Intellectual Property Roundup

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PTAB Not Such a Threat to Patents, Report Says (Big Law Business)
According to a report released yesterday by the legal analytics firm Lex Machina, reactions to patent holder losses are overblown.  The report found that in the 2,700 decisions in the Board’s first three years in existence, patents survive the process 66 percent of the time.

After Five Years of Conflict with Apple, some Samsung Phone Features are Banned (Ars Technica)
Apple finally won its years-long patent battle with Samsung which will ban the sale of certain Samsung smartphones. Most of these phones are older models that are no longer sold anyways.

Apple Tried to Kill More Patents Than Anyone Else, By Far (Fortune)
A new report shows that Apple has filed more patent challenges than anyone else at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  The report shows that as of September 2012, Apple filed 252 PTAB challenges.

GM’s Newly Acquired Patent Could be a Problem for Uber (Wired)
GM will be bringing on 20 former Sidecar employees and intellectual property.  Among the acquired IP is a patent held by Sidecar for “a computer-implemented method for determining an efficient transportation route.”

Google is Selling a Trove of Battery Patents (Fortune)
Google is auctioning 138 U.S. patents and 69 foreign patents all related to battery technology.  These patents have been clustered into six categories including “Hybrid Batteries,” “Charging” and “Hardware.”

Christopher Christopher Mohr is General Counsel and VP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.