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Summarize this content to 100 words A significant portion of today’s digest is news about lawsuits and patent disputes. Coincidentally, most of the lawsuits were filed in Texas courts: Touchstream v. Google, CAP-XX v. Tesla, MuTag vs. Apple. In addition, we will talk about the new fantasies of the “apple” company, as well as the trends in patents of the first half of the current year (of course, we cannot do without China). All the most interesting things in the field of patents and technologies are in our digest. Expensive courts in the Texas styleNorwegian robotics company AutoStore Holdings agreed to pay a British firm 200 million pounds ($257 million) to settle a patent infringement dispute over automated warehouses.The two corporations have been locked in a legal battle for several years over Ocado’s warehouse system, where robots move thousands of customer orders. Ocado holds exclusive patents for a product called Single Space Robot, while the organizations have an agreement that gives each party access to the other’s patents until 2020 to use or develop their own products. Meanwhile, a jury in the Western District of Texas ruled that the company Google Chromecast violated three patents of the company Touchstream Technologie and must pay the latter almost $339 million as compensation. Touchstream filed a complaint in June 2021, alleging that the corporations met in December 2011, but that Google did not want to work with it then. And in 2013, the first Chromecast appeared. Touchstream believes that all generations of this IT giant’s product infringe its patents. The same Texas court in late July received several lawsuits from the company WristDocs to the address of the same Google, as well as Apple. This time it’s about a smart watch. The developer claims that the products of IT giants – Apple Watch and Fitbit – infringe the patent WristDocs on biotelemetry system. The firm accuses Apple, Google and other corporations of developing and selling health monitors that infringe on its exclusive right to commercial use of a patented wrist-worn vital-monitoring system. These devices allegedly infringe US patent #9,392,970. Another case before a Texas court, by contrast, involves a lawsuit by an industrial giant against a small developer. Australian company CAP-XXspecializing in the production of rechargeable batteries, statedthat it will “vigorously defend” the intellectual property infringement lawsuit filed by Tesla in federal court in Texas.Last week, CAP-XX filed an “Update on Patent Infringement” with the London Stock Exchange detailing its own lawsuit against Maxwell Technologies (now a subsidiary of Tesla Inc.), first filed in Delaware court in 2018 . year, as well as a new case filed against CAP-XX by Tesla.Tesla’s lawsuit against CAP-XX raises questions about Elon Musk’s promise to them in 2014 “not to initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who in good faith wants to use our technology.” After all, both cases concern patents related to supercapacitors, the energy-storing components in electric vehicle batteries.Finally, one more mention of Texas courts — in connection with Apple. MuTag has filed a lawsuit against the tech giant, accusing it of infringing a patent on an artificial intelligence-based system that helps locate lost items using electronic tags. The lawsuit alleges that AirTags contain 17 claimed limitations of U.S. Patent No. 10154379, including a method of collecting data about a user’s behavior from another device and receiving a notification from that device’s beacon after moving beyond a certain threshold. Tendencies and trendsJournalists of the Railway Technology portal analyzed data on patent applications and grants that illustrate innovative trends in the industry. The study uses Disruptor databases that track all major deals, patents, company filings, recruitment schemes and social media buzz.The data show that in the first half of 2023, the transport, infrastructure and logistics sectors were dominated by patentsrelated to supply chains: more than 6,500 publications addressed this topic, 2,000 more than the next largest topic, the environment. The predominance of supply chain patents (20% of total patent publications filed this year in the industry) makes sense when viewed in the context of a post-pandemic world struggling to adapt to radical changes in supply chains, especially in light of other significant disruptions such as SVO Meanwhile, the State Administration of Market Regulation of China (SAMR) published draft antitrust guidance in the field of standard essential patents (SEP).The guidelines were developed with the aim of “preventing and stopping the abuse of standard patents by enterprises with the aim of excluding or limiting competition, protecting intellectual property rights, increasing the efficiency of economic activity, protecting the interests of consumers and public interests.”The fact that the PRC pays close attention to standard-essential patents can be safely attributed to trends, given that the Celestial Empire is today a record holder in terms of patents and protection (it doesn’t matter by what means) of intellectual property. Apple fantasizesA rare week goes by without news about the “apple” company. Having set out to surprise, the flagship must remain at the cutting edge of engineering thought. The main thing is that this opinion has more to do with reality than with fantasy, which is what the company is sometimes accused of, referring to its strange patents. Also surprising this week: a patent filed in 2021 and approved last Tuesday by Apple tells on the idea of ​​”Modulated Computing and Input Devices”. Such a device will act as a kind of docking station, in which you can install several screens and keyboards, and in the future something else. The base itself can be hinged, which allows all these devices to rotate. The schematics in the documentation show how you can connect a keyboard and display to the base to make a sort of tablet with a keyboard. Others show how two or even three screens can be connected: one screen can display content while the other serves as a drawing tablet or keyboard.It seems that Apple is preparing to offer users such a universal “creative device”. However, it is worth remembering that a patent application does not yet mean implementation and development. Apple receives quite a lot of patents for its devices, phones and many other devices, which, however, remain only on paper. About the Online Patent serviceOnline Patent is digital system No. 1 in the rating of Rospatent. Since 2013, we have been creating unique LegalTech solutions for the protection and management of intellectual property. Register in the Online Patent service and get access to the following services:Online registration of programs, invention patents, trademarks, industrial design;Submitting an application for inclusion in the Register of domestic software;Options for accelerated registration of services;Free search in databases of patents, programs, trademarks;Monitoring of new applications according to criteria;Online support of specialists.Look for more articles, analytics from experts and useful information about intellectual property in Russia and the world in our Telegram channel.Get a discount of 1000 rubles on your first order. More details in the pinned post

digest of the main news / Habr

A significant portion of today’s digest is news about lawsuits and patent disputes. Coincidentally, most of the lawsuits were filed in Texas courts: Touchstream v. Google, CAP-XX v. Tesla, MuTag vs. Apple. In addition, we will talk about the new fantasies of the “apple” company, as well as the trends in patents of the first half of the current year (of course, we cannot do without China). All the most interesting things in the field of patents and technologies are in our digest.

