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PTAB Upholds Kamatani Cloud Patent Challenged by Unified Patents

PTAB Upholds Kamatani Cloud Patent Challenged by Unified Patents
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IP WatchdogLast 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

patentadmin Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:27

Kamatani Cloud Prevails in IPR Initiated by Unified Patents

Suffern, N.Y. – September 21, 2018 – General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading intellectual property licensing firm, announced today that its subsidiary, Kamatani Cloud LLC (Kamatani Cloud), has prevailed on all 41 claims challenged in an inter partes review (IPR) initiated by Unified Patents, Inc.

Unified Patents challenged the validity of Kamatani Cloud’s U.S. Patent No. 6,873,940 titled “Measuring Method and Measuring Service System Using Communication Means” in Unified Patents Inc. v. Kamatani Cloud, LLC (Case No. IPR2017-01370). The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) affirmed the validity of all 41 patent claims. Prevailing in the IPR is an important milestone in Kamatani Cloud’s patent licensing campaign.

“We are delighted with the PTAB’s decision in this matter”, said Michael Shanahan, Vice President and General Counsel for GPC who defended the IPR on behalf of Kamatani Cloud. “The Kamatani Cloud patent survived the validity challenge presented by Unified Patents and its beneficiary members with all 41 claims emerging intact.”

“Of course, we are pleased with this outcome,” said Alexander Poltorak, Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation. “However, since its inception, the America Invents Act has systematically shifted the balance of power away from innovators and towards corporate infringers. Although the IPR process was designed to provide at least some level of due process to the patent owners by requiring disclosure of real parties of interest, corporate infringers hide behind Unified Patents to exploit loopholes in the process. The cost of this practice is the erosion of the American patent system to the detriment of innovation and innovators alike,” Dr. Poltorak continued. “We at General Patent Corporation intend to vigorously oppose such actions.”

About General Patent Corporation
General Patent Corporation, headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., is a leading patent licensing and R&D company. GPC represents inventors, small businesses, universities and other patent owners in patent licensing and enforcement matters. Founded in 1987, GPC is the oldest patent enforcement firm in the world and is the manager of Kamatani Cloud LLC. For more information, visit www.GeneralPatent.com.

About Kamatani Cloud LLC
Kamatani Cloud LLC owns U.S. Patent No. 6,873,940. Kamatani Cloud, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kamatani Technologies LLC, is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under this patent portfolio is available on reasonable terms. For licensing terms, please contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000 x107. Additional information is available at www.KamataniCloud.com.

Justices Told Patent Co-Owner Rights Rule Creates Conflict

Justices Told Patent Co-Owner Rights Rule Creates Conflict
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Law 360Licensing 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

patentadmin Mon, 07/23/2018 - 19:58

Ten Million Patents Issued in the U.S., but What Are They Worth?

Ten Million Patents Issued in the U.S., but What Are They Worth?
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IP WatchdogLast 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

patentadmin Mon, 07/16/2018 - 13:04

Advanced Video Technologies Files Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court

Federal Circuit Misapplies Rule 19 Involuntary Joinder Requirement in Patent Cases

Suffern, N.Y. – July 17, 2018 − 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.

AVT commenced the action by filing lawsuits in the Southern District of New York (Nos. 1:15-cv-04626-CM, 1:15-cv-04631-CM, and 1:15-cv-04632-CM) alleging that HTC, Motorola Mobility, and BlackBerry infringed its patent on a full-duplex video chip used in the defendants’ smartphones. The district court found that AVT owned a two-thirds interest in the asserted patent, with the remaining third belonging to a co-inventor, Vivian Hsiun, a disgruntled former employee of the AVT’s predecessor in interest who refused to assign the patent as was required by the terms of her employment agreement. Ms. Hsiun refused to join the suit as a co-plaintiff, and AVT was precluded from involuntarily joining her as a necessary party due to Federal Circuit precedent excluding patent infringement actions from the involuntary joinder provisions of Rule 19 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (the “FRCP”). As a result, the district court dismissed the case for lack of prudential standing, and AVT was left with no recourse.

