The new WIPO team appointed by Director General Mr. Francis Gurry has several new and several existing members. The US representative John Sandage is in charge of Patents & Technology and replaces a prior US representative in the same capacity and is a UN Drug treaty officer appearing to have little expertise in patents. The Chinese representative (Wang Bingying – former Dir. of Chinese TM Office) continues to manage Trademark matters.
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Fed Circuit kills all pending false marking cases retroactively. Are patent infringers next to be dismissed?
In a policy move based on illogic, the Federal Circuit affirmed a USDC decision dismissing a qui tam false marking suit based on false marking occurring prior to passage of the law limiting recovery to actual damages. The law was prospective, but the USDC, affirmed by the CAFC, applies it retroactively in a docket clearing move. This is a policy move by the Court to clear the massive backlog of qui tam false marking cases by effectively pardoning all those who false marked. The decision is doublespeak, as it says what is clearly a court-made pardon is not a pardon. When a court says black is white and the Fed Circuit affirms, the Fed Circuit is showing that, for it, the ends justify the means. The Court appears to me to have found that the Court’s case management is the priority not the enforcement of legal rights. So, the next move will I suppose come if the pending patent troll legislation passes the best Congress money can buy to kill independent inventors cases at the behest of big business lobbying. This false marking pardon sets the stage for the dismissal of all perceived troll cases using the same logic. That is, why not just pardon willful infringement by big business on the basis that such pardon is not a pardon but what Congress really intended to do. I am not a fan of massive qui tam false marking cases, but that WAS the law. If the Federal Government wants to eliminate rights and deny due process, it seems just compensation should be paid BY THE GOVERNMENT. The 5th Amendment’s just compensation clause is there to protect citizens against Government deprivation of due process or taking of property. So, rather than summary dismissal by court fiat, it seems to me that summary dismissal and some payment of just compensation is the proper route.
Here is the Fed Circuit opinion.
Uh-Oh! Just as we expected (and feared). Another big software patent strategist as PTO Director. This time, the former Google IP patent strategist, Michelle K Lee.
A founder and current board member of ChIPs (Chief IP Counsels), an organization dedicated to advancing the careers of women in patent-related fields.
Board Member of the “Asian Pacific Fund” dedicated to providing resources to the Asian community.
Manager of the Silicon Valley Branch of the PTO.
What does this all mean. It means “Money makes the world go around, world go around, world go around…In the most peculiar ways.”
Big software wants to kill the enforcement of software patents, with Google leading the charge. Michelle K. Lee was their advocate. Now the legislation is before Congress. The legislation will hurt independent inventors by making patent assertion next to impossible for those who are not blessed with the billions of dollars needed to launch software inventions. Who better to ram through the next BAD legislation than one of its chief proponents. Michelle K Lee. See where she stands in her own words http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2009/03/patent-reform-needed-more-than-ever.html
Deja vu! When Big Software (aka IBM) wanted to ram through “patent reform” (first to file and a host of big business earmarks designed to weaken the patent system and tilt it further toward big business), Senator Patrick “IBM” Leahy nominated the patent strategist from IBM, David “IBM” Kappos to this same influential post. Why? To implement that dastardly legislation to put the screws to small inventors and make patents a big business bonanza not accessible to small inventors. The result was Kappos lobbying hard for patent reform with the promise that the PTO would get to keep its revenues. However, all the bad parts got through and the revenue part got limited by being subject to House Appropriations Committee oversight and yes, with sequestration and the need to look for money sources the promised end to fee diversion was set aside and diversion continues. Not to be sidetracked by ethical considerations, Kappos pushed on with the implementation starting with all the pro-big business aspects of patent reform, especially two big business specialties, both acronymed FTF, first Fast Track for Fatcats (big companies can pay to jump to the front of the line, underfunded little guys stay back and get screwed over) and First to File (big companies who have in-house patent attorneys, know the rules, and can file super fast will just be “constructively” deemed the real first inventor, even though they aren’t, rather than let the real inventor get the patent the way it used to be). So that big companies can better steal employee inventions, provisions were included to allow companies to file without having to even get the inventors’ signatures (that way if the employee objects, the employee is SOL). To raise the ante on enforcement so small guys can’t afford to enforce their patents, new burdensome reexamination and opposition proceedings were set up (to run up the costs of enforcement and delay recovery so inventors go broke if they try to assert a patent). But inventors are, by nature, inventive and they invented a way around this big business crap, and that was to aggregate their patents in one powerful entity that could go toe to toe in litigation with big business. So, big business set out on a publicity and lobbying campaign to call those aggregators “patent trolls”, “non-practicing entities”, “owners of bad patents”, “frivolous patentee”, “frivolous lawsuits”, “unfair litigation”, etc. Michelle K Lee, at Google, was a leading proponent of those labels and that strategy. Once the dastardly deed was done, well David “IBM” Kappos bailed before the inevitable bad fallout from patent reform hit and went to a lucrative law firm position. Was it the payoff for a bad deed well done? Small inventors (who have seen this revolving door game many times before) think they know the answer, big business will surely deny it.