Expensive courts in the Texas style

Norwegian robotics company AutoStore Holdings agreed to pay a British firm 200 million pounds ($257 million) to settle a patent infringement dispute over automated warehouses.

The two corporations have been locked in a legal battle for several years over Ocado’s warehouse system, where robots move thousands of customer orders. Ocado holds exclusive patents for a product called Single Space Robot, while the organizations have an agreement that gives each party access to the other’s patents until 2020 to use or develop their own products.

Meanwhile, a jury in the Western District of Texas ruled that the company Google Chromecast violated three patents of the company Touchstream Technologie and must pay the latter almost $339 million as compensation. Touchstream filed a complaint in June 2021, alleging that the corporations met in December 2011, but that Google did not want to work with it then. And in 2013, the first Chromecast appeared. Touchstream believes that all generations of this IT giant’s product infringe its patents.

The same Texas court in late July received several lawsuits from the company WristDocs to the address of the same Google, as well as Apple. This time it’s about a smart watch. The developer claims that the products of IT giants – Apple Watch and Fitbit – infringe the patent WristDocs on biotelemetry system. The firm accuses Apple, Google and other corporations of developing and selling health monitors that infringe on its exclusive right to commercial use of a patented wrist-worn vital-monitoring system. These devices allegedly infringe US patent #9,392,970.

Another case before a Texas court, by contrast, involves a lawsuit by an industrial giant against a small developer. Australian company CAP-XXspecializing in the production of rechargeable batteries, statedthat it will “vigorously defend” the intellectual property infringement lawsuit filed by Tesla in federal court in Texas.

Last week, CAP-XX filed an “Update on Patent Infringement” with the London Stock Exchange detailing its own lawsuit against Maxwell Technologies (now a subsidiary of Tesla Inc.), first filed in Delaware court in 2018 . year, as well as a new case filed against CAP-XX by Tesla.

Tesla’s lawsuit against CAP-XX raises questions about Elon Musk’s promise to them in 2014 “not to initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who in good faith wants to use our technology.” After all, both cases concern patents related to supercapacitors, the energy-storing components in electric vehicle batteries.

Finally, one more mention of Texas courts — in connection with Apple. MuTag has filed a lawsuit against the tech giant, accusing it of infringing a patent on an artificial intelligence-based system that helps locate lost items using electronic tags. The lawsuit alleges that AirTags contain 17 claimed limitations of U.S. Patent No. 10154379, including a method of collecting data about a user’s behavior from another device and receiving a notification from that device’s beacon after moving beyond a certain threshold.

Tendencies and trends

Journalists of the Railway Technology portal analyzed data on patent applications and grants that illustrate innovative trends in the industry. The study uses Disruptor databases that track all major deals, patents, company filings, recruitment schemes and social media buzz.

The data show that in the first half of 2023, the transport, infrastructure and logistics sectors were dominated by patentsrelated to supply chains: more than 6,500 publications addressed this topic, 2,000 more than the next largest topic, the environment.

The predominance of supply chain patents (20% of total patent publications filed this year in the industry) makes sense when viewed in the context of a post-pandemic world struggling to adapt to radical changes in supply chains, especially in light of other significant disruptions such as SVO

Meanwhile, the State Administration of Market Regulation of China (SAMR) published draft antitrust guidance in the field of standard essential patents (SEP).

The guidelines were developed with the aim of “preventing and stopping the abuse of standard patents by enterprises with the aim of excluding or limiting competition, protecting intellectual property rights, increasing the efficiency of economic activity, protecting the interests of consumers and public interests.”

The fact that the PRC pays close attention to standard-essential patents can be safely attributed to trends, given that the Celestial Empire is today a record holder in terms of patents and protection (it doesn’t matter by what means) of intellectual property.

Apple fantasizes

A rare week goes by without news about the “apple” company. Having set out to surprise, the flagship must remain at the cutting edge of engineering thought. The main thing is that this opinion has more to do with reality than with fantasy, which is what the company is sometimes accused of, referring to its strange patents. Also surprising this week: a patent filed in 2021 and approved last Tuesday by Apple tells on the idea of ​​”Modulated Computing and Input Devices”. Such a device will act as a kind of docking station, in which you can install several screens and keyboards, and in the future something else. The base itself can be hinged, which allows all these devices to rotate.

The schematics in the documentation show how you can connect a keyboard and display to the base to make a sort of tablet with a keyboard. Others show how two or even three screens can be connected: one screen can display content while the other serves as a drawing tablet or keyboard.

It seems that Apple is preparing to offer users such a universal “creative device”. However, it is worth remembering that a patent application does not yet mean implementation and development. Apple receives quite a lot of patents for its devices, phones and many other devices, which, however, remain only on paper.

About the Online Patent service

Online Patent is digital system No. 1 in the rating of Rospatent. Since 2013, we have been creating unique LegalTech solutions for the protection and management of intellectual property. Register in the Online Patent service and get access to the following services:

  • Online registration of programs, invention patents, trademarks, industrial design;

  • Submitting an application for inclusion in the Register of domestic software;

  • Options for accelerated registration of services;

  • Free search in databases of patents, programs, trademarks;

  • Monitoring of new applications according to criteria;

  • Online support of specialists.

Look for more articles, analytics from experts and useful information about intellectual property in Russia and the world in our Telegram channel.

Get a discount of 1000 rubles on your first order. More details in the pinned post

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