June 2012

June 27, 2012, by Mandour & Associates, APC

Los Angeles – Interphase announced today that it has been awarded a patent for an interactive display system that has been in development for the last year. The patent for Penvue (patent #8,217,997) covers technology that is invisible to the human eye, but visible to the product’s pen in a display stream. The science behind Penveu was designed to maximize interactivity and collaboration in classrooms and boardrooms. The product and its newly patented technology works with currently installed projectors and large screen displays. In sum, the product enhances installed projectors and larger screen displays and easily makes any flat surface into an interactive display system.

Interphase developed the product after noticing that current interactive whiteboard systems were unable to provide sufficient collaboration between the person using it and their audiences. Penveu technology counteracts this problem with visual clarity to a single pixel and is pinpoint accurate. The new product is so advanced that it utilizes the most up-to-date satellite and military navigation technology. Interphase’s newest product is compatible with any computer connected to a projector, large screen display or television using a VGA connector. Interphase markets the product as portable and compact enough to fit into a pocket. Interphase has four additional patents in process for the Penveu handheld device.

Headquartered in Plano Texas, with manufacturing facilities in Carrollton, Texas, Interphase offers best in class solutions for enterprise and education technology markets. Its products are designed to assist users with connectivity, interworking, packet processing, electronic contract manufacturing and electronic engineering design services. Interphase also designs a multitude of services including desktop visualization and embedded computer vision technology solutions. Its latest product Penveu, is just one in a portfolio of products that were designed to assist its users to best utilize learning and presentation technology. Interphase anticipates that its newest product will pave the way for a whole line of products that it currently produces, as well as a number of high-tech business solutions already in development.

June 20, 2012, by Mandour & Associates, APC

Los Angeles – With the search for healthcare affecting the lives of millions of people, healthcare search technology is becoming increasingly important. To date, High Roads healthcare benchmarking technology already touches the lives of over forty million consumers. To further assist these consumers in finding the perfect provider of healthcare services, High Roads announced yesterday that it has been granted a patent for The Lab, its real-time, healthcare management and benefits benchmarking database.

Continuously updated all year long, The Lab contains information for over 12,000 medical plans, as well as cost comparison and analysis for each plan. The newly patented technology is a valuable tool for assisting organizations in comparing plans and determine which might be the best match for its individual employees. High Road’s newest methodology also allows human resource departments to develop new benefits and design strategies to better fit the wants and needs of company employees.

High Roads developed its newly patented technology in response to its observations of the struggles within the human resource departments of many organizations. It noticed that many companies were unnecessarily spending time and resources doing all of the things that The Lab was created for. Once they purchase the rights to use The Lab, companies can access a huge database, compare plans, and analyze parts of each potential healthcare plan. Additionally, plans can be compared against other companies by company size, employee type, industry or geography. Reports are then generated in excel, pdf or html formats to assist companies in making its ultimate decision on which plan to pick. The Lab also provides industry-wide reports, which are published regularly, as well as trend reports to assist industry experts in compiling healthcare information.

High Roads is a privately owned company that specializes in adaptive, collaborative and agile software development and computer services. Located in Woburn, Massachusetts, High Roads technology is currently used by employers to gain maximum benefits over healthcare compliance and costs. In business since 1999, its mission has been to provide the best technology possible to help companies and individuals find the best healthcare possible.

June 14, 2012, by Mandour & Associates, APC

Los Angeles – A patent was issued last week to economics professor Joseph Henry Vogel for a system and method for controlling use of academic texts. Patent 8,195,571 outlines a methodology whereby students would be required to participate in a web-based online discussion board, which would count toward their final course grade. The code to gain access to the discussion board would be obtained when the students purchase the associated textbooks. Students who do not buy the textbooks get a lower grade. Second-hand purchase of books would be allowed, but students would still have to purchase a discounted access code. This would allow publishers to charge multiple times for a single textbook and ensure that all profits go directly to publishers and authors, instead of secondary sources.

Currently there are hundreds of websites that allow students to share, sell or copy school materials, at little or no cost. Frustrated and monetarily challenged students have historically been forced to spend hundreds of dollars per course for textbooks. Even worse, books are reissued and reprinted so frequently that often they cannot be resold or reused. To combat this problem, some professors are turning a blind eye toward photocopied materials, and some even provide online textbooks from open sources.