So, round two, big business fights back with more money thrown at Congress to try to stop the patent aggregators, which truth be known is really to stop small inventors who have no other recourse due to prior patent “reform”. So who does the best White House money can buy and the best Congress money can buy put in now to head the PTO. Naturally, the leading proponent of anti-troll patent reform. So, now we will see the implementation of patent killing rules and laws to block this end run invented by small inventors to find some modicum of reward for their inventions that are being stolen by Google and other big software firms. Deja vu, round two.
One of the big complaints is that these patent-killing reforms will just result in sending to Asia the American jobs that might have been created were American inventors given a fair shake. I hope that appointing an Asian-American is just a coincidence, but one has to wonder if she will have the same sensitivity to the inventors in America as would other possible choices. She is, after all, a Board Member of the “Asian Pacific Fund” which has as its purpose “a need to increase the resources available to the Asian community.” We hope those resources do not include the inventions created by small American inventors and the ‘Asian community’ is the one that is a welcome part of the American community and not the one centered in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo. Ms. Lee is from Silicon Valley, which is known as a hotbed of invention, so we can only hope here loyalties are with the startups and small inventors she represented occasionally at Fenwick & West rather than their big software clients like Google where she went before being pushed rapidly up the ladder at the PTO. I have serious doubts that she is being appointed for any other reason than to see to the implementation of anti-patent troll rules and regulations, but I wonder how strongly she will fight against jobflow to Asia. It is, I submit up to Ms. Lee to prove me and other skeptics to follow wrong. Until then, I am operating under the assumption that her motto will be a warning to small American inventors and patent aggregators “Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Bad Boys, Bad Boys. Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” Next move up to you Ms. Lee! From here in St. Louis in the “Show Me State”, I say show us where your loyalties lie! From the heartland of American, and the Gateway to the West, I say to you, I hope it is here in America, so it can remain the home of Yankee ingenuity! God Bless America, Keep it Strong, Resilient and Ever Creative. In the dreams of our inventors lie our nation’s hope for the future. Don’t let the dreams die! Michelle Lee, What Will You Be?
Bruce Burdick, Managing Attorney, The Burdick Law Firm, Alton, IL & St. Louis, MO
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In it’s first major inter partes reexam decision on business method patent claims, the PTAB has a blockbuster. Remember the name SAP v Versata, as it will be perhaps the hottest topic this year in patent law unless and until the Federal Circuit and/or Suprem Court reviews and revises this monumental decision. It will change the way patent applications are drafted and prosecuted. A patent prosecution attorney who is not up to speed on this decision has a serious malpractice risk. The PTAB announced its presence by determining that the appropriate claim construction standard for post-grant review is the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation (BRI) as opposed to the standard of claim construction used in US District Court proceedings (Phillips v. AWH) and then held all of Versata’s claims unpatentable as directed to unpatentable subject matter. It’s a major turnaround of the case and victory for SAP, but sure to be appealed to the Federal Circuit. The PTAB has sure made its new presence known in a big way with this decision effectively gutting a $345 million infringement finding by declaring the claims invalid as too abstract.
This was one of 3 proceedings, as there are also pending a Federal Circuit case and an USDC-VA-E case.
Versata won a significant decision at the USDC-VA-ED of $345 million for infringement, and the Federal Circuit had affirmed on May 1, 2013. See nice report in easy to read language at http://www.reexamlink.com/2013/05/federal-circuit-appeal-decision-in-versata-software-v-sap/.
Bruce E Burdick, The Burdick Law Firm, Alton, IL
New tool available from Google Patents that not only helps locate prior art but also helps locate infringements.
