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12/11/07

7,308,419 Method and system for tracking consumer awareness of brand-names
  Issued: December 11, 2007
  Filed: May 19, 2000
  U.S. Class: 705/14
Abstract:  
A method and system allowing the assessment of the strength of at least one mark relative to at least one other mark. In one embodiment, a method includes but is not limited to displaying at least two marks as activation mechanisms for a print-shopping-list command, and determining relative consumer awareness of the at least two marks by maintaining an accounting of the number of times each of the at least two marks is activated. In one embodiment, a system includes but is not limited to hardware and/or software effecting the method.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:09:07 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


12/11/07

7,308,425 Method, system and medium for assisting a user in evaluating a merchant in an electronic marketplace
  Issued: December 11, 2007
  Filed: September 29, 2006
  U.S. Class: 705/26
Abstract:  
Various computer-implemented services are disclosed for assisting users in selecting items from an electronic catalog, and for selecting merchants with which to conduct transactions. One such service detects when a first user accesses a web page associated with a particular merchant, and then attempts to identify, from a set of users who are affiliated with the first user, a second user who has engaged in business with this merchant. If such a second user is identified, the service notifies the first user, and provides an option or information for the first user to contact the second user regarding the merchant.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:08:37 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


12/11/07

7,308,445 Method for estimating coverage of web search engines
  Issued: December 11, 2007
  Filed: January 21, 2004
  U.S. Class: 707/5
Abstract:  
A computerized method is used to estimate the relative coverage of Web search engines. Each search engine maintains an index of words of pages located at specific URL addresses in a network. The method generates a random query. The random query is a logical combination of words found in a subset of the pages. The random query is submitted to a first search engine. In response a set of URLs of pages matching the query are received. Each URL identifies a page indexed by the first search engine that satisfies the random query. A particular URL identifying a sample page is randomly selected. A strong query corresponding to the sample page is generated, and the strong query is submitted to a second search engine. Result information received in response to the strong query is compared to determine if the second search engine has indexed the sample page, or a page substantially similar to the sample page. This procedure is repeated to gather statistical data which is used to estimate the relative sizes and amount of overlap of search engines.

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12/11/07
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12/11/07
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12/11/07

A company that creates touch-screen technology has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against PC maker Dell Inc. and Motion Computing, Inc., a developer of tablet computers. The complaint, filed by Typhoon Touch Technologies, Inc., seeks an unspecified amount of damages and a permanent injunction enjoining Dell and Motion Computing from continued alleged infringement. The suit was filed Wednesday, Dec. 5, in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas. Typhoon filed the suit as co-plaintiff with its licensee, Nova Mobility Systems, Inc., a maker of tablet personal computers and handheld systems. "As alleged in our complaint, we believe that both Dell and Motion Computing are using and profiting from our patented technologies," said James Shepard, CEO and president of Typhoon Touch Technologies.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:21:35 am into the following categories: In The News


12/11/07

IBM reported Thursday that it filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission against Taiwan computer and components manufacturer ASUSTeK. The complaint alleges that ASUS and its North American subsidiary, ASUS Computer International, are infringing three IBM patents. The charge comes as the new ASUS ultra-mobile computer, the Eee PC, is reaching U.S. consumers. ASUS has said that it expects to sell 3.8 million units of the tiny computer. IBM said it made repeated attempts to reach a licensing agreement with ASUS before it filed the complaint. In a release, IBM said, "IBM's position has been -- and remains -- that ASUSTek either must license or stop using IBM's patented technology."

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:20:11 am into the following categories: In The News


12/11/07

Intuitive Surgical Inc., which makes robotic surgical tools, said Monday the California Institute of Technology will dismiss its lawsuit against the company as part of a licensing deal. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Intuitive and the university entered a non-exclusive licensing deal under the university's patent portfolio. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. In January, the company said the university filed a lawsuit, claiming patent infringement.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:19:15 am into the following categories: In The News


12/11/07

Novo Nordisk Inc. today announced the company has settled a lawsuit against Pfizer claiming
that Pfizer's product Exubera(R) infringed patents owned by Novo Nordisk. The patents cover inhaled insulin treatment for diabetes. The lawsuit was originally filed in August 2006 in United States Federal Court in the Southern District of New York. Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company with an 84-year history of innovation and achievement in diabetes care. The company has the broadest diabetes product portfolio in the industry, including the most advanced products within the area of insulin delivery systems.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:18:18 am into the following categories: In The News


12/04/07

7,305,356 Travel value index
  Issued: December 4, 2007
  Filed: May 25, 2001
  U.S. Class: 705/27
Abstract:  
Method and system are disclosed for assigning a relative value to a search result based on the personal preferences of the consumer. A consumer profile may be created for each consumer. The profile may contain the consumer's personal preferences for each one of the search criteria. A search value index may be derived for the search results based on the preferences in the consumer profile. The search value index may indicate to the consumer the value of a particular search result relative to other search results. Search results satisfying a consumer defined threshold may be retained, while the rest may be discarded.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:31:28 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


12/04/07

7,302,767 Water illusion column
  Issued: December 4, 2007
  Filed: November 12, 2004
  U.S. Class: 40/409
Abstract:  
A water flow simulation system for audio and visual illusion has an inner conduit and an outer conduit spaced apart to define a flow channel therebetween. A blower directs a flow of air through the inner conduit from one end to an opposite end where at least some of the air exits and is redirected through the flow channel and back to the blower. The conduits are formed of clear plastic and a light source is positioned to light up a plurality of objects floating in the airflow to produce a visual effect of moving water. A sound source operates concurrently with the blower to produce a sound reminiscent of rippling water. The light source can change colors and strobe to enhance the visible image. A lenticular lens on an inner surface of the outer conduit also enhances the image.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:31:00 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


12/04/07

7,304,603 Radar apparatus and processing method for detecting human carried explosive devices
  Issued: December 4, 2007
  Filed: February 17, 2006
  U.S. Class: 342/188
Abstract:  
A linear FM pulse radar with Doppler processing of co-polarized and cross-polarized radar return signals isolates the target echo signal content associated with a moving pedestrian to provide high quality target echo data for standoff HCE detection based on polarimetric signature analysis. Baseband co-polarized and cross-polarized radar return signals are repeatedly and coherently integrated across numerous successive radar return pulses to create co-polarized and cross-polarized range vs. velocity (Doppler) data maps. The co-polarized data map is used to identify a moving pedestrian, and co-polarized and cross-polarized data subsets corresponding to the identified pedestrian are extracted and subjected to polarization signature analysis to determine if the pedestrian is bearing explosive devices. Low pass filtering of the of the baseband co-polarized and cross-polarized radar return signals prior to integration provides range aliasing to reject signal content associated with objects beyond the unambiguous range of the radar apparatus.

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12/04/07
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12/04/07
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12/04/07

Klausner Technologies Inc. said Monday it filed a $460 million patent infringement suit against Apple Inc. over the company's iPhone Visual Voicemail feature. New York-based Klausner claims the iPhone infringes its intellectual property rights "by allowing users to selectively retrieve voice messages via the iPhone's inbox display." The company said founder Judah Klausner is "the inventor of the PDA and electronic organizer," and that Cupertino-based Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) defunct digital organizer Newton was covered under a patent it received more than 20 year ago.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:57:55 am into the following categories: In The News


12/04/07

Celerity, Inc., a technology leader in precision instruments and advanced gas and liquid delivery solutions for the global semiconductor and electronics industries, announced today the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a permanent injunction in Celerity's patent infringement suit against Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. , and its subsidiary Ultra Clean Technology Systems and Service, Inc., Menlo Park, CA ("UCT"). The Court's order prohibits UCT from manufacturing, selling and importing any Predator or "colorably similar" products into the United States. In June, a unanimous jury validated Celerity's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,435,215 and 6,394,138, and found that UCT's Predator product infringed on Celerity's patented modular gas delivery technology used in semiconductor manufacturing and other related industries requiring high precision process control.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:56:43 am into the following categories: In The News


12/04/07

A Massachusetts company has sued the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Association for patent infringement, charging the project with stealing its designs for a multilingual keyboard. Lagos Analysis Corp., or Lancor, filed the lawsuit Thursday in the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division in Nigeria, where the company owns a patent for a four shift-key keyboard, said Adé Oyegbola, Lancor's CEO.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:56:09 am into the following categories: In The News


12/04/07

Etrials will pay $1.75 million to settle a patent infringement lawsuit with a Maryland firm. The Morrisville company, which provides software to help run clinical trials of drugs and medical devices, says the settlement means that it will have no future monetary obligations to the Maryland firm, Datasci LLC, which sued Etrials in 2006. The Datasci case is a quirk of the patent system, in which the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in 2002 essentially granted the company a patent on running clinical trials over the Internet - even though Etrials and other companies in the space had been doing just that for years.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:54:01 am into the following categories: In The News


11/27/07

7,302,395 Speech notification
  Issued: November 27, 2007
  Filed: September 9, 2003
  U.S. Class: 704/275
Abstract:  
A notification device comprises control software including a calendar-type application, which is capable of managing notification messages and where the messages are associated with at least an item of notification content and a time of notification. The method comprises the steps of: deciding to notify a user, based at least in part on a comparison between said time of notification and current time, obtaining an audio signal based on the item of notification content, and outputting the audio signal through a speaker of the portable communication device with the resulting effect of notifying the user.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:16:53 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/27/07

7,302,349 System and a method for observing and predicting a physiological state of an animal
  Issued: November 27, 2007
  Filed: August 15, 2003
  U.S. Class: 702/32
Abstract:  
A system for observing and predicting a physiological state of an animal has been provided. The system includes a computer including a processor and being operatively connected to a database, at least one sample providing device for repetitively providing at least one sample of a body fluid of the animal, an analysis apparatus for analysing the at least one sample, so as to obtain at least one sample value of at least one parameter of the body fluid, a data interface for repetitively entering the sample value of the at least one parameter in the database, where the database is adapted to store multiple database entries representing the sample value of the at least one parameter at various points in time, and where the processor is programmed to perform at least one mathematical analysis of the at least one sample value, and selecting, on the basis of the at least one mathematical analysis, the point in time for providing a subsequent sample and performing a subsequent analysis of the subsequent sample for at least one of the parameters.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:16:21 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/27/07

7,300,625 Chlorine gas generating candle
  Issued: November 27, 2007
  Filed: March 18, 2004
  U.S. Class: 422/33
Abstract:  
A chlorine gas generating candle in a vented container which serves as a portable means to generate heated chlorine gas for killing insects, bacteria, viruses and other dangerous biological agents. The device has application in sanitizing dwellings, swimming pools and the like, and is effective in case of accidental release and/or biological attack. The chlorine gas generating candle disinfects an enclosed space with a quantity of heated chlorine gas. The chlorine gas generator is a self contained unit including an igniter which can be activated to initiate a self propagating burn of the entire candle and a resultant distribution of toxic chlorine gas. The use of one or a plurality of chlorine generators described in this application can provide any desired concentration of the killing gas. The chlorine gas generating candle can be safely and easily transported and does not require a source of power to operate.

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11/27/07
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11/27/07
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11/27/07

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) must pay more than $140 million for infringing on software patents owned by a Michigan-based technology company, a federal appeals court has ruled. Z4 Technologies Inc. sued Microsoft and Autodesk Inc. (ADSK), maker of drafting software, in 2004, claiming the technology they used to activate newly installed software and deter piracy infringed on patents created and owned by David Colvin, the owner of privately held z4. Commerce Township, Mich.-based z4 argued that Microsoft's Windows XP and Office 2003 suite of productivity software used its patented method of asking computer users to supply two passwords, or authorization codes, before they could fully use new software. The technology in question also can be used to deactivate software.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:30:18 am into the following categories: In The News


11/27/07

Ten million dollars. That's the amount Apple has agreed to pay software developer Burst in exchange for a non-exclusive license to most of the company's patent portfolio, excluding 3 pending U.S. patent applications related to new DVR technology. Oh, and Burst also promised not to sue Apple for any future infringement of these patents. After a prolonged two-year court battle, the two companies recently announced that the they settled their ongoing dispute, which had to do with a handful of audio and video delivery technologies. In 2004, Burst claimed that Apple's iPod, iTunes and Quicktime products used many of its audio and video patents and subsequently asked Apple to license them.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:28:12 am into the following categories: In The News


11/27/07

CIBA Vision and CooperVision Inc. reported they have reached an agreement to settle patent litigation that resolves all current patent infringement lawsuits between the two companies. CIBA Vision, the Duluth, Ga.-based eye-care unit of Novartis, said it has licensed its so called "Nicolson" patents to CooperVision. This will enable both companies to move forward in bringing forth new and improved products. The Nicolson patents cover high-oxygen-transmissible contact lenses, including CIBA Vision's O2OPTIX AIR OPTIXand NIGHT & DAY silicone hydrogel contact lenses. In exchange, CooperVision will pay CIBA Vision a royalty on U.S. sales of its Biofinity contact lenses until 2014 and on sales outside of the United States until 2016. CIBA Vision also has licensed two types of patents from CooperVision related to contact lens designs.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:18:25 am into the following categories: In The News


11/27/07

Cooper Cos., which is moving to Pleasanton from Lake Forest, said Wednesday that it settled a patent infringement lawsuit with rival Ciba Vision, the eye care unit of Switzerland’s Novartis AG. The settlement stems from Cooper and Novartis trading patent infringement suits in April 2006. CooperVision, Cooper’s dominant contact lens unit, said its suit against Ciba involved a pair of patents, one relating to features controlling contact lenses’ edge characteristics and another relating to design. Ciba alleged CooperVision infringed on patents relating to silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Under the settlement, CooperVision will pay a royalty to Novartis on domestic sales of its Biofinity contact lenses until 2014 and on international sales until 2016.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:16:51 am into the following categories: In The News


11/20/07

7,297,860 System and method for determining genre of audio
  Issued: November 20, 2007
  Filed: November 12, 2004
  U.S. Class: 84/615
Abstract:  
Both the beat and genre of music are used to select or generate a dance robot object for display of a robot icon on a computer monitor or for establishing the movements of a three-dimensional robot. The detected genre can define the type of dance performed by the robot. Also, the detected genre can be used to sort music. The genre can be detected using a neural network or by correlating the compressibility of the music to a genre.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:06:25 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/20/07

7,297,000 Periodic table of the elements in three dimensional form
  Issued: November 20, 2007
  Filed: November 26, 2003
  U.S. Class: 434/282
Abstract:  
Disclosed is a three dimensional arrangement for the Periodic Table of the Elements that is based on an elliptical rather than rectangular arrangement represented in conventional charts. The three dimensional arrangement contains a continuous unidirectional periodic spiral of objects, the spiral having a substantially elliptical shape, and each object representing a different chemical element; the objects positioned so that chemical elements in a period are in a single spiral loop, and each successive period has a larger circumference than a preceding period; and the objects positioned so that chemical elements in a chemical group are in substantially the same vertical plane.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:05:55 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/20/07

7,297,110 Systems and methods for remote monitoring of fear and distress responses
  Issued: November 20, 2007
  Filed: December 8, 2004
  U.S. Class: 600/300
Abstract:  
The present invention relates to systems and methods for tracking and monitoring the location, health, emotional state, position, environment, sound, appearance, and other characteristics of subjects remotely over an electronic communications network by receiving signals transmitting such information from a device or devices located on or in the subject to a remote monitoring device over the electronic communications network.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:04:54 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/20/07
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11/20/07
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11/20/07

A U.S. appeals court judge upheld a $140 million judgment Friday against Microsoft Corp. for patent infringement against David Colvin, a Commerce Township inventor and founder of z4Technologies Inc.Judge Elaine Bucklo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois upheld a lower court jury that ruled last year in Texas that Microsoft willfully infringed two of z4’s patents involving digital rights management in the Windows XP operating system. The jury awarded $115 million in damages, and Judge Leonard Davis added $25 million because of what he called litigation misconduct during the trial.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:11:16 am into the following categories: In The News


11/20/07

Microsoft did not infringe on patents over technology that helps computers boot up faster, a Texas court ruled late last week after a seven-day trial. The suit, filed by Acceleration Software International Corp, claims that Microsoft infringed on United States patent 5933639, issued in 1999. The suit asked the court to award the patent holder $2.50 per copy of Windows XP sold in the United States, or between $600 million to $900 million. Microsoft argued that there are many ways to improve the boot speed of PCs and that Windows XP does not infringe on the technology in the patent. In addition, the jury also found that the patent is invalid because it was obvious and the technology already existed.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:10:24 am into the following categories: In The News


11/20/07

"A little-known corporation from Newport Beach, California is suing Mac maker Apple Inc., alleging that a new version of the company's iChat video conferencing software infringes on patented technology through its use of custom video backdrops," Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider. "In the 6-page complaint, filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Digital Background Corporation claims that the Apple software infringes on its 1998 patent entitled 'Real-Time Method of Digitally Altering a Video Data Stream to Remove Portions of the Original Image and Substitute Elements to Create a New Image,'" Jade reports.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:09:03 am into the following categories: In The News


11/20/07

A North Texas federal court recently issued a Final Judgment in favor of a subsidiary of Dallas-based Heelys, Inc. in a lawsuit against a patent infringer selling knock-offs of patented Heelys wheeled footwear in shopping malls throughout the Dallas area. The alleged patent infringers, operating under the company name Ohayan, were ordered to cease all sales of the wheeled footwear, which were conducted at kiosks in numerous North Texas malls including Irving Mall, Valley View Center and Stonebriar Center, under the brand name “Air” and others. “We are pleased that the federal court agreed with our position and shut Ohayan down,” said Mike Staffaroni, CEO of Heelys, Inc. “We now need the mall operators to do the right thing and stop leasing kiosks to infringers.”

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:07:47 am into the following categories: In The News


11/13/07

7,294,053 Prescription paper for physicians
  Issued: November 13, 2007
  Filed: August 24, 2004
  U.S. Class: 462/67
Abstract:  
A prescription paper has reproduction material placed on selected areas of the back side of the paper so that prescription information can be transferred directly onto the patient's records while the prescription writer is writing the prescription. The reproduction material can be a carbonized backing or any other suitable reproduction material. The front side of the prescription paper comprises at least two lines that are separated by a pre-selected distance to match the distance between adjacent lines on the medical record. The prescription writer can align the lines on the prescription paper to the lines on the medical record so that information can be neatly transferred to the space between the lines on the medical record.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:37:40 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/13/07

7,296,016 Systems and methods for performing point-of-view searching
  Issued: November 13, 2007
  Filed: March 12, 2003
  U.S. Class: 707/5
Abstract:  
A system provides search results relating to a point-of-view (POV). The system obtains a search query and POV data. The system generates a list of documents based on the search query and filters the list of documents based on the POV data. Alternatively, the system may perform a search based on the search query and the POV data to generate the list of documents. In either case, the system then presents the list of documents as the result of the search.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:37:08 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/13/07

7,295,127 National security warning system integrated with building fire alarm notification system
  Issued: November 13, 2007
  Filed: November 24, 2003
  U.S. Class: 340/628
Abstract:  
A fire alarm system includes a fire alarm notification appliance, and a warning detector which detects a warning alert from an external source. The fire alarm notification appliance provides notification of the warning alert in response to detection of the warning alert.

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11/13/07
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11/13/07
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11/13/07

Japan's Canon won a patent lawsuit against a recycled ink cartridge supplier as the country's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal against a lower court decision in favor of the camera and office gear maker. Canon filed a suit at a Tokyo court in 2004, asking a court injunction to block imports and sales by Tokyo-based Recycle Assist of recycled Canon ink cartridges that are refilled with non-Canon ink, claiming the products infringe Canon patents.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 04:09:41 am into the following categories: In The News


11/13/07

A Boston university and an affiliated start-up have sued Google for patent infringement related to search engines. The suit was filed by Boston's Northeastern University and Jarg, a company that specializes in distributed search technologies and one of whose co-founders, Kenneth Baclawski, is an associate professor at Northeastern. The suit accuses Google of using a distributed database technology developed by Baclawski. The lawsuit seeks an injunction, royalty payments and damages. The patent describes a distributed database system that breaks queries into fragments and distributes them to multiple computers in a network to get faster search results. The patent was assigned to Northeastern University, which licensed it exclusively to Jarg, according to the lawsuit, filed last Tuesday in a Texas court.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 04:08:41 am into the following categories: In The News


11/13/07

OpenTV, a provider of interactive TV software and services, announced on Friday that it has settled its lawsuit against former competitor Liberate Technologies, with Liberate admitting that it infringed two OpenTV patents. Under the terms, the court permanently enjoined Liberate from infringing OpenTV's patents, while Liberate dismissed all of its counterclaims against OpenTV. San Francisco-based OpenTV originally filed suit in 2002 against Liberate, which sold its assets in 2005 to TVWorks, a joint venture between cable TV providers Comcast and Cox.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 04:07:43 am into the following categories: In The News


11/13/07

A patent infringement suit by a three-person company against Apple Inc. will go forward, a U.S. District Judge has ruled. Santa Rosa-based Burst.com Inc., a company that lost $533,000 last year, contends its founder invented some of the technologies used by iPod. The company wants millions of dollars in royalties from Cupertino-based Apple, which has a campus in Elk Grove.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 04:06:10 am into the following categories: In The News


11/06/07

7,292,994 System and method for establishing value and financing of intellectual property
  Issued: November 6, 2007
  Filed: February 15, 2001
  U.S. Class: 705/35
Abstract:  
The invention provides a system and method for developing intellectual property (IP) assets, by collecting one or more IP assets in accordance with a characterization; determining a market value for the collection in accordance with a plurality of uses for the assets so characterized; holding the collection in an investment trust (IT), which is sold to investors; and exploiting the collection, using investor contributions to make markets for the various uses of the asserts, obtaining revenue in these markets, and distributing profits to the investors.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 01:06:46 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/06/07

7,292,683 Ad ringer
  Issued: November 6, 2007
  Filed: August 29, 2005
  U.S. Class: 379/114.13
Abstract:  
A method and system are provided for playing an advertisement to a telephone subscriber prior to call completion in a telecommunications network. A subscriber telephone line is provisioned to provide an advertisement. A switch in the telecommunications network detects an off-hook condition at the subscriber's telephone and interprets the digits of the telephone number of a called party dialed by the subscriber. The switch then retrieves an advertisement and plays the advertisement to the subscriber instead of generating a ringing tone prior to call completion. The switch may also play the advertisement instead of a dial tone. The advertisement may be stored in an advertisement module in the switch or in a network component in the telecommunications network. The period for playing the advertisement may be extended by delaying call processing at the network component. Once the advertisement begins playing, the subscriber may terminate the advertisement by depressing a key on a telephone keypad. The switches and network components in the telecommunications network may be advanced intelligent network (AIN) components.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 01:04:57 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


11/06/07

7,290,501 System and method for relaxing laying hen
  Issued: November 6, 2007
  Filed: December 7, 2004
  U.S. Class: 119/719
Abstract:  
A system for producing a sound having a certain frequency range to maintain laying hens in stable and comfortable conditions. includes a basic wave generator for generating a pair of first basic waves having the same phase and a pair of second basic waves having opposite phases, a relaxation wave generator for generating a pair of relaxation waves by combining the pair of first basic waves and the pair of second basic waves with time, a modulator for generating a pair of relaxation sounds by modulating the pair of relaxation waves with a sound wave having an audible frequency, and an audio output unit composed of two left and right parts such that stereo sound is outputted, for receiving the pair of relaxation sounds and outputting the pair of relaxation sounds to the left and right parts, respectively.

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11/06/07
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11/06/07
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11/06/07

Procter & Gamble and Kraft have filed fresh lawsuits in their continuing legal fight over allegations of patent infringements of plastic coffee cups. As FLEXNEWS reported last week, Kraft Foods went on the offensive when it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against P&G and its plastic Folgers coffee container on October 26 in the District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin. However, just days later, P&G filed a retaliatory suit with a counter-claim that Kraft has committed a second infringement of its coffee cup patent. The latest legal exchanges follow the one launched by P&G on August 27 in the US District Court in San Francisco alleging Kraft’s Maxwell House coffee cup has infringed the patent of its Folgers product. A case due to be heard on October 24 was, at Kraft’s request, adjourned to allow examination of the patents. Commenting on the latest legal actions a P&G spokesman told FLEXNEWS: “We were surprised that on October 26, 2007, Kraft decided to sue P&G for patent infringement after a recent product change to Folgers large-size plastic canisters.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 01:08:14 am into the following categories: In The News


11/06/07

GPS Industries, Inc. (GPSI), the world's leading provider of WiFi-enabled golf management systems, intends to respond decisively and aggressively to the patent infringement lawsuit filed last week by ProLink Holdings Corp. Robert Silzer, President and CEO of GPSI, provided these initial comments about the suit: "Our Inforemer Golf Management System is built on our own state of the art technology and is protected by our own intellectual property. We are familiar with ProLink's patents, but simply have no use for that technology. We are confident that the Inforemer system does not infringe any aspect of ProLink's patents. We are advised by Uplink, and our own investigation confirms, that the Uplink systems do not encroach upon these patents. So from our point of view, the lawsuit has no merit whatsoever."

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11/06/07

Martek Biosciences Corp., a developer of health and wellness food and supplements, said Thursday it expects to receive a permanent court injunction against a Swiss drug company related to its fatty acid product. Columbia, Md.-based Martek said the U.S. District Court judge in Wilmington, Del., will enter a permanent injunction against Lonza Ltd. marketing its fatty acid product. The decision came in a patent infringement suit against Lonza Ltd., Nutrinova Inc. and Nutrinova Nutrition Specialties & Food Ingredients GmbH. Martek said the judge also ruled in favor of two of Martek's three patents for the fatty acid product, sold by Martek under the name life's DHA. Martek filed suit in 2006 after Swiss drug company Lonza began marketing the product under a different name.

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11/06/07

Multisorb Technologies Inc. said it has won a patent infringement case against Sud-Chemie Inc., a company headquartered in Louisville, Ky. Sud-Chemie had alleged infringement of the U.S. Patent No. 5793942 by Multisorb's TranSorb sorbent packs. On Sept. 7, the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky ruled Sud-Chemie's patent invalid, and dismissed Sud-Chemie's patent infringement case against Multisorb. Multisorb will continue to sell Transorb sorbent packs, which are designed specifically for use within ocean cargo containers to protect products against moisture damage during international and domestic shipping. These sorbent packs absorb moisture that builds up in containers and condenses that can cause rusting, peeling of labels and wrinkled packaging.

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10/30/07

7,289,031 Monitored felon warning system
  Issued: October 30, 2007
  Filed: November 30, 2005
  U.S. Class: 340/573.4
Abstract:  
A monitored felon warning system has a police computer having a felon data base. The system also has a global positioning system, also known as GPS, and a sending subassembly having a circuit, with the transmitter being capable of transmitting a first signal to a receiver. The receiver gives off an alarm and also causes a display of warning material, such as a photograph to be displayed on the cell phone screen.

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10/30/07

7,289,814 System and method for detecting proximity between mobile device users
  Issued: October 30, 2007
  Filed: April 1, 2003
  U.S. Class: 455/456.1
Abstract:  
A system and method are provided to alert two mobile communications users in the event they come in close proximity to one another. The present system uses a distributed algorithm denoted as the Strips algorithm, in which a pair of moving friends with mobile telecommunications devices makes an agreement about a static buffering region between them. After the agreement is made, the users do not need to follow each other's location until one of them enters the buffering region for the first time. By doing so, they invalidate the agreement. Consequently, they replace a location update message between them, determine if they got within the vicinity of each other, and otherwise make a new agreement on a new buffering region. When one of them enters the buffering region for the first time, a message is sent to both friends alerting them of the proximity of the other.