However, Professor Vogel insists that the academic community should move in the opposite direction. Vogel claims that this new patent will help prevent copyright infringement and piracy, which have gradually crippled the publishing industry. Illegal copying and piracy of academic materials has hurt academic communities who need publishing opportunities and royalties to survive. Without changes, academic communities would receive less money from publishers and have fewer opportunities to get published. According to Professor Vogel, his technology is not exclusively intended to prevent students from sharing textbooks or purchasing pirated school materials online. It would also allow academic communities to take back control of their published materials and help correct the existing industry problems.

Students may not be thrilled with the prospect of being forced to purchase textbooks exclusively from publishers, but publishers are thrilled with the idea of better controls for academic materials. Publishers in the U.S. and U.K., including the Association of American Publishers, have already expressed interest. Vogel anticipates industry-wide support of his newly patented technology and believes it will change the face of academic publishing.

June 11, 2012, by Mandour & Associates, APC

Los Angeles – In April, Google released its free storage component referred to as Google Drive or “GDrive”, to the public. The GDrive offers Google account holders access to store up to 5GB on its ‘cloud’. By storing software on a cloud, a Google user is able to access their stored items through multiple machines or other services provided online. However, in a lawsuit filed this week SuperSpeed, a small company based out of Massachusetts, claims that the newly released Google Drive infringes on its existing patent. The allegedly infringing U.S. Patent Number 5,918,244 in question was issued in 1999 and is described as a “method and system for coherently caching I/O devices across a network.”

In documentation for the ’244 patent the functionality of the cache is described as “regularly accessed disk I/O data within RAM that forms part of a computer system’s main memory. The cache operates across a network of computers systems, maintaining cache coherency for the disk I/O devices that are shared by the multiple computer systems within that network.”

Google, the world’s largest search engine, is currently involved in multiple intellectual property related lawsuits and has yet to comment on SuperSpeeds’ allegations. In the lawsuit, SuperSpeed claims, “In this configuration, multiple computers can all communicate with each other and can all access data from the same data storage device or devices, such as hard disks. For example, a bank might have hundreds of computers as part of its network, some for employees handling customer service calls, others for employees running credit checks for loan applications, and so forth. Each of these computers needs access to the bank’s customer’s credit card records, which are stored on a series of hard disks.”

In 1999, the ’244 patent was originally issued to EEC which was purchased by SuperSpeed in the same year. In the “News” portion of its website, SuperSpeed has made note of a patent infringement lawsuit that the company won against Oracle. We will all have to wait and see if SuperSpeed comes out with a win against Google similar to the David and Goliath lawsuit it mentions on its website. SuperSpeed is seeking an injunction against Google for the infringing services as well as royalties.

June 6, 2012, by Mandour & Associates, APC

Los Angeles – Cisco Systems filed a lawsuit in federal court against digital video recording company TiVo last week. The basis of the lawsuit is infringement of the technology used for digital video recorders, or DVRs.

TiVo, famous for its devices that can record and play back television programs, has launched multiple lawsuits of its own over technology that it claims was copied from TiVo patents. Cisco Systems, a California based company, is seeking a court order stating that it has not infringed on TiVo’s patents. The court order is intended to stop the barrage of lawsuits against Cisco customers. Cisco conceded that it had considered licensing some of TiVo’s technology at one point. To that end, the two companies discussed a license for TiVo technology. However, TiVo indicated that that it would not license its technology because such a license would interfere with its ongoing patent lawsuits against Cisco customers. To protect itself against further litigation and to settle the existing lawsuits, Cisco is seeking confirmation in federal court that its technology is original, based on its own patents, and does not infringe on TiVo’s products.

Cisco Systems is located in San Jose, California and specializes primarily in computer networking equipment. Founded in 1984 by two Stanford University employees who had difficulties communicating by email, Cisco has since transformed how people connect, communicate and collaborate. With a product offering that spans from large business technology to individual consumer equipment, Cisco has captured a large market share of the computer networking market. Cisco products include networking services and equipment, video and business conferencing solutions, set-top video recording systems and numerous small business technologies.

TiVo was founded in 1997 with what it describes as the world’s first digital video recorder. With corporate headquarters in Alviso, California, TiVo is the established leader in set-top video recording equipment. TiVo has revolutionized the way consumers watch and access home entertainment, making the DVR the focal point of the digital living room. The resulting product is a center for sharing and experiencing television, movies, video downloads, music, photos, and more.