What happened in the world of IP this week? ⬇️
📌 A USPTO patent assignment revealed that Intel transferred 58 US patents to the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo. The transaction took place just one week after the chipmaker announced it was putting 8,500 patents relating to cellular wireless connectivity onto the auction block. The deal probably dates back to April, when the company announced it was going to pull out of the market with its 5G smartphone modem business.
📌 Impact Engine, a small San Diego-based tech firm, sued Google for patent infringement. The lawsuit states that the Mountain View giant willfully copied one of Impact Engine’s products to develop its Display Ad Builder, infringing six patents. Google apparently courted the San Diego business for years, seeking to build a partnership.
📌 Huawei accused one of the US’s largest defence companies — L3 Harris Technologies — of infringing five of its patents, bringing the spat between the two entities a step forward. Last October, in fact, the US company accused the Chinese tech giant of infringing seven of its patents. The latter then sued back in relation to five patents. The filing comes as trade tensions between the US and China continue to escalate.
📌 The Shenzhen-based biometrics firm Goodix Technology filed an infringement complaint against the Taiwan-based Egis Technology in relation to a patent that covers optical in-display fingerprint technology, currently trending in the smartphone market. The complaint was also accompanied by a compensation request of $7.3 million.
📌 A judge of the Eastern District of Texas ruled that the Korean semiconductor manufacturer HiCon didn’t infringe a Dallas-based Plastronics Socket Partners‘ patent, finding that the latter actually broke a royalty agreement with the Korean company’s founder. The US business was requested to pay over $1.36 million in damages to account for royalties.
📌 The patent evaluation program introduced by Amazon earlier this year in an attempt to streamline take-down actions on the e-commerce portal has been deemed useful but solely for matters that do not require discovery or the possibility for appeal. Follow the link to discover the pros and cons of the program.