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10/30/07

7,288,710 Music searching apparatus and method
  Issued: October 30, 2007
  Filed: December 2, 2003
  U.S. Class: 84/609
Abstract:  
An apparatus and a method for searching for a music piece which includes a storing device for storing first chord progression music data for a plurality of music pieces representing chronological changes in chords in the music pieces. Second chord progression music data representing chronological changes in at least a part of chords in a music piece is produced, the first chord progression music data for the plurality of music pieces stored and the second chord progression music data are compared on the basis of the amount of change in the root of a chord in a chord transition and the attribute of the chord after the transition in order to calculate a similarity for each of the plurality of music pieces, and a search output corresponding to a result of the calculation for each of the plurality of music pieces is produced.

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10/30/07
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10/30/07
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10/30/07

Intel Corp. and Transmeta Corp. have eventually settled down a patent infringement lawsuit over chip design, as Intel has just agreed to pay Transmeta no less than $250 million for ending the patent litigation. Intel Corp. has agreed to pay Transmeta Corp. $150 million initially and then, in the next five years, it will pay $20 million each year. Intel will this way be granted the right to license Transmeta patents for use in its future devices. This agreement will eventually end the pending patent litigation between the two companies and will as well release all the claims between them. The deal has however come only after Transmeta Corp., which is based in Santa Clara, California, has sued Intel Corp. in the United States’ District Court for the District of Delaware about one year ago. Transmeta has claimed at the time that some Intel processors have violated 10 of the company’s patents covering chip design and power-efficiency techniques. Nine of these patents cover basic functions such as scheduling and addressing instruction on the microprocessors, while the tenth could be related to the company’s LongRun technology, which is used to adjust a chip’s voltage based on its workload.

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10/30/07

Bayer AG said a US court ruled in favour of the German drugs and chemicals maker in a case in which Indian generic drug maker Dr Reddy's Laboratories challenged the validity of two US patents for antibiotic Avelox. Dr Reddy's had filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for approval of a generic version of Avelox prior to the expiration of Bayer's patents, the German drugs and chemicals maker said in a statement. 'Under US law, the filing of the ANDA is an act of patent infringement,' Bayer said, adding it is nonetheless not unusual for generic drug companies to file ANDAs on successful pharmaceutical products prior to the expiration of the relevant patents.

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10/30/07

SanDisk filed three patent infringement actions against 25 companies that manufacture, sell and import USB flash drives, CompactFlash cards, multimedia cards, MP3/media players and other removable flash storage products, the company announced Wednesday. The actions -- two filed in the United States District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin and one in the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) --allege that the companies involved have infringed various SanDisk system-level patents. They seek damages and a permanent injunction as well as a permanent exclusion order from the ITC banning importation of the products into the United States. "These actions demonstrate SanDisk's long-term commitment to enforcing its patents, both to protect our investment in research and development by obtaining a fair return on that investment, and out of fairness to third-parties that participate in our patent licensing program," said E. Earle Thompson, chief intellectual property counsel at the Milpitas, Calif.-based SanDisk.

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10/30/07

Sun filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas against the entire NetApp product line, seeking both an injunction and monetary damages. "It's a responsive action we take not because we want to, but rather because we are forced to," said Mike Dillon, Sun's general counsel, in a blog posting. The Sun filing is in response to a NetApp suit filed against Sun September 5, also in Texas, alleging Sun's Zettabyte File System (ZFS) infringed on seven NetApp patents for its Write Anywhere File Layout (WAFL) and RAID technology. NetApp claims that Sun infringed its patents when it released ZFS in 2005 and then released code for it under an open source license this year, as Sun has done with much of its other software.

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10/23/07

7,286,692 Automatic celebrity face matching and attractiveness rating machine
  Issued: October 23, 2007
  Filed: December 26, 2002
  U.S. Class: 382/118
Abstract:  
The present invention teaches an amusement machine having the abilities of automatically finding the most likely match of a user facial image to a prestored database of facial images such as celebrity images and in estimating the degree of attractiveness of the user facial image. The amusement machine has a camera for taking a facial image of the user, automatically compares it to said prestored database of facial images, and assigns the attractiveness score. The results are then displayed to the user on a computer screen.

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10/23/07

7,287,029 Tagging data assets
  Issued: October 23, 2007
  Filed: September 25, 2003
  U.S. Class: 707/7
Abstract:  
Computer-implemented methods, program products and data structures for tagging data assets are disclosed. An interface which can receive location information to identify a storage location identifier for a data asset to be saved is presented to a user. The location information for the data asset to be saved and a selection identifying a concept and a relation between the concept and the data asset to be saved are received from the user through the interface. The asset reference for the data asset to be saved is stored in a tag database and an association is created in the tag database representing the relation between the data asset to be saved and the identified concept.

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10/23/07

7,285,714 Pickup for digital guitar
  Issued: October 23, 2007
  Filed: September 9, 2005
  U.S. Class: 84/726
Abstract:  
A reluctance pickup for a guitar including a pair of magnetic pole pieces disposed within wire coils. The coils are oppositely wound and wired in series. Each pole piece has an elongated magnetic pole end extending above its respective coil. The pole pieces are disposed so as to form a pickup face having two approximately parallel elongated pole ends. The elongated pole ends have opposite magnetic polarities and create a magnetic field therebetween. The pickup is mounted beneath a magnetically permeable string such that a projection of the string intersects the pole ends at a selected orientation angle between approximately 28 degrees and approximately 58 degrees, preferably, 43 degrees, so as to optimize selected performance parameters of the pickup, including: channel-to-channel separation, frequency response, and dynamic response.

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10/23/07
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10/23/07
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10/23/07

First, Verizon did it. Then Sprint Nextel got in on the action. And now Vonage has admitted in a regulatory filing that AT&T has also joined the patent infringement party. After failing to arrange a settlement over a single patent that "lets users access an internet phone system using a standard phone device," AT&T told the Wall Street Journal that it was forced to take legal action against the beleaguered VoIP company. This means that every major wireless company here in the U.S. has singled out Vonage in patent infringement cases. It also means one more nail has been placed in Vonage's coffin. Most recently, Vonage settled the Sprint Nextel lawsuit for $80 million. The out of court deal covers both past and future use of patents and came only weeks after a federal jury ordered Vonage to pay Sprint $69.5 million in damages.

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10/23/07

Nutratech, Inc. has successfully concluded its patent infringement lawsuit against Syntech (SSPF) International, Inc., over the sale of Citrus aurantium (bitter orange) extract. Syntech has acknowledged the validity and infringement of U.S. patents licensed exclusively to Nutratech on the use of Citrus aurantium extract for stimulating thermogenesis, reducing weight, and suppressing appetite. Advantra Z®, Nutratech’s proprietary Citrus aurantium extract, is the industry’s leading patented thermogenic ingredient.

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10/23/07

Wellman, Inc. announces the initiation of a patent infringement lawsuit against Eastman Chemical Company for infringement of United States Patent Nos. 7,129,317 and 7,094,863 owned by Wellman that cover titanium catalyzed polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) resins and the preforms made from titanium catalyzed PET resins. The complaint alleges that Eastman infringes Wellman’s ‘317 patent with its ParaStar resins that are made from its IntegRex process and Eastman is inducing third parties, including its customers, to infringe Wellman’s ‘863 patent when they make preforms using ParaStar resin.

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10/23/07

Renesas Technology Corp. today announced that the company has won the patent infringement lawsuit filed by Translogic Technology, Inc. against Renesas Technology America, Inc., Hitachi, Ltd. and its affiliates. Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) upheld a ruling of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the patent (No. 5,162,666) issued to Translogic Technology is invalid. In addition, the CAFC ordered the dismissal of the patent infringement suit, overturning the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, which had awarded Translogic Technology $86.5 million (plus interest) in damages and to suspend sales of products incorporating the disputed technology.

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10/16/07

7,283,983 Computer and vision-based augmented interaction in the use of printed media
  Issued: October 16, 2007
  Filed: January 9, 2004
  U.S. Class: 706/20
Abstract:  
Media and gesture recognition apparatus and methods are disclosed. A computerized system views a first printed media using an electronic visual sensor. The system retrieves information corresponding to the viewed printed media from a database. Using the electronic visual sensor, the system views at least a first user gesture relative to at least a portion of the first printed media. The system interprets the gesture as a command, and based at least in part on the first gesture and the retrieved information, the system electronically speaks aloud at least a portion of the retrieved information.

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10/16/07

7,283,969 Methods and systems for automatically registering complaints against calling parties
  Issued: October 16, 2007
  Filed: November 22, 2000
  U.S. Class: 705/1
Abstract:  
Disclosed is a communication system that is adapted to notify a calling party that no further call attempts should be made and to automatically register a complaint with a calling party complaint registration database. The calling party complaint database is further adapted to notify an enforcement authority of repeated violations by a calling party. The called party communication terminal is adapted to automatically block subsequent call or communication attempts from a repeat offending calling party while simultaneously sending an additional complaint registration to the calling party complaint registration database.

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10/16/07

7,281,965 Combination yo-yo and top
  Issued: October 16, 2007
  Filed: April 14, 2005
  U.S. Class: 446/250
Abstract:  
The present invention is directed to a combination yo-yo and top device comprising first and second yo-yo body halves, a hollow dowel element detachably connecting one of the yo-yo body halves to the other, a ball bearing element mounted on the hollow dowel element between the yo-yo body halves, a first flywheel assembly having an elongated flywheel axle, wherein the first flywheel assembly is adapted for attachment to the yo-yo body, a second flywheel assembly adapted for attachment to the yo-yo body, a string element having a first end coupled to the hollow dowel element, a power element adapted for attachment to either the first flywheel assembly or the second flywheel assembly to activate both flywheel assemblies, and, at least one removable top component adapted to be secured to the yo-yo body to convert the device from a yo-yo to a top.

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10/16/07
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10/16/07
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10/16/07

RC2, whom you probably know as the company that makes the lead-tainted Thomas & Friends toys, has filed a lawsuit against rival Munchkin, INC for allegedly infringing on a spill-proof sippy cup patent. Munchkin, INC, which had no comment for the Chicago Sun-Times about the matter, does display a note on their spill-proof sippy cup product page proclaiming: Patents pending. Quick, Munchkin, INC! Hire Verizon's magical flying lawyers before RC2 gets them first.

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10/16/07

IPG Photonics Corp., a maker of fiber lasers and amplifiers, said Thursday it settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Scientific-Atlanta, a unit of networking equipment company Cisco Systems Inc. Terms were not disclosed. The company said the settlement will not affect its financial statements or condition. IPG said the agreement settled Scientific-Atlanta's claims against the company as well as IPG's counterclaims. Scientific-Atlanta sued IPG in April 2005 claiming patent infringement.

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10/16/07

Trading Technologies International Inc. won a patent infringement lawsuit against eSpeed Inc. related to certain versions of its futures-trading software last used three years ago. A jury in a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois found that ESpeed must pay $3.5 million in damages. "All of eSpeed's current products have already been found to not infringe the patents that were litigated in this case," eSpeed Chairman, Chief Executive and President Howard Lutnick said in a statement. The patent infringement case related to the period from August to December 2004. In August 2007 the Patent and Trademark Office said it would re-examine patents held by Chicago-based Trading Technologies due to "substantial new questions of patentability." The Illinois court has yet to try certain issues related to the patents' validity and enforceability, which could eliminate the judgment, ESpeed said.

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10/16/07

Arete Power, Inc. filed a patent infringement suit on October 9, 2007, against Wilmington Massachusetts-based Beacon Power Corporation. The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that flywheel energy storage systems being manufactured and sold by Beacon Power infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,710,489. The lawsuit seeks damages from Beacon Power, as well as injunctive relief preventing further infringement. Arete Power, Inc. is a Reno, Nevada-based developer and manufacturer of advanced flywheel energy storage systems and holder of 23 patents related to flywheel energy storage technology.

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10/09/07

7,278,637 Underwater matching game
  Issued: October 9, 2007
  Filed: August 26, 2005
  U.S. Class: 273/273
Abstract:  
A matching game for use in a swimming pool. Game pieces are provided which have various icons and point values on their faces and which are adapted to sink to the pool bottom and rest automatically in a face-down position on the pool floor. In alternating turns, players gather pairs of game pieces attempting to find matching pairs and accumulate scores according to the point values of matching pairs.

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10/09/07

7,280,980 Algorithm for explaining credit scores
  Issued: October 9, 2007
  Filed: July 30, 2001
  U.S. Class: 705/38
Abstract:  
An exemplary Web-based score explanation service typically requires only the credit bureau identifier, credit score, and up to four reason codes as input. The invention herein discloses an algorithm that is used to provide an explanation of the primary factors influencing the score, where a rich data feed is provided to the facility implementing the algorithm.

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10/09/07

7,280,030 System and method for adjusting access control based on homeland security levels
  Issued: October 9, 2007
  Filed: September 24, 2004
  U.S. Class: 340/5.21
Abstract:  
A system and method for automatically regulating access control levels in an access control system based on the threat level as determined by the Department of Homeland Security and/or their corresponding local offices.

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10/09/07
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10/09/07
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10/09/07

Baden Sports Inc. says it's been awarded an $8.1 million judgment in a patent infringement case brought against Molten Corp. by a federal court jury in Seattle. The Federal Way-based sporting goods company sued Molten Corp. of Japan and its U.S. subsidiary, Molten USA of Reno, Nev., in U.S. District Court of Western Washington, claiming its patented basketball technology was infringed by Molten. According to Baden, the verdict also prevents Molten from selling or advertising its "dual cushion" basketballs in the U.S. Baden said it developed its "cushion control technology" in the mid-1990s, using a separate inner and outer layer that the company says gives the basketball a truer bounce.

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10/09/07

Prokop Labs LLC, today announced it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Belkin International, Inc. a privately held company in Compton, CA. The suit alleges Belkin International's line of computer accessories Waverest® and GelFlex® brands of Gel Mousepads and Wristrests infringe Prokop Labs LLC US Patent 5,566,913. The suit seeks compensatory damages and a permanent injunction precluding Belkin International, Inc from selling the infringing products in the U.S.

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10/09/07

Lumenis Ltd., a global leader in laser and light-based devices for medical and aesthetic applications, announced that it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Alma Lasers Ltd. and Alma Lasers Inc. for patent infringement. In this lawsuit, Lumenis has accused Alma's light-based cosmetic treatment systems, including the Harmony platform, of infringing seven of Lumenis' U.S. patents. Lumenis is seeking an injunction against further infringement as well as monetary damages. If Lumenis prevails at trial, Alma could be ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages for past sales and to stop selling infringing products.

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10/09/07

A jury has awarded a Tecumseh heavy equipment manufacturer more than $1.5 million in a patent infringement dispute. Dickson Industries Inc. was awarded $503,873 in actual damages and almost $1.04 million in punitive damages. The jury found defendant Patent Enforcement Team LLC's patent was invalid and that the company acted "intentionally and with malice" by suing or threatening Dickson's customers. The jury verdict was made on Sept. 28. It is rare that a company is awarded punitive damages in such a patent dispute, said John Kenney, the lead attorney representing Dickson. "The jury has to find that the actions were malicious and harmful," Kenney said. "The general law is that patent owners have the right to enforce patents. Only when they step over the line do they qualify for punitive damages."

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10/02/07

7,277,445 Call management via television
  Issued: October 2, 2007
  Filed: July 2, 2002
  U.S. Class: 370/401
Abstract:  
A telephone call management system and method are disclosed, allowing for call review where a voice mail message being recorded for a specific telephone may be played on a television associated therewith during the time it is being recorded. Optionally, the call may further be retrieved and rerouted to the user telephone responsive to a command entered via the television distribution gateway, and any call may be recorded responsive to commands entered via the gateway.

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10/02/07

7,277,888 Method for minimizing reintroduction of participants at successive social events
  Issued: October 2, 2007
  Filed: November 4, 2003
  U.S. Class: 707/6
Abstract:  
A method for minimizing the reintroduction of two people at a successive social event comprises the steps of assigning each person wishing to attend the successive social event a unique identifier, obtaining characteristic information about each person wishing to attend successive social events, the characteristic information having at least two potential values. An event identifier is assigned to at least said first social event and said successive social event. An event history associated with each unique identifier is created, the event history having elements corresponding to information about each event the person associated with the unique identifier has attended. A person is allowed to attend the successive social event dependent upon a rule for screening attendees, said rule being a function of said characteristic information and said event history.

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10/02/07

7,276,819 Explosively driven power generation, method and device
  Issued: October 2, 2007
  Filed: September 19, 2005
  U.S. Class: 310/10
Abstract:  
A method for generating power including an energetic charge is activated to produce a shockwave, which is imparted at an effective velocity and temperature on a gas to ionize the gas for creating plasma and to drive the plasma. The plasma is impacted on an electrically conducting cable for conducting an electrical charge therethrough.

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10/02/07
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10/02/07
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10/02/07

A federal court ruled Wednesday that Medtronic Inc. must pay $226.3 million to a unit of Johnson & Johnson to resolve a patent infringement case. Fridley-based Medtronic said in a statement that it will appeal the jury verdict, which the company said is not yet final. The patent dispute is related to screws used to treat spinal problems. Medtronic, a maker of medical devices, would pay the money to New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Spine division.

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10/02/07

In a 37-page order released Sept. 26, U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes said that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Margaret H. Murphy had erred in embracing a characterization of Weyerhaeuser as a “bad actor” in the case, which sprang from the 1998 bankruptcy of Norcross-based Paragon Trade Brands Inc. Paragon, which manufactured generic brand disposable diapers, was established as a division of Weyerhaeuser. In 1993, Weyerhaeuser took Paragon public, making more than $200 million from the initial public offering of Paragon stock. But five years later, after losing two patent infringement suits associated with its line of baby diapers, Paragon filed for bankruptcy. It then sued Weyerhaeuser, claiming that Weyerhaeuser executives had saddled Paragon with diaper patents that infringed patents registered by Kimberly-Clark Corp. (which makes Huggies) and Procter & Gamble (which makes Pampers.)

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10/02/07

Maplewood-based 3M Co. today said it has settled lawsuits with Netherlands-based Avery Dennison Corp. for infringement of 3M's patents related to pressure sensitive adhesives for large format graphics. As part of the settlement, Avery Dennison is now licensed under 3M patents to sell its earlier and existing products in the large format graphics market. The license also includes a cross-license to 3M for related Avery Dennison patents.

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10/02/07

An eastern China court has ordered a French electrical company to pay 330 million yuan (44 million dollars) for infringing the copyright of a Chinese enterprise, a company official and state press said Sunday. In a Saturday ruling, the Wenzhou intermediate court in Zhejiang province ordered Schneider Electric to pay 330 million yuan in compensation to the Chint Group for patent infringement of its low-voltage elecrtical equipment, the Beijing News reported. The amount of compensation is believed to be the highest in China in an intellectual property rights case, the paper said. "We absolutely disagree with this decision, it is absolutely unreasonable," Guy Dufraisse, director of China operations for Schneider Electric told AFP. "Schneider Electric is a world leader in this technology, we will appeal this decision immediately to the Zhejiang high court."

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09/25/07

7,273,234 Card with increased gripability
  Issued: September 25, 2007
  Filed: July 6, 2000
  U.S. Class: 283/83
Abstract:  
The invention disclosed herein represents a means for increasing the gripability of a credit-card-sized card. Specifically, dimples raised from, indented in, or embossed in a credit-card-sized card are arranged to from a tread on the front or back of a card. This tread allows fingers to more easily grip a credit-card-sized card for ease of handling or removal from a wallet or carrying case. Moreover, the means disclosed does not interfere with various means such as magnetic stripes commonly used to store encoded information on credit-card-sized cards.

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09/25/07

7,275,035 System and method for speech generation from brain activity
  Issued: September 25, 2007
  Filed: December 8, 2004
  U.S. Class: 704/271
Abstract:  
In a method of assisting a subject to generate speech, at least one first neural impulse is sensed from a first preselected location in the subject's brain. A first preselected sound is associated with the first neural impulse. The first preselected sound is generated in an audible format. In an apparatus for assisting the subject to generate speech, at least one sensor senses a neural impulse in the subject's brain and generates a signal representative thereof. An electronic speech generator generates a phoneme in response to the generation of the signal. An audio system generates audible sounds corresponding to the phoneme based upon the signal received from the speech generator.

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09/25/07

7,275,110 Authentication using portion of social security number
  Issued: September 25, 2007
  Filed: February 20, 2003
  U.S. Class: 709/229
Abstract:  
A system and method for an access code issuer to receive an on-line application including certain personal information from a user of a computer network such as the Internet, to independently operatively connect to a database and obtain or verify demographic and additional personal information regarding the user, and issue an access code to the user. The user enters this access code when accessing various nodes or websites of a plurality of affiliated content providers. The content providers obtain or verify the user's demographics by operatively connecting to the access code issuer, thereby obtaining or verifying the demographics of the visitor to its site without requiring the visitor to enter his or her demographic information or to independently provide proof thereof to the content provider. The content provider can then customize the presentation and advertising on its site according to the demographics of the user, and/or can restrict access to its site or portions thereof based on demographics or other information regarding the user. Authentication is provided using a portion of a social security number.

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09/25/07
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09/25/07
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09/25/07

Patent reform legislation before the U.S. Congress would kill the value of patents and allow companies from other countries to steal U.S. intellectual property, a group of inventors said Thursday. About 20 inventors and U.S. company executives, visiting Washington, D.C., encouraged Congress to defeat the Patent Reform Act, a version of which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month. The Senate has not yet voted on its version of the bill. The legislation "will weaken the patent system," said Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and the AutoSyringe. "It will devalue patents. It will be a disincentive for people to invest in the future."

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09/25/07

Starbucks was sued for allegedly infringing another company's patented design for a nonelectric coffee maker. Bodum USA, based in New York, accused Seattle-based Starbucks of copying its silver-domed glass carafe design and selling the copy as its own "Anniversary Press" coffee maker. Both products are available in the U.S., according to the complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago. The suit seeks more than $10 million in damages. "Starbucks has sold Bodum's coffee makers for at least 20 years in its stores and, therefore, is well aware of Bodum's trade dress and celebrity," attorney David Bennett wrote in the complaint, referring to the look and reputation of the company's products.

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09/25/07

Electronic ticketing venture Flash Seats filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to guard against what it considers patent infringement. The lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Delaware alleges that Paciolan's Ticket Marketplace infringes on Cleveland-based Flash Seats' patent for electronic ticketing. The lawsuit seeks a court order protecting its patent and awarding unspecified damages. Flash Seats offers sports teams and live entertainment venues paperless electronic ticketing, and provides season ticket holders a way to sell and transfer seats electronically. The Cleveland Cavaliers nearly a year ago were the first NBA team to agree to use the ticketing technology. Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert is also the principal owner of Flash Seats.

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09/25/07

CalAmp Corp. announced that it has filed complaints in the United States Federal Court against Procon, Inc., Skywatch GPS LLC, and iMETRIK Solutions Inc. for infringement of United States Patent Nos. 6,025,774 and 6,249,217 B1. The patents relate to a vehicle location system whose purpose is to enable automobile dealers and finance companies to locate and repossess vehicles serving as collateral on loans that go into default. These patents were acquired by CalAmp through the acquisition of the Aircept Vehicle Tracking business from AirIQ in March 2007. “We will protect our intellectual property rights and enforce our patents by all appropriate means,” stated Michael Burdiek, President of CalAmp’s Wireless DataCom Division. “Although we have developed a licensing program for our technology that includes ‘CalAmp Certified’ branding and co-marketing initiatives, it is unfortunate that some companies have chosen to utilize our intellectual property without our permission."

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09/18/07

7,270,083 Shark repelling device
  Issued: September 18, 2007
  Filed: July 26, 2002
  U.S. Class: 119/220
Abstract:  
A device for repelling selected aquatic creatures, such as sharks. The device consists of an electromagnetic field generator for generating an electromagnetic field that repels sharks and is supported by a buoyant device. This provides a shark-free region about the device. Multiple devices can be connected together to form an array of repelling devices, thereby extending the shark-free region.

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09/18/07

7,272,572 Method and system for facilitating the transfer of intellectual property
  Issued: September 18, 2007
  Filed: November 28, 2000
  U.S. Class: 705/26
Abstract:  
A method and system for facilitating the transfer of intellectual property are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method of facilitating the transfer of intellectual property includes obtaining at a computer system of a first entity information concerning intellectual property in which an interest is available for transfer (the "available intellectual property") from a second entity. The method further includes transferring the interest in the available intellectual property by concluding an agreement between the first and second entities. The agreement is representative of an acceptance of an offer concerning the transferring of the interest in the available intellectual property and consideration for the transferring of the interest. At least a portion of the interest in the available intellectual property that is transferred to the first entity is intended to be transferred from the first entity to a third entity.

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09/18/07

7,271,720 Homeland intelligent systems technology "H-LIST"
  Issued: September 18, 2007
  Filed: September 12, 2003
  U.S. Class: 340/540
Abstract:  
Homeland Intelligence Systems Technology "H-LIST" comprises nano-sensors embedded in a silicon substrate and etched/fused in a micro-fibered material to enable an outfit for monitoring suspicious terrorist activities and for track biological and chemical gases, and explosives, including stationary and portable weapons of mass destruction such as those that are likely carried on the body of a terrorist or suicide bomber, or that are likely planted in a parked vehicle or carried inside a moving vehicle. H-LIST includes a wired outfit comprising at least a jacket that is worn by an officer, a security officer, a bus driver, hostesses, Doctors and the like, for sensing deadly gases and explosives in a defined area. A receptor is operatively configured with the outfit and attached on a waist belt, and communicatively connected to the outfit input/output connector through at least wired or wirelessly means for empowering the sensors and for receiving signal communication wirelessly; indicating the presence of a sensed agent. Detected signals are transported wirelessly through radio frequency signals to a central security monitoring station, enabling communication with first responders and backup security personnel or agents to the vicinity of the detection. The sensors are multifunctional and coded to recognize wavelike pattern of gases and explosives traveling through wave. The wired outfit and the receptor are operable to process the portion of the detection signal to determine whether there is a concealed object by conducting a test in which a first characteristic of a first dielectric constant associated with a person is determined, and a second characteristic of a second dielectric constant associated with the concealed object and or weapons of mass destruction is determined to expedite data transmission and communication to first responders.

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09/18/07
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09/18/07
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09/18/07

A federal jury in Beaumont, Texas, handed down a $156 million judgment against AT&T Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit over prepaid telephone calling cards. The verdict was returned in favor of Dallas-based TGIP Inc., which sued AT&T over claims that the telecommunications company violated two patents covering point-of-sale activation technology for calling cards. AT&T officials contend they did not violate any patent rights and plan to continue fighting the verdict through the courts. The verdict was delivered late Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont. Jurors reached their decision after hearing two weeks of testimony.

