Florida biotechnology firm wins important patent

Biotechnology is big business here in Florida. The Sunshine State is home to many firms that are making significant and noteworthy progress against some of the most debilitating diseases known to science.

Biotechnology firms want to make sure they benefit economically from their research and development, so naturally they seek to patent their breakthroughs. If […]

By |March 29th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Florida medical device maker: British firm is infringing on our patents

A Davie medical device manufacturer has filed a lawsuit against one of its chief rivals, a British firm in the same field, alleging that the company has infringed on its patents.

Mako Surgical Corp. makes a surgical robot that is used in hip and knee replacement surgeries. In its lawsuit against Stanmore Implants Worldwide, it […]

By |March 22nd, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Are Yahoo and other tech companies improperly ‘weaponizing’ patents?

We have told Naples readers before about high-tech companies battling it out over patents and accusing each other of infringing on the all-important technology that distinguishes their products and services from those of their competitors. That story is nothing new.

What are new, however, are recent allegations about “weaponizing” patents. Saying someone is “weaponizing” a […]

By |March 15th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Study: Internet piracy can cost movie studios up to 10 percent of annual revenue

We are sure there are a few Florida residents who have illegally downloaded a movie or two. “What’s the harm?” the thinking goes. “Movie studios make millions. This will not affect them at all.”
Au contraire, according to a recent study.

“Gone in 60 Seconds: The Impact of the Megaupload Shutdown on Movie Sales” is the […]

By |March 13th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Florida wildcat sanctuary wins $1M in trademark infringement case

An Oklahoma man who goes by the stage name “Joe Exotic” has been ordered to pay a Florida animal sanctuary $1 million because the various logos and images he uses to promote himself and his wild animal tourist attraction infringe on the sanctuary’s trademarks.

The man, whose birth name is Joe Schreibvogel, runs a wild […]

By |March 6th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Copyright Alert System: A game-changer for technology, entertainment fields?

This week, a “Copyright Alert System” orchestrated by the five biggest Internet service providers in the U.S. goes into effect.

While we are all in favor, of course, of strong measures to protect intellectual property assets, we also understand that no system is perfect. We thought it might interesting to walk through what we know […]

By |February 28th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Florida’s State University System generates most patents in state

If you had to guess which entity in Florida generates the most patents, which would you choose?

Maybe Disney, or perhaps Florida’s prosperous citrus industry? What about one of our top-notch health systems?

Those are good guesses, but the answer is actually Florida’s State University System. In the past five years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark […]

By |February 21st, 2013|General|0 Comments|

In trademark dispute, Ralph Lauren wins round against U.S. Polo Association

Florida consumers are no doubt aware of Ralph Lauren, the designer who for years has sold fashionable, preppy garments, accessories and fragrances emblazoned with his signature polo pony logo.

They might also be familiar with U.S. Polo Association, a less costly brand of clothing that also uses a horseman logo.

But do they ever get the […]

By |February 16th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Florida doesn’t make list of top five ‘patent clusters,’ but that might be okay

The Brookings Institution released an interesting study the other week looking at which metropolitan areas in the U.S. generated the most patent applications.

No Florida city made the top five list, but for reasons we will discuss momentarily, that may not mean quite as much as you might think.

The study found that 64 percent of […]

By |February 7th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Florida doesn’t make list of top five ‘patent clusters,’ but that might be okay|

Streaming music services pay for licenses, but do they pay for musicians?

Any Naples residents who has discovered Pandora or Spotify probably only has wonderful things to say about these streaming-music services, which allow users to listen to songs over the Internet for free.

Some music industry professionals like them, too, because they pay for the privilege of playing legally licensed music and take care to observe […]

By |January 29th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Streaming music services pay for licenses, but do they pay for musicians?|