On appeal to the Federal Circuit, in a split decision, the panel affirmed the District Court’s decision. In addition to a sharp dissent by Judge Newman, arguing that the district court erred in finding that Ms. Hsiun maintained co-ownership of the patent, Judge O’Malley wrote a concurrence urging her colleagues to reverse the court’s precedent and allow involuntary joinder, as per Rule 19.

“This case is crucial to the future of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship in our country,” said Dr. Alexander Poltorak, founder and CEO of General Patent Corporation. “Patents are the currency of the knowledge-based economy,” he continued. “Most innovation today is a collaborative effort, resulting in patents issued to multiple inventors. Patent-holders must be able to enforce their rights in court and cannot be allowed to be stymied by a non-cooperative co-owner,” Dr. Poltorak concluded.

“Rule 19 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that where a necessary party to a lawsuit has not been joined, ‘the court must order that the person be made a party,’ said Michael Shanahan, General Counsel of AVT. “The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that involuntary joinder under Rule 19 somehow does not apply to patent cases,” he explained. “We believe this is incorrect, and that the involuntary joinder provided by Rule 19 applies to all civil cases equally, including patent cases.”

Judge O’Malley wrote in her concurring opinion that the Federal Circuit’s “conclusion that a non-consenting co-owner or co-inventor can never be involuntarily joined in an infringement action pursuant to Rule 19 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is incorrect.” She further noted that “[t]his precedent represents a ‘further removal’ of patent cases from ‘the mainstream of the law.’”

Robert Morris, a partner at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC and AVT’s lead counsel, stated: “The majority opinion continues a long trend, in which the Federal Circuit disregards binding statutes and Supreme Court precedent, on the grounds that these laws and precedents do not apply to patent law.”

Parties interested in submitting amicus curiae briefs in support of AVT’s petition should contact Michael Shanahan at (646) 286-9286 or MShanahan@GeneralPatent.com.

About Advanced Video Technologies LLC
Advanced Video Technologies LLC owns U.S. Patent No. 5,781,788 for “Full Duplex Single Chip Video Codec” (now expired). AVT is a subsidiary of and is managed by General Patent Corporation. For more information about Advanced Video Technologies LLC visit www.advancedvidtech.com.

About General Patent Corporation
General Patent Corporation, headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., is a leading intellectual property boutique focusing on patent licensing and enforcement. GPC is the oldest patent enforcement firm in the U.S., representing inventors, businesses, universities and other patent owners in patent enforcement and assertive licensing matters on a contingency basis. GPC is the managing member of Advanced Video Technologies LLC. For more information, visit www.generalpatent.com.

Advanced Video Technologies Files Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court

Advanced Video Technologies Files Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court
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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

patentadmin Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:00

Bradium Technologies and Microsoft Settle Patent Lawsuit

Suffern, N.Y. – October 17, 2017 – General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing firm, announced today that its subsidiary, Bradium Technologies LLC (Bradium), has settled its patent infringement litigation with Microsoft.

Bradium sued Microsoft in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in 2015 (Case No. 1:15 CV 31). The trial was scheduled for January of 2018. The parties have resolved their differences and reached an amicable settlement. Microsoft has taken a license under the Bradium patents, but other terms and conditions of the settlement are confidential.

“We are pleased to reach a settlement and to license Microsoft under the Bradium patents,” said Alexander Poltorak, Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation.

Bradium owns an extensive patent portfolio, which generally relates to optimizing image delivery over limited bandwidth communications channels by reducing latency in transmitting full resolution images over the Internet, particularly for complex images such as geographic, topographic and other highly detailed maps. GPC is the manager and exclusive licensing agent for Bradium.