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09/18/07

TruePosition, Inc., a leading provider of wireless location technologies and solutions and a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, today announced that TruePosition has won a patent infringement suit against Andrew Corporation in the United States District Court in the District of Delaware, TruePosition, Inc. v. Andrew Corporation (Civ. No. 05-747-SLR). On September 14, after a trial lasting two weeks, the jury found for TruePosition on all counts and awarded it US$45.3 million for Andrew Corporation's willful infringement of its intellectual property. This is the second time that TruePosition has successfully defended its intellectual property rights against Andrew Corporation. In this case, TruePosition sued Andrew Corporation for infringing a patent dealing with the location of wireless phones using the wireless network control channel, known as the "144" or "control channel" patent, which is particularly important for safety and security applications. This suit focused primarily on infringement related to contracts that Andrew Corporation entered into with a customer in Saudi Arabia.

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09/18/07

NTP, a company best known for winning a patent-infringement lawsuit against Research In Motion, has filed similar lawsuits against the four largest wireless carriers in the United States. Last year, RIM paid over $600 million to settle the suit brought by NTP, which accused the BlackBerry maker of infringing on some of its patents related to wireless email. The new lawsuits brought against the wireless telecommunications companies are also related to wireless email. The carriers are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

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09/18/07

India’s Lupin has won its patent challenge against King Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi-Aventis for blood pressure drug Altace, which has sales of $700 million in the US alone. A US federal appeals court has ruled that the patent for Altace, chemically known as ramipril, was invalid on grounds of being obvious. Thus, the court overturned a lower court ruling that Lupin had infringed the patent by seeking approval to market a generic version of the drug. Lupin had filed in March 2005, a generic drug application with the US Food and Drug Administration, using the paragraph IV certification pertaining to generics launches for patented drugs. It typically takes up to 15 months for approval and with this latest legal victory, the company is expecting the approval for ramipril any time.

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09/11/07

7,267,076 Ant sculptures
  Issued: September 11, 2007
  Filed: October 17, 2005
  U.S. Class: 119/6.5
Abstract:  
An ant sculpture is formed by removing a block of nutritious gel having with a network of ant tunnels from a formicarium container; placing the block in an p.v.c bag that serves as a release liner; and stuffing the bag containing the gel block back into the container. The tunnel network is then filled with a transparent epoxy resin which is permitted to harden in the tunnel network; the bag containing the gel body with set epoxy removed from the container and, the gel is then separated so that the hardened epoxy forms an ant sculpture replicating the network of ant tunnels. The epoxy resin is Bisphenol A epoxy resin.

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09/11/07

7,269,590 Method and system for customizing views of information associated with a social network user
  Issued: September 11, 2007
  Filed: April 26, 2004
  U.S. Class: 707/10
Abstract:  
A method, apparatus, and system are directed towards managing a view of a social network user's personal information based, in part, on user-defined criteria. The user-defined criteria may be applied towards a user's relationship with each prospective viewer. The user-defined criteria may include degrees of separation between members of the social network, a relationship to the prospective viewer, as well as criteria based, in part, on activities, such as dating, employment, hobbies, and the like. The user-defined criteria may also be based on a group membership, a strength of a relationship, and the like. Such user-defined relationship criteria may then be mapped against various categories of information associated with social network user to provide customized views of the social network user.

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09/11/07

7,268,290 Tactile metronome
  Issued: September 11, 2007
  Filed: May 26, 2005
  U.S. Class: 84/723
Abstract:  
A tactile metronome for use by a musician generally includes a signal generator for producing an electrical signal according to a desired timing scheme and a tactile transducer in electrical communication with the signal generator. The tactile transducer, which may take the form of a piezoelectric device, a buzzer, electrodes or any substantial equivalent, is adapted to impart a tactile sensation to the musician in response to the generated electrical signal. A strap, which may be formed from an elastic material or a soft cloth material with hook and loop fasteners, is provided to secure the tactile transducer in place on the musician's body.

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09/11/07
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09/11/07
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09/11/07

ImClone Systems, Inc. (IMCL) said it agreed to pay $65 million to Repligen Corp. (RGEN) and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, to settle a lawsuit that alleged, ImClone used Repligen's patented technology to manufacture cancer drug Erbitux. Shares of Repligen are currently down more than 14%. As a result of the current settlement, Repligen would receive net proceeds of about $40 million after payment of obligations to MIT and legal expenses. The settlement agreement serves as the basis for Repligen and MIT to dismiss the lawsuit against ImClone. Further, Repligen has granted ImClone a non-exclusive sublicense to certain patent rights.

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09/11/07

A group representing patent examiners and professionals in the United States said that the patent reform proposal now in the U.S. Congress would hurt the American patent approval process. The Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), which claims to represent more than 5,000 members, distributed a patent policy paper (PDF) in Washington this week, stating that H.R. 1908 and S. 1145 includes a "dangerous requirement that would effectively outsource the patent search, allowing applicants to contract searches to anyone, including foreign entities." The group wants Congress to focus on job retention, providing examiners enough time to review applications, and increasing resources, rather than changing the system. The group claims that an Applicant Quality Submission requirement in the bills would make applicants provide a search report of all relevant patent and non-patent literature.

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09/11/07

Fujifilm's Fujinon Corp sued Motorola Inc., alleging several of the mobile phone maker's phones, including its flagship Razr models, infringed on its patents, according to court documents on Thursday. Motorola's various phone models infringe on three of its patents involving the imaging lens, Fujinon alleged in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Besides Razr, the lawsuit also alleges that various versions of Motorola's Rokr, Slvr and Pebl models also infringe on its patents.

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09/11/07

Life sciences research equipment company Applied Biosystems Group said Friday the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut dismissed a patent lawsuit against it by Enzo Biochem Inc. and Yale University. Enzo said it filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The company, a unit of Applera Corp., claimed the judge granted a motion for summary judgment, thereby dismissing the remaining claims in the patent infringement case.

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09/04/07

7,264,584 Method for safely and efficiently navigating magnetic devices in the body
  Issued: September 4, 2007
  Filed: March 9, 2004
  U.S. Class: 600/1
Abstract:  
A method of turning a medical device, having a magnetically responsive element associated with its distal end, at an operating point within an operating region inside a patient's body from an initial direction to a desired final direction, through the movement of at least one external source magnet. The at least one external source magnet is moved in such a way as to change the direction of the distal end of the magnetic medical device from the initial direction to the desired final direction without substantial deviation from the plane containing the initial direction and the desired final direction.

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09/04/07

7,266,533 Electronic gift greeting
  Issued: September 4, 2007
  Filed: December 6, 2001
  U.S. Class: 706/26
Abstract:  
According to the invention, a method for creating an electronic greeting card enclosing an electronic gift is disclosed. In one step, the electronic greeting card selection is received from a sender along with a selection of at least one of a type of electronic gift, an amount for the electronic gift, and an identifier for a receiver of the electronic gift. Payment for the electronic gift is received from a money handler chosen by the sender. A code indicative of the electronic gift is received, whereby the code facilitates redemption of the electronic gift. The code is embedded in the electronic greeting card.

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09/04/07

7,264,474 Personality style method
  Issued: September 4, 2007
  Filed: September 18, 2002
  U.S. Class: 434/236
Abstract:  
In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a plurality of color-coded cards and representing four personality styles and a set of two cards representing the Extraversion-Introversion scale of Carl Jung. On each set of two cards, there is one that lists twenty characteristics of the particular style associated with that card on a plurality of removable strips. The other card in the set of two has a blank side to place the removable strips that characterize each participant. On the reverse side of this card is printed the workplace environment that most appeals to a person of this particular style. Each card has a place for a simple score, (i.e. a simple sum of the characteristics chosen). The color-coded cards are ordered numerically. The Extravert-Introvert (E-I) card is also scored. Participants are asked to place color-coded dots representing each participant's particular order of styles on their nametags. The first style represents a participant's dominant personality style. The combination of all four styles with the Extraversion-Introversion components represents the participant's personality temperament or profile.

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09/04/07
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09/04/07
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09/04/07

Motorola's request for an injunction against Aruba's use of patented technologies could have been an opening shot for what could just be tough negotiations between the two firms, said Charles Hosch, chair of Strasburger & Price's Intellectual Property practice. Some tech companies now view the threat of patent litigation as a prelude to jockeying for licensing rights or some other concession. Aruba and Motorola have joined the now legion number of tech companies engaged in legal patent disputes. Motorola's subsidiary companies Symbol Technologies and Wireless Valley Communications filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Aruba Networks in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Aruba infringed its patents related to wireless local area network (WLAN) communication technologies, according to Motorola's statement. Two of the patents relate to WLAN switching architecture technology, which Motorola said significantly lowers the cost of deploying network infrastructure and drives down the cost of managing, maintaining and upgrading wireless systems. Symbol introduced the first such switch to the market, Motorola said.

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09/04/07

The long-running legal battle between Microsoft and Eolas Technologies, which Microsoft was losing, has been settled. The two firms agreed to an undisclosed settlement that resolves the case. The lawsuit dates back to February 1999, when Eolas, a spin-off from the University of California, filed suit against Microsoft for alleged patent infringement involving plug-in and applet technology. The company accused Microsoft of using its patented technology in Windows 98, Windows 95 and Internet Explorer. Eolas was granted the patent on November 17, 1998, which covers technologies for the creation of a browser system that allowed for the embedding of small interactive programs, such as plug-ins, applets, scriptlets or ActiveX Controls, into online documents. Microsoft was hit with a $521 million verdict in 2003. The case has been on appeal since.

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09/04/07

A day after winning a patent infringement lawsuit against a Taiwanese memory chip maker Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. has filed to have the chips in question barred from Japan. The Tokyo District Court Thursday upheld Fujitsu claims that DRAM (dynamic RAM) memory chips made by Nanya Technology Corp. infringed upon patents held by Fujitsu. The court granted an injunction against future import and sales of the chips. Fujitsu said Friday it had filed an application with Japan's customs authority to suspend import of the DRAM chips under the country's customs law. The lawsuit concerned a patent related to a technology for improving the speed of DDR SDRAM (double data rate synchronous dynamic RAM) memory chips and was filed just over two years ago after talks between the two companies produced no agreement on patent licensing.

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09/04/07

MedioStream Inc. sued Apple Inc., Dell Inc. and Acer America Corp. this week, alleging infringements of its patents for decoding audio and video signals for faster playback or recording. Los Altos-based MedioStream said in a complaint filed in federal court in Tyler, Texas that Cupertino-based Apple, Round Rock, Texas-based Dell and San Jose-based Acer infringe the 2006 patent of a "method and system for direct recording of video information onto a disk medium."

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08/28/07

7,263,526 Method and apparatus for embedding chat functions in a web page
  Issued: August 28, 2007
  Filed: December 18, 1996
  U.S. Class: 707/102
Abstract:  
A real time chat server not only maintains the chat session but also synchronizes the browse and chat functions by dynamically linking the browser and chat applications to allow the contents of the browser window and the chat window to change in a coordinated manner. The chat server is built from a number of core software objects, namely user objects, connection objects, and room objects. In this way, multiple users' browsers may be connected into one powerful distributed chat/HTTP server and all such users are able to fully interact with one another in a coordinated manner via type-written messages, HTML web documents, and file transfers. The usefulness of chat is enhanced by embedding the chat functions into the browser window.

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08/28/07

7,263,491 On-line degree and current enrollment verification system and method
  Issued: August 28, 2007
  Filed: June 4, 2004
  U.S. Class: 705/1
Abstract:  
The present invention provides a new and useful system and method for processing on-line degree and current enrollment verification inquiries. The system includes a requestor computer and an institutional computer each connected to a server computer via the Internet. The server computer is capable of processing and storing educational information/education records provided by the institutional computer, and receiving at least one inquiry from the requestor computer and providing educational information/education records in response to the inquiry. The system also includes a database for storing educational information/education records and a search engine module that searches for and retrieves educational information/education records from the database. Communication means are also included which allow the system to transfer data between the requestor computer and the institutional computer.

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08/28/07

7,263,378 Method and apparatus for interactive audience participation at a live entertainment event
  Issued: August 28, 2007
  Filed: February 6, 2006
  U.S. Class: 455/517
Abstract:  
A method and system provide interactive participation during shopping activity occurring at a shopping venue. Enjoyment for a plurality of enrolled participants is enhanced. Participants employ wireless interactive devices that present a promotional message and include user input and output interfaces. Participants are queried, and enter answers via the user input interface. The promotional messages are preferably related to businesses associated with the shopping venue.

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08/28/07
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08/28/07
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08/28/07

Opponents of legislation that would overhaul the U.S. patent system have enlisted new allies who may cause majority Democrats in Congress to rethink their support of the proposals. Since late July, three labor unions -- the AFL-CIO, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), and the United Steelworkers -- have sent letters to lawmakers saying they oppose two current patent reform bills. Patent reform opponents say they hope their alliance with organized labor, which has a long history of supporting Democrats, will stall the legislation. But representatives of large tech vendors that are pushing for patent reform say they're confident there will be support for the legislation when Congress returns from summer recess in early September. The committees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives approved versions of a sweeping patent reform bill in July, and House leaders have targeted the patent reform bill for passage by the end of the year.

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08/28/07

Cincinnati-based P&G said it filed a patent infringement suit in federal court in San Francisco. P&G claims Kraft's new Maxwell House can infringes on the design of P&G's 4-year-old Folgers can. "In 2003, P&G introduced Folgers Coffee in a consumer-preferred plastic container," P&G said. "This innovation has grown the Folgers business for the past four years." The lawsuit seeks to stop Kraft Foods from selling the allegedly infringing Maxwell House Coffee package. It also seeks recovery of an undisclosed amount of damages.

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08/28/07

A Germantown inventor says he discovered the secret to keeping delicate whites white years ago, but now the country’s biggest bleach manufacturer is leaving him in the dark. Lawnie Taylor sued The Clorox Co. last week to prove that its UltimateCare Premium Bleach is just like his 2004 patented formula for GLEE, a liquid chlorine bleach that removes stains without damaging clothing. Taylor, a physicist and retired senior engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy, said he and his attorney spent several months in licensing and royalty talks with Clorox after the product was launched in May 2006. When those talks ended three or four months later, Taylor said he decided a new course of action was needed.

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08/28/07

A Georgia synthetic glove maker has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging Cardinal Health Inc. infringed on a patent. The company that filed the complaint, Menlo, Ga.-based Best Manufacturing Co., alleges the nitrile gloves Cardinal imports from its glove manufacturer in Malaysia infringe on a patent it owns. Best Manufacturing is requesting the trade commission issue a cease-and-desist order for the product that also would go to four other companies listed as respondents in the investigation. Cardinal spokeswoman Donna Gaidamak said the nitrile gloves the company imports from Malaysia and then distributes through its gloves group in McGaw Park, Ill., are among the many medical and surgical gloves it markets. Cardinal has been distributing gloves for more than 20 years.

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08/21/07

7,258,592 Santa Claus visit kit
  Issued: August 21, 2007
  Filed: August 26, 2004
  U.S. Class: 446/487
Abstract:  
A kit for creating an illusion that suggests a Santa Claus visit in a premises is disclosed. The kit includes items revealed to a child audience. These items include a displayer at which small items can be placed, and amusement items for use by at least a member of the child audience in carrying out steps that the child audience is invited to believe will assist Santa Claus in making the visit. The kit also includes items at least temporarily concealed from the child audience. The concealed items include means for making boot print resembling marks to mark an illusionary trail of Santa Claus in the premises.

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08/21/07

7,260,192 Internet user finder
  Issued: August 21, 2007
  Filed: November 10, 1998
  U.S. Class: 379/114.01
Abstract:  
Specialized telecom network users who burden the network, such as high-volume users of Internet services, are identified by analysis of network traffic data to identify addresses (e.g. telephone numbers) for callers to destinations associated with the particular call-in service. Destination telephone numbers may be identified from a list of known service providers or from a network traffic study, which identifies destination numbers receiving unique patterns of incoming traffic. Analysis of the records of calls to the destination numbers then identifies numbers for callers who made more than some minimum number of calls during the study or who accumulate more than some threshold amount of total connect time on such calls. The preferred embodiments utilize automated systems to compile and analyze call records from standard messages of a telephone network, such as interoffice signaling messages or automated accounting messages. Data from the records can be translated to identify the calling subscribers, e.g. by name and address or by point of connection to the network.

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08/21/07

7,260,542 Method and system for the real time sale of sensor data
  Issued: August 21, 2007
  Filed: May 4, 2000
  U.S. Class: 705/1
Abstract:  
A method and system for the transmission and sale of real-time sensor data. The system including, placing remote sensors in areas of interest to the providers users, receiving sensor orientation requests from users, determining a winning sensor orientation, and finally sending the data from the sensor to the users.

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08/21/07
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08/21/07
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08/21/07

Medical device concern CytoLogix Corp. received a jury verdict of $10.7 million in damages in patent infringement claims against Ventana Medical Systems Inc., after a three-week long trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Boston-based CytoLogix Corp.s technologies contain slide-staining methods used by pathologists in the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. Jack Pirozzolo and Vickie Henry of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston led the CytoLogix trial team. Litigation on the CytoLogix family of patents covering this diagnostic technology is expected to continue. Its competitor, Ventana Medical Systems Inc. is as Tucson, Arizona-based medical device company.

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08/21/07

SonoSite Inc. said it has expanded its patent lawsuit fight with General Electric Co. in a Wisconsin court. In July, the Bothell maker of hand-carried ultrasound machines filed a counterlawsuit after General Electric sued SonoSite in May, alleging that SonoSite ultrasound products infringed on GE products. In an Aug. 17 amendment to its July countersuit, SonoSite alleged that GE, of Fairfield, Conn., infringed on additional SonoSite patents.

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08/21/07

It looks like Robot FX has run into a bigger obstacle than it's bargained for, with the company now facing not one but two lawsuits from iRobot over alleged patent infringement. Apparently, iRobot thinks that Robot FX's "Negotiator" robot is a little too similar to iRobot's popular Packbot, and it's asking for a permanent injunction to prevent Robot FX from selling any more of the bots, along with the usual damages. Adding further to the intrigue is the fact that Robot FX was founded by a former iRobot employee, who is specifically named in the second lawsuit claiming misappropriation and misuse of confidential information relating to the Packbot. Sadly, it seems that the whole matter will have to be settled in court, and not in a winner-take-all robot death match as we would have hoped.

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08/21/07

Pall Corp., which makes filters and purifiers, said late Thursday it received a favorable claim construction ruling in a patent infringement lawsuit against a 3M Co. division. The lawsuit claims Cuno Inc.'s Polypro XL and LifeAssure filters infringe two patents related to Pall's Ultipleat filters, which use a laid-over pleat design that allows more material to be packed into a smaller envelope. U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert of the Eastern District of New York stated Wednesday in a memorandum and order that Pall's product "was a major breakthrough" when it was created, as it established a more efficient and long-lasting filter without increasing the size of the product. Pall is seek compensatory damages and a permanent injunction against Cuno selling the products named in the lawsuit. The court ruled in 2002 that an earlier Cuno product infringed on the same patents, Pall said.

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08/14/07

7,257,570 Geographical location extraction
  Issued: August 14, 2007
  Filed: Decemebr 22, 2003
  U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract:  
A geographical location extraction method and tool to infer a likely geographical location from one or more search terms entered as a query by a user on a search engine or the like.

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08/14/07

7,255,277 Method of designating dating status
  Issued: August 14, 2007
  Filed: April 6, 2006
  U.S. Class: 235/462.1
Abstract:  
This disclosure generally relates to a system and method for dating. More particularly, this disclosure is a dating system and method that limits the embarrassment of rejection and minimizes costs of implementation based on a market recognition of an external sign to be associated with a dating status such as a color-coded bracelet.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:02:17 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


08/14/07

7,257,388 Pre-paid mobile phone with temporary voice mail
  Issued: August 14, 2007
  Filed: August 20, 2004
  U.S. Class: 455/406
Abstract:  
The present invention provides systems and methods for allowing access to a voice mailbox associated with a pre-paid mobile phone subscriber's account after the expiration of the subscriber's credits. A call processing system may be configured to receive a call from a calling party and to connect the call to a voice mailbox system. The call processing system may allow the calling party to record a voice message that can subsequently be accessed by the subscriber for an access fee. The call processing center may also be configured to allow the calling party to add credit to the subscriber's account. Access fees are paid and credits are added to the account by way of pre-paid calling cards, smart cards, credit cards, debit cards, electronic fund transfers.

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08/14/07
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08/14/07
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08/14/07

EchoStar Communications has gained some ground in defending its digital video-recording technology against patent-infringement claims, but a big case with giant Tivo is still pending. The Douglas County-based satellite- TV provider said Friday that it prevailed in a patent-infringement case filed by Forgent Network Inc. EchoStar said it won $90,000 in court costs after a Texas appellate judge upheld a jury verdict last spring that Forgent's patent claims were invalid. EchoStar, operator of Dish Network, also said this week that the federal patent office recently rejected all of the hardware-related claims asserted by Tivo. But the patent office affirmed Tivo's software claims related to a $90 million Texas court verdict against EchoStar last year. EchoStar reiterated in a regulatory filing this week that it does not believe it has infringed on any of Tivo's patents and that it will prevail on appeal. An appellate court has stayed an injunction prohibiting EchoStar from using the technology, pending appeal.

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08/14/07

On Monday, Apple was sued in Texas for violating the patent rights of a Michigan-based inventor. Attorney Joseph Zito of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Zito tlp filed the patent infringement lawsuit in a Texas federal court on behalf of Thomas Harvey, claiming that the Apple Portable Power Adapter violates two related patents granted to Harvey for an illuminated portable recharging device. Harvey "invented a power adapter with an illuminated connector end," the complaint says, citing a patent applied for in 2001 and granted in 2004. "...Apple manufactures and sells a device referred to as the 'Apple Portable Power Adapter.' The power adapter, in combination with an Apple notebook computer, has all the elements of the claims of [Harvey's patents], including: a portable electronic device recharger, a rechargeable battery, a battery compartment, a power adapter, an illuminated connector terminus."

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08/14/07

Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that a U.S. District Court judge in Santa Ana, Calif. has ordered Qualcomm Incorporated to pay double damages of $39.3 million for past infringement of three Broadcom patents. The judge also ordered Qualcomm to pay Broadcom's attorneys' fees in the litigation. An injunction hearing in the case, in which Broadcom is seeking to bar future infringement of the patents by Qualcomm, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. In May, a federal jury in Santa Ana found that Qualcomm had "willfully infringed" the three Broadcom patents, and awarded Broadcom $19.64 million in damages. The "willfulness" finding provided the judge with the discretion to increase the damages. In doubling the amount of damages initially awarded by the jury, U.S. District Judge James V. Selna reasoned, "There is a spectrum of improper conduct for determining the amount to award. That Qualcomm's conduct was not at the most egregious end of the spectrum does not mean that no enhanced award is due." He found awarding the attorneys' fees "appropriate for the same reasons as the damages enhancement. Broadcom has demonstrated that this case is exceptional by clear and convincing evidence." Judge Selna issued a tentative ruling on the awards August 9; today he made the order final.

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08/14/07

Callaway Golf Co. has filed two suits accusing TaylorMade Golf Co. of violating its patents on three golf clubs and a ball-covering material. The maker of Big Bertha and Steelhead brand clubs is seeking monetary damages and an order that all the infringing TaylorMade products be destroyed. The company also wants an order permanently blocking TaylorMade from using the disputed technology. The suits contend that the patent violations have caused Callaway "irreparable injury," according to court documents. Since the introduction of its oversize Big Bertha driver in 1991, Carlsbad, Calif.-based Callaway has led an arms race among professional golfers and weekend duffers. The company, whose sales topped $1.02 billion last year, sells a line of Big Bertha irons and drivers as well as the full range of golf clubs, balls and other equipment. TaylorMade, a unit of Adidas Group, also is headquartered in Carlsbad and its products are used by a number of professional golfers. The TaylorMade patents targeted in these suits include a polyurethane golf ball cover that produces a softer feel and increased ball spin along with a club head used for longer drives, court documents show.

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08/07/07

7,254,092 Method and system for swimmer denial
  Issued: August 7, 2007
  Filed: March 31, 2005
  U.S. Class: 367/138
Abstract:  
A method and system for swimmer denial transmits underwater sound associated with a time-reversed impulsive response, resulting in amplified sound at a predetermined location. The amplified sound has sufficient peak pressure and/or impulse area to form a barrier to an underwater swimmer.

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08/07/07

7,254,839 Secured access using a coordinate system
  Issued: August 7, 2007
  Filed: March 21, 2001
  U.S. Class: 726/34
Abstract:  
A system and method are disclosed for controlling access to an access-protected unit. A pair of coordinates may be read from a base, such as a card, using a digital pen. The system may then check if the pair of coordinates are within a coordinate area belonging to an authorized user. If so, access may be granted to the authorized user to the access-protected unit or to specific programs or functions of the access-protected unit.

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08/07/07

7,253,727 Security checkpoint
  Issued: August 7, 2007
  Filed: July 8, 2004
  U.S. Class: 340/522
Abstract:  
A security checkpoint includes a personal scanning portal, a parcel scanning portal and a controller for ensuring substantially simultaneous scanning of a person and the parcel associated with the person. The controller also adjusts the level of scrutiny at each portal based on scanned data received at the other portal and based on information in a database relating to the specific person at the security checkpoint.

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08/07/07
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08/07/07

A U.S. judge on Monday threw out a record $1.5 billion verdict against Microsoft Corp, ruling the world's largest software had not infringed on audio technology patents held by France's Alcatel-Lucent. Microsoft said the reversal was a victory for other technology companies who could have been at risk to patent infringement charges if Alcatel won. A federal jury in San Diego ruled in February that Microsoft had violated two patents related to MP3 audio files and handed Alcatel-Lucent the largest-ever damages award in a U.S. patent case. MP3 is the standard digital music format, which allows audio to be compressed so that it can be easily played on computers, mobile phones or digital music players. The court heard a post-trial motion on July 25 and 26 when Microsoft asked for the verdict to be reversed, a new trial or dramatic reduction in damages. U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster said in a 43-page order that the jury's damages could not stand because Microsoft had not violated one of the two patents.

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08/07/07

Apple is the focus of a recently-filed lawsuit over the iPhone's touchscreen keyboard. A virtually unknown company called SP Technologies has filed a suit against Apple for infringement on a patent on for a touchscreen keyboard. The company is now demanding that the courts issue a permanent injunction against Apple and is asking for damages and attorney's fees. The patent, "Method and medium for computer readable keyboard display incapable of user termination," describes a software system that takes touch input on a virtual keyboard—a keyboard that cannot be minimized or closed and is therefore integral to the use of the device it's installed on, much like the iPhone's keyboard. The patent was filed in August of 2000 and awarded in August of 2004. SP Technologies claims that Apple has willfully and deliberately infringed on this patent by developing iPhone, and is apparently continuing to do so in a flagrantly in-your-face manner by having the gall to sell it. SP Technologies also makes a point of bringing up Apple's legal run-in with Creative, saying that Apple has been "repeatedly sued" in the past over patent infringement.

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08/07/07

In what could be a high-stakes battle between two of the biggest makers of liquid crystal displays, Sharp Corp. has sued Samsung Electronics Co., accusing its rival of infringing five of its patents on LCD technologies often used in televisions, computer monitors and cell phones. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, centers on patents related to various methods Sharp said it developed to improve the quality of LCD displays. The Japanese electronics company is seeking unspecified damages, a ban on infringing products and a jury trial. The lawsuit does not specify how many products are in question, but analysts say the scope will likely be in the millions, and the monetary stakes high. "We are currently in a cutthroat time in the industry, where prices of finished goods are falling so fast that any kind of technological edge one company has over the other is completely vital," said Eric Haruki, an analyst of TV technologies at market researcher IDC.

