Thursday, September 12, 2013
Oh Dear, Here We Go Again With These Serial Patent Trolls. Will They Chase NEHTA Again?
This appeared a little while ago.
Following a February filing of a patent infringement lawsuit by MMRGlobal against WebMD (NASDAQ: WBMD) , the two sides agreed in June to try and resolve the matter outside of the courtroom. However, MMR said today that after investing a total of "nearly eight months in good faith negotiations with WebMD," it has decided to refile the suit.
The original suit alleged that WebMD infringed on MMR patents involving its personal health record (PHR) and related technologies. MMR said it has since received another patent it claims WebMD may be infringing upon, and intends to include it in the soon-to-be refiled lawsuit.
MMRGlobal said in its press release that "the door will always be open to a fair negotiated resolution."
There is also coverage here:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
On Tuesday, MMRGlobal announced that it will refile a lawsuit alleging that WebMD infringed on MMRGlobal patents for personal health records and other technology products, the Motley Fool reports.
MMRGlobal originally filed suit against WebMD in February.
In June, both sides agreed to resolve the issue outside of the court system.
In response to MMRGlobal's announcement about its plans to refile the lawsuit, WebMD said it "believe[s] the plaintiff's claims are without merit."
The company said it will "vigorously defend" against the claims of infringement (Motley Fool, 9/3).
Full article here:
All I can say is that I hope NEHTA has told these pests to simply go away. They are just a blight on the landscape that I note the US Government is now working to tighten things up to make this sort of behaviour much harder.
For an Australian perspective there is a useful podcast from a week or so ago.
Sunday 25 August 2013 7:45AM
According to Dr Hazel Moir from the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, most of the time innovations covered by patents are not really very inventive at all. In her book Patent Policy and Innovation Dr Moir attacks the patent system. She recommends that policy makers have a look at the quantum of new knowledge that ought to be required to make an invention worthy of protection.
See here for the audio
This is a problem that really needs to be sorted.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, September 12, 2013