Posts Tagged ‘kodak patents’
December 21st, 2012 by Christopher L. Holt
Well everyone, we’ve made it to the so-called Doomsday. And we’re still here! So yes, you need to get out there and finish your Christmas shopping, and don’t forget to pay those bills too.
Even so, you may have thought that all the reported problems with the patent industry may have a sign of troubles for the end of the year. This week we saw a few more articles discussing those challenges, and even some possible steps toward a solution. Let’s take a look at some of the top patent news this week.
And here we are – entrepreneurs are now donating money to try to fix these perceived issues with our patent system. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization that works for the public interest in digital rights battles, received $250,000 from Cuban, and another $250,000 from Markus “Notch” Persson. With this money, they are hoping to help EFF’s goal of reforming software patent laws.
We’ve been reporting on the possible options for Kodak’s patent portfolio sale for the last few months, but this week it was announced that Kodak agreed to sell its digital imaging patent portfolio to a group of licensees for a cool $525M. These licensees, including Apple, Google, Facebook, and 9 others, will all have the rights to the Kodak patent portfolio and other specific Kodak patents. With access to these patents, we should see a greater rush of photo and video improvements throughout the technology industry.
It’s happened again. Just weeks after the USPTO invalidated another of Apple’s iPhone patents, Samsung discovered that Apple’s ‘Pinch-to-Zoom’ patent was also invalidated as well. Samsung is using this information to justify its demand for a new patent trial against Apple, as this technology was key to awarding in Apple’s favor. We’ll have to see how this evidence helps formulate a new trial.
For a little holiday fun at the end of the year, take a look at this cool infographic, outlining Christmas- and holiday-related patent statistics for your enjoyment.
That brings us to the end of our last weekly link round-up for the year. Everyone have a safe and happy holiday season, and an even better new year!
September 21st, 2012 by Christopher L. Holt
We’ve had another busy week here at PatentCore, including getting our next webinar ready for you all! After taking the latter half of the summer off, we’ll be back with a brand new webinar in October. Stay tuned for more details.
Before we start looking too far ahead, let’s take a quick look at some of the recent patent news making the rounds this week.
Sounds weird, right? But it’s actually kind of genius. There are plenty of times where a phone needs to be silenced fast, and Microsoft was granted a patent to do just that. This “whack-based audio control module” will allow users to hit or whack their phones to shut them up when it’s needed quickly.
Google’s social network, Google+, launched last year and at the time, they required your commonly used name to be the name on your profile. It seems, though, that Google may be changing its stance on the subject. This new patent allows for users to use “pseudonyms” or alternative names for their profiles. Then, users could change their privacy settings to allow certain groups of users to see their pseudonyms. This is just another way for users to customize their Google+ experience.
We’ve written about the Kodak patent auction previously, and it looks like we’ve closed another chapter in this company’s saga. This week, Kodak admitted that it failed to raise the $2.5 billion it needed for its patent auction. Because of this news, Kodak stated that it will delay the patent auction “indefinitely” while it evaluates additional ways to sell it’s property and raise the funds it needs.
It’s been just over a year since congress passed the America Invents Act. In the last year, there have been many changes happening, with many more still working through the USPTO. The America Invents Act is meant to make it easier for individual entrepreneurs to gain patents for their inventions, which will allow them to go to market faster, improve their businesses, create jobs, and stimulate the economy.
Have a great weekend, everyone!