Apple and Samsung failed to agree on a settlement in their U.S. patent dispute, setting up another court battle between the two companies again in March.
According to the Wall Street Journal, executives from both companies, including Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Samsung Co-Chief Executive J.K. Shin, met in February with a mediator to try to settle, but they couldn’t reach an agreement. Now, Apple and Samsung will continue to fight in courts world-wide over patent infringement.
Apple initially sued Samsung in 2011, saying that the South Korean company copied the design and feel of the iPhone and the iPad, and was awarded a ruling of rough $1 billion by a federal jury. This March’s trial between the two companies involves different Apple patents, used in more-recent Samsung products, such as the Galaxy S III smartphone. The Journal says that, since the trial involves newer products that were bigger sellers, industry experts say there is a possibility of an even larger damages award, if Samsung is found to have infringed Apple’s patents.
Laura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: And the beat goes on between these two companies. The failed mediation didn’t come as much of a surprise, and now Samsung stands to lose big again if Apple can prove infringement in court. We speculated all the way back in 2012 that companies would be more diligent about protecting the shape, size and technology of their smartphones, but, clearly, this continued to be an issue in the smartphone space.
Others in the industry have surely taken notice of this ongoing battle. Even some deals, such as Google’s recent sale of Motorola to Lenovo, could be seen as a distant ripple radiating from these battles between Samsung and Apple. There’s no doubt another finding for Apple could put Samsung on the ropes, but for just exactly how it would affect their operations moving forward…that’s anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure: a lot will be on the line this time around.
The Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy is paving the road towards new American innovators, and the world is taking notice.
The school, which was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine last week, launched a year and a half ago. There, the students are called “innovators,” and they receive a hardcore focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. IBM — the academy’s partner and a key developer of the curriculum — promises graduates a $40,000-plus opportunity at the company upon graduation, which takes six years instead of the traditional four; the extra two years means they walk away with an associate’s degree on top of their high school diploma.
The school bears the name of Goode, who, in 1885, was the first African American woman ever granted a patent.
Laura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: This model is incredible, and certainly commendable. For years, we’ve heard that America is falling behind developing nations in science and math performance and homegrown innovation, and a corporate partner like IBM trying to tackle the problem head on is exactly the kind of action that is needed. This model has the potential to be very powerful. As the school matures and the first graduates enter IBM, it will be interesting to see how they perform and, if successful, whether this could ultimately signal a shift in the entire educational structure of our nation.
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Thomson Reuters Marks 50 Years of Beatlemania with a Selection of “Fab Four”-Related Scholarly Works
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ rise to worldwide fame with an analysis of a selection of scholarly papers devoted to the band, their music, and their continuing influence, as identified in the Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceSM, the premier scientific search and discovery platform and industry’s authority in science, social science, and arts & humanities citation indexes.
Analysts with Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch, an open Web resource for science metrics and research performance evaluation, conducted the search of the Web of Science to identify hundreds of pertinent papers, from which 10 were selected to demonstrate the academic attention the Beatles continue to inspire decades after worldwide Beatlemania first took hold in 1964, the same year the Web of Science originated.
The select papers represent a range of academic disciplines, including those in the social sciences and the arts & humanities. A psychological study, for example, employs Beatles’ song titles and lyrics to investigate aspects of memory and recall in a group of undergraduate students. Other papers consider the Beatles’ work in terms of its lyrical and musical style, as well as examine the nature of the band’s creativity and collaboration, while others assess the Beatles and their place in the political landscape.
