Industry News

Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat Achieve Key Milestone to Bring High-Speed Wi-Fi to Airplanes Over land and Water.  More info available here.

Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, has upgraded it's Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) manufactured by TE Connectivity for Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Star Game.  More info available at: http://www.te.com/en/industries/wireless-coverage-capacity/news-events/all-star-coverage-capacity.html and http://www.te.com/content/dam/te/global/english/industries/wireless-adc/news-events/wireless-press-release-mlb-all-star-game.pdf.

Twin Cities Business Magazine reports that "[a] recent report by The Brookings Institution found that the Twin Cities produced an average of 3,068 patents annually between 2007 and March 2012, the ninth-most among 358 metro areas across the country" thanks in part to numerous patents having Minnesota inventors with Honeywell International Inc.

Read full article.

HTC Corp. settled all global patent lawsuits with Apple Inc., including lawsuits involving a patent portfolio prosecuted by Fogg & Powers LLC.  The writers of a Washington Post article regarding the settlement commented that a: 

case before the ITC may have forced Cook to the negotiating table after a judge said Apple probably would face difficulty getting a series of HTC patents invalidated. HTC bought those patents, covering technology in LTE high-speed wireless devices, from ADC Telecommunications Inc. for $75 million.

Analyst Jeff Pu is quoted in the article as indicating that “[t]he settlement is a big surprise and is likely due to HTC’s LTE patents, which it bought from ADC last year, as Apple’s LTE patents are relatively weak.” Read full article.

The IEEE's 2011 Patent Power Scorecard ranks two Fogg & Powers' clients as having among the world’s most valuable patent portfolios.  The survey, based on patent quality rather than sheer numbers of patents, considered 1027 companies to identify those with the most influential and potentially most lucrative portfolios.  Fogg and Powers client Honeywell International Inc., U.S. was rated as having the top portfolio in the field of Aerospace and Defense.  For the field of communications/internet equipment, Fogg and Powers client ADC Telecommunications Inc., U.S. (TE Connectivity Ltd.) was ranked tenth.  We congratulate our clients on this recognition and are proud of the contributions we have made to these portfolios.

The complete IEEE 2011 Patent Power Scorecard is available at http://spectrum.ieee.org/static/patent-power-2011.

 HTC Corp of Taiwan has purchased a worldwide portfolio of patents prosecuted by Fogg & Powers.  The portfolio of 82 patents, covering wireless technologies, sold for $75 million.  http://upnextmobile.com/2011/04/taiwans-htc-corp-buys-portfolio-of-82-patents-from-adc-telecommunications-for-75m/