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FORD INFRINGED AUTOMATIC TURN SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY, ACCORDING TO NEW LAWSUIT

By Joseph Mandour on March 6, 2014

Patent InfringementOrange County – Execs at Ford Motor Co. are busy fending off the second patent infringement lawsuit they have been faced with this month.  This one was filed in the District Court of the United States for the District of Delaware by an American inventor named Richard Ponziani, who claims that Ford willfully infringed on his patent for turn signal technology.

The specific patent in question is “Electronic Intelligent Turn Signal Control System,” which was issued to Mr. Ponziani on August 5, 2008.   The filing covers the technology whereby the “three-blink” lane change turn signal is automatically activate Read the rest

APPLE AND SAMSUNG ARE BACK AT IT IN PATENT BATTLE

By Joseph Mandour on February 17, 2014

Intellectual Property Infringement San Diego – The nation’s two top mobile device makers will head back to court next month to duke it out yet again.  This trial, the third between the big name rivals, will start March 31st and will cover five patents and a total of twenty devices that the companies respectively claim are infringing.   The setting is familiar for both companies, as it will take place in the same courthouse and will be heard by the same judge as the last two trials.


According to several reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Co-CEO JK Shin attempted to resolve the dispute informally through mediation talks.  It appears that those negotiations ha Read the rest

CELL PHONE CONTROLLED DRONE MAKER SUES RIVAL FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on February 11, 2014

drone-150x150 Los Angeles – Drone Technologies, Inc., a Taiwanese company that specializes in the manufacture of remote controlled drone devices is taking Parrot Inc. to court for allegedly infringing on some of its patents.  After squabbling back and forth about the alleged infringement since 2012, Drone Technologies has decided to file a formal complaint in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

According to the lawsuit, the company made Parrot aware of the infringement over two years ago.  Specifically, it claims that two of its patents, which surround the use of magnetometers and accelerometers in smartphones to control drones, were infringed upon by Parrot̵ Read the rest

BLACKBERRY GOES AFTER RYAN SEACREST’S IPHONE KEYBOARD FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on January 17, 2014

iphone-apps San Diego – Blackberry Ltd. has filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco against Typo Products LLC, alleging patent infringement of its smartphone designs.   Blackberry’s lead counsel announced the filing and said that Typo’s product “is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against any company that attempts to copy our unique design.”  He did not expand on whether or not his company had attempted to come to an agreement with the Los Angeles-based startup before filing its complaint.


The Typo device, which is available for sale for $99, Read the rest

SAMSUNG PATENT REVEALS PLANS FOR A FUTURISTIC FOLDABLE SMARTPHONE DISPLAY

By Joseph Mandour on January 6, 2014

Intellectual Property Infringement California – The next generation of Samsung smartphones will likely feature a game changing foldable dual screen, as revealed by a patent filed in Korea.

The Seoul-headquartered company confirmed its plans to make the foldable screens a reality, with its CEO, Kwon Oh-hyeon, stating at an analyst’s conference last month that it “would lead innovation by introducing the ‘foldable’ display in 2015.” Given that the patent was recently found to have been filed back in 2012, experts have expressed concern over whether the new technology could actually hit the worldwide market by 2015.

Regardless of the timing of t Read the rest

BEARDO SUES OVER BEARDED HATS PATENT DISPUTE

By Joseph Mandour on November 19, 2013

shaver-thumb-200x149-76802California – In a complaint filed last Wednesday, Beardo, Inc. brought a lawsuit under the name of its parent company, Stat Ltd., claiming that three other companies have infringed on its popular hat design.

The Beardo hats, which are sold online and in stores across the nation, are similar to traditional ski hats or beanies except that they feature an attached piece in the shape of a beard that covers the face. In its complaint, Beardo claims that two California companies and one in Utah willfully infringed on the design, for which it holds a patent.

The patent, which is entitled, “Combined ski face mask and hat Read the rest

NEW PATENT BATTLE MARKS A NEW CHAPTER IN APPLE VS. GOOGLE LAWSUIT SAGA

By Joseph Mandour on September 18, 2013

Patent DisputeLos Angeles – Apple and Google are back in court, this time to argue over whether a judge should reopen a case over patented technology featured in their smartphones.   The latest in the blow by blow between the two companies happened last week when Motorola Mobility, Inc., a subsidiary of Google, Inc. filed an appeal that an older case be reopened.   The original lawsuit, filed in 2010, quickly snowballed into a tangle with each company claiming that the other had infringed the other’s patents by including certain technology in their respective smartphones.   Notably, Motorola charged that Apple had infringed one of its most basic essential patents that fu Read the rest

JUDGE DISMISSES PATENT INFRINGEMENT CLAIMS BETWEEN RIVAL DIAPER COMPANIES BASED ON LACHES

By Joseph Mandour on July 31, 2013

California PatentOrange County – The case between two rival diaper companies over patent infringement claims was dismissed by a Kentucky judge on Monday, who ruled that Swedish-based SCA Hygiene Products AB took too long to file claims against First Quality Baby Products LLC.

The patent at the heart of the case is U.S. Patent No. 6,375,646 titled “Absorbent pants-type diapers.”  The patent for these Swedish-designed diapers was originally filed in 1992, but was not granted by the U.S. Patent Office until 2002.

This product is one of many generally known as “pull-up diapers.”  They are the diapers typically worn by toddlers who require more mobility Read the rest

MAJOR VICTORY FOR TECH FIRMS AGAINST “PLUG-IN” PATENT INFRINGEMENT CLAIMS

By Joseph Mandour on July 26, 2013

Patent Dispute Los Angeles – An appeals court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling for Google, Inc., Yahoo, Inc., and Amazon.com, Inc. against patent infringement claims brought by Eolas Technologies, Inc.

The decision, originally made by a jury in 2012 in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, invalidated two patents held by Michael Doyle for interactive internet technology.

Doyle was a computer programmer at University of California, San Francisco in 1993 when he oversaw a project that allowed multiple scientists to watch a live streaming video simultaneously over the Internet for the first time.  Along with David Martin and Cheo Read the rest

ACTIVISION TAKES ON MAZDA OVER PATENT INFRINGEMENT

By Joseph Mandour on July 17, 2013

watchLos Angeles – Car manufacturer Mazda Motor of America, Inc. was hit with a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Delaware on July 9, when Activision TV, Inc. filed a complaint alleging patent infringement.


Activision, a Delaware Corporation, claims that Mazda infringed its patents for electronic displays in its new line of vehicles.  The patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 7,369,058 and 8,330,613 are both titled “Remote Control Electronic Display System” and were granted in 2008 and 2012, respectively.  Activision develops flat-screen displays with computers fully integrated into the screen.

The allegedly infringing use has to do with Mazda’s “digital sig Read the rest

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