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08/07/07

RealNetworks, the company behind the digital media player, Real Player, has won a patent infringement lawsuit brought by San Francisco-based technology licensing company, Friskit. Frisket had been seeking damages of over US$70m (AUD$82m) against Real, but Judge William W. Schwarzer of the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted RealNetworks' motion for summary judgment invalidating the claims of four patents asserted by Friskit. In its motion, RealNetworks relied upon the recent legal decision in KSR vs Teleflex, in which the Supreme Court ruled on the proper standard for determining obviousness in patent cases. The Supreme Court rejected any "rigid" application of existing tests for obviousness in favour of the "expansive and flexible approach" set forth in the Supreme Court's earlier decisions. RealNetworks relied upon that analysis to argue that Friskit's patent claims relating to systems for enabling continuous streaming playback from internet sites were "obvious combinations of elements found in the prior art", including RealNetworks' own internet products.

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07/31/07

7,251,320 Call initiation via calendar
  Issued: July 31, 2007
  Filed: September 15, 2006
  U.S. Class: 379/202.01
Abstract:  
A system and method for initiating calls via electronic calendar is disclosed. A call list is associated by a user to a particular time and day within the electronic calendar. When the particular day and time arrives, the call list is forwarded to a service which executes the call list, and subsequently contacts the members of the call list through a telephone network. Once a connection is established, the user and the members of the list are linked to a conference bridge.

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07/31/07

7,250,853 Surveillance system
  Issued: July 31, 2007
  Filed: December 10, 2004
  U.S. Class: 340/506
Abstract:  
A surveillance system is provided. The system includes at least one target detection sensor, a plurality of adjustable identification sensors and a system controller. The syste controller is coupled to the at least one target detection sensor and the plurality of adjustable identification sensors. The system controller processes data from the plurality of target detection sensors, applies threat criteria, and, when a target is identified as a threat, the system controller selects at least one of the plurality of adjustable identification sensors and adjusts a sensing input of the selected one of the plurality of adjustable identification sensors to capture information on the identified target. The system also includes a monitoring station that is adapted to receive signals from the selected one of the adjustable identification sensors and to display the captured information.

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07/31/07

7,251,665 Determining a known character string equivalent to a query string
  Issued: July 31, 2007
  Filed: May 3, 2001
  U.S. Class: 707/104.1
Abstract:  
A system, method, and computer program product perform text equivalencing. The text equivalencing is performed by modifying a string of characters by applying a set of heuristics, comparing the modified strings of characters to known strings of characters. If a match is found, the text equivalencing engine performs database update and exits. If no match is found, sub-strings are formed by grouping together frequently occurring sets of characters. An information retrieval technique is performed on the sub-strings to determine equivalent text.

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07/31/07
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07/31/07
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07/31/07

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by Coca-Cola Co. (KO) that charged its rival PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) with patent infringement on a collapsible bag that dispenses syrup for fountain sodas. It was the third such lawsuit Atlanta-based Coca-Cola has brought against PepsiCo or its affiliates in the past six years. The decision was issued Wednesday by Judge Richard Story of the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Coca-Cola Co. is the biggest soft-drink company in the world. Purchase, N.Y.- based PepsiCo Inc., is second-largest. "It confirmed what we knew all along, that there was no infringement," PepsiCo spokesman Dave DeCecco said. Coca-Cola was reviewing the decision and an appeal may be forthcoming, said spokesman Dana Bolden. The company has 30 days to decide.

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07/31/07

A U.S. district court judge has ruled that eBay Inc. can continue to use its "buy it now" feature even though a patent infringement ruling against the feature continues to stand. Judge Jerome Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied an injunction request by MercExchange LLC, which successfully sued eBay for patent infringement in 2003. But Friedman also said he would move forward with MercExchange's efforts to collect the US$25 million patent infringement award against eBay.

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07/31/07

The inventor of a computer software encryption scheme filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming the operating system giant is illegally using that technology in Windows XP and Vista. The patent for “computer implemented secret object key block cipher encryption and digital signal device” was granted in 2001 to Luciano Paone, then of Safecourier Software in Kings Park, N.Y. Paone is seeking damages, triple damages and an injunction against Microsoft. The technology in question is based on a 4,096-bit encryption model and a 2,048-bit secret key digital signature process. In addition, the object keys are dynamic, changing throughout the encryption process.

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07/31/07

Biothera and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) filed a patent infringement lawsuit today against Biorgin, a Brazilian company, for selling beta 1,3/1,6 gluco polysaccharide ingredients in the U.S. for nutritional supplements and functional foods. Biothera and MIT charged Biorigin with six counts of patent infringement in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Massachusetts Institute of Technology owns and licenses to Biothera certain patents that are part of the litigation. The plaintiffs seek a permanent injunction and unspecified damages from Biorigin. “Biothera has a formidable intellectual property portfolio that provides exclusivity to market our gluco polysaccharide in the U.S.,” said Richard G. Mueller, Biothera president and chief executive officer. Biothera has more than 40 U.S. patents and patents pending, as well as additional patents in more than 20 countries, protecting the matter of composition, manufacturing and use of beta 1,3/1,6 gluco polysaccharide derived from yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).

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07/24/07

7,247,782 Genetic music
  Issued: July 24, 2007
  Filed: January 8, 2004
  U.S. Class: 84/600
Abstract:  
Genetic music generated by decoding and transcribing genetic information within a DNA sequence into a music signal having melody and harmony, and useful in the producion of novely consumer products, identification systems, and diagnostic tools.

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07/24/07

7,249,175 Method and system for blocking e-mail having a nonexistent sender address
  Issued: July 24, 2007
  Filed: April 12, 2000
  U.S. Class: 709/225
Abstract:  
A system and method for filtering undesirable e-mail with forged nonexistent sender addresses in real time without sending a message to that sender. A server or proxy rejects electronic messages having a nonexistent sender address by establishing a connection to an authorized mailhost for the domain of the sender address and using discrete transactions during the protocol setup phase to determine if that mailhost will accept mail for the sender address. If the authorized mailhost for the sender address will not accept mail for that address, then the sender address is determined to not exist and the message can be safely rejected.

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07/24/07

7,248,159 User-centric event reporting
  Issued: July 24, 2007
  Filed: December 30, 2004
  U.S. Class: 340/539.13
Abstract:  
A system and method for receiving hazard and event information in a mobile unit and using that information to warn a user of an event or future hazard with reference to the mobile unit's location and/or intended direction of travel is provided. A hazard location algorithm compares a forecast location of each mobile unit with a forecast hazard and transmits a warning to each mobile unit that is predicted to encounter the hazard. As the mobile unit moves, its actual position is updated in an event center, and a revised warning is transmitted to the mobile unit as applicable. Warnings include audio warnings for playback and/or visual warnings for display on the mobile device. Users may also wirelessly report events or hazards to a central server in an event center by sending data to the event center via a wireless communications network. Secondary information may be included, based on the selected event type.

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07/24/07
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07/24/07
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07/24/07

Taiwan's Acer Inc. said Friday it has filed a counterclaim in a U.S. court against a patent infringement lawsuit by Hewlett-Packard Co. Acer said in a statement it filed the counterclaim Thursday with the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In late March, HP filed a lawsuit at the same court, alleging Acer had violated five patents covering technologies that included DVD editing, managing power consumption in portable computers and ways to use multiple microprocessor chips. HP also filed another lawsuit against Acer in April at the International Trade Commission alleging infringement of four of the same patents.

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07/24/07

General Protecht, an electrical product manufacturer based in East China's Zhejiang Province, has won a three-year patent infringement lawsuit in the United States. According to a Federal Court ruling in New Mexico, the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) products of General Protecht did not infringe upon the patents of the US company Leviton. Beginning in April 2004, Leviton filed lawsuits against several customers of General Protecht in New Mexico, Florida and California, alleging several patent infringements of its products. GFCI is a small electrical device often used in houses. They can reduce the risk of electrocution. "It's a great win for General Protecht, which has always respected the intellectual property rights (IPR) of others," said Chen Wusheng, president of the company. It shows a Chinese company, which conducts business in the US, can be treated fairly and impartially according to the rule of law, he added.

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07/24/07

The suit alleges the Staples Corp brand of computer accessories Gel Mousepads and Wristrests infringe Prokop Labs US Patent 5,566,913.The suit seeks compensatory damages and a permanent injunction precluding Staples Corp from selling the infringing products in the U.S. The lawsuit was filed in Seattle at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. “Our Patents are core assets. They represent countless hours of research to develop our Gel-eez® line of ergonomic products, they have sold world wide for several years. We plan to vigorously defend our patent rights, preferably through negotiated license agreements, or through the courts” said, David Prokop, founder of Prokop Labs, LLC (a former Microsoft Program Manager and Kinesiologist). Prokop Labs Gel-eez ® line of computer accessories Gel mousepads and wristrests represents an engineering breakthrough. It’s patented thermal gel offers several advantages for computer users, with a cool, comfortable Gel Wristrest pad. This is a key benefit particularly in computer office ergonomics, where comfort and proper hand position help reduce inflammation caused by keyboard carpal tunnel and repetitive motion injuries.

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07/17/07

7,246,068 Computerized system for combining insurance company and credit card transactions
  Issued: July 17, 2007
  Filed: August 10, 2001
  U.S. Class: 705/2
Abstract:  
A method and apparatus for combining a credit card account with a medical services or insurance account. A client establishes a credit card account and links the credit card account to an insurance policy or medical services account. The client uses the credit card and generates rebates used to offset the cost of the insurance policy or make payments into the medical services account. The form of the rebate depends on the type of insurance policy or medical services account selected by the client. An interactive Web site is provided for creation, coordination, and monitoring of the linked credit card accounts and insurance policies. A client uses the interactive Web site to explore different insurance policies and the effects of using credit card rebates to offset the price of an insurance policy. The interactive Web site also provides services for the client to maintain and monitor the linked accounts.

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07/17/07

7,245,704 Automated third party call activated when 911 dialed
  Issued: July 17, 2007
  Filed: January 30, 2004
  U.S. Class: 379/45
Abstract:  
Methods, systems, and apparatuses that operate with different communications devices, different users, and/or different communications networks to generate, enable, disable, transmit, and/or otherwise control an Emergency Third Party Communications Signal. According to embodiments of this invention, a communications network establishes an emergency communications link between a calling party and an emergency response call center. Thereafter, the communications network automatically associates a third party to add to the emergency communications link and uses the Emergency Third Party Communications Signal to establish an emergency conferencing communications link between the third party, the calling party, and/or the emergency response call center.

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07/17/07

7,246,157 Systems and methods for underwriting coverage for data transmissions
  Issued: July 17, 2007
  Filed: February 4, 2006
  U.S. Class: 709/217
Abstract:  
The present invention provides systems and methods which afford a technical application for insuring, bonding, and underwriting a transmission of a data set, streaming data, and/or document over the Internet through TCP/IP and all other electronic media such as WAP, VOIP, fiber optic channels, microwave channels, and through standard electrical switches, electrical outlets and power lines. The present invention includes a computer readable medium having computer executable instruction to cause a system perform a method for insuring, bonding, and/or underwriting data transmission. The method includes enabling a first remote client coupled to a communications network to insure, bond, and/or underwrite a transmission of an electronic data set, streaming data, and/or document, with a selected coverage type for a selected coverage amount, from the first remote client to one or more second remote clients. The method includes charging a fee to an appropriate account for the selected coverage type and amount.

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07/17/07

Eye drug developer QLT Inc. (TSX:QLT) is on the hook for nearly US$70 million in past penalties and tens of millions of dollars for future sales of its Visudyne drug in the wake of a legal decision by a U.S. district court Tuesday. The Vancouver company said the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts affirmed a 2006 decision by a federal jury that had found QLT liable for unfair trade practices and ordered it to pay damages to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Under the decision the company must pay US$69.6 million as past damages for royalties, plus interest and legal fees, and royalties on future Visudyne sales.

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07/17/07

Competitive Technologies, Inc. announced today that CTT, its client, the University of Illinois, and all Fujitsu defendants have reached a settlement in the long-standing patent infringement suit regarding US Patent Nos. 4,866,349 and 5,081,400 covering plasma display panels (PDPs) and related circuitry. As part of the settlement, CTT will pay Fujitsu a minor portion of the approximately $233,000 costs awarded to Fujitsu by the courts in 2006. The parties will dismiss with prejudice all claims and counterclaims in the suit.

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07/17/07

Warner Music Group said Thursday it would drop its patent infringement lawsuit against social-networking site imeem, instead offering access to the music giant's catalog for a cut of the startup's revenue. Imeem didn't disclose the percentage of revenue it would share with Warner. In May, Warner Music sued San Francisco-based imeem , charging the company let users share copyrighted content without permission. Imeem now says it wants to offer other record labels a share of the profit from its music-sharing service in exchange for access to copyrighted content.

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07/17/07

Medtronic Inc., the world's largest maker of devices used to regulate heart rhythms, was sued by Spectranetics Corp. over a technology for sucking deposits out of blood vessels, the heart and lungs. Medtronic's Export XT 6F model aspiration catheter is among the products that violate a U.S. patent covering a device and method for removing intravascular, pulmonary and cardiac obstructions, Spectranetics said July 10 in a complaint in federal court in Austin, Texas. Spectranetics, a maker of medical lasers based in Colorado Springs, asked the court to block Minneapolis-based Medtronic from using the patented technology and to award cash compensation for past infringement.

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07/10/07

7,240,619 Identifiable bullet which is unduplicatable
  Issued: July 10, 2007
  Filed: March 9, 2006
  U.S. Class: 102/430
Abstract:  
This invention is intended to provide an identifiable bullet which is unduplicatable by a third party.The means is to place plural (two or more) kinds of identification codes onto or into a bullet and to make the identification codes mutually related. By this means the bullet remains identifiable. Next, the means is to make at least one kind of the identification code or codes ciphered. By this means the mutual relations among the identification codes become confidential to a third party, so that the bullet becomes unduplicatable.In one embodiment, each identification code is placed in a different kind of material, and this enables an investigator to detect and compare the identification codes more easily after shooting of the bullet.In another embodiment, each kind of identification code or codes is placed in a different kind of material.

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07/10/07

7,243,231 Sensory verification of shared data
  Issued: July 10, 2007
  Filed: July 31, 2002
  U.S. Class: 713/168
Abstract:  
In one embodiment, a method for sensory verification comprises exchanging at least one data item with a computing unit and selecting a sequence number. Such selection may be accomplished by generation of the sequence number or manual entry by the user. Thereafter, a transformation is periodically performed on the data item, the sequence number and optionally a random value to produce a sequence of values, each value being used to produce a perceivable sensory element for comparison with another sensory element produced by another computing unit.

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07/10/07

7,240,688 Retrofitting a fire hydrant with secondary valve
  Issued: July 10, 2007
  Filed: March 2, 2006
  U.S. Class: 137/15.02
Abstract:  
The present invention relates to methods and devices for retrofitting fire hydrants with additional structure for reducing the potential that those with ill intent can foul municipal water supplies by introducing toxins or other materials into fire hydrants. Various embodiments include a seat and elongated member for efficient and cost effective installation and cooperation with valves, which close off portions of the hydrant otherwise available for receipt of toxic or other materials when the fire hydrant nozzle cap is unscrewed and open.

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07/10/07
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07/10/07
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07/10/07

Call it a case of Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0. The controversy stems from development work done at Ikimbo, one of the original Internet companies. The company was developing an enterprise-level groupware application framework. In a 2001 position paper, Ikimbo described itself as “developing a real-time platform for accelerating business communications across the value-chain.” Ikimbo closed down in 2004, but it left behind a patent, applied for in 2000 by the inventors and subsequently issued by the U.S. Patent Office 2003, that became the property of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, a venture capital management firm based in Radnor, Pa. The patent, entitled “System for creating a community of users with common interests to interact in,” was a continuation of another patent issued in 1998 to the inventors. Cross Atlantic contends that the patent was issued prior to development of the now-popular Facebook Web site—a poster child of the Web 2.0 era—which uses the same technology and which went live on Feb. 4, 2004. Cross Atlantic filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming that Facebook is in violation of that patent. Cross Atlantic is seeking an injunction, royalties and punitive damages.

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07/10/07

Sonosite Inc., a Washington state-based ultrasound firm, has filed a patent infringement suit against General Electric Co. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison, Sonosite said Thursday. The complaint is filed as a counterclaim to a GE complaint filed in May alleging Sonosite, which makes hand-held ultrasound systems, of infringing five of its patents. Sonosite is filing its answer to the complaint denying all of GE’s claims and alleging that the asserted patents are either invalid, not infringed or both. A GE spokesman did not return phone calls seeking comment. Complaints from both companies seek "unspecified monetary damages" and an injunction to prevent the companies from using the technologies in question.

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07/10/07

Baxter International Inc., the world's biggest maker of treatments for blood disease, settled a patent-infringement suit with Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc. over a means of preparing injectable antibodies, on the eve of trial. Talecris, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, sued Baxter in federal court in Delaware in 2005 over the patent, licensed from Bayer HealthCare LLC, for a method of clearing viruses from serum to treat people with weakened immune systems. A jury trial was set to begin today in Wilmington, Delaware, before Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory M. Sleet. "I can confirm that the terms of the settlement are confidential," Talecris spokeswoman Lacy McMahon said in a statement. Baxter spokeswoman Deborah Spak said the trial was canceled and also declined to give details of the settlement. In the complaint, Talecris contended it would be "irreparably harmed" by the importation and sale of Baxter's infringing Gammagard Liquid product, and asked for a ruling to stop sales until the patent expires in 2020.

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07/10/07

Shares in biotechnology company Ciphergen Biosystems Inc. fell Friday after it agreed to pay $600,000 to Health Discovery Corp. to settle a patent infringement case. Under the terms of the agreement, Ciphergen will pay Savannah, Ga.-based Health Discovery and receive a non-exclusive license to use its support vector machines, Health Discovery said. Fremont, Calif.-based Ciphergen also dropped all counterclaims against HDC, a biomarker discovery company. Biomarkers act as the signals that stem cells give off when exposed to a certain drug or disease.

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07/03/07

7,239,723 Method for verifying the identity of a passenger
  Issued: July 3, 2007
  Filed: October 23, 2000
  U.S. Class: 382/115
Abstract:  
A conveyance boarding pass includes a human-cognizable image of a passenger as well as the travel itinerary details. The human-cognizable image is collected using a device capable of generating an electronic image at a time when the identification of the passenger is verified. Upon presenting the boarding pass the identity of the bearer is checked against the human-cognizable image on the boarding pass to maintain the security of the transport system. The electronic image optionally is stored in a computer database in combination with the travel itinerary details for further security and other uses.

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07/03/07

7,239,912 Electric modulation of sympathetic nervous system
  Issued: July 3, 2007
  Filed: September 13, 2002
  U.S. Class: 607/2
Abstract:  
A method for the treatment of obesity or other disorders, by electrical activation or inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system. This activation or inhibition can be accomplished by electrically stimulating the greater splanchnic nerve or other portion of the sympathetic nervous system using an implantable pulse generator. This nerve activation can result in reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure. Reduced food intake may occur through a variety of mechanisms that reduce appetite and cause satiety. Increased adrenal gland hormone levels will result in increased energy expenditure. Fat and carbohydrate metabolism, which are also increased by sympathetic nerve activation, will accompany the increased energy expenditure.

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07/03/07

7,240,290 Telephone call initiation through an on-line search
  Issued: July 3, 2007
  Filed: April 9, 2004
  U.S. Class: 715/764
Abstract:  
There are disclosed methods and apparatus for telephone call initiation through an on-line search. A search response includes at least one hit corresponding to a search request, an ad having a dial link, and instructions for triggering a multi-leg phone call with a merchant phone number associated with the dial link and a user phone number. The dial link has a display portion. The search response is displayed, and the dial link is activated. A call trigger is generated in accordance with the instructions in the search response. The call trigger is for initiating a multi-leg phone call with the user phone number and the merchant phone number.

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07/03/07

Sometimes it pays to stay local. On Monday search engine Local.com's shares rocketed almost 70% Monday after it announced received a patent for the technology it uses that responds to directory assistance inquiries with voice-enabled and text-messaged systems. The patent also includes a referral system which monetizes local searches. The Irvine, Calif.-based search engine offers local search results and advertising to 10 million visitors a month. The site’s mobile service, Local Mobile, sends search results directly to cellular phones and devices.

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07/03/07

Online DVD rental service Netflix has settled a patent infringement lawsuit against Blockbuster, ending an attempt to thwart the rapid growth of its biggest rival. Terms of the settlement were kept confidential. In Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed Wednesday, Blockbuster said the settlement won't affect its future performance. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco dismissed the 14-month-old case Tuesday at the request of both companies, averting a jury trial scheduled to begin in September. The secrecy surrounding the settlement raises the possibility that the two rivals had reached a "sweetheart agreement" that may stifle competition, said Scott Kamber, a New York lawyer who has filed a separate lawsuit alleging that Netflix abused the patent process in an attempt to monopolize the market for online DVD rentals.

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07/03/07

Biotechnology company StemCells Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to a stay in its patent-dispute lawsuit against Neuralstem Inc. while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office re-examines the patents in question. StemCells' lawsuit alleges that stem-cell based products and other services being developed by Neuralstem infringe on four of its patents.

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07/03/07

A Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP trial team won a significant patent infringement victory for client Celerity Inc. in a dispute over the company’s patented gas delivery systems for semiconductor fabrication equipment, a press release by Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP stated. The technology at issue involved gas delivery systems for semiconductor fabrication equipment. In 2005, Celerity learned that a competitor, Ultra Clean Technology (UCT), was planning to introduce a gas delivery system that infringed on Celerity's patented design. But following a three-week trial in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, a unanimous jury returned a verdict in Celerity's favor, finding Ultra Clean guilty of infringement with its new gas delivery system, and rejecting all of Ultra Clean's invalidity defenses. Celerity was awarded monetary damages and a jury finding of infringement, based on UCT’s initial sales of the infringing product.

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06/26/07

7,236,618 Virtual surgery system with force feedback
  Issued: June 26, 2007
  Filed: July 7, 2000
  U.S. Class: 382/128
Abstract:  
In one aspect, the present invention provides a method of interacting with simulated three-dimensional objects, the method including the steps of the identification of three-dimensional objects from volume images; the association of physical properties with identified objects said properties including at least visual and haptic properties of the identified objects; and incorporating said identified objects and associated physical properties into a system including at least one visual interface device and at least one haptic interface device thus enabling the system to simulate visual and haptic properties of the identified objects, or any part thereof, to a human user interacting with the simulated three-dimensional objects, or any part thereof, said interaction including the generation of signals by the system for transmission to the at least one visual interface device in accordance with the physical properties associated with the objects and the reception of signals from the least one haptic interface device in accordance with user requests.

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06/26/07

7,236,970 Address matching system and method
  Issued: June 26, 2007
  Filed: October 19, 2000
  U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract:  
An address matching system that maintains a central database of valid addresses has been designed. According to the invention, address matching requests are received by the system from a plurality of remote users located at respective machines ("clients"). Those requests are processed at the central system, and the results are returned to the client that made the request. In addition, novel techniques are implemented for improving the likelihood of obtaining one or more matches from a request.

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06/26/07

7,236,822 Wireless electric modulation of sympathetic nervous system
  Issued: June 26, 2007
  Filed: October 16, 2002
  U.S. Class: 607/2
Abstract:  
A method for the treatment of obesity or other disorders, by wireless electrical activation or inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system. This activation or inhibition can be accomplished by wirelessly stimulating the greater splanchnic nerve or other portion of the sympathetic nervous system using a wireless electrode inductively coupled with a radiofrequency field. The source of radiofrequency energy may be internal or external to the patient. This nerve activation can result in reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure.

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06/26/07

judge suggested a possible compromise in a patent dispute between Internet phone carrier Vonage and Verizon Communications that would allow Vonage to continue signing up new customers while it modifies its technologies. Judge Timothy B. Dyk, part of the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, made the remark during oral arguments Monday. The panel is considering Vonage's appeal of a March jury verdict that found Vonage infringed on three Verizon Communications Inc. patents in constructing its Internet phone system. The jury in awarded Verizon $58 million, plus future royalties for continued patent infringement. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton then barred Vonage from signing up new customers, a decision that threatens to cripple the company. The appeals court granted a stay while it considers the case. Dyk raised the possibility that the appeals court could instruct Hilton to consider softening the injunction.

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06/26/07

Carlsbad, California-based semiconductor company Pulse~LINK is suing Sunnyvale-based Tzero Technologies for patent infringement. Pulse~LINK claims to see a pattern going back to 2002, when it first demonstrated UWB over band-limited channels (like coax cables), and again in 2005 after it showed off a wireless HDMI connection using JPEG2000 image compression. Each time, it claims Tzero had similar announcements shortly after. Pulse~LINK says Tzero is replicating its innovations, and that Tzero's products either do or will infringe on Pulse~LINK's patents. Tzero CEO Mike Gulett says, “We believe there is no basis for this complaint, and Tzero will aggressively defend itself against this claim.”

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06/26/07

Thermage, Inc. has announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Alma Lasers, Ltd. and Alma Lasers, Inc. in Delaware Federal District Court. The lawsuit claims that 10 Thermage(R) U.S. patents, covering Thermage's innovative skin tightening and contouring technology, are infringed by Alma's Accent XL product, and six of those patents are infringed by Alma's Harmony product. In addition to damages and attorney fees, Thermage is asking the Court to enjoin Alma from further infringement. "Several of the patents Alma infringes are the same as those admitted in 2005 by Syneron, Inc. as valid in a paid license settlement of prior litigation between Thermage and Syneron," said Stephen Fanning, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thermage. "We notified Alma as early as February 2006 that its Accent product in particular would infringe our patents if marketed in the United States. We were disappointed to hear in late April 2007 of Alma's receipt of FDA clearance for Accent XL, and Alma's intent to market this product in the U.S. in disregard of our patents. We are extremely confident our patents will be upheld by the Court and that Alma will be ordered to cease its infringement."

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06/26/07

Arrow International Inc. said a judgment was awarded to Johns Hopkins University and Arrow International in their patent infringement lawsuit against Datascope Corp. on Friday, June 15, 2007, in the United States District Court in Baltimore, Maryland. Johns Hopkins and Arrow had brought suit against Datascope for infringing patents relating to the Arrow-Trerotola Percutaneous Thrombolytic Device, a device used by interventionalists for treating hemodialysis patients. The jury found that the Datascope ProLumen device infringed three patents owned by Johns Hopkins and licensed by Arrow, and upheld their validity.

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06/19/07

7,231,875 Deployable bullets having a tranquilizer
  Issued: June 19, 2007
  Filed: November 25, 2005
  U.S. Class: 102/502
First Claim:  
A method for non-lethal crowd and personal protection, the method comprising: firing one or more non-lethal bullets towards a person; deploying portions on the one or more non-lethal bullets prior to impacting the person to decrease its impact pressure on the person; and releasing a tranquilizer to the person, which is exposed by the deployment of the portions.

