Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ramey & Schwaller asserts second patent against AirBnB in the Eastern District of Texas for its use of the AirBnB website

Ramey & Schwaller, for its client Global Equity management (S.A.) Ltd., alleges AirBnB infringes both United States Patent No. 7,356,677 (“the ‘677 patent”) entitled “Computer System Capable of Fast Switching Between Multiple Operating Systems and Applications” and United States Patent No. 6,690,400 (“the ‘400 patent”) entitled “Graphic User Interface for Resources Management of Super Operating System Based Computers” through its use of a website with a graphical user interface (“GUI”) for the administration and management of www.airbnb.com.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

Ramey & Schwaller is pleased to announce that Joby Hughes has joined the firm!

On February 1, 2016, Joby Hughes joined Ramey & Schwaller as of-counsel.  Joby A. Hughes is recognized as one of the “Top 250 Patent Strategists in the World,” as selected by IAM Magazine. His primary intellectual property focus includes patents, trade secrets, trademarks / trade dress, and copyrights. As a lawyer, entrepreneur and inventor, Joby’s legal, technical and business expertise is both broad and deep resulting in a legal practice that includes all aspects of intellectual property diligence, development, capture, management, licensing, transactions, litigation and dispute resolution as well as technology development, commercialization and deployment. He has successfully tried patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, and commercial litigation arising out of licenses and other technology-related agreements. Joby has originated unique processes for identifying and quantifying the risks and rewards facing intellectual property owners resulting in IP risk management techniques that have been institutionalized within the Lloyd’s of London insurance market and adopted as industry standards for patent enforcement entities across the United States.  A link to his profile is at: http://rameyfirm.com/joby-a-hughes/

“The Firm is proud to have someone with Joby’s experience on board to help and guide firm strategy in providing superior services to our client,” said Bill Ramey.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

Congratulations to Custom Medical Applications

Ramey & Schwaller wishes to congratulate its client Custom Medical Applications on issuance of U.S. Patent Number 9,131,960 titled Safety Neural Injection System and Related Methods on September 15, 2015. The safety neural injection system comprises a cannula with an open distal end, rigid bend and a side port.  The safety neural injection system also comprises a flexible stylet with a shaped tip.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

Ramey & Schwaller’s client sues travel sites and E-bay for patent infringement over GUI technology

As reported by LAW360, on January 29, 2016, Bill Ramey of Ramey & Schwaller sued Travelocity, Trivago, Hipmunk, Trip Advisor, Orbitz, Hotwire, Expedia, Hotels, CruiseShipCenters, and E-bay for infringing at least claim 1 of U.S. Pat. No. 6,690,400.  The link to the article can be found a:  http://www.law360.com/ip/articles/753070?nl_pk=f1238b0a-a698-4779-8d61-df4ed2863e79&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ip

The ’400 patent patented virtualization technology “helped the development of Internet advertising and information accessing from multiple data sources.”[The] patent further claims a “method of accessing additional relevant information from [a] GUI by simply clicking on the information links.”  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cited the patent as prior art several times since it was issued in 2004, and Global Equity has fostered innovation of related technology patented in China.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

 

U.S. Dept. of Commerce Recommends Copyright-Law Amendments

The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a report recommending amendments to copyright law that purportedly would provide courts with both more guidance and greater flexibility in awarding statutory damages. The report, “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages,” was issued by the Department’s Internet Policy Task Force and addresses:
(1) the legal framework for the creation of remixes;
(2) the relevance and scope of the “first sale doctrine;” and
(3) the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of individual file sharers and secondary liability for large-scale infringement.

The report’s proposed copyright-law amendments include a list of factors for courts and juries to consider when determining the amount of statutory damages.

The report is available at www.uspto.gov/copyright-white-paper-2016.