$920 Million Kevlar Trade Secret Verdict Overturned

DuPont has been making Kevlar, the ubiquitous strong polymer for use in bullet-proof armor and countless other consumer  products, for over thirty years. Kolon is a South Korean company that manufactured a similar polymer product known as Heracron, and in 2006 they hired several ex-employees of DuPont to consult on their process for technical improvement. […]

No patent infringement by Google or Microsoft

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Two of the largest search engine marketing vendors in the United States (Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.) will not have to pay Paid Search Engine Marketing Tools LLC for their alleged patent infringement. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board reaffirmed the consolidated ruling in Paid Search Engine Tools, Inc. v. Google Inc., Case No. 2:07-CV-0403 […]

43north.org to give $5 million to startup busineses

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As part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 billion high-profile bid to turn the Buffalo Niagara region’s economy around, 43North business launched a global business plan competition that is going to give out $5 million in prizes to attract entrepreneurs with the best ideas for starting a new business. America’s richest and most ambitious business […]

Patent Wars III: Return of the iPhone

In the most recent iteration of the titanic intellectual property battle between technology giants Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics, apple took home a $290 million jury verdict. The case (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (.PDF), centered on Samsung’s alleged infringement of six of Apple’s patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,469,381; 7,844,915; 7,864,163; D604,305; and […]

Online Dating Patent Failure

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As society progresses into the 21st Century, online dating has been more and more prevalent. To protect their “intellectual property”, some dating websites have gone as far as to patent their online match making systems. A recent Southern District of New York case, FindTheBest.com, Inc. v. Lumen View Technology, LLC, has addressed the validity of […]

After Final Consideration Pilot

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In May of 2013 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated a new program known as the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP). The AFCP authorizes patent examiners to take additional time in considering responses to final patent rejections. During this process, the patent examiner will conduct an interview with the patent applicant […]

Patentability and the Issue of Obviousness

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What exactly is obvious? Patent attorneys and independent inventors alike are aware of the standards of patentability; the invention must be (1) new, (2) useful, and (3) non-obvious. Common sense dictates the first two standards of patentability. To be new and useful, an invention must solve an existing problem in a manner which has not […]