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06/19/07

7,233,942 Method and apparatus for providing geographically authenticated electronic documents
  Issued: June 19, 2007
  Filed: July 15, 2003
  U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract:  
A method and apparatus for providing geographically authenticated electronic documents is disclosed. Authentication for attributes for an electronic document stored on a computer network are defined, the attributes comprise at least one attribute describing a geographic location associated with the electronic document. Authenticated attributes (e.g., geographic location) of electronic documents (e.g., Web pages) allow for more accurate geographic searching and filtering. An authenticated digital certificate is created and associated with an electronic document. The authenticated digital certificate can be stored within the electronic document, such as can be done with HTML tags on a Web page. The digital certificate can also be stored as a separate file associated with the electronic document, as a separate signed digital certificate and as a database record.

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06/19/07

7,233,907 Parcel or service delivery with partially scheduled time windows
  Issued: June 19, 2007
  Filed: August 7, 2002
  U.S. Class: 705/8
Abstract:  
A delivery scheduling system that is configured for scheduling the delivery of an item or service from a sender to an intended recipient. After receiving a signal indicating that, for example, a particular package is to be delivered to an intended recipient, the system attempts to establish interactive contact with the recipient either by direct contact with the recipient, or by leaving the recipient a message to establish direct contact with the system at a convenient time. Upon establishing contact with the recipient, the system allows the intended recipient to schedule delivery of the package. More particularly, the recipient may schedule the package to be delivered: (1) within a particular time window; (2) before or after a particular time of day; or (3) on a particular day.

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06/19/07
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06/19/07

South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. said Monday it will file a counter-lawsuit against Hitachi Ltd., its U.S. unit and a flat-panel joint venture, claiming the Japanese company infringed on patents related to LG's plasma displays. The patent infringement and damage compensation lawsuit will be filed in a U.S. district court in the U.S. state of Texas later Monday, LG Electronics said in a statement. Hitachi officials weren't immediately available for comment. LG said its complaint alleges Hitachi, its U.S. unit and Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Ltd., a joint venture with Japan's Fujitsu Ltd., infringed on seven LG patents. The South Korean company is a major manufacturer of plasma display panels used in flat screen televisions. LG's lawsuit follows a similar suit that Hitachi filed against LG Electronics and its U.S. unit in the same court.

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06/19/07

The Associated Press on Mon. reported that a Texas-based company has sued Nintendo Co. for patent infringement in the design of its popular Wii video game system.
Lonestar Inventions seeks damages and an injunctin against Nintendo using the patented technology. The company claims that a structure for capacitors that use parallel conducting strips appears in the Wii. According to the report, Lonestar has sued Texas Instruments and Broadcom over the same patent and won. Nintendo issued no comment on the lawsuit

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06/19/07

Taser International Inc., a maker of electric shock weapons, said Friday a court ruled the company's former patent attorney must surrender any claims he has or may have to patents related to Taser's weapons. Taser had sued Thomas Watkins III for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud and breach of contract. Previously, the court had said Watkins represented Taser without letting the company know about interests he had that were adverse to the company, and, as a result, Taser was harmed.

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06/19/07

Furukawa Electric North America, Inc. (“FENA”), and its wholly-owned subsidiary OFS Fitel LLC, (“OFS”), a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of leading edge fiber optic products, announced today the commencement of federal litigation against Draka Comteq, Inc. (“Draka Comteq”) alleging that the North Carolina-based company infringes several U.S. patents related to single-mode and multi-mode optical fiber, processes for making optical fiber, and optical fiber cables. The complaint, filed on June 11, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, accuses Draka Comteq of offering, distributing, selling and importing optical fiber and other products that infringe several U.S. patents, and seeks unspecified monetary damages from Draka Comteq as well as a permanent injunction barring the importation and sale of Draka Comteq's core suite of optical fiber based products.

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06/12/07

7,231,399 Ranking documents based on large data sets
  Issued: June 12, 2007
  Filed: November 14, 2003
  U.S. Class: 707/102
Abstract:  
A system ranks documents based, at least in part, on a ranking model. The ranking model may be generated to predict the likelihood that a document will be selected. The system may receive a search query and identify documents relating to the search query. The system may then rank the documents based, at least in part, on the ranking model and form search results for the search query from the ranked documents.

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06/12/07

7,228,862 Use of oxyhydroxide compounds for reducing carbon monoxide in the mainstream smoke of a cigarette
  Issued: June 12, 2007
  Filed: February 23, 2004
  U.S. Class: 131/364
Abstract:  
Cut filler compositions, cigarettes, methods for making cigarettes and methods for smoking cigarettes are provided, which involve the use of an oxyhydroxide compound that is capable of decomposing to form at least one product capable of acting as an oxidant for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or as a catalyst for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. The oxyhydroxide compound and/or the product formed from the decomposition of the oxyhydroxide can be in the form of nanoparticles. Cut filler compositions are described which comprise tobacco and at least one such oxyhydroxide compound. Cigarettes are provided, which comprise a tobacco rod, containing a cut filler having at least one such oxyhydroxide compound. Methods for making a cigarette are provided, which involve (i) adding at least one such oxyhydroxide compound to a cut filler; (ii) providing the cut filler comprising the oxyhydroxide compound to a cigarette making machine to form a tobacco rod; and (iii) placing a paper wrapper around the tobacco rod to form the cigarette. Methods of smoking the cigarette, as described above, are also provided, which involve lighting the cigarette to form smoke and inhaling the smoke, wherein during the smoking of the cigarette, the oxyhydroxide compound decomposes during smoking to form a compound that acts as an oxidant for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or as a catalyst for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide.

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06/12/07

7,230,175 Portable exerciser for stringed instrument players
  Issued: June 12, 2007
  Filed: August 17, 2004
  U.S. Class: 84/465
Abstract:  
A handle for grasping by one hand and a neck with a fingerboard for fingering with the other hand for use by stringed instrument players. The fingerboard is correlated to a section of the fret-board of a conventional stringed instrument such as a guitar, bass, or banjo. The fingerboard has string ridges that provide a pressure-resistant feel to simulate playing the corresponding string instrument. Example embodiments include a fingering device for acoustic guitar players that is a portable, single piece of lightweight, molded foam, a similar fingering device that is correlated to an electric bass, and similar fingering devices that provide audible feedback by producing sounds based on the notes played.

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06/12/07
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06/12/07

Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Monday it filed a patent infringement countersuit against Qualcomm in an ongoing multinational legal battle over wireless technology. Nokia, which filed the lawsuit in a Texas district court, is seeking damages and injunctive relief. The lawsuit deals with claims of unauthorized use of Nokia's Brew and MediaFlo patents, which allow fast, high-quality transfers of audio and video multimedia to wireless subscribers. In April, Qualcomm Inc., the world's No. 2 chipmaker for mobile phones which licenses its technology patents, filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Texas against Nokia, allegedly involving certain types of mobile software download and execution environments.

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06/12/07

Stung by a US import ban on some of its 3G chips because of patent infringement, Qualcomm Inc. said Friday it will immediately ask for a delay from the courts. It will also request President George Bush veto the order issued by the US International Trade Commission. In a statement, Qualcomm said it was "extremely disappointed" with the ITC decision to ban the import of future models of 3G handsets using chipsets and software that infringes a Broadcom Corp. patent. "The public injury that would result from the remedy imposed by the Commission is grossly disproportionate to any benefit flowing to Broadcom from such broad enforcement of a recently-purchased patent. Broadcom does not make or sell EV-DO chips, and Broadcom's claims that it can supply WCDMA products for the United States have been rebuffed by WCDMA operators in submissions the operators made to the ITC," the company said.

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06/12/07

Nordson Corporation filed a patent infringement action against Jetmaster and Jetmaster2 manufactured by Musashi Engineering, Inc., with the Tokyo District Court in Japan on April 27, 2007, seeking to secure fair marketing opportunities in Japan. Nordson, through its subsidiary, Asymtek, sells non-contact fluid jet dispensers under the names DispenseJet® DJ-2100 Series and DJ-9000 Series in Japan. Nordson owns three Japanese patents that relate to the DJ-2100 and DJ-9000 jet dispensers. These patents were obtained on the dates of 26 December 2003, 12 November 2004 and 20 January 2006.

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06/12/07

Universal power adapter company Mobility Electronics Inc. said Monday it filed two separate patent infringement suits against Comarco Inc. and American Power Conversion. Mobility said it filed a suit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, in which it contends that Comarco is selling universal power adapters for mobile electronics that encroach upon Mobility's patented design. These adaptors are mostly sold under Comarco's Kensington brand, Mobility said.

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06/05/07

7,228,298 Apparatus and method for perusing selected vehicles having a clean title history
  Issued: June 5, 2007
  Filed: September 3, 2002
  U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract:  
A system and method for allowing a consumer to search a database containing used vehicles from a variety of sellers that can be queried to provide search results that include only vehicles having clean title histories.

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06/05/07

7,228,145 Dropped call continuation
  Issued: June 5, 2007
  Filed: May 21, 2003
  U.S. Class: 455/519
Abstract:  
A switching system adjunct monitors a call between a calling and a called party and reestablishes the call when one of the parties has been or is being dropped. The reestablishment may be effected to a same or a different phone number of the dropped party, and may be effected via the same or a different medium (e.g., wired or wireless). The call record of the original call is merged into the call record of the reestablished call, thus preserving the context of entities involved in the call that exists at the time that the party is dropped.

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06/05/07

7,228,121 Mobile phone Amber Alert notification system and method
  Issued: June 5, 2007
  Filed: June 25, 2003
  U.S. Class: 455/404.1
Abstract:  
A text messaging based alert notification and feedback method based on the Amber Alert system used in child abduction situations is disclosed herein. A mobile subscriber receives a public service text message that was broadcast to a large number of mobile subscribers. Law enforcement working in coordination with one or more cellular carriers compose and send out the public service text message containing facts about an exigent circumstance such as a child abduction. If a subscriber possesses information and wishes to reply to the public service text message, his mobile phone automatically generates a reply message to the public service text message. The reply message contains, at a minimum, a header portion that includes a time/date stamp, an identification stamp (e.g., mobile phone number), and if possible a location stamp. The reply message also allows for the inclusion of a data portion. The data portion includes the option of attaching additional text and an audio or video attachment to the reply message. Once the reply message is fully composed it is automatically returned to the sender of the public service text message.

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06/05/07

Sony is finding itself in another court battle over patents, as Canadian digital security firm Certicom this week filed suit against the company and a handful of its subsidiaries, alleging infringements on patents it holds for elliptic curve cryptography. Elliptic curve cryptography can be used as a way to secure communications between electronic devices, preventing interception or altering of a signal, and Certicom is alleging that Sony's uses of Advanced Access Content System (AACS) and Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP) specifications violate its patents. A host of Sony products are named in the suit as infringing devices, including the PlayStation 3, its games, all Blu-ray products, certain high-definition TVs, and DTCP-enabled, i.Link-equipped Vaio PCs.

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06/05/07

U.S. drug makers Barr and Eli Lilly said Monday they have voluntarily dismissed their patent dispute over Prozac Weekly Capsules. Lilly filed the patent suit against Barr last May in an Indiana district court, to prevent Barr from marketing a generic version of the Prozac Weekly formulation. In the case, Lilly asserted a re-issue patent on the anti-depressant it was awarded in March 2005. As a result of the voluntary dismissal of the case, Barr is free to seek approval of its generic formulation of Prozac Weekly, and said it believes it is the first company to file for approval of the product and would be eligible for six months' market exclusivity if OK'd

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06/05/07

A patent-infringement claim filed against Salt Lake City-based Overstock.com by Furnace Brook LLC of New York has been rejected again, this time by a federal appeals court. Furnace Brook asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., to overturn a district court-level ruling that threw out the company's suit against Overstock.com. The plaintiff alleged Overstock.com helped build its online retail-sales company by improperly taking advantage of one of Furnace Brook's Internet-related patents. The Court of Appeals rejected that argument last week. Overstock.com attorneys called the suit frivolous and characterized Furnace Brook officials as "patent trolls." "We respect legitimate intellectual property rights of others, but patent trolls are another matter. This federal court's decision validates our decision to fight patent trolls. Furnace Brook can no longer use this patent to try to hold up Internet retailers," said Overstock's chief attorney, Jonathan Johnson.

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06/05/07

Thursday, after the closing bell, Crocs Inc. said that its unit, Jibbitz LLC, prevailed in its Federal patent infringement case against defendant Joinworld Industrial & Trading Limited and its principals. The Court found that Jibbitz has developed creative and original designs for its shoe charms, Jibbitz owns all right, title and interest in its shoe charm designs. The Court awarded damages in the amount of $1.8 million in addition to attorney's fees and other costs.

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05/29/07

7,225,182 Recommending search terms using collaborative filtering and web spidering
  Issued: May 29, 2007
  Filed: December 11, 2001
  U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract:  
In a pay-for-placement search system, the system makes search term recommendations to advertisers managing their accounts in one or more of two ways. A first technique involves looking for good search terms directly on an advertiser's web site. A second technique involves comparing an advertiser to other, similar advertisers and recommending the search terms the other advertisers have chosen. The first technique is called spidering and the second technique is called collaborative filtering. In the preferred embodiment, the output of the spidering step is used as input to the collaborative filtering step. The final output of search terms from both steps is then interleaved in a natural way.

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05/29/07

7,223,545 Evolving new molecular function
  Issued: May 29, 2007
  Filed: September 24, 2004
  U.S. Class: 435/6
Abstract:  
Nature evolves biological molecules such as proteins through iterated rounds of diversification, selection, and amplification. The present invention provides methods, compositions, and systems for synthesizing, selecting, amplifying, and evolving non-natural molecules based on nucleic acid templates. The sequence of a nucleic acid template is used to direct the synthesis of non-natural molecules such as unnatural polymers and small molecules. Using this method combinatorial libraries of these molecules can be prepared and screened. Upon selection of a molecule, its encoding nucleic acid template may be amplified and/or evolved to yield the same molecule or related molecules for re-screening. The inventive methods and compositions of the present invention allow for the amplification and evolution of non-natural molecules in a manner analogous to the amplification of natural biopolymer such as polynucleotides and protein.

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05/29/07

7,225,122 System and method for computer analysis of computer generated communications to produce indications and warning of dangerous behavior
  Issued: May 29, 2007
  Filed: December 8, 2005
  U.S. Class: 704/9
Abstract:  
The present invention is a system and method for computer analysis of computer generated communications to produce indications and warnings of dangerous behavior. A method of computer analysis of computer generated communications in accordance with the invention, includes collecting at least one computer generated communication produced by or received by an author; parsing the collected at least one computer generated communication to identify categories of information therein; processing the categories of information with at least one analysis to quantify at least one type of information in each category; and generating an output communication when a difference between the quantification of at least one type of information for at least one category and a reference for the at least one category is detected involving a psychological state of the author to which a responsive action should be taken with content of the output communication and the at least one category being programmable to define a psychological state in response to which an action should be taken and what the action is to be taken in response to the defined psychological state.

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05/29/07
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05/29/07
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05/29/07

California-based Target Technology is suing Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sony Pictures and Sony DADC US over alleged patent infringement. Target Technology designs and supplies corrosion resistant thin film alloys for optical disc applications. Sony is accused of "wilfully and deliberately" infringingon Target's patents with its new high definition Blu-ray discs by making use of a highly reflective silver alloy material developed by Target founder Han Nee. The patent was filed in April 2004 and granted in March 2006. It is used in the majority of DVDs sold in the market today. Target is seeking a jury trial and is requesting a "permanent injunction preventing Sony from violating its patent rights in the future, as well as damages with interest".

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05/29/07

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems said it has won a patent infringement case brought against it by German wind power company Enercon GmbH. Germany's Federal Supreme Court has rejected Enercon's appeal to try the validity of its patent on lightning protection, Vestas said, adding that the court's decision implies that parallel proceedings brought by Enercon against it for patent infringement will also be rejected if they are not withdrawn.

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05/29/07

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless data solutions, today announced that it has received a favorable decision from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia as to claims in its U.S. patent 6,985,748 titled "Inter-Carrier Messaging Service Providing Phone Number Only Experience" against Sybase 365 (formerly Mobile 365 and now a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc.). The patent describes technology that enables wireless subscribers to send messages to subscribers in other wireless carrier networks by simply entering the recipient's phone number. The jury found Sybase 365 infringed against the claims of the TCS patent and awarded TCS a one-time monetary payment of $12.1M for past damages which represents a 12% royalty. The jury also found Sybase 365's infringement willful and upheld the validity of the patent. The jury's finding is subject to post-trial motions and appeal.

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05/29/07

Laird Technologies recently won a patent infringement lawsuit in Korea related to mobile phone antennas, the company said Wednesday. Laird Technologies filed the suit at the Seoul High Court in Korea against SB Telecom in August 2002 for infringement of Laird patents, registered in Korea, related to retractable antennas used in mobile phones, according to a release. In response to Laird Technologies' suit, South Korean firm SB Telecom filed two pairs of suits in October 2002 and November 2002, respectively, seeking to invalidate the patents and to confirm the scope of the patents, Laird said.

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05/22/07

7,222,357 Method and system for hosting a web site on a digital camera
  Issued: May 22, 2007
  Filed: May 19, 2003
  U.S. Class: 725/105
Abstract:  
The present invention comprises a method and system for implementing internet access to images stored in a digital image capture unit including an imaging device and a display. The image capture unit (e.g., a digital camera) is used to capture images and store them within its internal memory. The image capture unit accesses a ID server via the internet and registers its identity and internet address with the web server. A user subsequently accesses the image capture unit by entering the identity of the image capture unit into his web browser. The web browser, using standard internet protocols, then queries the ID server with the identity of the image capture unit and retrieves the internet address. The internet address is subsequently used to access a web page hosted by the image capture unit and display the web page to the user. The web page provides access to the stored images within the image capture unit.

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05/22/07

7,221,934 Mobile telephone network-based system for detection and location of hazardous agents
  Issued: May 22, 2007
  Filed: October 8, 2004
  U.S. Class: 455/412.1
Abstract:  
A system for detecting hazardous agents is based on cellular telephone networks. The cellular telephones in public circulation have at least one detector for detecting at least one hazardous agent and broadcast alarm packets upon detecting the hazardous agent. A computer or computer network interconnected with telephones by the cellular telephone network processes the alarm packets and sets an alarm condition for the hazardous agent in a vicinity of the cellular telephone by calculations based upon alarm packets from other telephones with detectors for the hazardous agent in the vicinity. A map of the contaminated area is also created.

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05/22/07

7,219,620 Timed food-filled toy dispenser
  Issued: May 22, 2007
  Filed: August 22, 2003
  U.S. Class: 119/51.12
Abstract:  
A dispensing system for chewable pet toys contains multiple toys and dispenses them at intervals determined by one or more modes of operation. A display and keypad are used to enter programming data into the memory of a microprocessor. When the system is in operation, the display indicates progress through the program, the mode of operation whether MANUAL, RANDOM, or BMOD (behavior modification), the time elapsed, and the number of toys remaining. At various times, sounds emanate from a loudspeaker, vibration emanates from a vibrator, light emanates from a light source, and odor emanates from an odor generator. Toys are dispensed down a ramp, at predetermined times, or at predetermined times modified by random numbers. Predetermined dispensations permit modification of the pet's behavior (BMOD). Random variations on a predetermined schedule of dispensations (RANDOM) prevent the pet from memorizing a schedule. Multiple, simultaneous dispensations or jackpots reward the pet and maintain the pet's level of interest in the dispensing system. The various stimuli along with the dispensing-time modes prevent habituation and keep the pet interested, contented, and stimulated.

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05/22/07
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05/22/07
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05/22/07

A jury for the U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas on Monday favored EchoStar Communications Corp. in a patent infringement suit filed by Forgent Networks Inc. over software used for digital video recorders (DVRs). Forgent had asked for more than $200 million in damages from Englewood-based EchoStar, the country's No. 2 satellite TV provider. In July 2005, Austin-based Forgent also sued Cable One, The Washington Post Co., Charter Communications, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and eight other cable carriers and media outlets.

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05/22/07

Horse-racing wagering company Television Games Network (TVG) said Friday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against HRTV, a horse-racing television channel that is equally owned by Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, also names Magna and its telephone account wagering system, XpressBet Inc. In a news release, TVG accused Magna, HRTV and XpressBet of infringing two of its patents that "cover important features of interactive wagering systems: audio or video racing feeds and wagering on multiple tracks." TVG is seeking unspecified monetary damages and injunctive relief.

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05/22/07

Forgent Networks Inc., which provides scheduling software and licenses intellectual property, reported Monday it has agreed in principle to settle a patent lawsuit against DirecTV Group Inc. for $8 million. According to the agreement, which was effective May 13, the companies will "work in good faith to reach a final definitive settlement agreement," which will include an $8 million payment by DirecTV. Forgent has also agreed to grant DirecTV a patent license. Forgent, based in Austin, Texas, initiated patent lawsuits in July 2005 against 15 companies in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The company sought an injunction against sales of products infringing on the patent and monetary damages.

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05/22/07

Shares of Monolithic Power Systems Inc. spiked in Wednesday's trading after it received a favorable verdict in a patent infringement case filed by O2Micro International Ltd. In a statement released on Wednesday, O2Micro said it plans to appeal the verdict. The jury ruled, in a case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, that two of O2Micro's claims on one patent had been infringed, but found four other claims had not been infringed, and that the claims were invalid, according to O2Micro.

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05/15/07

7,219,368 Robust visual passwords
  Issued: May 15, 2007
  Filed: March 23, 2001
  U.S. Class: 726/2
Abstract:  
Enrollment and authentication of a user based on a sequence of discrete graphical choices is described. A graphical interface presents various images and memory cues that a user may associate with their original graphical choices. Enrollment may require the input to have a security parameter value that meets or exceeds a threshold. An acceptable sequence of graphical choices is converted to a sequence of values and mapped to a sequence of codewords. Both a hash of the sequence of codewords and a sequence of offsets are stored for use in authenticating the user. An offset is the difference between a value and its corresponding codeword. Authentication requires the user to enter another sequence of discrete graphical choices that is approximately the same as original. The offsets are summed with the corresponding values before mapping to codewords. Authentication requires the sequence of codewords, or a hash thereof, to match.

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05/15/07

7,216,457 Mouse trap
  Issued: May 15, 2007
  Filed: February 10, 2006
  U.S. Class: 43/67
Abstract:  
The disclosure is directed to a mouse trap for insertion through the opening in the top of a pop can. The trap is formed of one piece stainless spring steel and includes a can-engaging element affixed to a can-engaging clip for engaging opposed surfaces of the pop can top. An intermediate element is affixed to the can-engaging element and to support element which, in turn, is affixed to a bait support element. The trap obstructs the can opening when the trap is in the release or sprung position.

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05/15/07

7,218,240 Synthetically generated sound cues
  Issued: May 15, 2007
  Filed: August 10, 2004
  U.S. Class: 340/692
Abstract:  
Communication systems and apparatus to allow a user to perceive the relative spatial location or present position of other elements of interest in a control space, such as the location of a speaker participating in a telephone conference or that of an aircraft carrier to a remotely piloted vehicle on final approach. The system inserts synthetic sound cues into the communication to the user that represent the relative postion(s). In one embodiment, the user will perceive the communication as though it were communicated through free space to the user from the relative position of the represented source, so that, for example, the squad leader will perceive his wingman to be at his immediate left. Methods of conveying relative position sound cues are also provided.

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05/15/07
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05/15/07
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05/15/07

Online retailer Amazon.com and IBM settled all their patent-infringement lawsuits and signed a long-term patent cross-license agreement, the companies said Tuesday. Under the deal, Amazon.com will pay International Business Machines Corp. an undisclosed amount of money, and each company will shares some of their technology. Amazon.com Inc. spokeswoman Patty Smith said the settlement will not affect financial results and that Amazon.com has already factored the money into its financial guidance for the second quarter and full fiscal year.

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05/15/07

Heart valve maker Edwards Lifesciences Corp. said Thursday it filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany against CoreValve Inc. The lawsuit seeks relief for alleged infringement of a patent used in Edwards' transcatheter heart valve technology. Edwards said the patent is co-owned by Dr. Henning Rud Andersen of Aarhus, Denmark, and his colleagues, who licensed it in 1993 to Heartport Inc., now a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

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05/15/07

Israeli generic drug developer Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Friday a court ruled against it in a patent dispute with Eisai Co's over the heartburn drug Aciphex. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York upheld Eisai's patent on the drug, Teva said. Eisai sued Israel-based Teva in 2003 over its plans for a generic version of Aciphex. Teva had received Food and Drug Administration approval for the generic version.

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05/15/07

Taiwan's Acer Inc. blamed three of its PC contract manufacturing partners for a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the U.S. by Hewlett-Packard Co. Acer, the world's third-largest computer vendor, has filed a lawsuit against its Taiwan ODM partners: Quanta Computer Inc., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and Wistron Corp. As an ODM partner of Acer, the firms are not allowed to make products for HP using Acer's patents and vice versa, a spokesperson for Acer said. Quanta said it would cooperate accordingly with Acer on the case. Hon Hai and Wistron could not be immediately reached for comment.

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05/08/07

7,216,100 Method for obtaining and allocating investment income based on the capitalization of intellectual property
  Issued: May 8, 2007
  Filed: August 20, 2002
  U.S. Class: 705/1
Abstract:  
The present invention relates to methods of valuing property assets and methods of securitizing such assets. The present invention provides a means whereby holders or owners of proprietary intellectual property may readily determine the value to the business of the securitization of their intellectual property estate and obtain capital by securitizing all or part of their intellectual property estate.

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05/08/07

7,215,328 Multimedia keyboard
  Issued: May 8, 2007
  Filed: August 16, 2004
  U.S. Class: 345/168
Abstract:  
A multimedia console incorporating an alphanumeric keyboard, and a musical key-bed is described for generating multimedia work product conveniently when coupled with a digital personal computer or optionally as a stand alone music equipment. The musical key-bed is optionally detachably coupled with a protective cover for providing ergonomic support when said musical key-bed is not being used.

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05/08/07

7,214,187 System and method for identification of false statements
  Issued: May 8, 2007
  Filed: December 18, 2002
  U.S. Class: 600/300
Abstract:  
A method of detecting lie detection including the steps of first conditioning the subject to produce an involuntary physiological response triggered when the subject provides false statements; and secondly asking the subject to state whether each of series of statements presented to the subject are true. As the subject answers, the subject is monitored for the conditioned involuntary response. Detecting whether the subject is providing false statements is based on whether the involuntary response is observed during these answers. A system for lie detection includes a computing device, a controller, and at least one conditioning interface.

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05/08/07
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05/08/07

HP has filed a lawsuit against Germany-based Pelikan Hardcopy Deutschland for patent infringement of HP printer cartridges. The lawsuit claims three patents involving ink cartridge design and three regarding ink formulation have been trodden on. The complaint was filed in Düsseldorf District Court. The cartridges are sold in Germany under the Pelikan brand and designated as H06 and H08 color cartridges. HP PR manager Sarah Stevens said that even though the cartridges are labeled as remanufactured, "they appear new to us."

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05/08/07

Nokia Corp. will fight a patent-infringement complaint brought by a New Zealand company over technology used in nearly all of the Espoo, Finland-based manufacturer's mobile phones. "We will actively defend the rights of Nokia," a company spokeswoman said today. Michael S. Sutton Ltd. filed a complaint against Nokia in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing the company of infringing on technology that prepares message packets for data transmission, according to documents filed with the court Monday. The company claims that its technology is used in numerous messaging applications on Nokia phones, including Short Messaging Service, Multimedia Messaging Service and Nokia's implementation of the Wireless Application Protocol. Sutton had previously filed the complaint against Nokia but then voluntarily dismissed it, according to the Nokia spokeswoman.

