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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 Read the rest

MORE TROUBLE FOR DRAFTKINGS AND FANDUEL IN THE FORM OF A PATENT LAWSUIT

By Joseph Mandour on December 3, 2015

Los Angeles – Yet another lawsuit has been filed against DraftKings, FanDuel, and Fox Sports. This time the legal battle is over technology that Virtual Gaming Technologies, LLC claims these organizations use in violation of the patents it holds.

Virtual Gaming Technologies, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Fox Sports all operate fantasy sports games. These virtual games allow individuals to create teams made up of current athletes and receive points based on these athletes’ performances in weekly games. These organizations are a part of the $15 billion a year fantasy sports industry.

The first Read the rest

PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST GOPRO

By Joseph Mandour on November 11, 2015

GoProOrange County – C&A Marketing brought a lawsuit against GoPro for infringing its patent for cube-shaped cameras. C&A Marketing claims that GoPro’s camera, known as the Hero4 Session, violates the patent it received for camera called the Polaroid Cube.

C&A Marketing, not Polaroid, brought forth the case because it created and manufactures the product. Polaroid is involved because C&A Marketing and Polaroid have exclusive manufacturing and marketing deals together.

The patent that C&A holds is broad, stating it applies to “the ornamental design for a cubic action Read the rest

SEGWAY FILES PATENT LAWSUIT OVER HANDS-FREE SCOOTER

By Joseph Mandour on September 25, 2015

segwayOrange County – The creator of the first self-balancing, zero-emission personal transporter, Segway, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Inventist. Segway alleges that Inventist infringed five patents to build its personal transporter products. The transporters for both companies resemble the one used in the Back to the Future 2 movie, resulting in many calling this lawsuit a battle for the hoverboard. This lawsuit is the latest in a number of lawsuits attempting to stop copycats that are making hoverboard-like products.

The products involved are Inventist’s Solowheel (described Read the rest

TIVO FILES DVR PATENT LAWSUIT AGAINST SAMSUNG

By Joseph Mandour on September 17, 2015

tv_remote_controlSan Diego – In its quarterly earnings report, TiVo announced it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung. TiVo, known for the creation of its digital video recorder, claims Samsung violated four of its patents. The patents relate to functions such as the ability to view a show while recording another and the ability to play a video smoothly at a faster speed.

The patents TiVo references for the lawsuit are, U.S. Patent No. 6233389 entitled “Multimedia Time Warping System” issued on May 15, 2001; U.S. Patent No. 6729195 entitled “Method and Apparat Read the rest

RALPH LAUREN GETS HIT WITH PATENT INFRINGEMENT CLAIMS OVER HANDBAG

By Joseph Mandour on August 31, 2015

purseLos Angeles – American fashion icon and designer Ralph Lauren has come under fire of allegations that it has infringed the patent of an individual inventor. Jimmy Bryan has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the brand in Texas, claiming that one of its high end handbags infringes his own patent for a bag that comes equipped with a light and phone charging capability.

The Ralph Lauren bag at issue is the “Ricky”, which comes in several color variations and which has been a popular seller for the brand for years. The wearable technology version rolled out this past winter and is still a Read the rest

APPLE SUFFERS PATENT INVALIDATION IN SAMSUNG CASE

By Joseph Mandour on August 21, 2015

iphoneLos Angeles – In what could serve as a turning point in the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung patent saga, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) handed down a decision that questions the validity of one of Apple’s design patents for its mobile phones. The ruling came down after a request for reexamination was made anonymously, however all signs point to the request coming from rival tech giant Samsung, which has been engaged in a years’ long bout with Apple over its patented phone features.

The non-final action in the reexamination was handed down on August 5, 2015 and concerns Read the rest

KICKSTARTER PREVAILS AFTER CROWDFUNDING PATENT THREAT

By Joseph Mandour on July 8, 2015

KickstarterOrange County – Since its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has funded $1.8 Billion dollars for businesses and other creative projects. Kickstarter utilizes a peer to peer crowdfunding model in which persons buy in early on a project. In addition to helping a budding business or artist, persons funding the project are the first to receive the products or services at issue.

Beginning in 2011, a battle began between Kickstarter and a rival called ArtistShare. ArtistShare claimed a crowdfunding patent for a “Method and Apparatuses for Financing and Marketing a Creative Work.” B Read the rest

DENON FACES LAWSUIT OVER ALLEGATION OF SPEAKER PATENT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on October 31, 2014

sound-speakerOrange County – Sonos, a developer of wireless home music systems, is suing Denon for patent infringement alleging that its newly-released Heos speakers are remarkably similar to Sonos’s speakers. According to details outlined in Sonos’s complaint, Denon’s Heos speakers have many of the same elements found in Sonos products.

The lawsuit alleges that Denon made no effort to distinguishfeatures or functionality and that the Heos speakers infringe at least four Sonos patents. Sonos’s 258-page court filing goes into significant detail explaining how Denon& Read the rest

HOMER SIMPSON HOLOGRAM AT COMIC-CON SPURS PATENT LAWSUIT

By Joseph Mandour on August 22, 2014

Comic ConSan Diego – Three companies have filed a patent lawsuit against 20th Century Fox claiming that a hologram of Homer Simpson from The Simpsons used during the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con infringed its patented system that projects 3D images. The plaintiffs in the case are Alki David’s Hologram USA, Musion Das Hologram and Uwe Maass. This is not the first time Hologram USA has sued. Previously, Hologram USA targeted a Michael Jackson hologram that was projected at the Billboard Music Awards.

Hologram USA is also at war with Pulse Entertainment for the same infringement. Hologram USA cla Read the rest

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