About General Patent Corporation

General Patent Corporation, headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., is a leading patent licensing boutique. GPC represents inventors, businesses, universities and other patent owners in patent licensing and enforcement matters. Founded in 1987, GPC is the oldest patent enforcement firm in the world and is the managing member of Bradium Technologies LLC. For more information, visit www.generalpatent.com.

About Bradium Technologies LLC

Bradium Technologies LLC owns a patent portfolio comprising U.S. Patent Nos. 7,139,794, 7,644,131, 7,908,343, 8,924,506, 9,253,239, 9,635,136, 9,641,644, 9,641,645, and pending patent applications. Bradium Technologies is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under this patent portfolio is available on reasonable terms. For licensing terms, please contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000 x107. Additional information is available at www.bradiumtechnologies.com.

Fractal Heatsink Technologies Awarded a U.S. Patent Directed to Fractal Heatsink Transfer Device

Suffern, N.Y. – July 12, 2016Fractal Heatsink Technologies LLC, an R&D company focusing on developing innovative fractal heatsink technologies, was recently awarded U.S. Patent No. 9,228,785 - Fractal Heat Transfer Device (the “’785 Patent”).

The ’785 Patent broadly covers a heat exchange device with fractal geometry. Fractal geometry improves heat transfer efficiency and allows for reduced noise levels, space and materials to construct a heatsink.

As recent advances in 3D printing technology allow for practical mass production of heatsinks with various fractal geometries, the patented technology is highly relevant to a new generation of electronic devices, cooling, hyper-efficient heating, energy-generation devices, etc.

“Fractal geometry is the most efficient design for a heatsink,” said Dr. Alexander Poltorak, the inventor and CEO of Fractal Heatsink Technologies LLC. “I am delighted to have been awarded the first patent on a fractal heat exchanger.”

The ’785 Patent is available for licensing to companies looking to develop a new generation of heat exchange devices based on fractal design. For licensing terms contact Kathlene Ingham at 845-358-4000 Ext. 107 or KIngham@GeneralPatent.com.

About Fractal Heatsink Technologies LLC

Fractal Heatsink Technologies LLC, an R&D company focusing on developing novel technologies for heatsinks based on fractal design, is located in Suffern, N.Y. Fractal Heatsink Technologies was formed for the purpose of making its technology accessible for commercial applications via licensing of its patents. General Patent, the premier patent licensing firm, is the exclusive licensing agent for Fractal Heatsink Technologies.

For further information, visit www.FractalHeatsink.com. Or contact Alec Schibanoff at Aschibanoff@GeneralPatent.com or 845-368-4000 Ext. 116.

“Samsung Grudgingly Agrees to Write Apple a $548M Check”

“Samsung Grudgingly Agrees to Write Apple a $548M Check”
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WSJ logoAlexander 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

patentadmin Tue, 12/08/2015 - 09:52

Image Processing Technologies is Awarded Two Additional Patents Related to Digital Imaging

Newly Granted Patents Further Strengthen the Importance of IPT’s Image Processing IP Portfolio

Suffern, N.Y. – March 18, 2015 – Image Processing Technologies LLC (IPT), a technology licensing company and a subsidiary of General Patent Corporation (GPC), received notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that it will be issued two new patents. These will bring IPT’s image processing portfolio to a total of 14 U.S. Patents.

U.S. Patent No. 8,983,134, “Image Processing Method,” was issued March 17; and U.S. Patent No. 8,989,445, “Image Processing Apparatus and Method,” will issue on March 24. Like many other patents in the IPT image processing portfolio, these patents cover technology related to identification and tracking of objects in digital imaging.

“These new patents further strengthen and increase the value of the IPT patent portfolio,” says Dr. Yoriko Morita, Vice President of Licensing for General Patent Corporation. “We offer these important patents for licensing on attractive terms.”

For licensing terms, contact Dr. Yoriko Morita at YMorita@GeneralPatent.com, or at (845) 368-4000 Ext. 106.