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University of California Sues Retailers Over LED Bulbs

The University of California is looking to halt imports of vintage-style LED light bulbs that are sold at five of the nation’s biggest retailers, including Walmart Inc., Target Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. The University of California Santa Barbara says the …

Voice Software Pioneer Says Amazon Used Its Technology in Alexa

A voice software technology developer is suing Amazon.com Inc., saying the e-commerce giant infringed on patents when developing software for the Alexa digital assistant. VB Assets LLC, which owns the rights to some of the technology developed by voice software …

Government Agency’s Review of Patents Will Be Scrutinized by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a federal agency’s procedures have made it too easy to successfully cancel patents after agreeing on Friday to decide a case involving a vehicle speedometer that alerts drivers if they are speeding. The …

Maryland Company Gets Patent for Storm Tracking Technology

Earth Networks Inc., a Maryland company that provides weather-tracking services, has received a patent on a technology that can be used to track storm cells. Patent 8,836,518 covers a method that uses lightning-flash rates to track the cells. According to …

Connecticut Student Gets Patent for Ice Safety Device

High school senior Zoe Eggleston said she considered her ice-fishing trips with her father, Brad, a mixed bag: she loved the father-daughter camaraderie but had to fight her terror of falling through the ice. As she confronted her fear time …

Progressive Receives Fourth Patent Related to Usage-Based Insurance

Progressive Insurance has received a fourth patent for system technologies used with its optional Pay As You Drive insurance program, a usage-based form of car insurance. U.S. Patent No. 8,090,598 relates, in part, to producing a driver safety score based …

Virginia Jury Rules for Twitter in Patent Lawsuit

A federal jury in Norfolk has ruled in favor of Twitter in a patent lawsuit. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the jury on Monday rejected northern Virginia patent attorney Dinesh Agarwal’s claim that Twitter used his patented technology to develop the …

Wis. Creator of Pocket Bra Claims Patent Infringement

A Wisconsin woman who created a bra with pockets for carrying small objects is suing another woman who had the same idea. Tammy Pintor owns TJ Secret in Menomonee Falls. She has a patent for a brassiere that holds and …