Microsoft settles Skype service related patent infringement

Microsoft made agreement to pay VirnetX Holdings Corp. $23 million and settle patent claims over secure communication networks related to Skype service which allows instant messaging and internet calling. The agreement came after U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis in Texas, issued order giving definitions to key terms in VirnetX patents.

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In yet another pending case, between VirnetX and Apple Inc. relating to VPN on Demand and FaceTime features, Virnet is waiting for proceedings from Texas court.

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Microsoft files Patent Lawsuit against Samsung

Microsoft Files Patent royalty Lawsuit against Samsung. Microsoft claims a breach of contract by Samsung involving Android patent royalties. On the other hand, Samsung in a statement contested on the fundamental disagreement as to what “contract” means.

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According to earlier agreement, Samsung and Microsoft agreed to cross-license their intellectual property, where in Samsung would pay Microsoft, an undisclosed amount for each Android-based tablet sold.

Microsoft in its blog pointed out that Samsung and Microsoft have a long history of collaboration and expects their partnership to continue, and added that it expects Court to settle the disagreement.

 

Kameshwar Eranki is CEO of VajraSoft Inc. He is author of the eBook – Managing Innovations for Profitable growth. For free download of the eBook, click here.

About VajraSoft Inc. – VajraSoft Inc. is Intellectual Property (IP) Management Software company, helping customers manage innovations and monetize IP’s. Our award winning products empower businesses and IP law firms to automate the patent filing cost estimation process of creating cost estimation quotes for filing a patent in any country globally. VajraSoft Inc. PatFolio helps customers with Invention Disclosures Management, Drafting Patent Applications, filing, managing patent prosecution life cycle and patent maintenance.

VajraSoft Inc. is Master Class IP Solution provider, and its products won several Cloud awards including – UP Start Awards for Best Industry Application for 2012. CIO Review magazine selected VajraSoft Inc. as 100 Most promising Big Data companies for 2014. Silicon India magazine listed VajraSoft Inc. as Top 100 Technology companies in US for 2013. VajraSoft Inc. is also Finalist of StartmeupHK Venture Program, conducted by the Govt. of Hong Kong and UP Start Cloud Award for Best BI / Analytics Application for 2013.

PatFolio not only automates invention disclosure management but also managing patent portfolio and patent prosecution life cycle. In addition, PatFolio provisions various checklists useful for patent filing. Using these checklists IP Professionals can ensure requisite information needed for preparing patent application is available and ready for filing. These patent application checklists save money, time and reduce / eliminate errors in patent application filing with patent office.

Top Patent Recipients in 2013

Top Patent Recipients in 2013

IBM consistently maintained its top position, receiving maximum number of patents.

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IBM topped the list again. Samsung came close second.

Top 10 Patent Recipients for 2012 include: IBM (6,478), Samsung (5,081), Canon (3,174), Sony (3,032), Panasonic (2,769), Microsoft (2,613), Toshiba (2,447), Hon Hai (2,013), General Electric (1,652) and LG Electronics (1,624).

 

Kameshwar Eranki is CEO of VajraSoft Inc. He is author of the eBook – Managing Innovations for Profitable growth. For free download of the eBook, click here.

About VajraSoft Inc. – VajraSoft Inc. is Intellectual Property (IP) Management Software company, helping customers manage innovations and monetize IP’s. Our award winning products empower businesses and IP law firms to automate the patent filing cost estimation process of creating cost estimation quotes for filing a patent in any country globally. VajraSoft Inc. PatFolio helps customers with Invention Disclosures Management, Drafting Patent Applications, filing, managing patent prosecution life cycle and patent maintenance.

VajraSoft Inc. is Master Class IP Solution provider, and its products won several Cloud awards including – UP Start Awards for Best Industry Application for 2012. CIO Review magazine selected VajraSoft Inc. as 100 Most promising Big Data companies for 2014. Silicon India magazine listed VajraSoft Inc. as Top 100 Technology companies in US for 2013. VajraSoft Inc. is also Finalist of StartmeupHK Venture Program, conducted by the Govt. of Hong Kong and UP Start Cloud Award for Best BI / Analytics Application for 2013.

