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USPTO THROWS OUT MOST OF ZILLOW’S “Z-ESTIMATE” PATENT CLAIMS

By Joseph Mandour on April 8, 2014

home-price-150x150 San Diego – As a result of a case brought before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the patent encompassing Zillow’s popular home valuation tool has been seriously diluted.   In its ruling, the Board found 25 of the 40 claims mentioned in the patent, referred to as the ‘674 patent, unpatentable.  Zillow filed for the patent back in 2006 but wasn’t granted patent protection for its “Z-Estimate” tool, which is featured prominently on its website, until 2011.


The proceedings were instituted by Washington, D.C.-based  Microstrategy, Inc., which sought a re Read the rest

IBM LOOKS TO PATENT TECHNOLOGY THAT READS HUMAN FEELINGS

By Joseph Mandour on March 28, 2014

face-150x150 Los Angeles – A recent patent filing by the country’s leading holder of patents may be about to take the connection people feel with computers to a whole new level.  According to an application published earlier this month by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), IBM is seeking protection over technology that takes sensory input from humans and digitizes it in order to recognize and differentiate various human emotions.

The patent is entitled, “Multiple Sensory Channel Approach for Translating Human Emotions in a Computing Environment,” and was filed by three IBM inventors from Texas.  Per the particulars of the filing, the Read the rest

APPLE’S LATEST PATENT ALLOWS FOR VOICEMAIL SCREENING

By Joseph Mandour on March 18, 2014

mandour apple logo California – Apple was recently assigned a patent, numbered 8,666,034 , which will allow users to listen to a message as it is being left by a caller and then pick up mid-message, if desired.

In a time known as “the age of texting” where voicemail is increasingly viewed as outdated, Apple is attempting to modernize this older phone feature by adding it to its next lineup of mobile phones. As many of us recall, with land-line based voice mail machines, one could let an incoming call go to voicemail, listen to the caller leave a message, and depending how important the call was, pick up during the message.

Apple’s new Read the rest

APPLE LANDS PATENT FOR HEALTH TRACKING EARBUDS

By Joseph Mandour on February 24, 2014

LA Patent AttorneyOrange County – Apple was recently granted an interesting patent that has to do with health monitoring earphones.  The new technology is intended for use in sports and fitness and would track vital health statistics in real time.  The new product would allow users to control the connected device through the use of hand gestures and would provide feedback as to body temperature, perspiration, and heart rate.

According to the particulars of the filing, Apple is exploring ways to alert users when they have reached a certain goal in a workout by beeping when a certain distance, heart rate, Read the rest

PATENT FILINGS POINT TO “HOT CORNERS” AS PART OF NEW SAMSUNG SMARTPHONE INTERFACE

By Joseph Mandour on February 6, 2014

Intellectual Property Infringement California – A series of recently unveiled patents give a glimpse into what we might see as part of the next line of Samsung smartphones.

With the new Samsung Galaxy S5 set to be released in March, all eyes are on the Korean based company for what’s to come for the new generation of devices. After doing some digging, Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KPRIS) was able to uncover patent documents that offer some fresh details about the new phones.

Among the new developments showcased in the filings is a new feature called “Hot Corners,” which comes as part of Samsung’s efforts to make its Read the rest

NEW APPLE PATENT REVEALS COOL ADDITIONS TO DEVICE TRACK PAD

By Joseph Mandour on January 30, 2014

Patent Infringement Claims Los Angeles – A recently filed patent provides a snapshot of what might be on the horizon for Apple’s next generation of devices.  The new technology, which is referenced in a patent that was granted last week, surrounds the sensors features in the touch pads of Apple products.  The patent is exciting news for the multitude of Apple fans eagerly awaiting the next line of MacBook devices, which have been the subject of less patent filings when compared to Apple’s other devices like the iPad and iPhone.


The patent, entitled, “Touch pad with force sensors and actuator feedback,” was filed by the Cupertino-based compa Read the rest

GOOGLE SQUARES OFF AGAINST INTELLECTUAL VENTURES IN PATENT FIGHT

By Joseph Mandour on January 27, 2014

Patent DisputeOrange County – A patent dispute that began back in 2011 between Google-owned Motorola and Intellectual Ventures is finally heading to court. The lawsuit was filed by Washington-based Intellectual Ventures against Motorola over three smartphone patents, including one that involves the type of technology used in Google Play. The case is making waves in the technology industry by stirring up debate over the legitimacy of companies that achieve success by buying patents and then suing for patent infringement. While Intellectual Ventures contends that Motorola has infringed its patents, Google counters that Intel Read the rest

IBM TOPS ANNUAL LIST OF PATENT ASSIGNEES IN 2013

By Joseph Mandour on January 21, 2014

Patent Attorney Los AngelesOrange County – A new report listing the nation’s top patent recipients of 2013 shows fascinating results.  The listing, which is compiled annually by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, ranked IBM as the top patent assignee of the year, with a whopping total of 6,809.  IBM’s impressive numbers set the record for most patents awarded in a year to a single company ever by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Beyond IBM’s dominance of the list, another highlight of the report shows that for the second year in a row, Google beat out rival tech giant Apple in the num Read the rest

NEW PATENT FILING ADDS TO ANTICIPATION OF IPHONE 6

By Joseph Mandour on January 9, 2014

Los Angeles Patents Los Angeles – A recent patent application filed by Apple has people gearing up more than ever for the iPhone 6.   Entitled “Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching,” the application seeks protection over technology that would let users tag and organize photos by speaking.  While iPhones have been able to sort photos by the time and location they were taken since the launch of iOS 7 in the fall of 2013, this patent takes it a step further.

The filing details how Apple users can tag photos using whatever “natural language” they want, including by naming the place, person or occasion featured.  The phone will then organize the photo Read the rest

NESTLE SEEKS PATENT OVER FENNEL FLOWER PLANT, STIRS UP CONTROVERSY

By Joseph Mandour on December 18, 2013

fennel-150x150 Los Angeles – Nestle has come under fire for its recent patent application seeking protection over an extraction of the fennel flower seed, which comes from a plant that has been used by humans since as early as the 10th century.   At the forefront of the groups that are criticizing the Swiss-based food leader is Sum of Us, an organization that identifies itself as “fighting for people over profits.” The group claims that Nestle is attempting to profit from the fennel flower itself, which has been used as a homeopathic remedy for thousands of years.

The patent filing has angered several groups including Sum of Us, which contends that N Read the rest

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