Here is the listing of the ten papers selected:
|1||I.E. Hyman, D.C. Rubin, “Memorabeatlia — A naturalistic study of long-term memory,” Memory & Cognition, 18 (2): 205-14, 1990.|
|2||C. Whissell, “Traditional and emotional stylometric analysis of the songs of Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon,” Computers and the Humanities, 30 (3): 257-65, 1996.|
|3||S. Cohen, “More than the Beatles: Popular music, tourism and urban regeneration” [book chapter], Tourists and Tourism: Identifying with People and Places , ed. by S. Abram, et al.,) 71-90, 1997.|
|4||R.J. Kruse, “Imagining Strawberry Fields as a place of pilgrimage,” Area, 35 (2): 154-62, 2003.|
|5||W. Everett, “Fantastic remembrance in Lennon, John ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Julia’ and voice-leading in selected Beatles songs,” Musical Quarterly, 72 (3): 360-93, 1986.|
|6||G. Clydesdale, “Creativity and competition: The Beatles,” Creativity Research Journal, 18 (2): 129-39, 2006.|
|7||J. Platoff, “John Lennon, ‘Revolution,’ and the politics of musical reception,” Journal of Musicology, 22 (2): 241-67, 2005.|
|8||A. Elliott, “Celebrity and political psychology: Remembering Lennon,” Political Psychology, 19 (4): 833-52, 1998.|
|9||S. Daniels, “Suburban pastoral: Strawberry Fields Forever and sixties memory,” Cultural Geographies, 13 (1): 28-54, 2006.|
|10||N. Wagner, “Domestication of the blue note in the Beatles’ songs,” Music Theory Spectrum, 25 (2): 353-65, 2003.|
“Although large, active, ‘big science’ fields such as biomedicine and high-energy physics tend to command the most attention,” said Gordon Macomber, managing director of Thomson Reuters Scientific and Scholarly Research business, “it’s important to remember that the Web of Science has content in many other areas, including fields within the social sciences and arts & humanities. Studies of the Beatles aptly encapsulate this variety, embracing not only music but psychology, sociology, cultural history, and numerous other subjects.”
For this group of papers, the Web of Science Core Collection and its repository of more than 12,000 journals, as well as content from more than 50,000 books, was searched for publications explicitly mentioning “Beatles” among their topic or title words. From roughly 500 resulting works, 10 were selected for general variety as well as on the basis of their influence as denoted by citations, or how many times each was explicitly footnoted in subsequent works. Such citation data constitute a key metric offered by the Web of Science for gauging the visibility, significance, and interrelationship of scientific and scholarly work.
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Bob Stembridge, Customer Relations Manager, IP Solutions: Using proprietary patent data from the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), analysts at Thomson Reuters took a look at the latest, patent technology around skiing – just in time for the kick off of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Starting at One O’clock going clockwise, the inventions are described below.
- Safety is a paramount concern in all sports including those of the Winter Olympics, and a key component of that safety is delivered through helmet design. One example of the latest innovation in this area is described in US20120174294A1 to Bell Sports Inc for a helmet intended for snowboarding and skiing as well as cycling, skateboarding, motorcycling, race car driving and rock climbing. It has inner and outer protective layers, cheek pads, release strap and a pad back plate coupled to protective layer and including magnets to allow easy removal of the helmet during emergency situation.
- There’s not much chance to check where you’re headed when you’re hurtling down the slope at speed, so the heads-up display system for use on goggles by e.g. skiers, described in US20130222213A1 to Recon Instruments Inc could be just what you need. The system provides a head-mounted information system using an inertial navigation system (INS) sensor and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to provide measurement of position and altitude. The system allows a display driver to maintain the display in an off state or power saving state unless a user is looking at the display.
- Perhaps you need to phone a friend from the piste – in which case, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to take off those gloves exposing your toasty hands to the cold. The invention claimed in EP2620842A1 to Scosche Ind Inc can help. It provides for a moisture resistant glove e.g. snow glove for operating capacitive touch sensitive devices e.g. cell phones. It works like this: the conductive elements are extended through the moisture penetration resistant layer to permit electrical conduction from user’s hand to the touch screen device, so that the transmission of moisture between the interior and exterior portions of the gloves can be prevented efficiently.
- Novice skiers can now keep and use the same set of skis as they learn and their proficiency increases. US20100171288A1 to Steep N Deep LLC provides for width adjustable skis to allow the user to adjust the width of the ski depending upon skiing style, snow conditions, experience of the skier and so on.
- Back to safety, the invention claimed in DE102011100933A1 to Moticon GmbH is an electronic ski binding device with improved user safety. The device has a trip unit which is triggered based on a signal sent by electronic device which is provided with acceleration sensor and turning rate sensor which releases the skis on detection of abnormal conditions.
- How about a ski boot that is comfortable and effective in both walking and skiing modes? US20130097892A1 to Scott Sports SA describes just such a boot with a guide unit (44) which is connected to support unit (40), to receive and guide the mobile end of a rod. The use of the mobile guide in relation to the support facilitates movement of the leg portion without creating any problem while in operation condition thus assuring easy skiing or walking as required by conditions.
- Perhaps you’ve misjudged the time and it’s starting to get dark? US20120080064A1 to 3D Relief Inc can help. The invention describes an illuminated ski pole which has a set of light sources set longitudinally around the shaft together with a power source in the handle to fire up the illumination.
