IPNews® – Walmart has recently filed a patent application which details a system that would include audio surveillance in stores.

The system is meant to improve employee performance and customer experience by recording details such as how long customers stand in line, beeps of the scanners, the rustle of bags, and even conversations. In response to privacy concerns, Walmart has stated that the system is only in the planning stages and may not become a reality. To continue reading, click: New Walmart Patent will Monitor and Record Customers and Employees

Thumbnail image for iphone.jpgIPNews® – Apple’s newest patent acquisition will allow users to listen to a voicemail as it is being left on their iPhone and pick up in the middle of the recording if desired.

The patent, which was assigned to Apple by another tech company, will likely be implemented in the next round of iPhones, which are expected to encompass a whole line of new features and extras. The voicemail screening capability will expand a user’s ability to screen calls, which is largely accomplished now through caller ID. To continue reading, click: Apple’s Latest Patent Allows for Voicemail Screening

earphones.jpgIPNews® – After filing a patent for health monitoring earbuds back in 2007, Apple Inc. has finally been granted a patent to the technology.

The Cupertino based company’s new patent adds interesting new perks to modernizing workouts with technology, such as the potential for wireless communication between the earbuds and a user’s iPhone or iPad, as well as the possibility of hands free control methods.  Though Apple has yet to formally announce the projected release of any product featuring the technology, we can surely expect it.  To continue reading, click: Apple Lands Patent for Health Tracking Earbuds

football.jpgIPNews® – An Alabama doctor and Crimson Tide fan has filed a trademark application for “Famous Jameis”, the nickname of Florida State University’s star quarterback Jameis Winston.

The new application was filed for clothing and athletic apparel and has yet to be examined by the USPTO.  Though the doctor has expressed interest in working with Jameis Winston, it appears more likely that Winston will oppose the filing.  To continue reading, click:  “Famous Jameis” Trademark Gets Swooped Up by Alabama Fan

courthouse.jpgIPNews® – A three-judge Federal Circuit panel on Tuesday issued an affirmation of a patent rejection by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board, but called for an en banc rehearing to clarify the standard of review the appeals court should apply to the PTAB’s claim construction rulings.

The appeal concerned an attempt by Flo Healthcare Solutions LLC to overturn a PTAB decision affirming the PTO’s reexamination decision finding its patent claims lacking, which the Federal Circuit upheld using a different reasoning. There is an unnecessary lack of clarity and uniformity in the rules on how to treat PTAB claim constructions, Circuit Judge S. Jay Plager, who authored the majority opinion, said. To continue reading, click: Federal Circuit Panel Wants Review Of PTO Claim Construction Standards

football.jpgIPNews® – Facebook Inc. was hit with a putative trademark infringement class action on behalf of retailers of officially licensed National Football league merchandise on Monday, alleging it is allowing counterfeiters to post ads for knockoff NFL goods.

Facebook goes so far as to allow counterfeiters’ ads to show up as sponsored links on the Facebook pages of legitimate licensed NFL gear sellers, Inkies Sports Inc., which does business as Krystal’s NFL Shoppe, says. Inkies claims it is even starting to suffer from consumer confusion over whether it is affiliated with the counterfeiters. To continue reading, click: Facebook Abets Counterfeit NFL Gear Sales, Lawsuit Says

solar panel.jpgIPNews® – Texas Instruments Inc. was granted a new patent on Tuesday covering a mode of measuring the performance of an array of solar energy panels with a range of sensors.

U.S. Patent Number 8,289,183, titled “System and method for solar panel array analysis,” describes a system and method for monitoring performance of one or more solar panels in a photovoltaic array, using a number of sensors configured to measure an output of individual solar panels. The system will allow greater efficiency in the operation and energy production of any given solar array, according to the patent description. To continue reading, click: TI Wins Patent For Method Of Keeping Tabs On Solar Panel Performance

camera.jpgIPNews® – A celebrity photo agency accused Buzzfeed Inc. in Los Angeles federal court last week of publishing photos of superstar pop singer Katy Perry in a bikini and comedian and actress Kathy Griffin dancing topless outdoors to its popular news website in violation of the agency’s copyright.

Despite having no license or authorization, Buzzfeed posted the photos to its popular news website, garnering millions of page views, and is thereby liable for infringement, Mavrix Photo Inc. says. The shots depict Perry on a rooftop in a revealing outfit and in and around a swimming pool wearing a bikini, and unrelated images of Griffin wearing nothing but a bikini bottom as she cavorts alongside a dock in Miami. To continue reading, click: Buzzfeed Sued Over Copyright To Katy Perry Bikini Photos, Kathy Griffin Topless Shots

iphone-ipad.jpgIPNews® – The United Kingdom’s Court of Appeal ruled that a lower court judge was right to find Samsung Electronics Co. did not infringe Apple Inc.’s designs when producing its own tablet computers.

The lower court issued its finding of no infringement in July, and ordered Apple to publish advertisements stating that Samsung had not, in fact, copied the tablet design. The Court of Appeal’s decision is valid throughout Europe, though it will likely be appealed to the UK’s Supreme Court. To continue reading, click: UK Court Affirms Samsung Didn’t Copy Apple Tablet Design

apple-logo-gray.jpgSan Diego – The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“the TTAB”) upheld a decision to refuse protection for Apple’s trademark application for “Multi-Touch.”  The trademark is related to Apple’s iPhone, iPad and MacBook line of products. 

The TTAB decided that “Multi-Touch” was too descriptive to receive trademark protection, noting that the term “Multi-Touch” has been referenced in many scientific publications and the New York Times to describe certain computer related functions.  Part of the decision was that the term “Multi-Touch” identified a type of technology rather than designating a source of goods.  Click here for more information regarding the case: Apple Denied Trademark Protection for “Multi-Touch”