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Written by Joe Khurana

The Patent Grudge Match Between Apple and Qualcomm

Every once in a while, there’s a patent litigation case with the ability to redefine a whole company. This particular case, the grudge match between Qualcomm and Apple, might be such a case. The two companies are engaged in a chess-like battle, where each attempts a strategic move and then waits to see what the counter-attack will be. For those interested in intellectual property, it’s a fascinating game to watch.

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Bose Sues Beat Electronics – Patent Map and Analytics of Each Side

On July 25, 2014, Bose Corporation filed a patent infringement suit against Beats Electronics, which is in the process of being acquired by Apple for $3 billion.

Let’s take a look at the complaint and what ammunition each side has in its patent portfolio.

Bose alleges that Beats “Studio®” and “Studio® Wireless” brands active noise reduction headphones infringe Bose patented noise cancellation technology.  In the complaint Bose states  “For almost 50 years, Bose has made significant investment in the research, development, engineering, and design of proprietary technologies now implemented in its  products, such as noise cancelling headphones.  Bose’s current line of noise cancelling headphones, for example, embodies inventions protected by at least 36 U.S. patents and applications (22 patents and 14 pending applications) ….. Bose’s latest noise cancelling headphones model, the QC20, is protected by at least 27 U.S. patents and applications (14 patents and 13 pending applications)”.   In the complaint Bose asserts that Beat is infringing the following U.S. patents (the “Asserted Patents”):

Intellectual Ventures Starts Its Patent Litigation Engine

As reported by Robin Wauters in TechCrunch, Intellectual Ventures has filed suit against over a dozen companies, for patent infringement.  The lawsuit was filed on July 11, 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington state.  Lawrence D. Graham of Black Lowe & Graham and Elliot Brown of Irell & Manella, LLP are listed as counsel for Intellectual Ventures.

Intellectual Ventures brought suit against the following companies: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.; Hynix Semiconductor America Inc.; Elpida Memory, Inc.; Elpida Memory (USA) Inc.; Acer, Inc.; Acer America Corp.; Adata Technology Co., Ltd.; Adata Technology (U.S.A.) Co., Ltd.; Asustek Computer Inc.; Asus Computer International Inc.; Dell, Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Kingston Technology Co., Inc.; Logitech International S.A.; Logitech, Inc.; Pantech Co., Ltd.; Pantech Wireless, Inc.; Best Buy Co., Inc.; and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc

Dolby Sues Research-in-Motion for Patent Infringement

As reported in TechCrunch, Dolby Laboratories has sued Research-in-Motion, the maker of the Blackberry, for patent infringement.

According to a Dolby press release "...RIM infringes Dolby patents covering highly efficient digital audio compression technologies which allow manufacturers and consumers to provide and enjoy high quality audio while using extremely limited amounts of transmission and/or storage space for such audio. RIM employs Dolby’s patented technologies in its Blackberry smart phones and Playbook tablet devices, without having obtained licenses from Dolby ....[a]ll other major smart phone makers have agreed to license the Dolby technologies which are the subject of this litigation."  The lawsuit was filed on June 14, 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is counsel for Dolby

Patent Maps of Paul Allen's Interval Research Lawsuit Patents

The Wall Street Journal reported on December 13, 2010 that U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed Paul Allen's patent lawsuit against many of the leading companies in Silicon Valley including Google, Apple, Facebook and Yahoo.  Judge Pechman dismissed the complaint for not describing its allegations specifically enough.   Paul Allen has until December 28 to amend the complaint.

Patent Litigation Risk Continues to Increase - Gain Control

A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed the recent multi-year increase in patent infringement lawsuits and corporate risk. Although this trend is most prevalent in the high-technology sector, economic and strategic realities are forcing corporate and outside counsel to find new methods to control the time and expense allocated to patent risk management.

Written by Alex Butler

Patent Litigation: Google Android Claimed to Infringe Java Patents

On August 12, 2010, Oracle America, Inc. (Oracle) filed suit against Google, Inc. in the Northern District of California claiming that Google's Android operating system infringes 7 "Java" patents owned by Oracle America, a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation.   These Java patents are owned by Sun Microsystems which was acquired by Oracle in January 2010.

M86 Patent Litigation Against Leading Internet Security Firms

M86Security has filed a patent lawsuit in Delaware against McAfee, Symantec, Webroot Software, Websense and Sophos alledging infringement of two "hostile downloadables" patents owned by Finjan Software. Representing M86Security is Philip A. Rovner of Potter Anderson and Corroon LLP and Paul J. Andre of King and Spaulding.   Finjan was acquired by M86Security in November 2009.  M86Security describes itself as "... the largest provider of Secure Web Gateways and the largest independent provider of Web and e-mail content security in the world. Four leading technology companies have merged to become a full-service, single source provider of Web and e-mail gateway security, encryption and DLP solutions."  

Written by Alex Butler

Patent Litigation Drives VirnetX Stock

Fresh from a post about the 9-digit VirnetX Microsoft patent litigation settlement by IPVision executive and Sloan School of Management faculty member Joe Hadzima, VirnetX announced that they are moving from microcap status to inclusion in the broader Russell 3000 index. In addition, VirnetX is issuing a special dividend of $.50 per share for shareholders of record on July 1.

Written by Alex Butler

What does (should) Patent Landscape Analysis Mean to Business Leaders?

The phrase "patent landscape" has become quite popular amongst the patent specialists and patent expert set. Their gravitation to the term is well-founded given the importance of IP rights to corporate success.