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05/08/07

A Federal Court in New Jersey on Wednesday ruled on summary judgment that the contractor/homeowner matching service operated by InterActiveCorp's (IAC) subsidiary Service Magic, Inc. infringes a patent held by Source Search Technologies, LLC (SST). The Court rejected Service Magic's request to dismiss the infringement claim, characterizing a Service Magic argument as "beyond comprehension." SST is presently in litigation to enforce the patent against Service Magic and LendingTree, both IAC subsidiaries. "This is a big step forward for us against a defendant who has continually denied that they are infringing. We are confident our infringement claim against LendingTree will yield the same result" says Keith Giovannoli, Managing Partner of SST. SST owns patented technology which allows for the efficient matching of buyers and sellers over a computerized system.

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05/08/07

Pall Corp. said Friday it filed a lawsuit against Entegris Inc., claiming that the company's filter cartridge line infringes four Pall patents. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, seeks compensatory damages and a permanent injunction barring Entegris from selling the products. A representative for Entegris could not immediately be reached for comment. The company said in April it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Pall, alleging that some products in Pall's PhotoKleen line of fluid separation devices violate Entegris patents. Entegris is seeking an injunction against Pall to marketing those products. Pall makes filtration, separation and purification systems. Its products are used by industries ranging from biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to energy, electronics and transportation.

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05/01/07

7,210,938 System and method of virtual schooling
  Issued: May 1, 2007
  Filed: May 9, 2001
  U.S. Class: 434/365
Abstract:  
A system and methods of virtual schooling, which provide an Internet-based elementary and secondary school that is committed to offering a complete and comprehensive education to all pupils. The curriculum used in the system and methods is Web-deployed and database-driven. Its subjects include, but are not necessarily limited to History/Civics/Geography, Language Arts, Math, Music, Science, and Visual Arts. Preferably, lessons should integrate on-line and off-line instructional materials for a well-rounded learning experience.

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05/01/07

7,212,985 Automated system and method for managing a process for the shopping and selection of human entities
  Issued: May 1, 2007
  Filed: October 8, 2001
  U.S. Class: 705/8
Abstract:  
This invention is a system and method for automatically managing a multi-step process in which human providers are selected for some purpose. Typical applications include the selection process associated with employment and dating services. The invention is directed to linking and coordinating the various steps of the selection process through automated sequencing, coordinating, tracking and status reporting processes. The interviewee answers questions that are printed, displayed, or spoken by an automated mechanism or questions are printed or displayed for use by a tester or interviewer. Answers can be written, spoken, or entered directly into a system by the interviewee.The invention provides a system and method for automatically scoring and ranking human providers with respect to selection criteria, making use of expert system concepts. Human shoppers are matched up and the usefulness of each match is scored on the basis of stated selection criteria of each human shopper.

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05/01/07

7,210,537 Method of controlling fires
  Issued: May 1, 2007
  Filed: January 23, 2002
  U.S. Class: 169/46
Abstract:  
A forest fire is brought under control and extinguished through the use of ordnance to create a fire break. The fire break location is chosen along a front in the direction of travel of the fire. Ordnance is used to quickly knock down trees and other potential fuel for the fire. The fuel is then removed from the fire break. A back burn is optionally used to further create a fire break. The back burn is ignited using ordnance. Mop-up operations make use of ordnance to expose and disperse smoldering fuels by exploding hot spots.

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05/01/07

Forgent Networks Inc. settled a lawsuit with nine of the 15 companies involved in a patent infringement suit. Forgent is getting $20 million and struck licensing deals from the nine companies, which include Cable One Inc.; Charter Communications Inc.; Comcast Corporation; Comcast STB Software DVR LLC; Cox Communications Inc.; Digeo Inc.; Motorola Inc.; Scientific-Atlanta Inc.; and Time Warner Cable Inc. Forgent says all parties agreed to release claims against each other. In July 2005, Forgent sued 15 companies defending its "746" patent, which relates to technology for storing and retrieving multimedia data that allows playback during recording. The 746 patent expires on May 21, 2011.

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05/01/07

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with software and technology companies in two major patent rulings that could leave them less vulnerable to infringement lawsuits. The high court moved to curb the liability of firms for infringing products sold overseas and in another case loosened a key legal standard making it easier to invalidate some patents on the grounds they are obvious inventions. The decisions were applauded by software and technology companies. "These decisions are a clear victory for promoting patent quality and more equitable damages standards," said Robert Holleyman, president of the Business Software Alliance trade group, in a statement.

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05/01/07

A Wisconsin judge told Garmin Ltd. that the company can't proceed with its patent-infringement claims against chief rival TomTom NV. Judge Barbara Crabb made the ruling in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Tuesday, Garmin said in a release Thursday. The decision follows a string of legal counterclaims between Olathe-based Garmin and TomTom, based in the Netherlands. In her ruling, Crabb said Garmin could not go forward with several of its remaining patent-infringement claims against TomTom. She reiterated her previous ruling that Garmin had not infringed on any of TomTom's patents, the release said. The case started in February 2006, when Garmin filed a lawsuit alleging that TomTom had infringed on five of Garmin's navigation-related patents. TomTom then filed a countersuit and alleged that Garmin had infringed on three patents TomTom acquired in 2006, Garmin said.

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05/01/07

Motorola has obtained an order granting non-infringement in a patent case brought by the University of Texas System. A Federal District Court issued an order finding that certain Motorola handsets do not infringe on Texas University's U.S. Patent No. 4,674,112. The University of Texas System claims that its patent covers software used for text messaging on nearly all handsets, and that University of Texas System is owed hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The court found that University of Texas System interpreted the claims of the text-messaging patent for the lawsuit in a different way than when the University filed for the patent.

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04/24/07

7,209,895 Methods for use in providing user ratings according to prior transactions
  Issued: April 24, 2007
  Filed: May 19, 2004
  U.S. Class: 705/26
Abstract:  
The present embodiments provide methods, apparatuses, systems, architectures, computer readable medium, and processes for use in notifying users of other users' transaction ratings. Some embodiments provide a method for use in facilitating transactions between users. This method determines that a first user is interested in entering into a transaction with a second user, determines a summary rating of the second user, and notifies the first user of the second user's summary rating prior to the first user entering into a transaction with the second user. The method can further determine that the second user's summary rating is below a first threshold, generate the notification to the first user to review the second users summary rating, and implement the notification of the first user when the second user's summary rating is below the first threshold. In some embodiments, the method notifies the first user by displaying a warning box.

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04/24/07

7,208,265 Method of cryopreserving selected sperm cells
  Issued: April 24, 2007
  Filed: January 5, 2000
  U.S. Class: 435/1.1
Abstract:  
The present invention provides a method of cryopreserving sperm that have been selected for a specific characteristic. In a preferred embodiment, the method is employed to freeze sex-selected sperm. Although the cryopreservation method of the invention can be used to freeze sperm selected by any number of selection methods, selection using flow cytometry is preferred. The present invention also provides a frozen sperm sample that has been selected for a particular characteristic, such as sex-type. In preferred embodiments, the frozen sperm sample includes mammalian sperm, such as, for example, human, bovine, equine, porcine, ovine, elk, or bison sperm. The frozen selected sperm sample can be used in a variety of applications. In particular, the sample can be thawed and used for fertilization. Accordingly, the invention also includes a method of using the frozen selected sperm sample for artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization.

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04/24/07

7,210,107 Menus whose geometry is bounded by two radii and an arc
  Issued: April 24, 2007
  Filed: June 27, 2003
  U.S. Class: 715/863
Abstract:  
Sector menus track a pointer's position as a pointing device is moved. Each sector menu is a geometric figure bounded by two radii and an included arc of a circle. Menu items are housed in segments formed from multiple radii cutting the sector menu. Users select menu items housed in segments by making a direction change from a trajectory course to pass over a desired menu item so as to invoke its operation. The sector menu lacks a segment, defining a devoid segment, which is oriented in a direction toward which the pointer is moving. Segments with different sizes are available to represent the likelihood that a user would choose a given operation in a corresponding menu item housed by a corresponding segment.

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04/24/07
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04/24/07
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04/24/07

Nortel Networks Corp., North America's biggest maker of telephone equipment, lost a $28.1 million jury verdict in a patent-infringement case brought by Australia's Ipernica Ltd. A federal court jury in Marshall, Texas, decided yesterday that Nortel used Ipernica's ``statistical multiplexing'' invention without permission. The panel said Nortel's infringement was deliberate, a finding that could as much as triple the award if U.S. District Judge T. John Ward agrees. ``We await the trial judge's final judgment with anticipation,'' Ipernica Chief Executive Officer Graham Griffiths said in a statement. The verdict is the fourth-largest in a patent case this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. Ipernica sued Nortel in 2005 in the Eastern District of Texas, which ranked second among the most favorable for patent lawsuits from 1995 to 2006, a PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP study this year said. The disputed technology improves the transmission of telephone calls, television images and other data over a digital communications network. Ipernica, formerly known as QPSX, licenses intellectual property rights, such as patents, according to the West Perth, Australia-based company's Web site. The jury found Ipernica's multiplexing patent is valid.

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04/24/07

CSR, a maker of microchips for mobile phones, agreed to pay $15 million to end a lawsuit brought by the Seattle-based Washington Research Foundation (WRF) over patents covering Bluetooth wireless-communication chips. The nonprofit foundation, a licensing arm of the University of Washington, sued CSR customers Matsushita Electric Industrial, Samsung and Nokia over Bluetooth technology in Seattle federal court in December. CSR, based in Cambridge, England, entered the case in January and countersued. The foundation added Apple, Dell and Sony as defendants March 15, along with Logitech International, Motorola, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, Toshiba and Plantronics.

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04/24/07

Vertical Computer Systems is suing Microsoft for patent infringement related to Microsoft's .Net framework for building Windows-based software. Vertical filed suit April 18 in a U.S. District Court in Texas alleging that Microsoft has infringed on its Patent No. 6,826,744, for a "system and method for generating websites in an arbitrary object framework." The patent is for Vertical's SiteFlash technology, which utilizes XML to create a component-based structure to build and efficiently operate websites, according to the company's website. A Vertical spokesman could not be reached for comment.

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04/24/07

Google is being sued by a software company for allegedly infringing on a patent for enhanced hyperlinks, Google Watch has learned. iLor, LLC, a Kentucky-based software company, filed suit against Google on Tuesday, arguing the search company was infringing on a patent titled, "method for adding a user selectable function to a hyperlink." iLor is seeking unspecified damages. The patent in question, #7,206,839, was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on April 17, the same date the lawsuit was filed.

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04/17/07

7,204,425 Enhanced identification appliance
  Issued: April 17, 2007
  Filed: March 18, 2002
  U.S. Class: 235/492
Abstract:  
An enhanced identification appliance, such as a wristband, bracelet, patch, headband, neckband, ankleband, legband, card, sticker, or other wearable appliance, may have a biometric, chemical, optical, heat, pressure, humidity, electromagnetic, and/or acoustic sensor, various opto-electronics and/or various security features such as tamper-evident and tamper-resistant features. The sensors may obtain wearer-related information such as a fingerprint, retina, iris, blood, DNA, genetic data, voice pattern, temperature and other characteristic. Security features include a fastener on the identification appliance, which indicates whether the appliance has been attached to a wearer and if so, enables circuit functions. If one tampers with the appliance, circuit functions may be disabled, certain data erased, and/or evidence of tampering made apparent. The appliance may monitor the location or determine the identity of vehicle passengers for an airplane, train, boat, bus, etc. Alternatively, the identification band may contain a person's immigration status.

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04/17/07

7,207,062 Method and apparatus for protecting web sites from distributed denial-of-service attacks
  Issued: April 17, 2007
  Filed: June 19, 2002
  U.S. Class: 726/13
Abstract:  
An Internet Service Provider (ISP), in consideration of being remunerated in some manner by a site, determines whether packets destined to that site conform to a profile provided to the ISP by that site. The profile, indicates, for example, what protocols are allowed by the server, and, for each such protocol, what destination port numbers or message types are allowed, a maximum transmission rate, the maximum number of allowed connections a client may have, and whether to enforce congestion-avoidance. This server profile enforcement (SPE) automatically thwarts denial of service attacks from attackers that send packets to the subscribing server from that ISP using connections or having packet characteristics that do not conform to the acceptable characteristics specified in the profile. SPE is generally performed by an SPE unit, which can be incorporated in the access gateways of an ISP that supports the service. Packets may also be forwarded in multiple classes of service depending upon the type of traffic from which they originate. Multiple classes of service allow the method to be effective even if deployed only by select ISPs.

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04/17/07

7,205,995 Computer program and process which make it possible to transform any digital image into a free-hand fine art painting
  Issued: April 17, 2007
  Filed: February 25, 2005
  U.S. Class: 345/581
Abstract:  
This invention is a computer program and process that make it possible for the novice or experienced crafter to convert any digital picture into a customize high quality painting. The crafter can choose the subject that he wants to paint (his children, a scanned pictures, an image from the internet, etc). He can choose the size of the painting, the pigments that he will like to use (acrylic, oil, markers etc), the surface (canvas, paper etc), and the level of complexity of his project. The invention generates a `color in line` drawing and detailed instructions on how to accurately and artistically fill the drawing with paint in order to create a high quality fine art painting with likeness to the original digital picture.

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04/17/07
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04/17/07
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04/17/07

Telephone technology company 800 Adept Inc. has been awarded a $49 million final federal court judgment in a patent infringement lawsuit it had against three companies over technology used to route toll-free phone calls. The court also invalidated all defendants' claims related to nine disputed patents. The defendants included Murex Securities Ltd. of the Isle of Man, Vienna, Va.-based affiliates Murex Licensing Corp. and Targus Information Corp.

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04/17/07

The next big market for GPS systems—real-time traffic information—is headed to court. Mobile Traffic Systems filed suit in U.S. District Court in Alabama against the giants of the consumer global positioning system market—Garmin, Cobra, Magellan and TomTom—claiming they infringed on two patents that combine GPS with traffic information. Mobile Traffic is seeking a permanent injunction, as well as punitive and regular damages. Combining traffic reports with GPS systems—a so-called “mash-up” of existing technology—has been on the drawing board for consumer devices for years. Trucking companies have been using a version of it to maximize efficiency for long-distance hauling, but the services have been too expensive for consumers. A scaled down version of those services hit the market over the past year as add-ons for high-end GPS systems. So far, the technology is capable of showing drivers where traffic jams are, with updates for accidents.

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04/17/07

Kohl's Corp. and the manufacturer of a barbecue brush sold at Kohl's Department Stores have agreed to pay $11,700 to settle a lawsuit brought by a Hong Kong firm that claimed the brushes infringed on a patent. Merry Chance Industries Ltd. in November 2006 sued Menomonee Falls-based Kohl's, as well as DLR Products Inc. of California, and National Broom Co. of California, which does business as JLR Gear, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids. Merry Chance Industries filed an acceptance of the settlement offer from Kohl's and the other defendants on April 5.

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04/17/07

San Diego-based PepperBall Technologies, Inc., the leading producer of non-lethal weapons solutions, filed suit today in San Diego federal court against Security With Advanced Technology, Inc., a Westminster, Colo.- based company. PTI charges SWAT and two of its subsidiaries with infringement of four patents related to non-lethal weapons along with breach of two agreements between the parties. SWAT subsidiary Vizer Group was originally a re-seller of PepperBall's products, but its parent, SWAT, has recently announced its own line of non-lethal weapons that PTI contends infringe its patents. "Litigation is never our first choice for dealing with business disputes, but SWAT was made aware of our patents and has chosen to disregard them. We must and will protect our intellectual property," said Eric Wenaas, chief executive officer of PepperBall.

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04/10/07

7,202,851 Haptic interface for palpation simulation
  Issued: April 10, 2007
  Filed: May 4, 2001
  U.S. Class: 345/146
Abstract:  
A palpation simulator comprises an interface for interfacing a user with a computer running a palpation simulation. The computer generates a graphical environment comprising a cursor and a graphical representation of at least a portion of a living body. In one version, a method comprises providing an object in communication with the computer, controlling the cursor in relation to manipulation of at least a portion of the object by the user, and outputting a haptic sensation to the user when the cursor interacts with a region within the graphical representation to provide the user with haptic feedback related to a simulated palpation of the region.

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04/10/07

7,203,289 Method and system for detecting an atypical occurrence within a telecommunications network
  Issued: April 10, 2007
  Filed: July 25, 2003
  U.S. Class: 379/112.06
Abstract:  
A method for detecting an atypical occurrence, such as a public health crisis, within a given region in a telecommunications network. The method includes assigning a given weight to each of a plurality of destination addresses within the region according to a weighting system, collecting call data for the region for a given period of time, where the call data includes destination addresses and corresponding call occurrence times, developing a weighted call traffic pattern based upon the call data, and using the weighted call traffic pattern to detect an atypical occurrence within the region.

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04/10/07

7,203,674 Method and system to connect and match users in an electronic dating service
  Issued: April 10, 2007
  Filed: Febrary 15, 2002
  U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract:  
Described herein is a method and system for connecting and matching users in an electronic dating service. In one embodiment of the invention, subscribers, or users, of the dating service are connected for a brief duration of time. During that time the users have a date, or more specifically, a real-time conversation. After the real-time conversation, the users are disconnected from each other and separately asked if they enjoyed the date, or in other words if they felt a mutual attraction, and if they would like to have further contact with each other. If both users respond affirmatively then they are allowed further contact with each other.

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04/10/07
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04/10/07

Finnish telecommunications equipment maker Nokia Corp. Thursday said it will pay $20 million to chipset maker Qualcomm Inc. to cover patent licenses in the second-quarter of 2007. The companies have been embroiled in a series of lawsuits against each other concerning intellectual property rights and patent infringements, but Nokia says Thursday's payment is unrelated to those disputes. It says it's willing to pay fees for this new license, which relates to the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute.

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04/10/07

Toshiba today said that it filed a formal complaint on April 6 with the International Trade Commission against 17 manufacturers and importers of DVD players, DVD recorders and other DVD-related products, as a means to halt the alleged infringement of Toshiba's DVD patents. Toshiba's filing requests that the ITC prohibit the importation into the United States of DVD players, DVD recorders and other DVD-related products by the companies named in the complaint. In a related move, Toshiba also filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on the same day, seeking damages resulting from claimed infringement of Toshiba's DVD patents by the same 17 companies. Companies named in the lawsuit include Daewoo Electronics America; Dongguan GVG Digital Technology; Dongguan GVG Digital Technology Holdings; Dongguan Xin Lian Digital Technology; GVG Digital Technology Holdings; jWIN Electronics; Memcorp; Star Light Electronics; Starlight International Holdings; Starlight Marketing; Tonic Digital Products; Tonic DVB Marketing; Tonic Electronics; Tonic Industries Holdings; Tonic Technology Limited; Tonic Technology; and Tonic Trading Development.

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04/10/07

THE intense competition in the world of sports trainers just got even more cutthroat, when Reebok International sued rival Nike, claiming that it stole its 'collapsible shoe technology'. The innovative technology allows trainers to be rolled up and stuffed into a suitcase or a handbag. The Boston Globe reported that Reebok alleged that Nike had used the technology in 11 trainers from their Nike Free range. Reebok first applied for a patent for its 'collapsible shoe technology' in 2002, and got it on 30 Jan this year. The patent describes the invention as a shoe made from a flexible sole and upper material that can 'be rolled, folded or collapsed on itself' in order to be easily stored or carried in luggage. In its patent application, Reebok said that it wants to sell these shoes in vending machines at airports, train stations or hotels.

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04/10/07

Bayer HealthCare AG has sued Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. for patent infringement over Teva's plans to sell a generic version of its antibiotic Avelox, according to court documents on Thursday. Bayer's action arises out of Teva's move to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to manufacture and sell a generic version of the drug, according to the suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware.

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04/03/07

7,200,237 Method and system for remotely upgrading a hearing aid device
  Issued: April 3, 2007
  Filed: October 23, 2001
  U.S. Class: 381/60
Abstract:  
Improved approaches are disclosed to update existing hearing devices by downloading software resources over a network from a remote server to a local client. The software resources are then stored in the existing hearing devices, thereby upgrading the functionality or operation of the existing hearing devices. Accordingly, existing hearing devices are able to be upgraded at convenient locations in a largely automated fashion. The invention is particularly useful for hearing aids or other sound systems for the hearing impaired.

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04/03/07

7,198,008 Device for the training of scent discriminating detector dogs
  Issued: April 3, 2007
  Filed: February 10, 2005
  U.S. Class: 119/712
Abstract:  
The Scent-A-Wheel device consists of several different parts connected together to form a device that acts like a carousel. The device consists of a hub (ball bearing or axle design), arms attached to the hub ("spokes"), a two-piece, adjustable shaft to support that hub and arms, and a base of four "legs" to provide stability and support. A ball bearing within the hub allows the hub and arms to turn on the base.

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04/03/07

7,199,344 Active camouflage using real-time spectral matching
  Issued: April 3, 2007
  Filed: March 11, 2005
  U.S. Class: 250/205
Abstract:  
An invention is provided for concealing an object. The invention includes a plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources that generate an electromagnetic radiation spectrum, and a controller in communication with the plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources. The controller includes logic that compares the electromagnetic radiation spectrum generated from the plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources with an electromagnetic radiation spectrum from an environment surrounding the object. In operation, the controller adjusts the plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources to generate an electromagnetic radiation spectrum that matches the electromagnetic radiation spectrum of the environment surrounding the object.

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04/03/07
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04/03/07
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04/03/07

Data integration software provider Informatica Corp. said Monday a jury awarded it $25 million in a patent infringement lawsuit against business intelligence software maker Business Objects. According to Informatica, the jury in a San Francisco federal court found that Business Objects willfully infringed on two of its patents. Because the jury found the infringement willful, the company said, the judge on the case is allowed to increase the award up to three times the damages amount. Informatica filed the suit in July 2002, asserting that the Actaworks product, which is now sold by Business Objects as Data Integrator, violated its patents. The company said it will ask for a permanent injunction to prevent Business Objects from shipping the infringing product. Informatica also said it expects Business Objects to appeal the decision.

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04/03/07

EDA software providers Synsopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and Magma Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have said they have agreed to settle all pending litigation between them. As part of the deal Magma has agreed to make a payment to Synopsys of $12.5 million. The companies have also agreed to cross-license patents that had been at issue between them and drop claims in both California and Delaware. In addition, the two companies said that have agreed not to initiate future patent litigation against each other for 2 years provided certain terms are met. The terms were not disclosed.

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04/03/07

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple was recently added to a patent infringement lawsuit concerning its use of Bluetooth in many of its products. Apple is in good company. Along with Apple, the nonprofit Washington Research Foundation added Dell, Sony, and five other technology companies to a long-standing suit that already included the likes of Samsung, Matsushita (that's Panasonic to you and me), and Nokia among others. Say what you will about Washington Research Foundation, they certainly aren't afraid to go straight to the top. The lawsuit accuses the companies of infringing on four patents that cover "technology that lets users exchange data among mobile phones, personal computers and other devices without using cables," and more specifically at chipsets made by CSR Plc. The WRF, which is affiliated with the University of Washington, is asking for damages of more than $150 million and for the courts to bar the sales of any infringing technology.

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04/03/07

Diomed Holdings Inc. won a $12.46 million patent infringement case Wednesday relating to its laser treatment for varicose veins. The Andover, Mass. company is now planning to get a permanent injunction against the two companies it sued, AngioDynamics Inc. of Queensbury, N.Y., and Vascular Solutions Inc. of Minneapolis. Diomed acquired the exclusive rights to the patent in September 2003 from the five inventors of the procedure.

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03/27/07

7,197,544 Voice and video greeting system for personal advertisement and method
  Issued: March 27, 2007
  Filed: January 9, 2004
  U.S. Class: 709/219
Abstract:  
A system is provided for appending a personal greeting onto a personal advertisement for presentation on a hosted website over the Internet. The system includes a client, a communication link, and a server. The client has an input device and a browser. The server has memory for storing a database of personal advertisements and at least one of a voice and a video greeting system. The greeting system cooperates with the database and the communication link to enable a user of the client to access a personal advertisement from the database, input a personal greeting to the server from client, and associate the personal greeting with the personal advertisement. A method is also provided.

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03/27/07

7,197,135 Systems and methods for caller-controlled tune notification of a call
  Issued: March 27, 2007
  Filed: October 24, 2002
  U.S. Class: 379/373.02
Abstract:  
A system and method for a caller to control a tune notification for a telephone call includes a service switching point and a service control point. The service switching point is operable to receive a tune notification service access code and a called directory number, and to issue a query in response to receiving the service access code. The service control point is operable to receive the query and issue a response including a tune notification signal to the service switching point. Upon receiving the response from the service control point, the service switching point processes the call so that the tune notification signal causes the tune notification to be applied to a called telephone line associated with the called directory number.

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03/27/07

7,197,143 Digital video authenticator
  Issued: March 27, 2007
  Filed: January 16, 2003
  U.S. Class: 380/229
Abstract:  
The Digital Video Authenticator (DVA) addresses law enforcement concerns for a means to authenticate digital video (DV) so that it will be admissible and trusted as evidence in court. The DVA is a peripheral device attached to a commercial digital video recording device whose purpose is to generate and record authentication data simultaneously as DV is recorded by the video recording device. Verification of the authenticity of a DV sample will be accomplished using non-real-time software tools. The DVA system and method reads digital video (DV) data from a digital video recording device; parses the DV data into elements representing video, audio, control and timing data; and creates digital signatures that can be used to validate the original DV tape. The combination of secure digital signatures and repeatability of the DV data stored on tape provides the basis for proving the original video has not been modified.

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03/27/07
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03/27/07
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03/27/07

Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio have both been sued by Austin, Texas-based company Keystone Autonics, for alleged patent infringement. Keystone Autonics claims that both radio companies are using technology taken directly from patents it owns. Sirius and XM are already experiencing several problems, which include the RIAA and critics of their proposed merger. The patent in question was awarded to George Hindman of Keystone Autonics in January. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is also clashing with the pair over a bill the trade group supports that would prevent users from being able to locally store and record songs aired over satellite radio.

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03/27/07

A U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned a 2005 patent verdict in favor of Biomet Inc. and ruled in favor of rival Medtronic. The Appeals Court this week said that Medtronic's multiaxial pedicle screw products do not infringe on a patent held by Cross Medical Products, a subsidiary of Biomet. The screw is used by surgeons to stabilize and correct back disorders. The ruling leaves Medtronic free to continue to sell its products. Medtronic is pursuing several patent claims of its own, alleging Biomet products infringe on its patents, the company reported in Memphis.

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03/27/07

TechWing, Inc., a specialized semiconductor test handler manufacturer, announced that TechWing has filed a patent infringement claim against Mirae in Suwon District Court, South Korea, on Mar. 26, 2007. TechWing said, Mirae's M420 (256 parallel semiconductor test handler), M500 (512 parallel semiconductor test handler) and M520 (640 parallel semiconductor test handler) models infringed on TechWing's temperature control technology. Therefore, TechWing filed an action for injunction and compensation for damages against Mirae.

