WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Wednesday a controversial patent bill backed by major technology companies was being taken off the committee’s agenda for now.
The committee had been attempting to reach agreement on changes to a bill aimed at reducing patent litigation brought by patent assertion entities, often called “patent trolls” by their critics. The measure is similar to legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives in December.
WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – ConAgra Foods Inc,
Cargill Inc and CHS Inc won U.S. antitrust
approval on Tuesday to merge their North American flour mill
operations after agreeing to sell four mills to a Japanese
The companies had announced in March 2013 that ConAgra Foods
Inc would join Horizon Milling, a joint venture of Cargill Inc.
and CHS Inc that is the largest flour miller in America. CHS is
owned by farmers and cooperatives. The combined company will be
called Ardent Mills.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive a Samsung Electronics patent case against Apple Inc, affirming a decision in favor of the iPhone and iPad maker.
Apple and Samsung have been litigating around the world for three years, each accusing the other of infringing patents in making smartphones and other mobile devices. Neither side has scored a crippling sales ban against the other.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of new patent infringement lawsuits in the United States rose more than 10 percent to 6,092 in 2013 despite a 2011 law specifically aimed at reducing patent litigation, according to experts at the analytics group Lex Machina.
The number of lawsuits in 2013 increased 12.4 percent from 2012 despite the America Invents Act, which was the most significant overhaul of the patent system in decades.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After flying through the U.S. House of Representatives and winning the support of an influential senator, closely watched legislation aimed at reducing frivolous patent litigation appears to have stalled, at least for now.
Since at least early April, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has been crafting an amendment aimed at reining in “patent assertion entities,” or PAEs, companies that critics say use weak patents to file unwarranted infringement lawsuits.
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oracle Corp is entitled to copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language, according to a U.S. appeals court ruling on Friday in Oracle’s high-profile lawsuit against Google Inc.
The issue, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, is being closely watched by software developers in Silicon Valley.
WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Lawmakers expressed concern
about combining the top two U.S. cable operators at a
congressional hearing Thursday to discuss Comcast’s
plan to merge with Time Warner Cable Inc.
While none of the lawmakers asked federal regulators to
block the transaction, both Republicans and Democrats cautioned
there were potential negatives in the $45 billion deal.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast’s plan to merge with Time Warner Cable Inc is expected to face criticism from an independent network, small and medium-sized cable operators and a former Internet partner when U.S. lawmakers meet on Thursday for a second time to discuss the controversial deal.
The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel will hear from Comcast Corp Executive Vice President David Cohen.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned an appeals court ruling in a patent fight over elliptical machines, potentially making it easier for the winner in a patent lawsuit to request that its fees be paid by the losing party.
ICON Health & Fitness Inc sued a rival, Octane Fitness LLC, accusing Octane of infringing one of its patents on elliptical trainers. Octane won, and asked to be reimbursed for the estimated $1.3 million it spent fighting the lawsuit. Both the U.S. district court and an appeals court that specializes in patents declined to award the fees.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday took up the thorny issue of how to assess if a patent is so vague that it should be thrown out, a case that could impact other fights dealing with patent infringement.
The high court heard arguments in the long-running case between Nautilus Inc and Biosig Instruments Inc, which centers on monitors built into fitness machines like treadmills that register electrical waves to estimate a user’s heart rate.