Google has added to each patent overview in Google Patents (see for example 6,425,764 at http://goo.gl/f31nh) , a blue button labeled “Prior Art Finder”, which appears to be a search tool that searches Google Scholar, Google Patents, Google Web, Google Books and Google People databases to try to find references that use the words of the patent claims in the patent. By default this gives the top 10 references from all those sources. Very cool, right? It arguably does for free in seconds what an invalidity searcher would charge thousands of dollars to do in a few weeks. The Geeks who have noticed it so far have touted it as a new way to fight patent trolls by cheaply locating patent killing prior art. And, it will surely do that in some situations. Patent defense attorneys will certainly welcome this new tool, as they and their engineers can pour over this stuff and quickly locate significant prior art to use in invalidity arguments and/or invalidity opinions. Even though I do more plaintiff work, I also welcome it as it allows me to play devil’s advocate and locate those things I might expect my opponent to assert in arguments for invalidity. I also welcome it on an objective level as being an objective “truth finder”. This tool is arguably neutral as to whether what it finds in invalidating art, as it just apparently searches for things in a given time period that seem to be similar based on the words of the patent claims in question.
As a plaintiff’s attorney in infringement cases, I notice a neat and perhaps unintended capability of this “Prior Art Finder”. As the saying goes, “what infringes if later, anticipates if earlier”. The Prior Art Finder has user adjustable search fields for the beginning and ending date of the search it makes. Again referring to 6,425,764 (Lamson VRIT patent) when we click on the Prior Art Finder button we get the following screen http://goo.gl/eO4fO in which you will see on the left the heading “Custom Date Range” which can be adjusted. For example with 6,425,764 I know the priority date is the provisional filing date of 06/09/1997 rather than the non-provisional date 12/12/1997 listed. Apparently the Google programmers realized this sort of situation and made the date range fully adjustable. However, here’s the really neat twist for patent enforcers – if you make the starting date the issue date of the patent and leave the ending date blank or today, you get an infringement search since now the “Prior Art Finder” becomes a subsequent art finder. So in my example, doing that produces http://goo.gl/rn4qt a list of possible infringements. Note it can also be customized by clicking on one of the boxes at the top of the page, say Patents, to just list patents or to Scholar to just list scholarly articles, etc. As the attorney for 6,425,764, that is a great tool I will certainly use to advantage.
L2BL (lesson to be learned) What anticipates if earlier infringes if later.
Moving more and more toward multilateralism, the EPO and WIPO have embarked on a program to make their search and patent prosecution programs essentially the same. The purpose, lest anyone doubt, is to advantage EPO members relative to the rest of the world, i.e. the US, China, and India. However, we welcome this move as the US and WIPO already closely cooperate and this cooperation treaty will make it less likely that any of the 38 members of the EPO will go rogue on their patent laws.
It now appears that “Microentity fees” were just a gimmick concept of Sen. IBM Leahy to mislead his colleagues into thinking there was something in this bill favoring individual inventors. Now that the bill has passed, those statutorily required Microentity fee reductions which the law said were to be effective immediately upon passage have been instead delayed for “a year or two” for review and regulatory rulemaking. You can be fairly sure that means they will now be killed or minimized, which is apparently part of why IBM Kappos was given power to “adjust” fees. You see, IBM Kappos has raised essentially all PTO fees 15% so small business can help pay for transitioning to a rich man’s game and has postponed the implementation of microentity fees while he “studies” how to implement them, even though no study is needed at all. All that is needed is to read the statute and to divide small entity fees by 2. So, the most logical conclusion is that they are being delayed to try to kill them because they don’t favor IBM. This seems all the more clear since such delay does not apply to fee increases for small inventors, which are already in place, or to the “fast tracks for big cats” (prioritized exam) program which IBM wanted implemented immediately so it could bypass all the small guys and move to the front of the line and which therefore was enacted immediately. Those will be limited to the first 10,000 to request and pay for such priority, and it appears IBM and other big businesses are well on their way to seeing that those 10,000 are used up by them quickly so none will be available for small businesses. IBM Kappos says he may open up a few more for small businesses (translated for small businesses like IBM, GE, Samsung, Toshiba, etc, since truly small business can’t afford them.)
