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A Texas company alleges that Apple infringed patents that cover a method of creating a digital signature and storing it for user authentication in unlocking an electronic device.


The litigation involved voice command and bar code scanning technology that Amazon had promoted in connection with online shopping at Whole Foods.


Lennon Image Technologies, LLC filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Target Corporation on Friday, November 13, 2020, in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas. The lawsuit concerns United States Patent No. 6,624,843, entitled "Customer Image Capture and Use Thereof in a Retailing System," and alleges that Target infringes the patent through its Beauty Studio Tool.


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On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Triller, Inc. sued TikTok, Inc. and its parent company, ByteDance Ltd., in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, over patent infringement claims. The complaint alleges that TikTok and ByteDance infringe on Triller's U.S. Patent No. 9,691,429 for "[s]ystems and methods for creating music videos synchronized with an audio track."


The dispute between the tech giant and the smart speaker maker raises issues involving antitrust and anti-competition in addition to intellectual property.


A lawsuit between competing tobacco companies involves the tobacco heating technology used in their devices, which are alternatives to traditional cigarettes.


In a patent infringement lawsuit filed in Delaware federal court, IBM claims that Airbnb has unlawfully been using multiple IBM patents in running its online short-term rental platform business. IBM alleges that it has been attempting to negotiate a licensing agreement with Airbnb since 2014, but that these efforts have been unsuccessful.


Nanoco, a British nanotechnology company that makes quantum dots for vibrant screen displays, announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung. The case was filed last week in Texas federal court, and alleges that Samsung has willfully infringed Nanoco's patents with regard to importing and selling televisions that unlawfully incorporated Nanoco's technology.


On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, a federal jury reached a verdict in California Institute of Technology v. Broadcom Limited and Apple, Inc, a lawsuit involving alleged patent infringement of the California Institute of Technology's patents on Wi-Fi networking technologies. The jury awarded $1.1 billion in damages to the university for the patent infringement. Specifically, the jury awarded the university $270 million for Broadcom's infringement and $837 million for Apple's infringement.


Now that marijuana is legal in Canada and its legality is expanding in a majority of U.S. states as well, many companies are racing to patent new formulations of the product.