Today we continue our weekly installment highlighting the best of the patent blogosphere from the past week. If there are any patent blogs you think should be highlighted by our Top 5, please comment on this post and we’ll check them out!
1) IPWatchdog: Court Slams Frivolous & Vexatious Litigation with $4.7 MM in Fees – This post discusses the recent developments within the Federal Circuit in regards to no longer tolerating abusive patent litigation tactics with the case MarcTec, LLC v. Johnson & Johnson.
2) Foss Patents: Thanks to Apple’s flawed litigation strategy, HTC has nothing to fear until March 2013 (in the US) – This post outlines what Florian Mueller considers to be tactical missteps by Apple’s litigation team when dealing with Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, and HTC.
3) Patently-O: 2011 Patent Grants: A New Record – This post highlights the banner year the USPTO had in 2011 as more patents were granted in 2011 than any other year in history. Check out the post for a detailed graph demonstrating the amount of US Utility Patents granted over the last ten years.
4) inovia: Inside Perspective on Patenting at the African Regional Intellectual Property Office – This article provides a great summary of African patent practice that isn’t often discussed. It shares how the patent law system in Africa is most similar to the patent law system in Europe, and how the African Regional Intellectual Property Office patent practice functions.
5) ZDNet: Kodak eyes Chapter 11: patent sale or bust – The article explains how Kodak Eastman, at the brink of bankruptcy, is looking for buyers to purchase their patent portfolio. The hope is that the auction of Kodak’s 1100 digital imaging patents would help keep the company afloat.