2011 December Archive

Judge Rules That Motorola Phones Infringe On Microsoft Patent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

iPhone Los Angeles – The phone wars continue. A recent preliminary ruling by a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) trade panel judge found that Motorola Mobility infringed on Microsoft U.S. Patent 6,370,566. The patent encompasses methods to synchronize group calendars and schedule meetings on a smartphone. The feature provides an essential organizational function for business users who need to schedule meetings without physically being in the office. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Groupon Sued For Patent Infringement Of Online Restaurant Management System

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 28, 2011

LA Patent Infringment Orange County – A company called Mount Hamilton Partners filed two different patent infringement lawsuits against Groupon. The complaint involves U.S. Patent Number 7,904,334, which is entitled “System and method for reducing excess capacity for restaurants and other industries during off-peak hours.” Groupon uses the system in its daily deals. Mount Hamilton Partners seeks damages in both suits. Read the rest »

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China Leads World in Patent And Trademark Filings

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 27, 2011

chinese_flag-200x149 Los Angeles – Research conducted by Thomson Reuters finds that China is the worldwide leader in patent and trademark filings. Thompson Reuters analyzed patent and trademark application filings, examined real-world trademark and copyright infringement issues, compared national government policies, and evaluatedlong-term innovation strategies for intellectual property growth. They concluded that China is not only presently a worldwide center for intellectual property protection, but will continue to be so in the future. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Concurrent Patent Inserts Advertising In DVR And VOD Content

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 27, 2011

tv_remote_control Orange County – It appears the days of avoiding commercials by fast forwarding through them using Video On-Demand (VOD) or a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) may be nearing an end. Concurrent, a video and media data solutions company, has been issued a patent (US 8,079,052) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for advertisement insertion into VOD, DVR, and time-shifted TV when using trick functions such as fast forward or rewind. Trick files are enabled into VOD, DVR, and time-shifted television to allow consumers to fast forward and rewind through programming. Concurrent’s technology allows ad content to be inserted into those trick files while consumers are controlling the fast forward or rewind functions. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Los Angeles Based Meridian Health Receives a Patent License from NASA

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 20, 2011

blood-artery-200x150 Los Angeles – NASA signed a patent license agreement allowing Meridian Health Systems P.C., a Los Angeles based company, to use its experimental imaging system to treat atherosclerosis. NASA engineers at the Johnson Space Center originally developed the technology to use millimeter wave electromagnetic energy for experimental imaging. After realizing the millimeter wave radiation would not work for imaging, engineers sought other uses and discovered its usefulness in treating atherosclerosis. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Orange County Based Broadcom Wins Patent Infringement Suit Against Rival Emulex

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 20, 2011

Intellectual Property Litigation Orange County – This month a court upheld the validity of Broadcom patent numbers 7,058,150 and 7,471,619. It also rejected a challenge by Emulex to an earlier damage award of $388,000 for infringing on a chip patent. Broadcom requested a permanent injunction to prevent Emulex from selling, supporting, using, or making infringing products in the United States. The lawsuit took place in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Orange County. U.S. District Court Judge James Seina issued the final ruling. Read the rest »

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Could Google Patent Begin the Era of Self-Driving Cars?

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 15, 2011

traffic-200x150Los Angeles – On December 13, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Google, Inc. a patent (U.S. Pat. No. 8,078,349) that allows a mixed-model car to transition from a human driver to an automous, self-driving car. Google believes this technology will allow for optimal fuel efficiency in cars and reduce traffic accidents by half. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Motorola Scores Win Against Apple in German Patent Case

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 12, 2011

cellphone-flip-isolated-in-white-200x148 Orange County – On December 9, 2011, a regional German court in Mannheim entered a preliminary injunction against Apple Inc. in Germany. The court ruled that Apple Sales International must stop selling, or distributing, mobile devices that infringe upon Motorola Mobility’s patents. The injunction applies specifically to Apple’s European sales subsidiary based in Cork, Ireland and applies only to sales of Apple products that use certain cellular communications patents – including the iPhone 4 and iPad 3G – to customers in Germany. However, the injunction does not apply to the iPhone 4S, since it was not yet on the market at the time the case was filed. Read the rest »

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on First Patent Case of New Session

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 8, 2011

LA Patent Lawyer Los Angeles – On Monday, December 5, 2011, the Supreme Court heard opening arguments regarding a generic drug manufacturer’s attempt to narrow the description of a method of use patent submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a pharmaceutical company. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Popular Cholesterol-reducing Drug Loses Patent

By Mandour & Associates, APC on December 2, 2011

Patent Attorney Orange County – Lipitor’s patent expires this month. This may come as good news to Baby Boomers. Watson Pharmaceuticals and Ranbaxy Laboratories both announced plans to distribute a generic version of atorvastatin containing the same active ingredients under its own brand. While the long-term price of a generic version of the drug has yet to be revealed, customers hoping to save big can reap benefits in the short-term by buying the brand name at a discount. Read the rest »

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