Benjamin Appelbaum, Attorney at Law

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Protecting intellectual property

Software developers in New Jersey understand how difficult it can be to protect their inteilectual property. It has become commonplace for others to reverse engineer software products. Patent trolls also rush to file patents for others' innovations in order to steal them. There are several things companies can do to protect their intellectual property.

Verdict against Apple vacated pending new trial

New Jersey residents may be interested to know that VirnetX, a company that makes money from patent litigation, had won an award of $625 million from Apple. In that case, VirnetX claimed that Apple violated a patent related to FaceTime and VPN technology. A judge reversed the verdict on appeal because VirnetX had mentioned a previous verdict when it shouldn't have done so. The judge felt like those comments could have prejudiced the jury.

Apple sued for alleged misuse of patented technology

Most New Jersey residents who own Apple iPhones are probably unaware of the minute details of the phone's battery charging system. Apple iPhones use a fast-charge mode when the batteries fall below 80 percent capacity and a trickle-charge mode after the batteries exceed it. By switching between fast and trickle-charge modes, iPhone battery chargers preserve battery life.

The importance of patent protection

If you are a New Jersey inventor, you know how important it is for you and your company that you obtain patent protection for your intellectual property. You likely already know as well that when you register a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the exclusive rights that you obtain only cover the United States and territories such as Puerto Rico and Guam. However, there are other types of protections that cover other countries.

SCOTUS overturns lower court's punitive damages standards

New Jersey businesses that hold patents should pay attention to the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. In its ruling, the court overruled a precedent previously set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the court that handles patent law matters.

Patent dispute over Nest thermostat ends

Upgrading a New Jersey home to include smart appliances and technologies might include a smart thermostat such as the learning thermostat developed by Nest in 2011. The technology required for this versatile HVAC control is helpful for those who want to track the performance statistics of their heating and air conditioning equipment, but behind the scenes, rights to use these technologies have been disputed by Nest and Honeywell since 2012.

Guarding legitimate patents from frivolous lawsuits

As some New Jersey patent holders may know, filing and receiving a patent is a labor-intensive effort. It requires a written application along with a clear description of the invention. The invention must be new and not previously documented or patented. If it is not new, the application is denied. In order to be approved, the patent application is reviewed by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office in addition to a complete search of the topic and any prior art relevant to the subject.

Supreme Court to hear Samsung-Apple patent battle

People in New Jersey who have been following the ongoing legal battle between smartphone giants Apple and Samsung may be interested in learning that the case will be moving on to the Supreme Court of the United States. On March 21, the nation's highest court agreed to hear the case.

Patent term adjustment claims may depend on parent patents

New Jersey businesses and citizens who own intellectual property may discover that legal precedent limits their ability to benefit from practices like patent term adjustment. Patent term adjustment is sometimes granted following extended examination and approval processes. In some cases, however, courts may disallow adjustments on the grounds that patents are invalid because they duplicate earlier claims, which could constitute obviousness-type double patenting.

What is a patent? What does it protect?

If you're an inventor and have created a new item for sale, new software or other inventions, it's important that you get a patent. Your attorney can help you file the paperwork to get one, but why is it important? Here's a few questions you may be asking.

Benjamin Appelbaum, Attorney at Law - Intellectual Property

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