IP News: University of California sues big retailers over LED bulbs

More interesting IP news to share! The University of California is suing several large retailers including Target, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Ikea, (as a representative subset) regarding a design for a vintage-looking LED lightbulb design that includes a clear bulb with a glowing LED ‘filament’.

UC Santa Barbara contends that researchers in its Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center, including Nobel laureate Professor Shuji Nakamura, originated the design by overcoming the uni-directionality of a typical LED.

The suit was just filed with the Los Angeles federal court, along with a complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Follow this link for one article on this story.

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Interesting Article: Gigi Hadid, Heroine of the Copyright Revolution?

Check out this article about a case of copyright litigation, which could hold interesting implications for the future of copyright law among the stars!

Recently, model Gigi Hadid posed for some paparazzi, and then posted one of the photos they took on her social media. The paparazzi sued Hadid for using their photos, even though the photos were of her and she had stopped and posed for them.

The author of this article writes that the arguments made in this case are likely to be repeated in similar future cases (which are getting more and more common), and hopes that they may even lead to establishing a more equitable precedent for all such cases, as an important step on the road to updating copyright law for the Internet era.

Read the full article here.

Bayh-Dole for university faculty

Posted on  by Gerald Barnett

  • Under federal patent law, inventors own their inventions.
  • Federal patent law does not require inventors to use the patent system.
  • Federal patent law does not require inventors to assign their inventions.
  • Bayh-Dole is part of federal patent law and does not change these aspects of federal patent law

Bayh-Dole (35 USC 202(a)):

Each nonprofit organization or small business firm may, within a reasonable time after disclosure as required by paragraph (c)(1) of this section, elect to retain title to any subject invention . . .

Faculty inventors have no obligation under Bayh-Dole to use the patent system.

Faculty inventors have no obligation to assign their subject inventions, other than if they have promised to assign those inventions entirely outside anything to do with federal funding.

Universities under Bayh-Dole and the nonprofit version of the standard patent right have no right, obligation, mandate,  or special privilege to take ownership of faculty subject inventions. Anything to the contrary is a misrepresentation of the law and the standard patent rights clause.”

 

Read more HERE

Industrial Blockchain Technology

Tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal Christopher Mims writes in “Why Blockchain Will Survive Even If Bitcoin Doesn’t” of how by tracking characteristics of assets and updating their transfer of title in multiple places, some companies and governments from diamonds to Dubai are incrementally raising the integrity of their supply. Read more about it here.