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03/27/07

A long-awaited first ruling in the European Central Bank’s patent validity lawsuit against Document Security Systems Inc. was announced Monday—going against the local firm. The English High Court deemed DSS’ patent invalid in the United Kingdom in its interpretation of “added matter,” which the company’s chairman and CEO called a technical interpretation in the suit over DSS anti-counterfeiting technology used in the production of billions of euro banknotes. “Our shareholders should be aware that we successfully defended against all forms of ‘prior art’ and all other claims of invalidity where science and facts were involved,” CEO Patrick White said in a statement. “It all came down to the test where the court’s understanding of the scope of the disclosure of the patent as filed differed from the Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patents Office’s interpretation, which allowed the scope of the claims to grant.” White said the company is considering its options to appeal the decision but will continue to defend the patent’s validity in the eight remaining European national courts where the case also will be heard.

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03/20/07

7,194,484 Correction of address information
  Issued: March 20, 2007
  Filed: November 17, 2003
  U.S. Class: 707/104.1
Abstract:  
The invention provides a process for updating electronic information in a computer environment. A preferred embodiment of the invention automatically inspects a message that is to be delivered to a first address upon receiving the message to determine whether the message contains information about a status of a second address. In response to a determination that the message contains information about the status of the second address, a record for the second address in a database is updated. The record is a portion of an address book of the first user in the database. The message is stored at the first address for retrieval by a first user at the first address. When the status indicates a permanent error in delivering a message to the second address, the address book is updated according to a user preference.

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03/20/07

7,194,253 Product order method and system
  Issued: March 20, 2007
  Filed: May 14, 2002
  U.S. Class: 455/414.1
Abstract:  
Method with which a mobile user in a mobile network can order products, with the following steps: recording an image corresponding to the product to be ordered, linking the image data with a personal identification of the mobile user, transmitting the linked order message to a server in said mobile radio network, comparing said image data with images stored in a product database, each of said image in said database being linked with an identification of the product provider, sending a message containing an identification of the ordered product and of the ordering mobile user to said product provider.

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03/20/07

7,194,289 Cell phone with mirror
  Issued: March 20, 2007
  Filed: September 24, 2003
  U.S. Class: 455/575.1
Abstract:  
A cell phone includes a separate back cover containing a mirror. The back cover is removed or detached from the cell phone to expose a mirror. The back cover can then be attached back to the cell phone or otherwise secured or it can be left unsecured so that the user can use the mirror. Once the user is finished using the mirror, the back cover is secured to the cell phone, thereby protecting the mirror from any possible damage.

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03/20/07
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03/20/07

Nokia filed complaints on Monday against Qualcomm in Germany and the Netherlands asking that its wireless technology rival’s European patents be declared “exhausted” for products on that market. Nokia has been buying Texas Instruments chipsets for its mobile phones and claims it is protected from patent infringement suits from Qualcomm because of an existing cross-licensing agreement between Qualcomm and TI. The suit is the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between the two mobile technology companies over patents. Qualcomm has a large set of patents covering CDMA (code division multiple access) technology and has been trying to extend them to the kinds of high-speed technologies such as WCDMA (wideband CDMA) to which the mobile industry has been moving. If Nokia’s claim succeeds, the company said, Qualcomm would be prevented from enforcing its patents with respect to Nokia’s phones that contain the TI chipsets.

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03/20/07

A federal jury in Wilmington, Del., found that Illumina Inc. infringed on five patents controlled by Affymetrix Inc. San Diego-based Illumina said Tuesday it will appeal the outcome of a patent infringement verdict in which it has been ordered to pay Santa Clara-based Affymetrix Inc. $16.7 million. Affymetrix, which is expanding its West Sacramento plant, makes microchips used in genetic research. Illumina said it will continue to sell the products in dispute while it pursues its appeals.

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03/20/07

Pennsylvania-based Document Solutions Group (DSG) has settled a longstanding, patent infringement suit filed by St. Paul, Minn.-based technology company Datasci. Financial terms were not released. "We are very pleased that this lawsuit is dismissed, and our current customer base and prospects will be excited to know that this lawsuit is behind us so we can put all our energies toward our customers and products in the life sciences industry,"stated DSG's chief executive officer, Tony Varano. Datasci filed similar lawsuits against eClinical companies Phase Forward, Datatrak, etrials and DataLabs. Phase Forward settled for $8.5 million in the suit Datasci filed against the company in June 2004. In August 2006, DataLabs, which was acquired by ClinPhone in October 2006, settled its suit for an undisclosed amount and a nonexclusive licensing arrangement.

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03/20/07

Codon Devices Inc. announced today that the Company has filed a lawsuit against Blue Heron Biotechnology of Bothell, WA. The Complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, asserts that Blue Heron Biotechnology, through use of its Genemaker(r) gene synthesis platform, is infringing five U.S. patents. The asserted patents, which cover pioneering DNA error correction technologies, include United States Patent Nos. 5,459,039; 5,556,750; 5,679,522; 5,702,894; and 5,750,335, all of which are exclusively licensed to Codon Devices. The Complaint seeks unspecified monetary damages and a court injunction against future infringement by Blue Heron Biotechnology.

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03/13/07

7,191,116 Methods and systems for determining a language of a document
  Issued: March 13, 2007
  Filed: June 19, 2001
  U.S. Class: 704/8
Abstract:  
A system and method for determining the language of an unknown document is provided. For a set of candidate languages, a negative assumption is set for each candidate language that the document is not that language and the system attempts to prove the negative assumption is wrong. If the negative assumption fails for one language, then the document is identified as being in that language. The present system and method provides a higher degree of accuracy when determining the language of a document.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:42:45 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


03/13/07

7,189,134 Interactive beverage bottle top
  Issued: March 13, 2007
  Filed: April 29, 2003
  U.S. Class: 446/74
Abstract:  
Beverage bottle tops having interactive elements or performing interactive actions are disclosed. The beverage bottle tops are capable of conveying liquid from the bottle to a person. The beverage bottle tops include interactive elements, structures, or acts, which result from activation thereof. For example, the interactive elements, structures, or acts include, but are not limited to, members moving on the bottle top, lights illuminating on the bottle top, sounds emanating from the bottle top, or squirting liquid from the bottle top. The interactive bottle tops can be activated manually, electrically, or magnetically. In addition, the interactive bottle tops can be activated by squeezing a body on the bottle top, by operating a trigger on the bottle top, by changes in environmental light or sound, or by drinking liquid through the bottle top.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:42:01 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


03/13/07

7,191,219 Self-destructing document and e-mail messaging system
  Issued: March 13, 2007
  Filed: August 12, 2002
  U.S. Class: 709/206
Abstract:  
A self-destruction document or e-mail messaging system is provided that automatically destroys documents or e-mail messages at a predetermined time by attaching a "virus" to the document or e-mail message. A virus in the form of a Trojan horse is attached to file (such as an e-mail message or document) when it is created. The virus contains a portion of executable code or an executable program which instructs the computer to overwrite and/or delete the file to which the virus is attached at a desired time. Since the virus is attached to the file, it will travel with the file even when the file is copied, forwarded, or saved to disks or tape drives.

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03/13/07
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03/13/07
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03/13/07

A federal jury on Thursday found that Internet phone carrier Vonage Holdings Corp. had infringed on Verizon Communications Inc.'s patents and ordered Vonage to pay $58 million. The judgment is far less than the $197 million that Verizon had requested, and it was more in line with the figure that Vonage had suggested—if the Holmdel, N.J.-based company was found to be liable. Still undetermined is whether Vonage will be barred from using Verizon's technology. Following the verdict, attorneys for New York-based Verizon requested a permanent injunction barring Vonage from further use of the patented technology. A hearing on the request was scheduled for March 23. Verizon sued Vonage last year for infringing on five patents that it said Vonage uses to make its Internet telephone service network functional. The eight-person jury found Vonage infringed on three of the five patents. The jury found in its verdict that Vonage's infringement was not willful. That means that Verizon cannot collect triple damages, which can be awarded in patent infringement cases.

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03/13/07

A U.S. judge ruled that Google Inc.'s 3D modeling software, which gives Web users an astronaut's view of the earth and allows them to zoom down to street level, does not infringe the patent of a rival. Judge Douglas Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston denied a complaint by Skyline Software Systems Inc. that the Google Earth mapping software of Google's Keyhole Inc. infringed Skyline patents. The judge also denied motions from both parties on whether the patents in question were valid, but left the possibility for either party to reassert these issues if they do so before April 20. He canceled a planned trial date set for June.

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03/13/07

3M has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that several IT vendors, including Lenovo Group, Hitachi, Sony and Panasonic, violated two patents the company holds for the design for lithium-ion batteries. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on March 7, also names CDW, Batteries Com, Total Micro Technologies and Matsushita Electronic Industrial. In addition to damages, the lawsuit asks that these companies stop selling batteries that infringe on 3M's patented designs. In its lawsuit, 3M, which is based in Maplewood, Minn., claims these companies infringed on lithium-ion battery designs the company filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Nov. 15, 2005, and July 18, 2006. Specifically, the patents— No. 6,964,828 and No. 7,078,128—refer to 3M's design of "Cathode Compositions for Lithium-Ion Batteries." In designing lithium-ion batteries, the cathode is a reference to the positive electrode within the battery.

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03/13/07

Synergetics USA Inc. said Monday that a pending patent infringement lawsuit brought by Iridex Corp. will be taken before a jury. In October 2005, Iridex, of Mountain View, Calif., filed a suit against Synergetics in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri alleging patent infringement. Medical device maker Synergetics said Feb. 28 that, according to a court-issued order, its current connector design does not infringe on Iridex Corp.'s patent. But Synergetics said the court also found that Synergetics' old product design infringes some claims of the Iridex patent. Iridex's lawsuit alleged that Synergetics infringed on its patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,085,492) for laser probe technology used in its EndoProbe products and other laser-delivery devices.

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03/06/07

7,188,153 System and method for managing connections in an online social network
  Issued: March 6, 2007
  Filed: August 25, 2006
  U.S. Class: 709/218
Abstract:  
An online social network collects descriptive data about various individuals and allows those individuals to indicate other individuals with whom they have a personal relationship. The descriptive data and the relationship data are integrated and processed to reveal the series of social relationships connecting any two individuals within a social network. A maximum degree of separation setting is provided and set to at least two. The maximum degree of separation setting limits the amount of searching that is carried out when searching for a connection between two individuals in the social network.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:28:18 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


03/06/07

7,186,226 Process for making a massage device departing from an electric toothbrush
  Issued: March 6, 2007
  Filed: February 7, 2003
  U.S. Class: 601/46
Abstract:  
There is provided a process for making a massage device comprising taking the body and motor of an electric toothbrush and a brush head therefor; and adapting the bristle head of said brush head to produce a massage head that is substantially smooth and devoid of bristles.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:27:49 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


03/06/07

7,187,932 Autopopulation of address book entries
  Issued: March 6, 2007
  Filed: January 16, 2003
  U.S. Class: 455/445
Abstract:  
Personal address book data is revised and updated based on communication sources and destination. An address tabulator compares a number of communications directed to a selected destination and based on a subscriber profile, determines if address or contact information associated with the destination is to be added to a personal address book or other contact database. Contact information can be obtained using a reverse phone number lookup in a white pages or yellow pages directory, or using an Internet-based search engine or database. The tabulator can be configured to access the subscriber profile prior to initiating a communication, during a communication, or after completion of the communication. In one example, subscriber billing records are delivered to the tabulator for identification of destinations for which contact information is to be added to the personal address book. Additional or revised contact information can be stored in the personal address book automatically, or in response to a subscriber instruction delivered from a mobile station.

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03/06/07

Sony has agreed to pay Immersion $150.3 million in ending a patent-infringement suit in which the latter company claimed the consumer electronics giant used its technology in the PlayStation videogame console. The agreement followed Sony's decision to withdraw its appeal of a federal court jury decision awarding Immersion $127.8 million, an Immersion spokeswoman said Friday. The Oakland, Calif., jury found Sony guilty of patent infringement in 2004. In a separate but related agreement, Sony has licensed Immersion technology for $22.5 million, the spokeswoman said. The suit stemmed from Sony's use of Immersion software that causes the PlayStation controller to vibrate in sync with the videogame action.

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03/06/07

A week after Microsoft was ordered to hand over $1.5 billion in an Alcatel-Lucent MP3 patent dispute, a federal judge has ruled that the Windows maker did not violate a patent at the heart of a second trial that was set to begin soon. The ruling from the bench by U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster in San Diego late Thursday relates to an Alcatel-Lucent patent covering speech coding technology, the companies said. The judge dismissed all of Alcatel-Lucent's claims, which means a jury trial set to begin March 19 will not proceed, Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans said. Alcatel-Lucent plans to appeal the ruling and is "comfortable with our chances of success as the case makes its way through the legal system," spokeswoman Joan Campion said Friday. Microsoft deputy general counsel Tom Burt said the ruling "reaffirms our confidence that once there's judicial review of these complex patent cases, these Alcatel-Lucent claims ultimately won't stand up."

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03/06/07

Intel and privately held AmberWave Systems said they have settled all patent infringement lawsuits related to AmberWave's strained silicon patent portfolio. Under the agreement, the world's largest maker of chips has received a license to all AmberWave patents and patent applications either existing today or filed during the agreement's 10-year term, the companies said. Intel will make license payments to AmberWave over the term of the agreement.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 02:38:16 am into the following categories: In The News


03/06/07

Israel-based Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. said Monday the court has granted its motion for a stay in a patent suit filed against it by Nanometrics Inc. Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the stay, while the U.S Patent & Trademark Office re-examines the patent, the company said. The patent infringement suit was filed in late March 2006. Nova, which makes optical monitoring systems used in chip manufacturing, denies that it has infringed a Nanometrics patent. Nanometrics Chief Financial Officer Douglas McCutcheon confirmed that the judge stayed the proceedings and said this is very common in the early stages of litigation when not much discovery has taken place. The Milpitas, Calif., company provides thin-film metrology and inspection systems used to make precision electronic gear.

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02/27/07

7,184,907 Apparatus and method to detect an intrusion point along a security fence
  Issued: February 27, 2007
  Filed: November 17, 2003
  U.S. Class: 702/69
Abstract:  
A monitoring system evaluates the integrity of a fiber optic cable, having a weave pattern and being attached to a security fence. To establish and calibrate the monitoring system, the present invention provides a system and method for establishing a look-up table to be stored in a memory. Any breakage in, bending of, or stress on the fiber optic cable is noted by the monitoring system by an alarm, and a length of cable between the monitoring system and the affected portion of the fiber optic cable is determined. The look-up table is indexed to determine a zone of potential breach. Further, an average weave density of the affected zone is computed, so that an approximate location of the potential breach within the affected zone, in terms of ground distance, can be accurately determined and displayed.

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02/27/07

7,184,032 Tactile overlays for screens
  Issued: February 27, 2007
  Filed: September 13, 2004
  U.S. Class: 345/173
Abstract:  
An overlay for use with a display screen, comprising at least one first tactilely readable area, wherein the display screen includes a first feature thereon, wherein the tactilely readable area includes information in a tactilely readable format, and wherein the information identifies a first feature displayed on the screen.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:21:40 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


02/27/07

7,184,580 Fingerprint scar recognition method and apparatus
  Issued: February 27, 2007
  Filed: July 8, 2002
  U.S. Class: 382/124
Abstract:  
A method of recognizing an injury pattern on a fingerprint is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of providing biometric information to a contact imager; imaging and characterizing the biometric information; comparing an image of the biometric information against previously stored templates; upon a comparison result of the comparison, determining an injury pattern; wherein upon an injury pattern determination, performing a comparison against a stored template based on features extracted from the biometric data and the damage data.

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02/27/07
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02/27/07
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02/27/07

A U.S. court has ruled that IT giant Microsoft has breached Alcatel-Lucent's patents for converting audio files to MP3. Microsoft was ordered to pay out $1.52 billion to French phone equipment firm, Alcatel-Lucent in what has been called the largest patent award in history. At the heart of the case is the issue whether Alcatel should be paid for the technology when Microsoft says it has already paid who it thought was the licensee, Germany's Fraunhofer Institute and Bell Labs. Alcatel, however, claims it was not paid its fair share of the patent since 2003 when the firm bought Bell. Analysts are now saying this verdict could have a wider impact with impact on hundreds of companies utilizing the format, which includes the likes of Apple, and RealNetworks.

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02/27/07

Wireless technology rivals Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Corp. said Friday they have agreed to end two court disputes over patents. The deal was the latest twist in a ferocious legal battle between the two companies over licensing agreements, which has spawned a web of suits and countersuits from California to Europe relating to technologies that power cell phones, Bluetooth devices and wireless Internet equipment. Neither company disclosed financial terms or details of the agreement. The settlement eliminates two of several jury trials scheduled for this year between the rivals -- one involving Broadcom claims that Qualcomm infringed two of its patents and another in which Qualcomm claimed its competitor violated two of its patents.

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02/27/07

Vonage Holdings Corp., a pioneer in placing phone calls over the Internet, was in federal court last week defending itself against a nearly $200 million patent-infringement suit filed by Verizon Communications, the second-largest phone company in the U.S. Although Vonage made a name for itself as an innovator in digital voice communications, Verizon claims that Vonage has been illegally using patented Verizon technologies at the core of voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, including signaling interconnectivity, authorization, authentication, billing and fraud prevention. Verizon, defending five patents in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., is seeking $197 million in damages, equal to about 25% of Vonage's current market value.

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02/27/07

Japan's Astellas Pharma Inc. said on Friday it had won a suit against Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. to prevent the Indian drug maker from releasing an early generic version of its Flomax prostate drug. Astellas, Japan's third-largest drug maker and Germany's Boehringer Ingelheim, which jointly market the drug in the United States, had filed the suit at the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. The U.S. patent on Flomax, used to treat enlarged prostates, expires in Oct. 2009

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02/20/07

7,181,498 Community-based green list for antispam
  Issued: February 20, 2007
  Filed: March 1, 2004
  U.S. Class: 709/206
Abstract:  
A community-based "green list" (CGL) message filter for mail service providers. The CGL filtering enables trusted messages to be delivered directly into a user's inbox folder and other messages to be delivered to other folders associated with the user. The CGL filtering indicates which messages are sent from those message addresses listed as friends in the user's personal address book. Also, the scope of CGL filtering includes more than those message addresses that the user interacts with directly (one degree of separation). For example, the CGL filtering also evaluates message addresses that are connected more remotely to the user through other nodes (users) in the online community that are located multiple degrees of separation away from the user.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 01:34:33 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


02/20/07

7,180,418 Active threat detection and elimination while in transit
  Issued: February 20, 2007
  Filed: December 27, 2004
  U.S. Class: 340/568.1
Abstract:  
A method of active detection of at least one threat to the homeland security. Each such threat is either hidden inside at least one cargo container before transit, or is placed inside at least one cargo container while in transit; each such threat while interacting with its surrounding generates a unique threat signature. The method comprises the following steps: (A) substantially continuously probing each cargo container; (B) detecting at least one threat signature; (C) processing each detected threat signature to determine a likelihood of at least one threat to become a threat to the homeland security; (D) identifying at least one container that includes such threat to the homeland security; and (E) eliminating such threat to the homeland security.

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02/20/07

7,179,980 Automatic extraction of musical portions of an audio stream
  Issued: February 20, 2007
  Filed: December 12, 2003
  U.S. Class: 84/600
Abstract:  
Music and non-music portions in an audio stream are identified. The audio stream is digitized and segmented into frames. Selected frames are passed through a filter bank which includes filters having bandwidths approximately proportional to their center frequencies. The spectral flux for each selected frame is calculated and smoothed. Frames having a smoothed spectral flux below a threshold value are associated with music, and frames having a smoothed spectral flux above a threshold value are associated with non-music.

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02/20/07
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02/20/07

California software company VirnetX Inc. has files suit against Microsoft Corporation, alleging the software giant's VPN technologies infringe on two VirnetX patents, one of which describes a method for establishing a secure communications link, and the other describes transparently creating a virtual private network. VirnetX's suit seeks both injunctive relief and damages; the suit was filed in the patent holder-friendly United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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02/20/07

Genencor International Inc.’s parent Danisco A/S is liable to pay damages of $8.2 million in a patent infringement case related to an enzyme product, according to a Delaware court ruling in favor of Novozymes A/S. The Danish firm said that, under the ruling, the damages would be paid in the form of royalty, plus interest and a share of the opposing party’s legal fees. The parties have 10 days to agree on a form of the judgment reflecting the decision, and either party may appeal 30 days after the final judgment. Danisco officials said it will assess the legal reasoning of the decisions with regard to liability and damages.

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02/20/07

Reunion.com, Inc., its subsidiary GoodContacts, Ltd. and Plaxo, Inc. today announced that they have reached an agreement to resolve their current legal dispute. The companies are dismissing all claims and counterclaims in their pending lawsuit and releasing each other from claims related to the suit. The companies have agreed to cross-license patented technology. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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02/20/07

Newport Beach’s Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth won a not-so generic trial earlier this month. The law firm defended generic drug maker Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Rancho Cucamonga in a patent infringement suit brought by France’s Sanofi-Aventis. A federal judge invalidated Sanofi’s patent for Lovenox, a blood thinner used to fight blood clotting and heart attacks. Sanofi committed “inequitable conduct” to get its patent, the judge said. Lovenox does about $2 billion in U.S. sales a year and an additional $750 million abroad. Its patent was set to expire in 2012. Sanofi plans to appeal.

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02/13/07

7,177,829 Tax refund system
  Issued: February 13, 2007
  Filed: July 16, 1999
  U.S. Class: 705/31
Abstract:  
A tax refund system is disclosed in which in exchange for a taxpayer assigning all or a portion of his or her tax refund, a participating provider provides to the taxpayer a spending vehicle with buying power at participating outlets. Tax return data for an individual's tax return is processed by the IRS. A taxpayer consents to using a portion of the tax return data to acquire a spending vehicle from a financial institution of the taxpayer's choosing. Using a portion of the tax return data, the IRS arranges to electronically transfer an amount related to the taxpayer's refund to an account at the financial institution selected by the taxpayer. A taxpayer then receives a spending vehicle such as a credit, debit, or cash card, spending account, coupon, or rebate from a financial institution or other spending vehicle provider such as a retailer, service provider, wholesaler, distributor, or entertainment entity.

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02/13/07

7,176,367 Pen instrument with controllable whistle
  Issued: February 13, 2007
  Filed: November 1, 2004
  U.S. Class: 84/380R
Abstract:  
A pen instrument is provided with a controllable whistle. The whistle includes a tubular body; a sleeve connected at a rear end to a first open end of the tubular body and at a front end to a rear end of the pen instrument to connect the whistle to the pen instrument; a whistle-producing reed structure fixedly provided in an inner space of the tubular body and including a reed; and a cut-off device provided at a predetermined position on the tubular body and operable by a user to allow or cut off flowing of air through the inner space of the tubular body. A balloon is connected to a second open end of the tubular body and inflated when the cut-off device is in a position allowing air to flow through the tubular body into the balloon.

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02/13/07

7,177,623 Localized cellular awareness and tracking of emergencies
  Issued: February 13, 2007
  Filed: July 1, 2004
  U.S. Class: 455/404.2
Abstract:  
A method of initiating a telecommunication connection between a wireless 911 caller, an emergency 911 dispatcher, and at least one emergency personnel, including identifying a geographical location of a wireless 911 caller; identifying at least one emergency personnel located proximal to the geographical location of the wireless 911 caller; and initiating a telecommunication connection between each of the wireless 911 caller, an emergency 911 dispatcher, and the at least one emergency personnel.

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02/13/07

Flies, like airplanes, have gyroscopes to control their flight patterns. Now a collaborative group of researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Washington have found for the first time that a moth's antennae can act like an airplane's gyroscope to stabilize its flight. Sanjay Sane, a biologist from the University of Washington and lead author of this week's Science article, "Antennal Mechanosensors Mediate Flight Control in Moths," collaborated with Case biologist Mark Willis, in studying the large moth Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm moth) to unravel how it controls it flight in an effort to build a new generation of flying robots.

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02/13/07

Sanofi-Aventis SA, France's biggest pharmaceutical company, and Canadian drugmaker QLT Inc. agreed to pay a total of $157.5 million to end a patent suit so they can continue to sell the prostate cancer drug Eligard. TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc., a joint venture of Abbott Laboratories and Takeda Chemical Industries Ltd., sued QLT and Sanofi in 2003, claiming that Eligard infringed a TAP patent. QLT will pay $112.5 million and Sanofi will pay $45 million, according to a statement issued today by QLT. U.S. sales from 2002, when the drug was approved by regulators, to April 2006, when the TAP patent expired, were more than $170 million, QLT Chief Executive Officer Bob Butchofsky said. Sanofi sells the drug and QLT gets royalties of up to 20 percent. The settlement covers that patent and any future patents TAP might own that claims to cover the drug.

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02/13/07

Progressive Gaming International Corp. (PGIC.O: Quote, Profile , Research), a supplier of slot machines and other casino games, said on Friday it plans to seek a reversal of a $39 million award in a lawsuit accusing it of attempted monopolization in 1998 and 1999. The Las Vegas-based company, once known as Mikohn Gaming Corp., said a jury awarded the plaintiff $13 million for his claims and that the amount will be tripled under applicable law. It said the case was filed in 2002 in response to a patent infringement case the company filed four years earlier. Progressive said it will try to have the verdict set aside, and, if necessary, appeal. It does not expect the award to hurt its cash position in fiscal 2007 and does not expect the case to end until at least 2008.

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02/13/07

British pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline will pay $35 million to settle a 2-year-old lawsuit over its antidepressant Wellbutrin. Drugmaker Watson Pharmaceuticals said Monday that GSK has agreed to pay $35 million up front in exchange for a royalty-bearing license for a patent covering Wellbutrin. In December 2005, Andrx Corp. filed a patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court against GSK that alleged the company's Wellbutrin antidepressant infringed on a patent owned by Andrx.

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02/13/07

Royal Philips Electronics (AEX:PHI; NYSE:PHG) announced today that in a patent infringement case between Philips Electronics and CD-Recordable and CD-Re-writable disc manufacturers including Princo and Gigastorage, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled positively in granting a general exclusion order prohibiting the unlicensed importation into the United States of recordable and rewritable compact discs that infringe any of the six patents asserted by Philips. Philips welcomes this positive step in its continuous effort to stop the import of illegal CD-R/RW discs into the US, which creates unfair competition in the recordable disc market. Philips filed this case with the ITC in 2002 seeking to prevent unlicensed CD-R and CD-RW discs from entering the United States. The ITC had found in March 2004 that six Philips patents were valid and infringed by the manufacturers, but also determined that the patents were unenforceable because of patent misuse. After Philips appealed the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held that the ITC's legal analysis was incorrect and remanded the case to the ITC for further proceedings consistent with its opinion.

