Posts tagged "Intellectual Property Litigation"
The world was anticipating a bruising fight between two tech giants in the Qualcomm v. Apple court battle when the unexpected happened and the two sides agreed to settle their differences. The settlement of the intellectual property dispute took nearly everyone by surprise, but in retrospect, it made sense for both companies – and for consumers, too.
Last month, two of the biggest technology companies in the world argued in front of a trade judge. San Diego’s Qualcomm prevailed in battle, though it was awarded what amounts to pocket change (a mere $31 million) after it convinced the judge that Apple had infringed on a pair of Qualcomm patents.
Two California companies very familiar with each other find themselves embroiled in a legal dispute over trade secrets. According to documents filed in court, electric automaker Tesla is accusing four former employees of stealing trade secrets and then providing them to Zoox, a start-up developing autonomous vehicle technology.
If you drive along the coast for a little more than 100 miles north of San Diego, you will come to a little slice of Hawaii. You can a bit of the island’s cuisine in Torrance, home of King’s Hawaiian bakery. The company was founded in Hawaii back in the 1950s, but moved its headquarters to California in the late 1980s.
On one side, you have the University of California. On the side, there’s Harvard and MIT’s Broad Institute. The intellectual property dispute involving some of the nation’s premier institutes of higher learning revolves around the question of which of them will reap the rewards of their work together that resulted in CRISPR/Cas 9 discoveries.
Qualcomm employs about 13,000 people in San Diego County, among its 38,000 workers worldwide. Its economic impact on our city is undeniable, which underscores the significance of the allegations hurled by the US Federal Trade Commission against the chipmaker.
One of the most important safeguards of trade secrets is to be found in our court system. The U.S District Court for the Northern District of California recently awarded more than $2.3 million to a technology company owner whose trade secrets in electrode design and development were "willfully and maliciously misappropriated" by the founder of the now-shuttered General Capacitor.
It was a star-studded night on “Saturday Night Live.” Tom Hanks and Dwayne Johnson appeared, as did Scarlett Johansson and Alec Baldwin. Singer Katy Perry was there, too, backed by an unknown 15-year-old wearing a backpack and doing his hypnotic, signature Floss dance.
The memory technology known as 3D XPoint is so promising that Intel Corp. has put more than $1 billion into its development. But details of the secret project were known to only a few employees in the technology giant headquartered in northern California.
It can be easy to casually overlook the hard work, artistry and creative originality that makes jewelry beautiful, desirable and marketable. We sometimes admire a dazzling piece on a friend’s finger or neck and get caught up in the gleam of precious gems or lustrous metals.