What happened in the world of IP this week? ⬇️
📌 Last Saturday, during the G20 summit, President Trump announced that certain U.S. companies would be able to resume business operations with Huawei. As a result, shares in Huawei’s smartphone suppliers soared in Asian trading on Monday. Last May, the Chinese tech giant was blacklisted by the Trump administration, and this has prevented U.S. companies from supplying parts and components to Huawei without U.S. government approval.
📌 At the same event, President Xi addressed IP issues by stating that China will establish a mechanism to punish IP infringers and compensate those whose rights have been violated. At the core of the mechanism is a channel to enable foreign firms to make complaints. Another commitment that the Chinese president has made is to take “major steps” to further liberalize the economy.
📌 Just one week after the PTAB ruled on possible interference between the CRISPR-related patents owned by the Broad Institute and those owned by the University of California, starting a patent interference proceeding between the two institutions, the USPTO granted the latter a seventh patent covering a technology related to CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing techniques.
📌 Apple has been sued by LBT IP with regards to a technology used in LBT’s PocketFinder GPS devices. The claims at issue cover “improvements in battery conservation of portable electronic devices”, an aspect that has become critical to consumers when it comes to purchasing portable electronic devices. The complaint also requests that Apple pay an ongoing royalty.
📌 According to the Federal Circuit, Amazon didn’t infringe three patents — owned by Innovation Sciences— that cover the use of a “payment server” in online transactions to enhance security. The three-judge panel found that “securely processing a credit card transaction with a payment server” is an unpatentable abstract idea under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.
📌 The car manufacturer Bentley saw its motion to dismiss a lawsuit with rival Jaguar Land Rover rejected. At the center of the dispute is a patent covering adaptive terrain response technologies that the latter enforced against the former. Bentley previously argued that Jaguar’s patent covered abstract ideas and asked it to be invalidated on the basis of the Alice decision.
📌 The Baltimore sportswear maker Under Armour applied for a patent covering a new sneaker that will measure the blood pressure of the wearer and, consequently, adjust the shoe’s sole to help improve blood circulation. The technology is aimed at helping athletes recover faster after workout sessions. This new innovation comes after last year’s HOVR running shoes, which feature a sensor that tracks the user’s stride length, cadence, pace, and distance.
(featured image photo credit: Kyodo)