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02/13/07

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld the dismissal of the patent infringement lawsuit filed by Medtronic against BrainLAB AG in 1998.
The appellate court affirmed a previous district court ruling that BrainLAB image-guided surgery and radiotherapy products do not infringe any of the patents in suit. In February 2006, the US District Court in Denver, Colorado, dismissed Medtronic's patent infringement lawsuit, finding that BrainLAB products do not infringe any of Medtronic's patents in suit. The district court concluded that a September 2005 jury verdict, where the jury found that BrainLAB infringed four patents held or licensed by Medtronic and awarded Medtronic US$51 million, was in error and not supported by the evidence. Medtronic has the possibility to appeal to the US Supreme Court. "We are pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed the district court ruling in this case. The court has confirmed that BrainLAB imaging technology does not infringe the patents in suit and we look forward to further developing our surgical navigation business," commented Stefan Vilsmeier, founder and CEO of BrainLAB.

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02/13/07

The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts has ruled in favor of Genlyte Thomas Group LLC, a subsidiary of The Genlyte Group Inc., in a patent infringement suit against Arch Lighting Group Inc. and its Arch Lighting Systems division. A jury decided that a line of Taunton, Mass.-based Arch Lighting Systems' hospital-room lighting products infringed on one of Genlyte Thomas Group's patents, according to a news release from Louisville-based Genlyte (NASDAQ: GLYT), which manufactures lighting fixtures and related products for the commercial, industrial and residential markets. The court awarded damages of $238,000 and required Arch Lighting Systems to pay Genlyte a per-fixture royalty of $67 for every product sold since Sept. 30, 2006.

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02/06/07

7,172,487 Rigid helium balloons
  Issued: February 6, 2007
  Filed: November 12, 2003
  U.S. Class: 446/220
Abstract:  
The rigid helium balloon has a helium compartment and a separate, channel portion. Helium gas is filled into the helium compartment through a valve in the balloon. Fiberglass rod members are inserted into the channel portion to help retain the desired shape of the balloon. The rod members also provide a counterbalancing weight which prevents the balloon from floating upward. Thus, the balloon, once released into the air, will retain its shape and remain floating at the height from which it was released unless repositioned. No additional weights or tethering devices are required to prevent the balloon from floating upwards.

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02/06/07

7,174,191 Processing of telephone numbers in audio streams
  Issued: February 6, 2007
  Filed: September 10, 2002
  U.S. Class: 455/563
Abstract:  
Occurrences of at least one of a plurality of telephone number-related speech patterns are identified in an audio stream using speech analysis techniques. At least one number pattern corresponding to the occurrences are thereafter identified and stored for later presentation to a user of a mobile device. The occurrences and corresponding number pattern(s) may be filtered to reduce the likelihood of false detections. Furthermore, the detected number pattern(s) may be augmented to ensure completeness. Users may edit and persistently store the resulting number pattern(s). In one embodiment, a portion of the audio stream may be stored and subsequently subjected to the speech analysis process. The stored portion of the audio stream may be reproduced at substantially the same time that at least one number pattern detected therein is provided to the user. In this manner, telephone numbers in audio streams may be captured safely and conveniently.

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02/06/07

7,172,283 Magnetic eyeglass device
  Issued: February 6, 2007
  Filed: April 11, 2006
  U.S. Class: 351/112
Abstract:  
A magnetic device enables user to affix eyeglasses to articles of clothing worn by the user. The device comprises a strong pair of magnets, covered in a non-ferrous shell of various material compositions, each shell being fitted with two pliable, flexible rings for attachment to the eyeglass frames. The rings are made of flexible material so that they can be repeatedly bent or stretched, without fracturing, while the device is being fitted or removed form the eyeglass frames. The shells, when attached to each arm or temple support of the eyeglass frame, magnetically connect together when the eyeglass frames are in the closed position, forming a tight hold whenever the glasses are clasped together. The closed eyeglasses, in combination with the invention of the present invention, can then be easily and securely attached or retained to a belt, pocket, purse, or to an article of clothing.

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02/06/07
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02/06/07

Asyst Technologies Inc. was awarded $74.7 million in damages after a lengthy patent lawsuit, attorneys connected to the case said this week. Fremont-based Asyst sued the German company Jenoptik AG and affiliated companies in connection with a patent relating to its Smart Traveler technology. A federal jury sitting in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose returned the verdict of $74.7 million for infringement including price erosion damages on an entire market value theory. "This is a terrific outcome for our client Asyst, which has steadfastly asserted the validity of this patent for almost a decade," said Mountain View-based Fenwick & West's Darryl Woo, who has represented Asyst since 1998.

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02/06/07

Overstock.com Inc. has sued Applied Interact LLC in a patent dispute over online sweepstakes on the discount retailer's Web site. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan late Friday, Overstock alleges that Applied Interact wrongly claims the online closeout retailer has infringed on two of its patents and is demanded a lump sum license fee. If Overstock doesn't pay the fee, Applied Interact has threatened to file its own patent infringement lawsuit, the Salt Lake City retailer alleges. In its lawsuit, Overstock claims Applied Interact has no ongoing business other than demanding payment of license fees for alleged patent infringement.

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02/06/07

Third Wave Technologies Inc. will receive $10.75 million from rival Stratagene Corp. under an out-of-court settlement of patent litigation, the firms said Tuesday. The settlement resolves Third Wave's case against Stratagene, a La Jolla, Calif., biotechnology company. Both firms provide diagnostic testing products. Last January, Stratagene posted a $21 million appeal bond in federal court in Madison to cover $15.9 million in damages awarded in the case in December 2005 by U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Stratagene appealed the case in federal court.

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02/06/07

Irvine-based laser maker Newport Corp. said Monday it has settled a patent infringement suit lodged by a subsidiary against Oxford, Mass.-based IPG Photonics Corp. Spectra-Physics Inc., which was bought by Newport in 2004, claimed last June that IPG infringed on a patent for an optical fiber laser and amplifier. Terms of the settlement weren't revealed. IPG, which had purchased equipment from Newport in the past, said the settlement would have no impact on its financials.

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01/30/07

7,170,391 Birth and other legal documents having an RFID device and method of use for certification and authentication
  Issued: January 30, 2007
  Filed: June 7, 2003
  U.S. Class: 340/5.82
Abstract:  
A method and apparatus for authenticating entities to use an intelligent interactive Electronic Document Code stored in an RFID tag attached to a document as a means for third parties to ascertain a document is not counterfeit and has not been revoked or changed. In addition, such intelligent RFID tags can uniquely identify a particular document and data related to the document. The authenticating agency can utilize a public or private Electronic Document Code database as a means for the authenticating agency and third parties to authenticate documents and data in documents. The intelligent interactive Electronic Document Code can be used as an anti counterfeit mechanism enabling third parties requested to provide services, benefits or monetary payments to authenticate documents and or the data associated with the document is not counterfeit.

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01/30/07

7,169,010 Block and gavel with the intention to relieve stress novelty-kit
  Issued: January 30, 2007
  Filed: April 18, 2005
  U.S. Class: 446/418
Abstract:  
A simulated Judge's traditional courtroom gavel appartatus, comprising a sounding-block modified with a preferred plurality of nine cubes, bearing some fifty-four different graphic indicia (one upon each facet), a possibly stressful-situation sensitive word reading for example: "landlord", "boss", "step-mom", "taxes", "job", "school", "lawyer", "car." The user thus chooses the desired subject/topic from an assortment of cube selections held within the gavel-housing, then places that selected cube choice face-up into a holding-well formed down into the housing. The user may pause to reflect upon the stressful nature of the subject at hand (ie--"alimony"), --then picking-up the gavel, raises it well above the stressful-word held clearly exposed within the well, and while focusing directly thereto, slams the gavel resoundingly thereupon! This action may obstensibly soothe one's psyche of excess anger or frustration toward that person or object. A more compact generic-variant sets forth the alternative use of interchangeable tile-cards, similarly bearing the different topic words; either iteration offering user the option of subject write-in spaces as well.

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01/30/07

7,170,971 System and method for safe mail transmission
  Issued: January 30, 2007
  Filed: March 8, 2003
  U.S. Class: 378/62
Abstract:  
A method and system for safe mail transmission is provided. A letter is created with a marking compound that provides contrast in a detection system. The letter is sealed in a protective enclosure and scanned when received.

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01/30/07
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01/30/07
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01/30/07

UK-based Quantum Research Group has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. over patent infringement of the company's capacitive sensing technology. The touch sensor chip company says that Apple's iPod makes use of the technology via the iPod's now-famous click wheel. "Some are based on Cypress' PSoC chip and used in a way we believe infringes our patent," CEO Hal Philipp told Electronics Weekly. Interestingly, the suit was actually filed just over a year ago in December of 2005 but only came to public light recently when Apple revealed that it had filed an answer to the suit. Apple's response was, of course, that they did not infringe on any patents. In addition to the company's formal denial of all allegations, it also filed a countersuit against Quantum for noninfringement.

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01/30/07

Broadcom Corp. did not infringe on patents controlled by Qualcomm Inc., a federal court jury in San Diego decided Friday in one of a half-dozen legal duels between the rival chip makers. In the suit, San Diego-based Qualcomm said Broadcom owed $8.3 million for infringing on two Qualcomm patents used in chips for video compression in electronic devices, such as Applevideo iPods, high-definition DVD players, and cable and satellite TV set-top boxes. That dollar figure is relatively small for the two chip titans, which are battling in several courts and international trade organizations over control of the next generation of cell phone technology.

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01/30/07

Amgen Inc. prevailed in a long-running patent dispute over its rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel Monday when a U.S. federal appeals court ruled an Israeli company cannot seek royalties on the drug. The patent dispute, on the face of it, covers a protein used to treat rheumatoid arthritis that was originally licensed to Immunex Corp. before it was acquired by Amgen in 2001. But the case before the court hinged on the question of who owned the patent being disputed. The federal court ruled that Israel Bio-Engineering Project lacked standing to sue Amgen for infringement of the patent because it could not establish sole ownership of the patent. The court upheld in earlier finding that Yeda Research and Development Co. is at least a part-owner of the patent. Yeda declined to participate in the patent dispute. As a result, Israel Bio-Engineering Project could not establish sole ownership of the patent and, therefore, was not in a position to sue. Amgen's position, one it has maintained throughout the patent dispute that began in 1999, was that the patent at issue doesn't even cover Enbrel, said David Polk, a spokesman for the company, late Monday.

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01/30/07

PetMed Express is to pay an undisclosed sum to settle patent litigation over telephone technology. Bruce S. Rosenbloom, chief financial officer at the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based pet pharmacy, said a confidentiality agreement prevents PetMed from disclosing the amount of the settlement. However, he said if it was a material sum, PetMed would have to disclose it. There is no disclosure coming, he added. "It's basically related to using telephone touch key pads for ordering," he said of the patent infringement suit filed in August 2000. The funds entitle PetMed to a nonexclusive license to use the system.

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01/23/07

7,167,715 System and method for determining relative positioning in Ad-Hoc networks
  Issued: January 23, 2007
  Filed: April 1, 2003
  U.S. Class: 455/457
Abstract:  
A system and method for improving the ability of a portable voice and data wireless communications network to provide position information regarding mobile nodes located within a network. The system and method employs mobile access points, wireless routers, and mobile nodes, which each contain at least one transceiver, and are mounted or dispersed at a geographic location. Access points can be connected to mobile vehicles, or connected to a network management system, and wireless routers can be mounted to portable stands for easy deployment. Mobile nodes can be attached to equipment or personnel for tracking purposes, and each node includes technology which may determine an absolute node location containing latitude, longitude and altitude of a node, or a relative node location containing the distance and angle between nodes, or a combination of both absolute and relative location data.

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01/23/07

7,167,100 Apparatus for leaving message on refrigerator
  Issued: January 23, 2007
  Filed: September 13, 2004
  U.S. Class: 340/692
Abstract:  
An apparatus for leaving a message on a refrigerator is disclosed. The apparatus can be mounted on the refrigerator so as to broadcast a voice upon opening a door of the refrigerator. A control unit for processing and controlling the voice is mounted on the main body of the present invention, wherein the control unit is a signal processing control center. A sensor is mounted on the inner side of the door of the refrigerator and is connected to the control unit of the main body. When the door of the refrigerator is open, the sensor is triggered to transmit a sensor signal to the control unit to broadcast the voice. A timer is also connected to the control unit to active the apparatus at a predetermined time. In other words, a predetermined voice content is broadcasted. Thus, the reminding, warning, and encouraging effects are accomplished so as to act an interactive communication medium for family members.

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01/23/07

7,166,794 Hexaphonic pickup for digital guitar system
  Issued: January 23, 2007
  Filed: September 8, 2003
  U.S. Class: 84/728
Abstract:  
A novel multi-signal guitar pickup is provided. The pickup includes a coil assembly for each string that is capable of generating two signals which can be combined together in a predetermined manner to generate an x-plane and a y-plane signal. The pickup is particularly useful in a digital guitar system which generates multiple digital signals representative of the vibrations of each string.

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01/23/07
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01/23/07
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01/23/07

OPTi filed suit in U.S. District Court in Texas against Apple, claiming that Apple Macs are infringing on its patents for speeding up cache memory. The technology, called "predictive snooping of cache memory," allows a controller to bypass the normal memory cycle in a burst access. OPTi claims that Apple has infringed on three of its patents. The company is seeking damages and punitive damages. OPTi's attorney, Samuel Baxter, said the case was filed in Texas because of the technology expertise among the judges in the Eastern District of Texas and the courts' ability to move cases quickly. Both OPTi and Apple are headquartered in Silicon Valley.

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01/23/07

Zilog filed a patent infringement suit against Altera and Actel over technology that allows chip communications to be programmed after they’re already fabricated. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, revolves around a patent entitled “Integrated Circuit Programmable Cross-Point Connection Technique.”

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01/23/07

Apcon Inc. is suing MRV Communications Inc. and Curtiss-Wright Corp. in federal court for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and seeks to prevent MRV and Curtiss-Wright from infringing upon Apcon's U.S. Patent No. 6,243,510. Wilsonville-based Apcon designs, manufactures and sells electronic products including Intellapatch physical layer switches, as well as other network products providing high-speed connections between computers and computer peripherals.

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01/23/07

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries to the semiconductor industry, announced that today it filed a legal action against DuPont Air Products NanoMaterials LLC (DA Nano) for DA Nano's manufacture and marketing of certain CMP slurries that infringe patents owned by Cabot Microelectronics. The affected DA Nano products include those used for tungsten CMP. As explained in Cabot Microelectronics' December 12, 2006 press release on the matter, Cabot Microelectronics filed its complaint as a counterclaim in response to an action filed by DA Nano in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona regarding some of the patents at issue.

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01/16/07

7,165,069 Analysis of search activities of users to identify related network sites
  Issued: January 16, 2007
  Filed: June 28, 1999
  U.S. Class: 713/182
Abstract:  
A meta-data generator is described for generating meta-data relating to at least one Web site, the meta-data identifying, for a Web site providing at least one Web page, identification of, for other Web sites, at least one Web page associated therewith having a selected relationship with the at least one Web site. The meta-data generator includes an information accumulation module, a meta-data generation module and a meta-data storage module. The information accumulation module accumulates Web page information associated with respective Web sites. The meta-data generation module uses the accumulated Web page information according to a selected meta-data generation methodology to generate said meta-data, and the meta-data storage module stores the meta-data generated by the meta-data generation module. Several meta-data generation methodologies are described, including a link (Web page identifier) analysis methodology, two Web page usage analysis methodologies; and a search results analysis methodology. In the link analysis methodology, meta-data is generated associated with Web pages based on the proximity of links to Web pages in each of a plurality of Web pages. In the Web page usage analysis methodologies, the meta-data generator 25 generates meta-data based on the sequence of Web sites which operators enable their computers to request Web pages during a session. In the search results analysis methodology, the meta-data generator generates meta-data based on activities of an operator after he or she receives results generated by a search engine in response to a search query.

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01/16/07

7,163,459 Mobile lottery games over a wireless network
  Issued: January 16, 2007
  Filed: March 6, 2002
  U.S. Class: 463/17
Abstract:  
A method and system for providing real time scratch-off lottery like games over a wireless network. The method and system allow a user of a wireless station to play a lottery game electronically with the feel of real-time scratch and win determination. Substantially concurrently, security, including win/loss determination is maintained by a betting service provider on a system apart from the wireless station of the user. The system tracks user accounts, outstanding lottery games, and randomly determines win/loss information. The user is notified of win or loss (or the value "underneath" the scratch-off block in near real time. The wireless station transmits minimal amounts of data, typically a lottery ticket identifier and description of the users actions to the betting service provider and receives a value to display from the betting service provider.

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01/16/07

7,164,076 System and method for synchronizing a live musical performance with a reference performance
  Issued: January 16, 2007
  Filed: May 14, 2004
  U.S. Class: 84/616
Abstract:  
In a music video game, a player's performance is digitally sampled while the player performs a musical composition. The player's performance is compared with a reference performance of the musical composition provided by the music video game. Performance feedback is presented to the player based on the results of the comparison. In some embodiments, sample times associated with digital samples of the player's live vocal performance are compared against timestamps of data records embedded or otherwise accompanying the reference performance audio track. Pitch and rhythm information is retrieved from the data record having a timestamp that most closely matches the sample time of interest. The pitch and rhythm data is used to compute pitch and rhythm errors, which are used to generate performance evaluation data. The performance evaluation data is used to present performance feedback to the player while the player is performing the musical composition.

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01/16/07
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01/16/07

In October 2006, Transmeta filed suit agaist Intel, alleging that certain Intel processors violated 11 Transmeta patents. Transmeta said at the time that Intel has shipped some $100 billion worth of Pentium chips that use the patented Transmeta technology. Intel's new countersuit states that Transmeta does not have a legitimate claim to the patents. Three months after fending off patent-infringement allegations from Transmeta, Intel is fighting back with allegations of its own, claiming its much smaller rival is violating more than a half-dozen of the chipmaker's patents. Intel has refuted Transmeta's allegations -- that several of Intel's popular Pentium products infringed on Transmeta patents -- and filed a countersuit in U.S. District Court in Delaware. In the countersuit, Intel claims Transmeta infringed on seven of Intel's patents relating to processor functionality and one that covers an "apparatus for controlling power usage."

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01/16/07

A Delaware judge has upheld a federal jury's verdict of patent infringement against LendingTree Inc. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Sue Robinson also raised the damages award by 50 percent to $8.7 million, as well as awarding pre- and post-judgment interest. Houston-based IMX Inc., a mortgage industry software provider, received the favorable jury verdict in its patent lawsuit against Charlotte-based LendingTree after a two-week trial last January. The jury found LendingTree had willfully infringed an IMX patent that provides an Internet-accessible, interactive, real-time network through which borrowers and lenders exchange information to secure loans, according to IMX officials.

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01/16/07

Digene Corp. said Friday it filed a lawsuit against Third Wave Technologies Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging the company infringes on its patented HPV test. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gaithersburg, Md.-based Digene said it is seeking an injunction and undisclosed compensatory damages. Digene makes DNA and RNA test that screen women for infectious diseases and cancers. Its test to detect HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the only one of its kind to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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01/16/07

Electronic-design software and tools company Mentor Graphics Corp. has settled a patent dispute with verification company EVE Corp. Mentor had sued Paris-headquartered EVE, which has its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, Calif., in March last year, alleging infringement of three patents. EVE has settled the litigation by agreeing to license the relevant technology from Mentor, said Ry Schwark, director of public and investor relations.

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01/09/07

7,162,686 System and method for navigating search results
  Issued: January 9, 2007
  Filed: April 18, 2003
  U.S. Class: 715/500
Abstract:  
A method for navigating search results includes identifying a first occurrence and a second occurrence of at least one search term in a document. The method also includes generating a web page comprising at least a portion of the document. The first occurrence appears as a hyperlink in the web page. The hyperlink is associated with a position of the second occurrence. The method further includes communicating the web page for display to a user.

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01/09/07

7,159,539 Smart bowl system
  Issued: January 9, 2007
  Filed: February 18, 2005
  U.S. Class: 119/51.02
Abstract:  
An animal feeder which generates sensorially perceivable indicia upon the coincidence an alteration in food or water conditions and the proximity of a person to the animal feeder.

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01/09/07

7,160,050 Lockable manhole cover
  Issued: January 9, 2007
  Filed: April 12, 2005
  U.S. Class: 404/25
Abstract:  
A manhole system including a cover, a frame receiving the cover and at least one security device securing the cover to the frame.

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01/09/07
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01/09/07
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01/09/07

Video on demand pioneer Intertainer flamed out back in 2002, but not before filing a broad patent for "managing, distributing, and/or retailing digital media assets." That patent was granted in 2005, and the remnants of Intertainer (one co-founder and a secretary) have now launched a patent infringement lawsuit against three Internet heavyweights—Apple, Google, and Napster. And if the suit is successful, more litigation will follow. The lawsuit was filed on December 29, 2006, in the Eastern District of Texas. It might seem odd for a California company to sue other California companies in a Texas federal court, but to patent lawyers, there's nothing mysterious about it; several Texas districts are well-known for favoring plaintiffs.

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01/09/07

In a suit filed on Dec. 21 in Seattle federal court, the Washington Research Foundation accused Samsung, Matsushita Electric Industrial, and Nokia of using patented Bluetooth technology without permission. Bluetooth allows users of mobile phones and digital gizmos to exchange data and voice signals with nearby PCs and other electronic devices. Samsung spokeswoman Eunhee Lee declined to comment on the alleged patent infringement, saying it was her company's policy not to discuss a pending lawsuit. The Seattle-based Washington Research Foundation seeks a court order barring the sale of products that use the patented technology. It calls on the defendants to use Bluetooth chip sets made by Broadcom, which licenses the technology.

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01/09/07

Biotechnology Company Innogenetics announced today that a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Wisconsin affirmed a previously awarded $7 million damage verdict against Abbott Laboratories for infringing the company's HCV genotyping patent. In the same ruling the judge rejected Abbott's requests for a new trial on infringement and validity. The January 3, 2007 order also granted Innogenetics' motion for prejudgment interest on the damage award and set a January 11 evidentiary hearing date to consider the company's request for a permanent injunction against Abbott's sale of infringing products. The judge's opinion vacated the jury's determination that Abbott willfully infringed Innogenetics' patent, and declined to award enhanced damages or attorneys fees. "By upholding the jury's award of damages, today's ruling sends a message to companies large and small that mistakenly believe they can misappropriate others' innovations without regard for the law," said Frank Morich, CEO of Innogenetics. This litigation began in September 2005 when Innogenetics sued Abbott Laboratories alleging that Abbott was infringing the company's United States patent covering a method of genotyping the Hepatitis C Virus (U.S. Patent No. 5,846,704, "the '704 patent").

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01/09/07

Privately held Global Locate, Inc., a leading producer of Assisted-GPS semiconductors and software, announced that it is filing today an Answer and Counterclaims against SiRF Technology, Inc in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California seeking monetary damages and an injunction against SiRF's infringement of four of Global Locate's Assisted-GPS technology patents. Global Locate is filing its Answer and Counterclaims in response to a claim that SiRF initiated on December 15, 2006, after SiRF's stock price dropped precipitously on news that TomTom, a major SiRF customer, had awarded a significant contract to Global Locate. Global Locate believes that SiRF's complaint lacks merit and will fail. As described in its Counterclaims, Global Locate's Patent No.s 6,542,820 and 6,560,534 cover proprietary, Long Term Orbit (LTO) technology invented by Global Locate. LTO extends for several days the usability period of ephemeris assistance data, thereby minimizing the start-up time and enhancing the sensitivity of mobile devices.

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01/02/07

7,158,949 Method for providing property rights based guarantees
  Issued: January 2, 2007
  Filed: December 17, 2004
  U.S. Class: 705/35
Abstract:  
There is disclosed a method of supporting a financial transaction involving an owner of IP rights. A potential guarantor evaluates the IP rights to determine a guarantee value thereof. The guarantor then provides a pledge to pay to a named party the determined guarantee value in exchange for the guarantor receiving ownership of the IP rights in the event of a default of the financial transaction. In one embodiment, a third party provides payment even prior to any such default occurring.

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01/02/07

7,158,808 Method of branding the keypad of a wireless device
  Issued: January 2, 2007
  Filed: September 4, 2002
  U.S. Class: 455/550.1
Abstract:  
A method of branding a wireless device, and a wireless device, are provided. The wireless device includes a housing having at least a first wall. The first wall includes a keypad area including a plurality of keypads. A logo is provided in a design of the keypads. The logo is provided by at least one of stenciling, embossing, silk screening, coloring, painting, texturing, indenting, or applying at least one sticker in the keypad area around one or more keypads; coloring or painting one or more keypads; or a combination of any of the foregoing.

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01/02/07

7,156,744 Recirculating vertical wind tunnel skydiving simulator
  Issued: January 2, 2007
  Filed: July 30, 2004
  U.S. Class: 472/50
Abstract:  
A vertical wind tunnel flight simulator comprises a flight chamber wherein a flier may experience a freefall simulation. Airflow to support the flier is induced by fans connected above the flight chamber through a duct. A staging area having openings to the flight chamber is adjacent to the flight chamber. One or two return air ducts are used to return air from the fans outlet to the fans inlet. Opposed louvers are included on at least one duct segment thereby regulating the temperature via forcing ambient air into the simulator. The use of many duct segments having diverging walls adds commercial value to the system by lowering the height. Mounting components on the roof and behind walls creates a spectacular pedestrian viewing scene of people in flight.

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01/02/07
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01/02/07

Sanofi-Aventis SA and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. won a Canadian federal court ruling dismissing an appeal by drugmaker Apotex Inc. that sought permission to market a generic version of the blood thinner Plavix. Apotex argued that it should be allowed to sell the drug because the patent for Plavix is invalid. Manufactured by Paris- based Sanofi and licensed by New York-based Bristol Myers, Plavix garnered $6.3 billion in global sales last year and is the biggest-selling drug for Bristol-Myers and the second-biggest product for Sanofi. Canadian appeals court Judge Marc Noel in Ottawa said arguments supporting the validity of the patent are ``amply supported by the record and unchallenged by Apotex,'' according to a Dec. 22 opinion upholding a lower court decision. The ruling is the second victory related to Plavix for Sanofi and Bristol Myers this month. On Dec. 8, they won a similar court ruling preventing Apotex from selling a generic version in the U.S. until a trial on the patent's validity.

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01/02/07

In a decisive victory for Google, a Wisconsin judge dismissed a company’s claims that two of the Internet giant’s search tools violated its patents. HyperPhrase Technologies had filed a lawsuit in April alleging that Google’s AdSense and AutoLink features infringed on four search patents that HyperPhrase owned for storage and retrieval of medical records. Those patents were filed starting in 1997 by inventor Carlos de la Huerga. But on December 21, Judge John C. Shabaz of the Federal District Court in Madison, Wisconsin, used unusually strong language to reject HyperPhrase’s claims before the suit could be brought to trial. HyperPhrase also lost a similar patent suit in September 2003 that it had filed against Microsoft over its Office XP Smart Tags function.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:03:50 am into the following categories: In The News


01/02/07

Solexa, Inc. today announced that it has learned of a lawsuit filed in a California state court in Santa Clara County naming Solexa as a defendant. The complaint was filed by the Applied Biosystems Group of Applera Corporation on December 26, 2006. Solexa has not been served with the complaint. The suit relates to the ownership of several patents assigned in 1995 to Solexa's predecessor company, Lynx Therapeutics, by a former employee, Dr. Stephen Macevicz, who is named as a co-defendant in the suit. Lynx was originally a unit of AB and was spun out in 1992. The patents at issue in the suit relate to methods for sequencing DNA using successive rounds of oligonucleotide probe ligation (Sequencing-by-Ligation).

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