Last week the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) entered a final written decision terminating an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding that had challenged a patent owned by technology licensing company Kamatani Cloud. According to the PTAB, petitioner Unified Patents failed to show by a preponderance of evidence that any of the challenged claims of the patent were invalid on obviousness ground under 35 U.S.C. § 103. read more
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Licensing company Advanced Video Technologies LLC has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Federal Circuit precedent that permits a co-owner of a patent to block another co-owner's infringement claims by refusing to join the suit, saying the rule creates a conflict in the rights of patent co-owners. read more
Last month, the U.S. Patent Office issued patent number 10,000,000. This historic occasion calls for rethinking our patent system and the future of American innovation.
In the past, such an event would have been a cause for celebration, a testimony to our ingenuity. Back then, patents were valuable assets, protecting and incentivizing innovation. A valid patent gave its owner the right to stop infringers in their tracks. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. read more
Federal Circuit Misapplies Rule 19 Involuntary Joinder Requirement in Patent Cases
Advanced Video Technologies LLC (AVT), a subsidiary of General Patent Corporation (GPC), announced today that it filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the Court to review a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision with far-reaching implications for intellectual property rights in the United States. read more
Alexander Poltorak, General Patent Corporation’s founder and CEO, was quoted in this article that covered the conclusion of Apple and Samsung’s four-year legal battle. Commenting on Apple's inability to receive injunctive relief after receiving a verdict of infringement, Dr. Poltorak observed, "This raised the question about the very nature of our patent system,” and added “If a patent is no longer the right to exclude, what is it? Are we moving away from the traditional U.S. patent regime with strong exclusionary right, as mandated by our Constitution, to the European-style compulsory license regime?" read more
GPC CEO Alexander Poltorak was quoted in an article on Law.com in his capacity as President of American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR). ("IP Groups Express Unease Over Patent Reform Bill" Law.com − December 4, 2013 − free registration required)
Article excerpt: The House bill's fee-shifting language, in particular, is disastrous for inventors without deep pockets, said Alexander Poltorak, founder and president of American Innovators for Patent Reform, a coalition of inventors, companies and licensing executives.
"This will deter any independent, inventor, startup company or university from ever asserting patents," Poltorak said.
The Wall Street Journal carried the news that Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman and CEO, has joined Spherix Incorporated as a member of its Board of Directors. ("General Patent Corporation Chairman and CEO Alexander Poltorak Joins Spherix Board" Wall Street Journal - October 29, 2013)
Excerpt: Spherix Incorporated (NASDAQ: SPEX), an intellectual property development company committed to the fostering and monetization of intellectual property, announced today that Alexander Poltorak has been appointed to Spherix's Board of Directors, effective October 28, 2013.
"We are very pleased that Alex accepted our invitation to join Spherix's board," said Spherix's CEO and President, Anthony Hayes. "Alex's extensive experience in the patent monetization industry will provide valuable governance leadership to Spherix. He will be a great addition to our board. We are excited and privileged to have Alex join our board."
Blogger Matt Gorniak offered several reasons why it makes sense for businesses to file for patent protection as soon as possible. In comparing the relatively low cost of filing a patent application with the astronomical median cost of defending yourself in a patent lawsuit, Gorniak quotes GPC's Alexander Poltorak. ("Matt Gorniak: File as Soon as Possible" Wall Street Journal Blogs - October 18, 2013)
Article excerpt: Research supports filing early, too. Filing a patent application with the USPTO can be done for $10,000 to $20,000 if you find a good IP lawyer that specializes in startups.
Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman and CEO, attended a forum on nonpracticing entity litigation organized by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and was one of the few attendees to question whether patent trolls are the villains they are made out to be. ("Lawyers' Voices Needed In Anti-Troll Debate, Judge Says" Law360.com - October 10, 2013)
Article excerpt: The task of defending nonpracticing entities at the event fell to Alexander Poltorak, CEO of the patent licensing and enforcement firm General Patent Corp.
He said, "I don't see the big deal with patent trolls," since a patent is nothing but a license to sue and nothing in patent law requires that a patentee make products that practice the patent. Much of the agitation for action to curb nonpracticing entities comes from large tech companies that just want to cut their litigation costs, he said.