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Texas patent holding company files 49 lawsuits in a week, isn’t listed on own office building’s directory

Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 3, 2015, 9:39am

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) – A Texas-based company filed nearly 50 lawsuits against insurers, airlines, grocers and various other companies in just seven days, claiming they are infringing on two of its patents.

Cornyn, Cruz co-sponsor bill to roll back EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan

Jessica M. Karmasek May 14, 2015, 10:14am

WASHINGTON – West Virginia’s U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has introduced legislation aimed at rolling back President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

Texas company suing Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, others for patent infringement

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

MARSHALL (Legal Newsline) – A Texas-based company is suing nearly a dozen electronics manufacturers, including BlackBerry, HTC, Microsoft, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony, for patent infringement.

Jury sides with Apple in non-practicing entity’s lawsuit over mobile technology patents

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A federal jury this week found in favor of Apple Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the electronics giant by a Hawaii-based non-practicing entity.

Patent licensing company launches campaign against demand letters

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

PLANO (Legal Newsline) – A Texas-based patent licensing company is taking aim at “extortionist” demand letters sent by so-called patent “trolls.”

U.S. SC overrules Federal Circuit again; this time, in case over direct infringement

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that a defendant is not liable for inducing infringement of a patent when no one has “directly infringed” the patent.

Leahy’s patent reform bill to be taken up again this week

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A patent reform bill — one of the many introduced in Congress in recent months — was tabled by a Senate panel until later this week.

FOR PRINT***White House announces new actions aimed at curbing ‘trolls,’ strengthening patent system

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Last week, the Obama administration announced a series of executive actions that aim to protect businesses from so-called “patent trolls,” strengthen the country’s patent system and foster innovation.

FOR PRINT-Calif. attorney speaks out against proposed patent reform bills, says they’ll just ‘feed’ trolls

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — Few have spoken out against the various patent reform measures floating around Congress. But Christopher Banys, a California attorney who represents inventors and small businesses, doesn’t mince words: he calls the proposed legislation a “travesty.”

Chevron fraud trial set to begin

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — On Tuesday, a federal judge will begin hearing testimony that a $19 billion judgment against oil giant Chevron Corp. was the product of fraud.

Federal judge tosses Dodd-Frank challenge; plaintiffs say they will appeal

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Obama nominates three to federal circuits, another six to federal districts

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — President Barack Obama made six federal district court nominations and three federal circuit court nominations Thursday, just one week after making six federal district selections.

U.S. SC to consider case over Obama’s NLRB recess appointments

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board are unconstitutional.

FOR PRINT-U.S. SC says human genes can’t be patented

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled mostly against a Utah-based molecular diagnostic company in its attempt to patent a pair of genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer.

***FOR PRINT** Texas firm at center of asbestos fraud case seeks summary judgment

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — A Houston firm alleged to have made inconsistent claims about the origin of a client’s mesothelioma is now asking a U.S. bankruptcy court to enter a summary judgment in its favor.

(FOR PRINT) Report: Judicial candidates spent more than $4.6M in primary TV ads

Jessica M. Karmasek Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

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Obama to nominate former Google executive to head PTO

Jessica M. Karmasek Oct. 21, 2014, 10:50am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – President Barack Obama said Thursday he intends to nominate Michelle K. Lee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Texas company suing Acer, Olympus, others for patent infringement

Jessica M. Karmasek Oct. 7, 2014, 9:48am

MARSHALL (Legal Newsline) – A Texas company is suing popular laptop maker Acer, camera company Olympus and two other companies for patent infringement.

Study: Patent trolls, which tend to go after cash-rich companies, will hurt the economy

Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 30, 2014, 10:02am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A recent study has found that companies that sue other companies that make goods or products, but don’t manufacture anything themselves, are a threat to innovation and the economy in the United States.

U.S. PTO announces this year’s Edison Scholars

Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 23, 2014, 9:34am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Sept. 19 its Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars for 2014.