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Electronic-cigarette makers sued over allegations of patent infringement

Lorillard Inc. and another North Carolina electronic-cigarette company are among 11 being sued by a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group Plc for patent infringement. Fontem Ventures BV and Fontem Holdings BV, based in the Netherlands, are suing the companies for what it is calling unlawful use of four patented technologies.  Reference: Electronic-cigarette makers […]

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General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit with On Track Innovations

General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its subsidiary,Leighton Technologies LLC (Leighton), that it settled a patent infringement lawsuit against On Track Innovations, Ltd. of Rosh-Pina, Israel and OTI America, Inc. of Iselin, New Jersey (OTI).  Reference: General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit with On Track Innovations

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Hikvision and ObjectVideo Sign Noteworthy Patent Licensing Agreement

Hikvision (SHE: 002415), the global leader of video surveillance products and solutions, is pleased to announce the signing of a worldwide patent license agreement with video analytics provider ObjectVideo, Inc. “Hikvision has a rich intelligent video analytics product line. This line plays an important role in both data mining and data services,” said Yangzhong Hu, […]

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Patent lawsuit pits makers of marine eyewear

Cablz Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Chums Inc., saying that the company illegally used its “stay-off-the-neck” eyewear retention system. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama is asking for a jury trial and compensation for the infringement of U.S. Patent 8,366,268, which protects Cablz’ unique eyewear retainer system, […]

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VirnetX (VHC) Awarded On-Going Royalty of 0.98% on Adjudicated Patents (AAPL)

VirnetX Holding Corporation (AMEX: VHC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued an order in the Company’s pending patent litigation against Apple Inc., awarding the Company an on-going royalty of 0.98% on adjudicated products and products not colorably different from those adjudicated at trial that incorporate any of the FaceTime […]

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IPCom's $2 Billion Patent Lawsuit Against Apple Dismissed by German Court

German patent licensing company IPCom was handed a setback today when both of its patent infringement lawsuits against Apple were dismissed in a German court, reports FOSS Patents. The decisions were handed down by two different chambers within the Mannheim Regional Court.  Reference: IPCom’s $2 Billion Patent Lawsuit Against Apple Dismissed by German Court

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Ford Faces Patent Infringement Case

Ford Motor Co. (F – Analyst Report) has been accused of breaching a patent on an automatic turn signal technology, according to Bloomberg. The 2008 patent related to the three-blink lane change technology is owned by Richard Ponziani. Richard Ponziani is the former automotive design engineer for companies includingGeneral Motors Co. (GM – Analyst Report) and Valeo SA. He filed a […]

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Apple Wins Dismissal of $2.2 Billion German Patent Suit

Apple Inc. (AAPL) won the dismissal of a 1.57 billion-euro ($2.2 billion) lawsuit in Germany over technology used to decide priority for calls on mobile networks. Apple doesn’t infringe two patents asserted by IPCom GmbH & Co KG, a court in Mannheim ruled today, without giving the reasoning for its decision. HTC Corp. (2498) also won dismissal of […]

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Small Texas company sues Cisco, others for patent infringement

Last week, Texas-based Crossroads Systems Inc. filed lawsuits against Cisco Systems Inc., NetApp Inc. and Quantum Corp. in federal court. The company, headquartered in Austin, specializes in data storage technology. In all three complaints, filed Feb. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Crossroads alleges infringement of U.S. Patents 6,425,035 […]

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Growing industry coalition urges the EU (again) not to turn Europe into a patent trolls' paradise

While Apple and Samsung still haven’t been able to settle their global patent dispute, they do agree that patent assertion entities (PAEs), or “patent trolls”, cause serious “problems that continue to plague innovators”. In September the world’s two largest smartphone makers were already among an impressive group of signatories of an open letter to European policy-makers that […]

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