FILE PHOTO - A sign to the campus offices of chip maker Broadcom Ltd, who announced on Monday an unsolicited bid to buy peer Qualcomm Inc for $103 billion, is shown in Irvine, California, U.S., November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor supplier Broadcom (AVGO.O) has made a patent claim for more than $1 billion against Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and is threatening to seek a judicial ban on the production of several car models, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Friday. A Volkswagen spokesman on Friday told Reuters that a legal action had been filed by Broadcom against the German carmaker over a patent issue without confirming the size of the claim. “Volkswagen has examined the claim and taken necessary action to protect its legal interests,” the spokesman added. Spiegel magazine, which first reported the conflict on Friday, said it concerned the use of 18 patents on Broadcom semiconductors which Volkswagen uses for navigation and … [Read more...] about Broadcom makes $1 billion patent claim against Volkswagen: Der Spiegel
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Recent Crystal Lake South graduate Caroline Rausch has the distinction of helping design and build prototypes for two patented products. The ideas: A survival kit to help someone trapped in a car during a flood escape, and a machine to sort tennis balls and check their pressure. Hundreds of thousands of utility and design patent applications are filed yearly, with half being approved, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The process can be arduous, requiring multiple revisions and typically taking years.Rausch began working on her first product in eighth grade with six other girls on a robotics team named Fruit Salad, for a contest. The team developed the survival kit and applied for a provisional patent.Within a year, the girls finalized their design and filed for a utility patent, which took two years to gain approval with the help of patent lawyer Stephen Scherrer of Crystal Lake."We didn't expect it to be that fast," said Rausch, 18.She and her robotics teammates … [Read more...] about It’s hard to get a patent. This Crystal Lake South grad already holds two.
Scientists at the research consortium CaloriCool are closer than ever to the materials needed for a new type of refrigeration technology that is markedly more energy efficient than current gas compression systems. Currently, residential and commercial cooling consumes about one out of every five kilowatt-hours of electricity generated in the U.S., but a caloric refrigeration system could save as much as 30 percent in energy usage. Consortium members have filed a pair of provisional patent applications on two caloric materials, which are compounds that generate strong cooling effects when acted upon by magnetic, electric, or mechanical forces. One of the materials has a magnetocaloric effect 50 percent better than any material of this class known before. The second patentable discovery corrects a flaw in an already known material, which was formerly thought to be too brittle to use outside of the laboratory setting. “Both of these materials are composed of common elements, … [Read more...] about A Pair of Patents Filed on Breakthrough Materials for Next-Gen Refrigerators
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posted on 09 Sep 2011, 06:05 3 1. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011) The new bi-partisan bill wants to speed up and improve the application process by recruiting more examiners, modernizing equipment and "FILTERING OUT TOO BROAD PATENTS" posted on 09 Sep 2011, 06:15 0 3. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011) That line ultimately made me smile very wide. . . posted on 09 Sep 2011, 06:53 6 6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008) i guess we wont be seeing Apple's "patent drawing on a bar napkin" approach in the US anytime soon. lol. 9. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011) It is not talking that away. As long as you file first. Read before you talk. as long as they file that napkin its all good. 10. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011) LOL. . . If Barak inks it then we might see an end of the silliness in the Mobile Tech world. . . And as a bonus we might see … [Read more...] about Comments for : US Senate passes patent reform bill