San Rafael, CA (July 19, 2011): CALIFORNIA INVENTOR SUES US GOV FOR $100M+ FOR USE OF INVENTION ON PTSD TREATMENT METHOD
Over 20 years ago, Dr. Ralph Lamson, a psychologist from San Rafael, CA was hiking in the Muir Woods when he experienced another episode of acrophobia (fear of heights) and mentioned to his friend that perhaps virtual reality simulations would be a way to help treat it. The friend said it sounded like “Virtual Therapy”. Some time later, Dr Lamson saw notice of a trade show where VR equipment was on display. Donning the head mounted display for a simulated elevator ride, Lamson once again experienced his fear of heights, but this time in virtual reality, and he found that the more he used it the less scared he became. As a psychologist, he had a “Eureka moment” and instantly knew this confirmed his earlier thoughts while hiking and in about a half-hour he used VR to treat himself right there at the trade show. Now, thinking he was on to something, he went to work in early 1993 to test the theory which he termed “Virtual Therapy” and found in his first large scale test that he was able to cure over 90% (38 out of 40) patients, most in one 90 minute session. Previously, a 60% cure rate in about 10 one hour face-to-face “prolonged exposure therapy” sessions was considered the optimum treatment. Lamson published an article and was in 1994 awarded a Cybertechnology Journal “application of the year” award, predicting it would have widespread application to many other phobias, stress disorders and mental conditions. He began getting phone calls, letters, and visitors from the military wanting to learn more about his invention for possible military applications, which he took to mean psy-ops of some sort. Fast forward ten years to 2004, when Dr. Rizzo at USC’s Institute of Creative Technologies (“USC-ICT”), who knew of Dr. Lamson’s pioneering work with virtual reality immersion therapy or VRIT, began adapting this treatment for PTSD, taking the video game “Full Spectrum Warrior”, and with Dept. of Defense funding developed “Virtual Iraq“, a program (see http://ict.usc.edu/projects/ptsd/) of virtual reality immersion therapy (VRIT) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”). In Virtual Iraq soldiers recreate traumatic experiences under controlled virtual reality conditions in order to help get over them. It works so well that Dr. Rizzo and others working under DOD funding, grants and contracts have received hundreds of millions of dollars in support of this program. In fact, Virtual Reality Immersion Therapy or VRIT has become the preferred treatment for PTSD and has the potential to save American taxpayers over a billion dollars as America tries to cure more than 300,000 PTSD sufferers. VRIT is quicker and more effective, so it lessens the chance of suicide or criminal behavior by sufferers of PTSD and other anxiety disorders. But, the reality is that this was invented by Dr. Lamson. Lamson says the Government stole his invention and that jobs have been lost in California and shipped out-of-state as a result, and he has hundreds of publications and videos to back up his story, including a patent (6,425,764) and book “Virtual Therapy” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BCOFXU published in 1997, two years before the US Army funded the creation of the USC program in 1999. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_for_Creative_Technologies . It is that patent and the invention it defines that is the basis of his lawsuit. After years of requesting compensation from the Government, Lamson has recently filed suit against Uncle Sam for more than $100 million for unauthorized use of his invention.
The Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_reality_therapy describes this technology and Dr. Lamson’s status as the pioneer in the field. Does theft of US jobs, say in southern California, concern you? Does theft of intellectual property interest you? Would you be concerned if it was the U.S. Government itself that was ‘taking’ intellectual property (inventions) and using these without permission of the inventor and without any payment whatsoever, let alone payment of ‘just compensation’ as required by the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution? Is there a relationship between the Congressional passage of patent reform and theft of patents from small businesses and independent inventors? Dr. Lamson knows the answer because it happened to him! His Government stole his invention, one which might have resulted in hundreds of San Francisco area jobs and sent those jobs to Belgium, Canada, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Hawaii, Washington state, and to military bases and VA hospitals world-wide. And, he was not paid a dime!
How does this relate to current patent legislation? Well, even though he was first to invent Lamson was second to file. A Gov’t funded contractor filed first. With enactment 2011-09-16 of HR1249, the law will be “reformed” to where the first to invent will no longer get the patent as has been the case since the first US Patent law in 1790. Instead, Congress passed and the President signed legislation switching to a system where any inventor who is first to get to the Patent Office with an application gets the patent, not the true first inventor. This means that anyone (especially BIG Government or a BIG corporation) who learns about an invention that someone else discovered can pretend to “discover” it themselves, have their eagerly awaiting patent attorneys rush to file and obtain a patent and use that patent to stop the even the true inventor. The independent inventor cannot afford the cost to move that quickly or to file on each possible wrinkle of his invention and will be out-of-luck. If the pretender is a BIG company (Microsoft, IBM, GE, etc.) or worse yet (but just as likely if not more likely) a foreign company, the jobs that the independent inventor would have had to create here, being too small to start overseas, to make his business grow will (hear the sucking sound) go overseas as that is where Big Business has its production now. And since the invention is, like Lamson’s, something better, it will displace existing American businesses and jobs. The economy will further erode as more jobs disappear overseas, and once these new industries set up shop overseas the factories are there not here and the jobs will never return.
