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When a company buys the licensing rights for a web-slinging toy, does it need to pay royalties to the inventor forever? Or just until the toy’s patent expires? The Supreme Court has already answered this question, but an upcoming decision from the Court may overrule a 50-year precedent.

SpidermanThe Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Kimble v. Marvel on Tuesday and it could decide to overturn its 1964 decision in Brulotte v. Thys Co.The ruling in Brulotte is clear; that isn’t the problem. The Court held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se.” This simply means that once a patent expires, the patent holder doesn’t have to pay royalty fees to the original inventor when using it.

Read more: http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2015/03/supreme-court-to-reexamine-patent-licensing-in-spider-man-toy-case/

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In the coming year, energy harvesting is poised to grow as an industry. From the Internet of Things to biomedical advancements, as well as the advent of lower-cost tech components, these systems are shifting from small applications to broad-scale functionality. http://bit.ly/1Hspx8N 

Have you used this technology? If so, how?
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Now with greater use of technology, a number of cities are accumulating data, delivering innovation, and enhancing lives of citizens. Here are the top five “smart” cities.



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This teenager created a respiratory monitor that doesn’t need wires. The theramin-inspired device monitors the body’s magnetic field to detect breathing and costs less than $50. See more of this innovation and the others that competed at #IntelSTS: http://intel.ly/197JPc9
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Has the kind or size of firms handling patent cases changed much over the last few years? A solid post from IPWatchdog: http://bit.ly/1GLBDJQ

Some time ago, a colleague posed an interesting question to me in hopes that Lex Machina’s data might be able to shed some light: Has the kind or size of firms handling patent cases changed much over the last few years? In other words, are companies increasingly choosing smaller, cheaper boutiques, or are they relying more often on “BigLaw” firms?
To answer these questions, I’ve combined Lex Machina’s own data on cases filed and law firms involved with data from American Lawyer’s top 100 and American Lawyer’s Top 200 firms lists (known as the AmLaw 100 and 200) published between 2011 and 2014.

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Want to know how you can have dependable, clean power even when the #grid  is down? Introducing GridLogic, SolarCity's #microgrid service, available worldwide. Learn more: http://hubs.ly/y0CyQS0.
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When Casio popularized the calculator watch in the 1980's, it revolutionized both fashion and technology for that era and made a huge impact on the wrist tech sector. Now, Apple is releasing the Apple Watch which is having a similar impact on both industries once again. What do you think will be next in wrist technology?
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Interdigital Loses Patent Infringement Cases Against Microsoft & Zte: http://bit.ly/1EKhi95, from Sinapse:

"In a recent patent battle, InterDigital, the patent licensing company, lost its appeal to revive patent infringement suits against Microsoft and ZTE’s phone unit (previously NOKIA). InterDigital had been fighting with Nokia over royalties for over 7 years before Microsoft inherited the fight when it purchased Nokia’s mobile device business. After the ruling, InterDigital’s share price came down by 3.4% to US$ 49.14."

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How Apple lost $533 million to an 8th-grade dropout patent troll via @FortuneMagazine http://for.tn/1G0q1FP
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