- Finally, an end to those painful and damaging encounters with your ski edges. WO2012077236A1 to Goldwin Inc describes a ski pant which has an edge guard provided on inner thigh side of bottom portion configured as impact-absorbing structure. Since the edge guard is configured as the impact-absorbing structure made of elastic or viscoelastic shock absorbent, the edge guard does not impede user’s movement when the user is gliding using skis. The damage of bottom portion of ski pant due to the impact of the edge of ski board, is prevented by the use of edge guard.
Descriptions of the inventions listed here were summarized from the corresponding DWPI records using the DWPI value-added titles and novelty, use and advantage sections of the DWPI abstracts.
Google and Cisco Systems have forged a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement.
The deal, which aims to protect the companies against future lawsuits not just from each other, but by non-practicing entities as well, was announced Tuesday and covers the majority of each company’s patent portfolio. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Wall Street Journal outlined the details:
“Cisco and Google aren’t very likely to sell patents to privateers. But if for some reason they did, the deal would still bar patents covered by the cross-license from being enforced against either company, said Dan Lang, Cisco’s vice president in charge of intellectual property.”
Both companies have had extensive experience with NPEs. Google was ordered to pay a huge sum to a company called Vringo for using patents it had acquired from Lycos. Last year, Cisco sued two patent trolls and accused them of racketeering.
Laura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: This isn’t a huge shock, considering Cisco and Google have been among the most vocal domestic companies in lobbying for patent reform and other measures to curb NPEs. A pact of this kind, though, is an interesting way to go about it. Whether it truly is a better solution than privateering, it’s up for debate and for history to decide, but it speaks volumes about that need that still exists for reform.
Apple is facing a $2 billion patent infringement claim from a German patent holding firm.
According to the Wall Street Journal, IPCom GmbH has accused Apple of improperly using patented technology that gives emergency calls priority on mobile networks. The suit covers only Apple’s alleged infringement relating to devices sold in Germany. An IPCom spokesperson declined to comment on whether IPCom would file similar suits in other countries.
Bernhard Frohwitter, a former patent attorney for Bosch, founded IPCom in 2007.
Laura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: This is interesting on a number of fronts. First, the huge implications a finding for IPCom would have on Apple’s business, its Do Not Disturb technology on the iPhone, and the possible suits that would follow in other countries. Obviously, Germany is not the only country where Apple harnesses this kind of technology, so if IPCom wins this case, it could be mimicked around the globe.
Also intriguing is IPCom as an entity. Since Frohwitter has a working knowledge of the patent litigation landscape, it could make this seven year old non-practicing entity very powerful moving forward. In essence, they could dictate the path companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google take in new product development. More to come as this story plays out.
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Google has agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, Larry Page, Google’s CEO announced in a post on the company’s official blog Wednesday.
In the deal, Lenovo will get the Motorola brand and products, including the Moto X and Moto G, and it will gain access to some of the company’s patents. However, Motorola’s CEO Dennise Woodside said, “Google will maintain ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures.”
For Lenovo, which ranks fifth globally in handset sales, they see the Motorola deal as a way to make quick headway into U.S. and Latin American markets.
When Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012, about a year after Motorola split into two companies, the main attraction appeared to be Motorola’s patents. But Page explains why Google decided to move the portfolio:
“We acquired Motorola in 2012 to help supercharge the Android ecosystem by creating a stronger patent portfolio for Google and great smartphones for users. Over the past 19 months, Dennis Woodside and the Motorola team have done a tremendous job reinventing the company. They’ve focused on building a smaller number of great (and great value) smartphones that consumers love. Both the Moto G and the Moto X are doing really well, and I’m very excited about the smartphone lineup for 2014. And on the intellectual property side,Motorola’s patents have helped create a level playing field, which is good news for all Android’s users and partners. But the smartphone market is super competitive, and to thrive it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices. It’s why we believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo—which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest-growing) PC manufacturer in the world. ”
Laura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions:: This deal should have a siginificant impact on the landscape of the smartphone industry, especially with Lenovo’s growth over the last decade. With Google focusing their energy on the Android system and Lenovo equipped with some of Motorola’s assets, it could lead to a boom in new innovation. It will be interesting to see if increased scrunity Chinese acquisitions of US companies face will muddy the deal, but for the time being, this is one to keep an eye on.