PatFolio not only automates invention disclosure management but also managing patent portfolio and patent prosecution life cycle. In addition, PatFolio provisions various checklists useful for patent filing. Using these checklists IP Professionals can ensure requisite information needed for preparing patent application is available and ready for filing. These patent application checklists save money, time and reduce / eliminate errors in patent application filing with patent office.

Microsoft & Canon Cooperative Patent Licensing Deal to Accelerate Innovation

Microsoft inks a patent licensing deal with Canon. This licensing agreement is one level up and some what special as it allows both the companies to leverage each others patent portfolio. This cooperative licensing accelerates innovation and almost eliminates patent disputes. This collaboration is targeted in digital imaging and mobile consumer products to deliver unique value proposition to consumers worldwide.

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Details of the licensing agreement have not been disclosed. Historically Canon was leveraging Microsoft’s patent in its range of products.

It is interesting to note that Microsoft acquired over 310 issued patents and application through its Nokia acquisition deal and some of them acquired from Nortel via Rockstar consortium – a patent licensing troll owned by Apple, Inc., BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony.

Kameshwar Eranki is CEO of VajraSoft Inc. He is author of the eBook – Managing Innovations for Profitable growth. For free download of the eBook, click here.

About VajraSoft Inc. – VajraSoft Inc. is Intellectual Property (IP) Management Software company, helping customers manage innovations and monetize IP’s. Our award winning products empower businesses and IP law firms to automate the patent filing cost estimation process of creating cost estimation quotes for filing a patent in any country globally. VajraSoft Inc. PatFolio helps customers with Invention Disclosures Management, Drafting Patent Applications, filing, managing patent prosecution life cycle and patent maintenance.

VajraSoft Inc. is Master Class IP Solution provider, and its products won several Cloud awards including – UP Start Awards for Best Industry Application for 2012. CIO Review magazine selected VajraSoft Inc. as 100 Most promising Big Data companies for 2014. Silicon India magazine listed VajraSoft Inc. as Top 100 Technology companies in US for 2013. VajraSoft Inc. is also Finalist of StartmeupHK Venture Program, conducted by the Govt. of Hong Kong and UP Start Cloud Award for Best BI / Analytics Application for 2013.

PatFolio not only automates invention disclosure management but also managing patent portfolio and patent prosecution life cycle. In addition, PatFolio provisions various checklists useful for patent filing. Using these checklists IP Professionals can ensure requisite information needed for preparing patent application is available and ready for filing. These patent application checklists save money, time and reduce / eliminate errors in patent application filing with patent office.

Microsoft Reveals Game Changing Innovations for Xbox to Rule the Market

Microsoft is revealing it’s game changing plan for Xbox.

Microsoft announced that Universal Windows app that run on Windows PCs and Windows Phones will run on Xbox console as well. This is a strategic move – providing seamless experience across PCs, mobile devices and gamin consoles. If this strategy is well executed then Microsoft surely will capture a specific market segment supporting multiple platforms.

Another potential signal for future innovations to come is the potential of unification of PC gaming and console gaming.

Microsoft is also bringing Kinect V2 to Windows wherein gesture recognition and body tracking technologies are being incorporated. A icing on the cake is Microsoft’s DirectX 12 graphics technology will be compatible with multiple devices including Lumia devices, PC’s and higher end gaming xbox. That’s quite a lot!

The bottom-line is Microsoft’s innovative technologies are bound to give a short in the arm in its new endeavor of Mobile, PC and Gaming strategic combination.

Kameshwar Eranki is CEO of VajraSoft Inc. He is author of the eBook – Managing Innovations for Profitable growth. For free download of the eBook, click here.

About VajraSoft Inc. – VajraSoft Inc. is Intellectual Property (IP) Management Software company, helping customers manage innovations and monetize IP’s. Our award winning products empower businesses and IP law firms to automate the patent filing cost estimation process of creating cost estimation quotes for filing a patent in any country globally. VajraSoft Inc. PatFolio helps customers with Invention Disclosures Management, Drafting Patent Applications, filing, managing patent prosecution life cycle and patent maintenance.

