The metaverse is a new way to engage with computers through artificial intelligence, widespread connectivity, augmented reality and virtual reality. This raises questions about protection of rights associated with property, including intellectual property and—particularly for retailers—IP rights concerning the provision of goods and services in a “virtual” world.
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For many companies, including retailers, filing an inter partes review is a highly popular avenue to challenge patent validity before the U.S. Patent Office and outside of federal district court. An IPR is often a faster and easier way to challenge a patent than in district court.
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In a recent case, the Federal Circuit found that, sometimes, threatening a patent infringement action, or entering extensive patent license negotiations prior to filing suit, with a company having a presence in a particular state could subject you to jurisdiction in that state, even if you are located elsewhere.
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Office workers everywhere are familiar with height-adjustable desks. These desks allow workers to raise or lower their work surfaces, and often workers will use a height-adjustable desk to perform tasks while standing instead of sitting. Varidesk is one of the most prominent designers and distributors of height-adjustable desks. Like many US retailers that offer popular products, Varidesk observed knockoff copies for sale in the US from numerous foreign entities. Fortunately for Varidesk, its patent portfolio provided a way to defend its business.
Continue Reading Varidesk Keeps Foreign Knockoffs Seated With ITC General Exclusion Order