As Dr. Lamson points out, “If so-called ‘patent reform’ was law in 1997 when my patent was filed, I would have lost a lifetime of work with no recourse.” Congress wants to “streamline” the patent process by making it easier for government, corporations, and others to steal from inventors. “The Department of Defense (“DOD”), Office of Naval Research (“ONR”), Army, Air Force agencies and divisions, Defense Centers of Excellence, Naval Postgraduate School Monterrey, US Department of Veterans Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, multiple VA hospitals and TRICARE, as well as several Government contractors and grantees are all infringing my patent”, Dr. Lamson notes. “If patent reform was the law, I would just have to watch and cry. But that’s not what the Constitution says in the Fifth Amendment. It says
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
“The theft of my invention by my Government without due process for public use without just compensation began years ago when officers from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterrey visited me in San Rafael to pick my brain about my invention. They wanted to find out about this ‘remarkable new technology’ (Scott Pelley’s description of VRIT for PTSD on the CBS Evening New), my virtual reality psychotherapy discovery, the secrets of my VRIT treatments, and anything else they could steal concerning my VRIT. And I trusted my Government because they said I could and because they said it was really important for the military to know about it for ‘military reasons.’ That was sure a mistake. Don’t you make the mistake of trusting them on Patent Reform, either” says Lamson.
Dr. Lamson describes the theft of his invention. “The Navy began its own VRIT program almost immediately after learning how I did mine. Sure, the Navy now denies theft of my invention but evidence even in the public domain is overwhelming and demonstrates otherwise. For example they asked me to submit an SBIR (small business innovation & research) funding request but denied my request and instead wrote up their own funding request for their own program to do essentially what I had requested and described. They sent the manager of that program to attend my seminar to learn more from me. They then funded Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta (Sam Nunn, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee was from Georgia). Georgia Tech even tried to hire me to teach my secrets and, when I turned them down, hurried up to file their own patent application to beat me by a few months.” Meanwhile, Lamson was trying to perfect his invention, figure out the medical reasons why it worked so much better than other methods, and find funding to commercialize his invention. Lamson laments “I was really disappointed to learn that no legitimate venture capitalist was interested in my work. I felt that since I had originated the idea I knew best how to make it work so it could realize its maximum benefit. I was repeatedly told by venture capitalists that they were not going to invest their money because the Government was spending millions of dollars funding at least 5 competing programs after having stolen my invention.” So you see, had Big Business dominated James Madison (and the founders who created the US patent system) like it does our current Congress; had patent reform and it’s “first to file” system been the law at that time, Lamson would have been sunk, because he was second to file. “But, under our current patent system,” notes Lamson, “as has been the case for US inventors continuously for over 220 years since 1790, I was able to prove to the US Patent & Trademark Office that I was actually the true and first inventor and I got the patent, thus effectively invalidating the prior-filed patent by the Government’s invention thieves.” David Pressman, Lamson’s San Francisco patent attorney did this by a sophisticated, but relatively inexpensive device that is familiar to most patent attorneys called a Rule 131 Affidavit, in which he submitted incontrovertible evidence proving Lamson’s earlier invention. Due to the arduous task of overcoming that prior filing it took five long years for Lamson to get his patent. Once he got the patent, he started looking for contingent fee lawyers to go after these invention pirates who were infringing his now issued patent. But, there was not yet enough money in it and the Government, with its limitless resources, would be the main Defendant. It took him seven years to locate an attorney willing to take on the Government.
