Inventors and Patents From the City of Jacksonville
Invent America! celebrates innovators and patents from the Jacksonville area. This article will highlight three Jacksonville-based companies and their patents and inventors. These companies include Camp Cuba Libre, ParkerVision, and Qualcomm. The article also explores how innovation can benefit businesses.
Invent America! honors inventors and patents from Jacksonville
“Invent America!” is a national competition that honors innovators from all over the country, and Jacksonville has many of them. The city is home to several patents and inventors, including the founders of Palm Computing and 3Com Corporation. These entrepreneurs have come up with many inventive ideas to improve the lives of other people. They have also been recognized by their peers and the public through their inventions.
Camp Cuba Libre
In May 1898, the United States established a military installation known as “Camp Cuba Libre” for the deployment of American troops in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. The camp housed approximately 30,000 soldiers under the command of Major General Fitzhugh Lee, the nephew of Robert E. Lee.
Recently, a company called ParkerVision filed a patent application for a new wireless technology called Direct2Data. This technology is based on a direct conversion transceiver and it is intended to allow companies to send and receive data wirelessly. The company is based in Jacksonville and designs platforms and products for the communications and video industries.
In 2011, ParkerVision sued Qualcomm over patent infringement. This patent infringement caused the company to sue Qualcomm for $173 million. However, the jury found that the company had failed to prove its case against Qualcomm, so the company appealed. In 2013, a federal judge ruled against ParkerVision, but not before it argued in a different way. The judge said that the patent was unenforceable and Qualcomm had the right to appeal the decision.
The Florida-based company believed that its plans would attract a growing technology economy to the city. However, the company had already filed two patent lawsuits against another company. It has since dropped its plans. This story illustrates the importance of patent law, and the role it plays in modern U.S. technology.
Qualcomm is the largest mobile chip provider in the world. Its inventions have changed the way people communicate. In 2007, the iPhone was introduced, and it was a game changer. Now, people are using smartphones and tablets to access the internet. Even grandpa is using them. The new technology means that he can send a cringey meme or a clown face emoji.
Karczewicz was born in a port city in Poland and discovered his passion for mathematics while still in high school. After earning his Ph.D. at a university in Finland, he found work in the electronics industry and later at Nokia. In the mid-1990s, he moved to the company’s office in Dallas. He stayed for a decade, eventually joining Qualcomm.
Qualcomm’s attorneys argue that the evidence presented by Parkervision and other witnesses does not establish infringement. This case is now before the Federal Circuit, which will rule on the merits of the claims. Qualcomm will be seeking judgment and a new trial in this case.
A patent is a legal document issued for an invention. After being issued, it will last for 20 years. During that time, patents are subject to ongoing legal disputes. Patent maintenance fees are required at three, seven, and 11 years after a patent is issued. The fees can range from seven to 12 thousand dollars.
The City of Jacksonville has a rich history of technology, and the city is home to one of the world’s most successful companies in the wireless industry. In fact, the city of Jacksonville is home to several companies that produce products for the global market. One of those companies, ParkerVision, has been based in Jacksonville for nearly three decades. In 2000, the company leased a design space in Lake Mary. At the time, it had planned to hire talent from the Space Coast.
Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron
The Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadrons is a special unit of the United States Coast Guard tasked with conducting drug interdiction missions in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean. The squadron is based at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida. HITRON is equipped with armed helicopters. The squadron initially flew Agusta MH-68A Stingray helicopters, but recently transitioned to MH-65C Dolphin helicopters.
The Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadrons began operations in 1998. Under the leadership of Commander Mark ‘Roscoe’ Torres, the squadron developed novel operations and tactics that reshaped Coast Guard operations. The squadron worked closely with the United States Marine Corps’ HMLA-269 helicopter squadron, which helped train Coast Guard aircrews in aerial tactics and weapon employment.
The HITRON fleet of helicopters was equipped with the latest technology, including Forward Looking Infrared sensor systems. The squadron’s aircrews deploy wherever they’re needed to protect the maritime domain. HITRON and its predecessor, the MD-900 and MD-902 helicopters, interdicted 126 vessels and 159 tons of cocaine. In 2007, the HITRON squadron’s fleet was replaced by the MH-65C Dolphin helicopter.