Uber plays ‘Spot the Drunk’
201806.12
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Uber plays ‘Spot the Drunk’

Uber has applied for a patent for technology that identifies inebriated customers. They say that it would be used to allow drivers to avoid picking up drunk customers that are more likely to be rowdy, messy, or unpleasant. The patent application describes a system that identifies “uncharacteristic user activity”, including typing accuracy and screen tilt….

Whirlpool in a spin
201806.05
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Whirlpool in a spin

Whirlpool is suing an alleged counterfeiter over goods that is says infringe one of its patents and are sold under its trademarks. Whirlpool alleges that Pricebreak is using trademarks on “counterfeit refrigerator water filters” in competition with Whirlpool’s own products. The allegation is that Pricebreak is selling filters that infringe on Whirlpool’s patent for “Fluidic…

Patent Prosecution Highway announced between the UK and Brazil
201804.04
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Patent Prosecution Highway announced between the UK and Brazil

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) have announced a patent prosecution highway. The highway will allow applicants who have successfully obtained a patent in one jurisdiction to request the accelerated processing of a corresponding application in the other. The agreement was signed on Wednesday 28 March during…

Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs
201803.27
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Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs

Walmart and 24 other retail giants have spoken out against President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports in to the USA. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (“RILA”) has claimed that the tariffs will lead to higher costs for retailers which will be passed on to consumers. The tariffs have been imposed by the President as part…

Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit
201803.20
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Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit

Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, have brought an infringement case against their dating app competitor, Bumble. The Claimant is an American internet company that owns a large group of dating services including Tinder, Match.com, OKCupid and PlentyOfFish. A complaint has been filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging, amongst…

BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement
201803.08
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BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement

BlackBerry has lodged a claim against Facebook (and its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries) for infringing patents used in its messaging technologies. The patents in question allowed BlackBerry products using its once ubiquitous BlackBerry Messenger (“BBM”) to lead the way in: displaying notifications to users without bombarding them; time stamping messages; tagging people in pictures or…

Unitary Patent Court to gain a Brexit exemption
201802.13
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Unitary Patent Court to gain a Brexit exemption

The UK Government has announced, via the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), that the UK will ratify the Unitary Patent Court (UPC). Once active, the Court will determine disputes arising out of the newly created EU patent which will be valid across the EU and the UK. There had been question marks over the Court’s presence…

Patents: does additional matter matter?
201706.08
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Patents: does additional matter matter?

HHJ Hacon has provided guidance on the impact of adding subject matter to a patent via his judgment in Curt G. Joa, Inc. v Fameccanica Data SpA [2017] EWHC 1251 (IPEC) (Curt).  In Curt, the patent in suit covered disposable absorbent garments, such as a diaper. By way of background, to obtain a patent, applicants…