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Patent Risk, Insurance Firm RPX Eyes Supplier of Patent Owner Data

Patent risk management company RPX Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire litigation data provider PatentFreedom, three sources familiar with the deal said, a move that highlights the growing importance of services for companies trying to fend off patent lawsuits. …

Jury Awards Nevada High-Tech Firm $10.7M in Patent Case

A Nevada company that makes equipment to manage power supplies for computer data centers has won a $10.7 million judgment in a 7-year-old patent infringement case. A federal jury awarded the money to Reno-based Server Technology Inc. in a lawsuit …

Medtronic in Minnesota To Pay $1B-Plus In Patent Settlement

Medtronic has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle long-standing patent litigation with fellow medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences over replacement heart valves. The Minneapolis company also said Tuesday a heavy charge from that settlement helped drop its …

Supreme Court Facing Additional Patent Issues This Week

Even as it deals with hot-button issues like campaign financing and affirmative action, the U.S. Supreme Court has patents on its mind these days. The court, which has already heard four patent-related cases this term, will hear two more this …

RPX Launches Non-Practicing Entity Patent Litigation Insurance with Lloyd’s

RPX Corp., a provider of patent risk management products, has launched a new insurance service for businesses facing patent infringement litigation with non-practicing entities (NPEs).  As a coverholder at Lloyd’s, RPX Insurance Services, LLC will provide marketing, underwriting, and claims …

Federal Judge in Pittsburgh Orders $1.54B Payout in Marvell Patent Verdict

A federal judge ordered Marvell Technology Group Ltd to pay nearly $1.54 billion for infringing two hard disk drive patents held by Carnegie Mellon University, nearly one-third more than a jury had previously awarded. In a decision late Monday, U.S. …

Supreme Court Takes On Software Patents Today

The U.S. Supreme Court will on Monday delve into the hotly contested question of when software is eligible for patent protection. The nine justices will hear a one-hour oral argument in a case of interest not just to software companies …

‘Patent Troll’ Issue Reaches Supreme Court

A dispute between two fitness equipment makers landed at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, giving justices a chance to consider how to deal with so-called patent trolls, companies that acquire patents to sue for infringement or extract licensing fees. …

U.S. Patent Office Moves to Curb Patent Litigation

The White House announced steps on Thursday designed to reduce frivolous patent lawsuits by trying to make it easier to identify who owns patents and by updating review processes to ensure that fewer weak patents are granted. Major technology companies …

Supreme Court Nixes Organic Farmers’ Appeal on Monsanto Seed Patent

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to let organic farmers and seed sellers challenge Monsanto Co.’s patents on genetically modified seeds. The justices today left intact a federal appeals court decision that threw out a lawsuit against Monsanto, the world’s largest …