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U.S. patents: Roots, evolution and new developments

World Intellectual Property Day was April 26th. We just finished a series of posts celebrating this year’s theme: the ingenuity of girls and women as reflected in their new innovations and inventions that will advance the fields of health, technology, environmental protection, industry, engineering, agriculture, transportation and others. 

Gender parity in patents: Hedy Lamarr’s frequency hopping

Today we continue our look at the contributions of female inventors to our collective intellectual property in the spirit of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme honoring female innovation. As the day approaches on April 26, our focus here will remain on this important subject. 

World Intellectual Property Day is April 26, 2018

On April 26 each year, WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, celebrates World Intellectual Property Day. According to its webpage about the occasion, it offers a “unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.” 

Judge invalidates patent claims

Two competitors have been battling it out in a lawsuit that has lasted four years so far. A federal judge recently issued a ruling that has tipped the scales in favor of the defendant. Litigation began when one company accused the other of patent law infringement. Those in Kansas and Missouri who hold patents or are facing accusations of infringement may be interested in the details of this case.

Nintendo patent law battle not over yet

Why is the amount of $10 million so important to technology mogul, Nintendo, these days? It just so happens to be the amount of restitution Nintendo was ordered by the court to pay iLife Technologies following patent law litigation that is now working its way through the appeals process. It seems iLife continues to retain a stronghold, however, as Nintendo recently lost another round in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Those facing patent issues in Missouri may want to follow this case.

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