Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP have formed the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.
Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than
6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing
entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a
business outside of licensing and litigating patents.
More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from
still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called
privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use
those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies
arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.
The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to
address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a
license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That
means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as
they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license
to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by
the troll to which the patent was sold.
The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent
portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions
and change of control.
The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups
to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000
patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ
more than 310,000 people.
"The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world," said
Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. "By working
together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus
instead on building great products."
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Monday, 7 July 2014
The Canon Print Service is a mobile print offering that enables users to print from any Android version 4.4 (KitKat) enabled devices as well as select HP Slate devices to select Canon models.
Canon Print Service works on top of Android’s recently announced printing framework and enables users to print their business documents, personal documents and photographs to Canon printing systems over a wireless network. The addition of Canon Print Service to Canon’s mobile solutions portfolio expands easy Android device printing support.
Users who already own compatible Canon systems don’t need to upgrade their printers, nor download new driver software. Users will enjoy printing with options, including paper size, number of copies and orientation.
The Android KitKat plug-in can be downloaded from the Google Play Store at:
The HP Slate plug-in can be downloaded from the Google Play Store at:
To learn more about Canon Print Service, including model support, visit:
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Microsoft and Canon have broadened their strategic alliance with the announcement of a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. With this agreement, Microsoft and Canon gain licenses to each other’s highly valued and growing patent portfolios.
“This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” said Microsoft's Nick Psyhogeos. “Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes.”
This agreement covers a broad range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products. Microsoft and Canon have a long history of collaborating to bring high-quality, cutting-edge products to consumers, including color technology. Contents of the agreement will not be disclosed.
“This agreement is a natural extension of our longstanding relationship with Microsoft and commitment to developing innovative technologies,” said Hideki Sanatake, Canon Inc.