Why do patent defendants say such bad things about the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas?
I asked this question of Michael C. Smith, the noted lawyer and blogger from Marshall, Texas.
If you’re an inventor, engineer, or programmer—if you’re an entrepreneur, owner, or prime mover in a business—if you use technology to make better products for your customers—
Are you protecting your company’s patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) internationally? If not, you’re missing out!
In the last inning of the Apple-Samsung game of smartphone hardball, Samsung slid into home. Apple failed to make the tag. “Samsung is safe!” cried the umpires.
The Supreme Court has granted Samsung’s appeal of a $500 million dollar judgment rendered on the latter’s infringement of Apple’s smartphone (iPhone) design patent.
Fifty-eight years ago today, Kirk Godtfred of Lego filed his patent application on the basic building block, literally, of Lego’s billion dollar private fortune. Now, here’s the thing: A patent filed 58 years ago is long expired. The then-standard-17-year term ended in 1978. So how is it that Lego is still the only game in town?
Let’s consider three inventors who asserted patents against big companies and won. What does it take for a patent owner to succeed?
Most lawyers and business people know enough to call a patent attorney when they’re in trouble—they’ve been sued or threatened with a patent infringement suit,
Patent jury trials reached their zenith in the mid-1990s. The stakes remain high, though the drama has faded. Now, even if it’s called a trial,