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APPLE COUNTERSUES QUALCOMM FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on December 7, 2017

San Diego – Qualcomm has long accused Apple of infringing its patents, but now the tables have turned. In a new countersuit, Apple alleges that it owns at least eight battery life patents that Qualcomm has violated. Apple, the company that kickstarted the modern smartphone, stated that Qualcomm is acting like a “common patent troll” – a company that hoards intellectual property without making any real products.

San Diego based Qualcomm is a long-standing techn Read the rest

CROCS DENIED PATENT FOR PLASTIC SHOE DESIGN

By Joseph Mandour on August 17, 2017

Orange County – Crocs, the footwear company based out of Colorado, appears to be losing any hope to achieving a design patent on its well-known plastic shoes. It has taken 10 years for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to officially reject Crocs’ design patent application. Crocs’ patent had been rejected twice before but Crocs has now received a third rejection.

Despite it being Crocs third rejection, Crocs still may attempt to appeal the decision, though it is loo Read the rest

TIVO WINS A PRELIMINARY PATENT RULING IN THE ITC AGAINST #COMCAST

By Joseph Mandour on June 16, 2017

TiVo and Rovi (which purchased TiVo for $1.1 billion dollars last year) won an initial patent ruling in the International Trade Commission against Comcast. In the complaint against Comcast, TiVo claimed that Comcast had violated six patents. The ruling finds that Comcast, and its hardware partners Arris and Technicolor, had violated two patents held by TiVo.

The ruling is the latest development in a series of ongoing lawsuits between Comcast and TiVo. In addition to the ITC complaint, TiVo is in the midst of federal litigation against Comcast. TiVo sued Comcast and its top suppliers in 2016 for allegedly infringing 14 patents. The case is being heard in the U.S. Distr Read the rest

SCHUTT SPORTS SUES RIDDELL OVER FOOTBALL HELMET PATENT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on June 2, 2017

Orange County – On May 18th 2017, Kranos Corp, operating as Schutt Sports, filed a lawsuit against Riddell Inc. for patent infringement. The two companies are market rivals in the football helmet design and manufacturing industry. Schutt Sports claims that Riddell has infringed three different helmet designs. Schutt is seeking an injunction as well as an undisclosed amount in damages.

Robert Erb, president and CEO of Schutt, in a statement to the news and posted again Read the rest

COSTCO AND TITLEIST TANGLE OVER GOLF BALL PATENTS

By Joseph Mandour on March 23, 2017

San Diego – Costco is preemptively suing Acushnet Holdings, maker of the popular Titleist golf ball. Costco is seeking a judge’s ruling that Costco’s brand new line of Kirkland Signature golf balls do not violate any of Acushnet’s patents.

In 2016, Costco released its now famous Kirkland Signature golf ball. As part of the Kirkland Signature series, the golf balls were advertised as living up to the brand’s quality pledge that they, “must be equal to or better than the national brands, and must offer a savings to our members”. Costco’s new golf balls drew favorable attention from consumers almost immediately. In a blind quality test conducted by mygolfspy.com, Read the rest

GOOGLE’S WAYMO FILES PATENT AND TRADE SECRET LAWSUIT AGAINST UBER

By Joseph Mandour on March 9, 2017

San Diego – In 2009, Google began to design self-driving cars. Since that time, the project, known as Waymo, has been an industry leader in the area and has helped Google acquire thousands of patents in nearly every aspect of autonomous driving technology.

Waymo recently filed a lawsuit against fellow automation technology giant Uber and its driverless truck division known as Otto. Waymo claims that key intellectual property was stolen by a former employee and is now being used by their competitor. The specific technology in question is called LiDAR. It is a laser sensor system that allows a car to “see” 3-D high-definition images in 360 degrees around the car. It i Read the rest

#PROCTORANDGAMBLE FILES #PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT VERSUS #SHAVING RIVAL

By Joseph Mandour on August 26, 2016

shaverOrange County – Proctor and Gamble (P&G) filed a lawsuit through its subsidiary The Gillette Company against Edgewell Personal Care Co., which produces Schick brand razors and Edge shave gels. The lawsuit claims Edgewell engaged in false advertising, unfair competition, patent infringement, and deceptive acts and practices.

Edgewell released a new razor and cartridges in June designed to fit Gillette’s Mach3 razor. The marketing for the razor claimed it is “as good or better” than Mach3.

Gillette argues that claim is false advertising, citing internal testing comparing the razors that found Edgewell blades cause more nicks and cuts and, therefore, cann Read the rest

#ADIDAS SUES #SKECHERS OVER #PATENT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on July 20, 2016

shoesSan Diego – The athletic shoe industry has heated up with lawsuits recently and the latest is another lawsuit against Skechers. Adidas filed a patent infringement lawsuit claiming that the Skechers Mega Flex series copied the design of its Springblade shoe.

First released in 2013, the Springblade shoe has an innovative design where several individual blades are attached to the sole of the shoe. This approach is modeled after the running blades used by amputees. Runners who use the shoes, Adidas claims in the lawsuit, are given a “high energy return” and a “sense of buoyancy, even when you’re walking.”

The design of the Skechers Mega Flex series is stri Read the rest

#SIRI #PATENT INFRINGEMENT SETTLEMENT TO COST #APPLE $24.9M

By Joseph Mandour on April 26, 2016

apple-storeLos Angeles – Apple has agreed to pay out $24.9 million to settle a lawsuit that has dragged on for years. The lawsuit is alleging that its Siri voice assistant technology violated a patent licensed to a Dallas company and owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The Dallas company, Dynamic Advances, was the exclusive licensee of Rensselaer’s patent.

Dynamic Advances does not mention what exactly it does with all of the patent Read the rest

U.S. SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR PATENT CASE BETWEEN APPLE AND SAMSUNG

By Joseph Mandour on March 24, 2016

apple-storeOrange County – It seems as though the battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. has been going on forever. The two companies have been involved in quite a few legal battles, yet the patent case that dates back to 2011 is the highest profile case yet. The case goes something like this: Apple sued Samsung accusing it of copying the designs of its phones. The design patents include the rectangular and curved phone body, and the phone’s grid of sixtee Read the rest

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