Intellectual Property News Recap
Interesting and Relevant IP-Related News
Putting the IP in IPA
The craft beer boom in the UK has led to a dramatic increase in the number of breweries. The number of microbreweries is exploding, with literally hundreds opening in just this past year. This increase has not only brought us more varieties of beer but has also had a visible effect at the IPO, with a corresponding boom in the number of trademark applications. 2016 saw double the number of craft beer registrations seen as recently as 2007, illustrating just how many new beers are coming to the market.
With IP comes disputes, and brewers will have to be careful to not tread on anyone’s toes when naming their beers as well as keeping an eye out for infringers of their own trademarks. Brewdog has taken this a step further and attempted to stop a pub from using the same name as one of their beers.
Why it matters
High growth markets can cause a sudden influx of new products to the market, and keeping on top of the IP is important for producers wishing to avoid infringement accusations and therefore costly disputes and/or rebranding, as well as being important for keeping competitors off their own turf.
NPE Pays to Have Patent Case Terminated
That didn’t go as planned
NPEs are struggling to generate revenues like they used to. Their frivolous demand letters have been effectively killed off by the need to provide full evidence of infringement. However, the greatest monetisation struggle story heard yet is that of Wetro Lan when they tried to license Kaspersky Labs for a firewall patent. Kaspersky felt the patent had validity issues, as well as some genuine issues with the infringement case. Eventually, the settlement demands were reduced to nothing, at which point Kaspersky demanded money from the NPE in order that both parties drop their cases.
Why it Matters
The idea that a company can get a monetary settlement for a patent invalidity case against an NPE is quite something. Usually, companies prefer to pay a small settlement to make the problem go away. While the settlement was small, what is probably of greater value is the unusual victory they can now publicise and force NPEs to think twice before approaching them.
Tesla Continues Electric Conquest At Home
They just soldier on
A while ago Tesla announced their solar roof tiles to great aplomb. Previous solar roof solutions involve large panels which look nothing like a traditional tiled roof, whereas Tesla’s roof tiles have achieved a normal look while still generating power. Combined with a home energy storage device (which Tesla also produces), one could use all the solar power generated by the roof at home in the daytime to power their home the rest of the time.
An obvious extra complexity over installing a solar roof tile in place of a traditional one is that the power needs to get from the tiles to the house’s wiring. Tesla also has a solution for this, as revealed in a patent filing for a conductive paste. This would be a relatively simple way of connecting up a roof of solar tiles, without having to e.g. get a technician to solder and insulate every joint.
Why it Matters
With Tesla generating the interest, it is highly possible that manufacturers of other, less discreet solar roof solutions will benefit from the paste or even license the technology. If this could make it to market and influence the design of lower cost panels, this could reduce the substantial overheads of getting a solar roof in the first place and help spread green energy.
Predictive Analytics in R&D and IP Strategy Development
Discerning Trends and Identifying Opportunities Through Patent Portfolio and Document Analysis
DATE & TIME
Thursday, 21st September 2017
13.30-16.00 Presentations and Q&A
16.00-17.00 Networking & Drinks
The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4BS
Dr. Tatsuo Nakamura • VALUENEX, Founder, and CEO
Confirming M&A Sustainability by Analyzing Effective Investment Volumes with IP Synergy Indices
Jon Calvert • ClearViewIP, CEO
The Needs of Multinational Enterprises in Developing their Innovation Strategies as their Business Collides with IoT, AI and the Digital Economy – an IP and Technology Perspective
Takayoshi Hayashi • VALUENEX, Lead Analyst
A Technology Trend Analysis for R&D Strategy on iPS Cells: Case Study Analyzing Trend Differences based on Patents, Academic Papers, or NIH Grant Information
Dr. Lei Liu • VALUENEX, Consulting Team Manager
The Possibility of Technology Due Diligence Based on IP Panoramic View Analytics: Case Studies on M&A and Start-up Investment
Other IP News Stories
- IBM Helps a Microsoft-Connected Patent Troll Create Another Trolling Branch, Known as Finjan Blue – Licensing profits from recent IBM patent purchase will go to shareholders, not Big Blue, Finjan CEO confirms
- Nintendo loses court case over Wii motion controllers
- It’s time to talk about a longer patent term in America
- Gary Shapiro takes self-righteous stand against patent trolls despite obvious bias in favor of infringers
- Delaware Patent suit pits top two players in U.S. electronic voting machines against each other
- CAFC’s finding of patent invalidity in Prism case against T-Mobile undoes $30M damages award in separate action against Sprint
- The duplicitous nature of Unified Patents statements about patent owners
- New Balance wins the largest verdict ever for foreign plaintiff in Chinese trademark suit
- Patent Searches: A Great Opportunity for Inventors to Focus on What is Unique
- IP Strategy is a Tricky Balancing Act for Pharmaceuticals
- From underwater storage to drones, what is Amazon’s patent strategy?
- Atari files suit against Nestlé for Kit Kat ad campaign that infringed on Breakout video game
- Tesla wins patent for ‘conductive paste’ for its Solar Roof
- Is EPO Patent Filing a Rigged Game in Europe?
- Kaspersky wins cash from a patent troll
- Longhorn IP, founded by ex-Acacia execs, is the next NPE into the breach in China, with a lawsuit against HTC
- A Boston firm labeled a ‘patent troll’ by some says it is actually performing a service
- Beer trade marks rise 19%, thanks to craft beer boom
- New case against ZTE shows Fortress may be a far tougher licensor than struggling PIPCOs
- Unfair competition complaint in Beijing IP Court adds to Apple’s IP legal load in China
- Haier’s antitrust suit against MPEG LA licensors suggests Chinese rate debate is far from over
- China reacts to the Trump administration’s investigation into IP trade barriers
- Australian government will push for abolition of second-tier patent and inventive step reform
Other Tech News Stories
- Electric sky taxi co. raises $90 million
- Elon Musk warns AI arms race could spark WW3
- Daimler invests in shuttle carpooling startup Via
- Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods deal closes
- Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi accepts Uber CEO position
- Magna’s MAX4 self-driving platform is ready for cars
- Amazon and Microsoft unite their voices
- Ford’s starting a third JV in China focused on EVs
- Uber considering joint venture on autonomy