Bruce Burdick, Lamson’s patent trial attorney, notes “Yes, you guessed it, Rule 131 will be abolished by the ‘America Invents Act’ so true inventors like Lamson can’t do that to BIG business or BIG government any more. But patent reform was NOT the law in 1997, so Dr. Lamson, the true inventor, got the patent in 2002 and after years of requesting the Government to pay just compensation, we filed suit in July 2011. That suit could not have occurred under first-to-file, but rather the Ga. Tech and Emory Univ. and Government invention thieves would have been deemed the “inventor” and he would have become the infringer. So you see, his story shows the folly of this new patent bill in very real terms in a very real situation.” Burdick also notes “By the way, Dr. Lamson’s Senators, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein were both leading opponents of First to File, arguing to the bitter end in favor of Amendments http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=s2011-31 seeking to delete it from S23, the corresponding Senate bill and Senator Boxer was one of only 5 voting against the entire bill. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=s2011-35 . His representative, Lynn Woolsey, also voted against patent reform. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-491. Dr Lamson is proud of their effort on behalf of inventors like him. We now hope the US Court of Claims sees the truth and awards him the compensation he is due for this invention that is improving the lives of so many thousands of sufferers of PTSD and other psychological disorders. In America, great inventors should not be treated like this, especially by their own Government, or they will just stop inventing. It is an outrage.”
“Lest you think the Government acts fairly with inventors,” Burdick notes, “Dr. Lamson tried filing an Administrative Complaint of Patent Infringement in accordance with DFARS 227.7004 with the ONR (Office of Naval Research, which serves as Intellectual Property Counsel for the Navy) but that was denied. Since the denial looked bogus, Dr Lamson checked further. By FOIA request, he has recently learned that the Navy has turned down all (yes ALL, every single one) of such complaints for at least the last 15 years. The Government issues these patents and then does not even honor them. It’s really infuriating to inventors like Dr/ Lamson. His own Government has left him with no other choice but to file suit against them, so June 10, 2011 we filed suit in the US Ct. of Fed. Claims (USCFC), so his story is a matter of public record, and he will get his day in Court.” His Complaint to DOD is posted online at http://www.burdlaw.com/references/20101020%20Administrative%20Claim%20-%20final.pdf and his court Complaint at http://burdlaw.com/references/PX20110610%20Complaint.pdf . If you read those Complaints you will see many of the same facts he has described above.
As Dr. Lamson notes in closing, “The US Government says it is stimulating the economy to create jobs. Just the opposite. The last remaining corner of hope for arresting a downward spiral is inventing to achieve a competitive edge for the economy and for personal livelihood. The military is not only waging war abroad but silently destroying the US economy from within. It is insidious. And now the best Congress money can buy is about to kill the patent system for inventors like me. I want to create a business, hire people and cure people and improve their lives. My Government is stopping me by stealing from me my life’s work. Wonder why America’s economy is in decline? Who’s watching? Who’s reporting? “
Dr Lamson can be reached by email at email@example.com or phone at (415) 209-4269. His attorney, Bruce Burdick, can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (618) 462-3450.
Big Software won’t like this article. http://ipwatchdog.com/2011/07/10/torpedoing-patent-rights/id=18022/ calling PGR (post grant review) a torpedo that needs to be disarmed (removed from patent reform legislation).
It exposes what Big Software is up to in this PGR portion of their effort to legislatively extract themselves from the huge patent liability they face as a result of their choice to suppress and conceal their software inventions rather than file patents. They are getting hit with huge patent judgments now that others are getting patents after having independently invented the concealed and suppressed inventions. An anti-Google contingent of Big Software players (Apple, RIM, EMC, Ericsson, Sony, and Microsoft) outbid Google and bought Nortel’s patent portfolio for $4.5 billion to gain a portfolio of patents. That shows the kind of money involved in Big Software’s attempt to regain a patent position and prevent others from getting competing patents. Prior user rights provisions in this abominable patent reform bill is Big Software’s primary ploy to escape liability. But, whining about “bad patents” (other people’s patents on items Big Software invented but concealed) is another Big Software ploy to try to justify endless challenges under three different procedures, including PGR. Thanks to Judge Michel for exposing their game.
Why should we kill nearly all patents, destroy small inventors and cripple small business to give Big Software a bailout from their bad legal decision to conceal their inventions? It was their deliberate choice, and besides small businesses keep their jobs here while Big Software sends their jobs overseas.
I strongly agree that this PGR torpedo needs to be disarmed, in fact this whole patent reform bill except for the provision ending fee diversion, before it sinks America’s creative small businesses in their infancy and with them the American economy.
Small Bainbridge Island (Seattle-Tacoma area) company Eagle Harbor Holdings sues Ford for patent infringement of 7 patents. Founders Joe & Dan Preston also founded Airbiquity, a Seattle company whose technology is in GM’s ONSTAR. The company is encouraged, no doubt, by the success of i4i in its suit against Microsoft which kept a high burden of proof in invalidation defenses against such suits.