued a patent by the USPTO for a wave pool. Slater’s Kelly Slater Wave Company applied for patent protection with the USPTO in 2008 after developing a donut shaped wave pool creating a barrel wave. According to Slater, the USPTO issued the patent after a three year application process. Read the rest »

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire a Hot Target For Patent Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 16, 2011

Orange County – Amazon’s Kindle Fire hit the market yesterday, and it is already the subject of a patent lawsuit. Smartphone Technologies, LLC claims that Amazon directly infringed on several touch screen related patents. It also claims that Amazon indirectly infringed on these patents by allowing its customers to use the device. It filed suit in federal court against Amazon in the Texas Eastern District and seeks royalty fees. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Supreme Court Clarifies Standard Of Proof For Indirect Patent Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 14, 2011

supreme_court-192x164 Los Angeles – The Supreme Court recently clarified the standard of proof required to prevail in an action for indirect patent infringement by intending to induce infringement in a recent case, Global-Tech Appliances v. SEB S.A., 131 S. Ct. 2060 (2011). Prior to the ruling, it was unclear whether the inducing party must have acted only to induce the infringing act or whether the inducing party must have also intended that the infringing act actually infringe the patent at issue. The Supreme Court recently held that to be liable for inducing patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b), the defendant must have knowledge that the infringing act it induced constituted patent infringement. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Bayer CropScience Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Dow AgroSciences

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 10, 2011

wheat-seed1-200x133 Los Angeles – German based Bayer CropScience recently amended its complaint in its patent infringement lawsuit against Dow Agro Sciences in a Delaware Federal Court adding additional counts of patent infringement. Bayer alleges that Dow’s application for approval to market a three-gene herbicide tolerant soybean infringed on seven Bayer patents. Read the rest »

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GenturaDx Awarded Two Molecular Diagnostic Patents

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 10, 2011

molecule-computer1-200x133 Orange County – Hayward, California based GenturaDx was recently awarded two patents by the USPTO concerning molecular diagnostic technology. The patents, US Patent Nos. 7,910,062 and 8,029,746 cover methods of purifying nucleic acid to detect infectious diseases by using paramagnetism. Paramagnetic materials are only magnetized when in the presence of an external magnetic source. Read the rest »

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Nintendo Wins Patent Case Brought on by Motiva

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 8, 2011

nintendo-gamecubeOrange County - Nintendo has recently emerged victorious from a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Motiva, LLC.. Motiva filed the patent infringement complaint in 2008 against Nintendo over its patent for “Human Movement Measurement System” filed in June 2005 and granted in November 2007. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Motorola Granted Injunction Against Apple In German Court

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 7, 2011

ipad-iphone-200x131 Los Angeles – Motorola was recently granted an injunction by the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany prohibiting competitor Apple from selling mobile devices infringing on two patents owned by Motorola. The lawsuit concerned two European Motorola patents, one covering “a method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system,” as well as a patent for a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method.” Both European Motorola patents in issue are equivalent to current U.S. patents. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Sony Files Patent Application For Biometric Controller

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 7, 2011

game-controller-200x150 Orange County – Sony recently filed a patent application with the USPTO disclosing a biometric video-game controller capable of detecting a gamer’s stress level by reading skin moisture, heart rate, and muscle movement. As the console video-gaming industry continues to develop, leaders Microsoft (Xbox 360), Nintendo (Wii), and the makers of PlayStation 3 Sony have struggled to outdo one another. Nintendo expanded the gamer demographic by marketing the Wii and its unique gameplay to families while Microsoft and Sony focused on increasing graphical capabilities and game complexity. However, Sony and Microsoft have been forced to refocus their efforts due to the success of the Nintendo Wii. Microsoft introduced the Kinnect system, a controller-less movement detecting gameplay device. Now Sony is entering the fray with a controller that detects the physical state of the gamer. Read the rest »

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Apple Loses Patent Infringement Lawsuit to Spanish Tablet Maker

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 7, 2011

ipad-iphone-200x131 Orange County – Apple, makers of the iPad, recently lost a patent infringement lawsuit against a Spanish tablet maker. Apple had initially alleged in the action that Spanish tablet manufacturer Nueva Technologies (NT-K) infringed a design patent held by Apple for the Apple iPad. Apple sought an injunction barring sales of the NT-K tablet in Spain. Apple was initially successful and was granted a preliminary injunction by the Spanish court. However, the injunction was recently vacated based on a finding that there were not sufficient grounds to issue an injunction preventing sale of the tablet. Read the rest »

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Japanese Patent Application Reveals New Nintendo Wii Controller

By Mandour & Associates, APC on November 7, 2011

gamecube-200x150 Orange County – Nintendo recently filed a patent application in Japan for a new Wii remote that utilizes touchpad technology. The patent application shows a touchpad integrated into the wireless motion detecting Wii controller. The new controller would utilize the pointing device motion detection technology of the original Wii remote and feature the touchpad technology in each new controller. With the new controller, users can move their character on screen by pointing the device or by moving their finger across the touchpad. The device will slide over the Wii controller and will be fully removable. Read the rest »

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