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This is an Archive of the various Interesting or Important Patents that have been featured on the See-The-Forest.com website.   We are always looking for patents, cases or situations to feature.   Please send us your thoughts: forest@ipvisioninc.com.
Interesting Inventions or Patents
Heavily Litigated Patents
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Interesting Inventions or Patents
Starbucks Coffee Cup Sleeve Patent
The next time you pick up your Latte at Starbucks be sure to read the printing on the insulating sleeve that they put on the cup.   This IPVision Patent Landscape Map shows the 81 patents that cite US Patent 5,205,473 "Recyclable corregated beverage container and holder."
A $255 Million Patent - Stanford University's Cohen Boyer Patent
Stanford University made $255 million from the licensing of three fundamental Gene Splicing patents by Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer.   The importance of the Cohen-Boyer patent can be seen in this IPVision Patent Landscape Map™ which shows the 260+ patents that cite it as prior art.
The Patent Portfolio of a Multi-Millionaire Professor
Robert S. Langer is one of 13 Institute Professors (the highest honor awarded to a faculty member) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).   He has more than 600 issued or pending patents worldwide.   His patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 200 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies; a number of these companies were launched on the basis of these patent licenses.
The Blackberry Killer Patents
NTP's patent portfolio was enough to kill the Blackberry, resulting in a $600M+ Settlement from RIM. NTP, an intellectual property holding company, assembled a portfolio of 10 patents which it asserted against Research-in-Motion, the maker of the highly successful Blackberry wireless e-mail and paging systems.   In March 2006 after 5 years of a twisted and protracted litigation dance, RIM agreed to a settlement in which it paid NTP $612 million.
Airbag Chip Patent
This Patent Could Save Your Life - The Car Airbag Chip Patent
Analog Device's Monolithic Accelerometer patent opened the door to reliable and relatively inexpensive airbags for automobiles.  The Monolithic Accelerometer is a Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device in which the microscopic mechanical element moves in response to rapid deceleration.   This motion causes a change in capacitance, which is detected by the electronics on the chip, which then sends a signal to fire the airbag.  This was a Seminal Patent in this area, as can be seen in the series of IPVision Maps presented.   Click on the map image to learn more.
Airbag Chip Patent
The Diaper Patent Wars - P&G and Kimberly Clark
In August 1985, Procter & Gamble filed a lawsuit contending that Kimberly Clark had infringed a patent for the heat-shrinkable material used in the elastic that had made Huggies so popular.   Kimberly-Clark countered a year later by contending in an antitrust suit that Procter & Gamble's patent suit was actually an attempt to monopolize the diaper market.   After 7 years of legal wrangling and tens of millions of dollars of legal fees the parties settled.  Click on the map image to learn more.
Heavily Litigated Patents

Monsanto Roundup Ready GMO Seed Patent Litigation
Monsanto has asserted its "Roundup Ready" Soybean patents against farmers.  In one case Monsanto sued a large scale soybean farmer named David who was found to have saved a portion of his soybean seeds and planted them the following year.  David also signed Monsanto's technology agreement which stipulates that buyers may use the seeds for the planting of only a single commercial crop, but that no seeds from that crop may be saved for future harvests.  The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to reexamine the question of whether plant genes are patentable under Section 101 and followed the McFarling case which held that a farmer who saved seed containing a patented gene was liable for patent infringement.
X_Trader Tracking Software Litigation
Trading Technologies International, Inc. (TT) develops high-performance trading software for derivatives professionals, including the world's premier exchanges, money-center banks, proprietary traders, hedge fund traders, securities brokers, FCMs and other trading institutions.  Over 50% of the electronic volume on the top six futures exchanges goes through TT's X_TRADER® Order-Entry Platform.  TT filed a lawsuit against eSpeed, Inc. the electronic fixed-income inter-dealer broker spun out of Cantor Fitzgerald ("eSpeed") alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,766,304 and 6,772,132.
Mouse Patent Litigation
F&G Research sued over 20 companies including Microsoft and Google for infringment of its US Patent 5,313,229 for a "Mouse and Method for Concurrent Cursor and Scrolling Position"

Mag Instruments Patent Litigation
Prior to the introduction of the Mag-Lite® flashlight in 1979, the flashlight was generally regarded as an unreliable item that was typically thrown away after a short time due to its inferior quality.  That all changed when, after spending years perfecting the design and applying his unique patented technology, Anthony Maglica revolutionized the portable lighting industry.  Over the years Mag has achieved many multimillion-dollar court victories and large-scale customs seizures. In addition, Mag has settled hundreds of infringement claims out of court, generally with the infringer agreeing not only to desist but also to pay compensation.
NewApeel® Aesthetic Exfoliation System Patent Litigation
Altair Instruments,Inc. introduced its "NewApeel® Aesthetic Exfoliation System for skin care with its unique DiamondTome™ Wands, an evolution in microdermabrasion technology -- a better way to smoother, more youthful skin."  This technology is covered by US Patent 6,241,739 "Microdermabrasion device and method of treating the skin surface"  Altair has asserted this patent against a number of companies in the skin care space.
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