When faced with a plaintiff's animation of a traffic accident, trial attorney Rich Hawley of Kightlinger & Gray decided to use Demonstratives, Inc. (DI) for its engineering expertise and animation capabilities to help defend his client, a farmer who was driving a piece of large machinery.
When tasked with proving that Vonage Holding Corp. (Vonage) intentionally infringed telecom giant Sprint Nextel's voice over Internet technology patents, the legal team at Shook Hardy and Bacon LLP turned to Demonstratives, Inc. (DI) to produce tutorial animations that illustrated many of the complex technologies involved in telephone and Internet systems.
James Dabney of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, L.L.P. in New York turned to Demonstratives, Inc. (DI) when KSR, a Tier 1 supplier of automotive components, was used for alleged patent infringement.
The importance of software patents has increased dramatically in recent years. The high profile patent disputes between Apple, Google, and other smartphone companies have attracted the most attention in the press, but patent battles are being waged all across the software industry.
Why are manufacturers of Android-based phones, and the owner of the operating system (Google), major targets for patent infringement lawsuits? The answer highlights a key issue in the continuing dispute over the boundaries of software-related patents, as well as the impact of market share and open source operating systems.
It is déjà vu all over again, as the Supreme Court once again has agreed to review a controversial patent ruling of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The issue this time: whether a patent owner's rights were exhausted by a license agreement and subsequent sale of product pursuant to the license.
Ronald A. Katz once predicted that he would someday become the wealthiest patent holder ever. By most estimates, he has achieved that goal – or will soon.