In 2018, Gamevice filed a legal claim against gaming icon, Nintendo. Patent law was the central focus of the claim. The plaintiff's claim accused Nintendo of infringing upon its patent regarding a particular product line of game controllers. New Jersey gamers may be familiar with the products in question.
If you have a new design, business idea or formula, it's understandable you'd want to protect your interests and keep others from stealing what you worked so hard to develop. This is why patent law exists, protecting inventors and entrepreneurs in New Jersey and across the country. The process to obtain a patent can be quite complex, and numerous types of problems can arise that delay or impede your ability to accomplish your goals.
Many New Jersey residents have smart speakers in their homes, but the ones made by Google are now at the center of a patent infringement lawsuit. The CEO of Sonos appeared on CNBC to defend the company's decision to file a lawsuit against the technology giant. He said that Google used wireless speaker technology developed and patented by Sonos in its smart speakers.
New Jersey fans of the newest Apple Watch may be interested to know of a lawsuit filed against the company. The lawsuit was filed by a New York cardiologist who alleges that Apple infringed on an atrial fibrillation detection patent he filed in 2006 by using the technology he developed in their Apple Watches.
A bill in the United States Congress may change the eligibility requirement for patents regulated by Section 101. It would restrict statutory exceptions to only a few categories, including mathematical formulas, mental activities and fundamental scientific principles. The new framework, which could end up affecting IP law in New Jersey and every other state, has support from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Public hearings will eventually be held about the issue.
In New Jersey, legislators are contemplating making changes in legal regulations regarding patents. In January 2019 and February 2019, Sen. Thom Tillis and Sen. Chris Coons held meetings about patents and the law. The senators are proposing to make new rules similar to those invented by Francesco Ruffini in 1923. At that time, Ruffini, an Italian senator, wanted to allow scientific researchers rights to patent their discoveries.
Some New Jersey medical researchers may be affected by a federal appellate court decision on Feb. 6 regarding diagnostic test patenting. Rather than providing clarification about this type of patenting, the decision instead increased the pressure on Congress to provide guidance.
New Jersey readers may be interested to learn that another trial involving Qualcomm Inc. and Apple Inc. kicked off before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17. The two technology giants are squabbling over Apple's right to import certain iPhone models into the U.S. This is the second patent infringement case between the companies to go to trial this year.
New Jersey consumers may be wondering about the ongoing legal dispute between the tech companies IBM and Groupon over the latter's alleged use of four protected e-commerce patents. IBM claims that Groupon illegally used several of its proprietary technologies without permission. Other tech companies pay millions of dollars in licensing fees for the rights to use the same patents.
Not all enterprising New Jersey inventors are ready to jump right into the process of seeking a long-term patent. Instead, patent-seekers may wish to consider a provisional patent application, or PPA. It's essentially a short-term way of protecting an invention in a way that does not require the same effort or expense typically associated with a standard patent. Having a PPA on file can also allow an applicant to use the filing date of the PPA if a non-provisional application is filed within a year.