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IRobot Sues Hoover, Other Competitors over Robotic Vacuum Patents

IRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, brought a string of lawsuits on Monday accusing rivals including The Hoover Co and Black & Decker Corp of using its patented technology without permission. Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot filed lawsuits in …

Supreme Court Will Hear Apple-Samsung Patent Damages Dispute

After five years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in the bitter patent dispute between the world’s two top smartphone manufacturers over the amount Samsung should pay Apple for copying the iPhone’s distinctive look. The …

Supreme Court Makes Room for Triple Damages for Intentional Patent Infringement

The U.S. Supreme Court eased the way for larger damage awards when a company intentionally copies a patented invention. Voting unanimously, the justices said a key federal appeals court had placed overly rigid limits on the ability of trial judges …

Buyers of Expiring Patents See Profit in Infringement Claims

The 1990s may be over but patents from that era live on. U.S. courts are seeing a rash of lawsuits involving old and sometimes expired patents as companies try to squeeze the last bit of profits from their 20-year-old inventions. …

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. …

Supreme Court Rules Patent Suit Winners Can Get Legal Fees

Companies that successfully fight off “unreasonable” patent lawsuits can get their legal fees paid, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a decision that may benefit Google Inc., Apple Inc. and other technology businesses. The high court on Tuesday gave trial …

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 …

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 …

Federal Trade Commission Moves Closer to ‘Patent Troll’ Study

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday took another step toward a comprehensive study of “patent trolls” – companies in the business of buying and asserting patents – to see if they are hurting competition with abusive litigation. FTC commissioners …

Questionable Software Patents Main Reason for Rise in Lawsuits: GAO

Software patents are the biggest reason behind a rise in litigation over inventions, especially against companies that use the technology, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found. Its study, required under a law passed in 2011 that overhauled the U.S. patent …