VajraSoft Inc. is Master Class IP Solution provider, and its products won several Cloud awards including – UP Start Awards for Best Industry Application for 2012. Silicon India magazine listed VajraSoft Inc. as Top 100 Technology companies in US for 2013. VajraSoft Inc. is also Finalist of StartmeupHK Venture Program, conducted by the Govt. of Hong Kong and UP Start Cloud Award for Best BI / Analytics Application for 2013.

Microsoft Leverages Innovation and Licensing Strategies for Game Changing Play

Microsoft decided to offer it’s Windows Phone 8.1 free to the device makers. So, this translate to the fact that end users have the choice of adopting Smart phone with Windows operating system running on it.

Nokia is all set to running Windows Phone 8.1 on Lumia 930 Smart Phone. Nokia also unveiled two other low-cost Windows Phones – the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 and are scheduled for sales beginning in May.

Microsoft is also provisioning the ability of running Windows Store application in future update of Windows 8.1. So, Windows Store Apps will run on desktop screen. This is a innovative offering and serves a good purpose. Time will tell how strong the adoption is going to be. Third-party utilities such as Stardock’s ModernMix and Start8
are offering these capabilities.

In the Tablet space – Windows tablets under 9 inches will get Windows 8 licenses for free.

All these strategies are aimed at one thing – win the customers (you).

Kameshwar Eranki is CEO of VajraSoft Inc. He is author of the eBook – Managing Innovations for Profitable growth. For free download of the eBook, click here.

About VajraSoft Inc. – VajraSoft Inc. is Intellectual Property (IP) Management Software company, helping customers manage innovations and monetize IP’s. Our award winning products empower businesses and IP law firms to automate the patent filing cost estimation process of creating cost estimation quotes for filing a patent in any country globally. VajraSoft Inc. PatFolio helps customers with Invention Disclosures Management, Drafting Patent Applications, filing, managing patent prosecution life cycle and patent maintenance.

VajraSoft Inc. is Master Class IP Solution provider, and its products won several Cloud awards including – UP Start Awards for Best Industry Application for 2012. Silicon India magazine listed VajraSoft Inc. as Top 100 Technology companies in US for 2013. VajraSoft Inc. is also Finalist of StartmeupHK Venture Program, conducted by the Govt. of Hong Kong and UP Start Cloud Award for Best BI / Analytics Application for 2013.

End of Windows XP Soon! – Is there a Impact on the IP’s?

Is there a impact in the IP’s?

Microsoft has announced that on April 8th 2014 it is pulling the plug on Windows XP operating system and will not be supporting it going forward.

About 30% of the Windows user base is running on Windows XP. That’s quite a lot. Will the transition be smooth? If you don’t (as Windows XP user) switch over then security risks are high to be on De-supported operating system as you will not have any security updates, patches etc. to keep the machine safe.

Here is the choice that has been provided by Microsoft.

You can validate whether or NOT you are running on Windows XP. The URL is: http://www.amirunningxp.com/

In case you are running on XP, it will walk through on how to get to new version.

For more information refer to this link.

Another aspect to ponder is how many patents were leveraged in building Windows XP system. And now with it’s days numbered how many of the IP’s will be re-purposed or will they fade with XP as well? We don’t have answers but may get insights down the line. Hope so!.

Kameshwar Eranki is CEO of VajraSoft Inc. He is author of the eBook – Managing Innovations for Profitable growth. For free download click here.

About VajraSoft Inc. – VajraSoft Inc. is Intellectual Property (IP) Management Software company, helping customers manage innovations and monetize IP’s. Our award winning products empower businesses and IP law firms to automate the patent filing cost estimation process of creating cost estimation quotes for filing a patent in any country globally. VajraSoft Inc. PatFolio helps customers with Invention Disclosures Management, Drafting Patent Applications, filing, managing patent prosecution life cycle and patent maintenance.

VajraSoft Inc. is Master Class IP Solution provider, and its products won several Cloud awards including – UP Start Awards for Best Industry Application for 2012. Silicon India magazine listed VajraSoft Inc. as Top 100 Technology companies in US for 2013. VajraSoft Inc. is also Finalist of StartmeupHK Venture Program, conducted by the Govt. of Hong Kong and UP Start Cloud Award for Best BI / Analytics Application for 2013.