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Wed Jan 18



Patents: New inventor has doorstop cats love
Palmbeachpost [PATENT]
Van Vliets glass sucking plastic starfish is a locking device that allows sliding glass doors and windows to open for pets or ventilation while preventing intruder entry. Van Vliet will be appearing on QVC shopping network in August. [...]




Tue Jan 17



3 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast for Business Cash
Business-opportunities.biz [BUSINESS]
In need of working capital for your business? Perhaps you need to let go of some properties. In this case, youre looking at selling your house. But how can you make your home more pleasing so you can sell it fast and get that cash for your business? Simple: fix up that kitchen. Heres how.. [...]




Tue Jan 17



FTC Files Antitrust Complaint Against Qualcomm
Comparativepatentremedies [AGAINST]
. . . and while on the subject of SEPs and FRAND (see todays other post below), I should note in addition that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted earlier today to file a complaint in federal district court, accusing Qualcomm of unfair methods of competition in violation of section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Here is a link to the FTCs press release, here is a link to the complaint, and here is a link to a dissenting statement filed by Commission Maureen Ohlhausen. The pre [...]




Mon Jan 16



The Crowley copying considered in context
Ipbiz [CROWLEY]
In the context of a post about Monica Crowley [ Why plagiarism took down Monica Crowley, Trump’s pick for a top national security post ], one commenter statedI am conservative and I like Monica, but I hate plagiarism. I had a similar experience when I edited a fellow law student’s law review article. I spent a lot of my precious school time improving his article for him, while he resisted the changes in a more than average way. The editor-in-chief called me in and showed me what the footnote ch [...]




Tue Jan 17



The blockchain “buzz”: the rise of a new economy?
Innovationedge.com [RISE]
A few weeks ago I posed the question: Have you jumped on the blockchain wagon?  A blockchain is a data structure that makes it possible to create a digital ledger of transactions and share it among a distributed network of computers. It uses cryptography to allow each participant on the network to manipulate the ledger [...]




Wed Jan 18



How Smart Nora Raised $1 Million In Presales Using Kickstarter and Shopify
Business-opportunities.biz [KICKSTARTER]
Source: Shopify Some of the most innovative products offer effective solutions to the oldest problems around. And the more consumers can relate to those problems, the "stickier" a product idea is. That was the secret behind the success of Smart Nora, a cool new solution to one of life's most common nightly annoyances: Snoring. Hear [...]




Mon Jan 16



6 Things to Consider Before Partnering Up
Business-opportunities.biz [CONSIDER]
Source: Entrepreneur.com 6 Things to Consider Before Partnering Up Great businesses are founded on great partnerships. But great businesses can also be destroyed by bad partnerships. These entrepreneurs—and members of The Oracles—share their hard-won wisdom about what to watch out for before joining forces with a business partner. [...]




Tue Jan 17



BGH: to cease means to recall
IPKitten [BGH]
We would like to bring the attention of our German Readers a recent decision (published 13 January 2017) of the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) with far-reaching implications for practitioners. In essence, the BGH held that any prohibition to distribute a product entails an obligation to actively recall any products already on the shelves, endorsing the view expressed by the Oberlandesgericht Munich in 2013. The same dispute has already led to a judgment of the ECJ on 23 Novem [...]




Tue Jan 17



JRC Report on the Licensing Terms of SEPs
Comparativepatentremedies [REPORT]
The Joint Research Centre (JRC), "the European Commission’s science and knowledge service," has just published a report titled Licensing Terms of Standard Essential Patents: A Comprehensive Analysis of Cases, available here. The authors are Chryssoula Pentheroudakis and Justus A. Baron, and the editor Nikolaus Thumm. Ill have more to say about this report after I read it, but I thought readers of this blog would like to hear about it right away. (Hat tip to Dr. Pentheroudakis for c [...]




Tue Jan 17



The United States Supreme Court
Likelihoodofconfusion [UNITED]
We got a little tour of the U.S. Supreme Court building ahead of our argument in Lee v. Tam tomorrow, January 18, 2016. I was allowed to take pictures so... [...]

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