Archive for the ‘News’ Category
May 17th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
Building on our series of using big patent data to inform patent acquisition strategies, we’ve got another webinar coming up!
Thanks to breakthroughs in big data analytics, patent professionals are now able to easily compare how a specific examiner is likely to manage the application appeal process. This can even be compared to what the examiner is likely to do if an RCE is filed instead of appeal.
During this session, topics that will be covered include:
- How to determine if your examiner frequently allows an application or issues a new office action right before it would be time to write an examiner’s appeal brief.
- How to know your odds of winning allowance or a new office action at the end of the pre-appeal process.
- How to know how long it is likely going to take to get a next office action if an RCE is filed instead of pursuing an appeal strategy.
- How to know how often a particular examiner requires an RCE prior to allowance.
- And much much more…
As usual, this event will be led by Chris Holt. And as usual, a special guest will likely be invited to join in on the conversation.
Join us on Wednesday, May 29th at 11am CDT by registering online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/766507743
May 16th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
Did you miss our webinar today? Don’t worry – we’ve got the video available for you below!
Watch our webinar entitled “Big Data and the Future of Patent Prosecution” and discover how data directly from the USPTO can help educate, inform, and direct patent acquisition processes and strategies.
May 10th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
We’ve talked about it before, and we’ll probably talk about it again – there are many business challenges with the quality of patents being issued lately, especially software patents. And because many of these patents are deemed “broad,” “irrelevant,” or even “ridiculous,” non-practicing entities – or patent trolls – are using their intellectual property to target legitimate businesses and the customers of those businesses with patent lawsuits.
This is a costly, and potentially dangerous, challenge that is being faced over and over again by many technology companies across the country.
But, this week, new legislation was introduced to address these issues. This legislation is called the Patent Quality Improvement Act, and while addressing the challenges facing patent quality, it could also potentially have an impact on the patent examination process as well.
We’ll keep you up to date on the progress of this legislation, and how it impact the processes behind attaining quality patents.
May 7th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
A rapidly increasing number of patent professionals are obtaining high quality patents more efficiently than ever. These improvements have become possible due to the emergence of new online tools for accessing details related to how decisions are made in the patent office. This information has made it possible to know and understand the decision making patterns of specific patent examiners and art units.
Reed Tech Patent Advisor™ is a suite of online services at the forefront of this exciting transformation of the patent prosecution industry. Join Chris Holt, the original developer of the core technology that powers many of the Reed Tech Patent Advisor™ offerings, and learn how big data insight can be used to greatly improve your patent acquisition strategies.
This online webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at 11am CDT. Please register at the link below and join us for a discussion about big data and the efficiencies it can create in your patent processes.
Register online here – https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/499290575
April 22nd, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
Last week was challenging for many people across the country, and across the world. There were too many tragedies to count, and countless people were affected. Here at PatentCore, we’re keeping everyone in our thoughts, and hoping that this week we start to see more good in the world.
Because of this, I wanted to start Monday off with some light news on our blog. Recently, Cracked.com, a site who shares fantastic, funny information, posted an article entitled “The 5 Most Ridiculous Things People Tried to Patent.” We wanted to share these items with you today to start the week off on a fun, light-hearted foot.
Below, please find the list of the 5 most ridiculous things people tried to patent, according to Cracked.com.
5. Toast – delicious
4. Short Business Meetings – well, we all want these, right?
3. Comb-Overs – Where’s Donald?
2. Patenting – seriously
1. The Pyramids – who filed that patent application? The aliens who built the pyramids? And who represented them?
Happy Monday, everyone.
April 17th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
We – those in our industry, and the greater public as a whole – have seen this coming for a while. The USPTO called for public comment on ideas and ways to address the issues of software patents being granted for very broad, undefined processes. This is something that we’re seeing here at PatentCore too, when we take a look at our patent allowance data, as these broad patents may stem from a backlog of applications that examiners need to review.
However, this week, it looks like the big guns have been pulled out. Meaning, Google has publicly responded to the USPTO’s call for comments. Read their post – Google Public Policy Blog: Improving Software Patent Quality to Support Innovation – explaining their comments below:
April 12th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
We’ve been a little busy on our end lately, but I wanted to make sure I jumped in to share some of the great patent and IP news that’s been happening over the last few weeks! It’s been a busy spring in the patent world, that’s for sure. Let’s take a look at some recent news.
Last Friday, Google, along with their buddies, appealed to the FTC and the Department of Justice to take a stronger stand against so-called patent trolls who see financial gain from suing companies for infringing on their patents. These companies state that this abuse by the patent trolls is impeding upon improvements in the technology industry, and costing U.S. companies alone nearly $30 billion in 2011, “and $80 billion when accounting for all costs – direct and indirect.” Some strong believe that Congress is gearing up to tackle this issue in a stronger way, and hearing news right from the most powerful technology companies is definitely strong ammunition to begin the battle.
The patent trolls have reared their heads again – this time via emails to many businesses last year demanding payment for the use of an email scanning technology. However, upon further investigation, it turns out that the companies being questioned purchased the scanner software product in good faith. So who should pay the damages for using the patented product? The company who sold it? Or those using it? It seems like it’s up for debate at this point.
The saga of the ever-evolving iPhone design continues. This time, we’re seeing a new patent application from Apple outlining side displays for their iPhone. According to the article, potential uses could be for battery life and signal strength indicators. It would be interesting, but I think before Apple makes this leap, they’ll need to create a few more redesigns to bring the general consumer there gradually.
Sounds kind of redundant, right? This week, Nintendo was awarded a patent that would allow for some kind of toy to be embedded with a Wiimote-like device and be used in conjunction with a game. This seems to be one technological step up from just using the remote control device to control the game, and would allow for another layer of interaction, when it comes to video game play.
Upcoming Webinar: PTO Examiner Interviewing Techniques and Tips in the Era of Hoteling, Webex and Videoconferencing
February 18th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
If you’re interested in available techniques and tips to use when participating in PTO examiner interviews, you’ll want to attend this upcoming webinar.
The AIPLA is offering a CLE webinar on February 27th from 12:30-2pm EST entitled “PTO Examiner Interviewing Techniques and Tips in the Era of Hoteling, Webex and Videoconferencing.” From the course description, “Utilizing examiner interviews during the prosecution of a U.S. patent application can help expedite prosecution and reduce costs. This webinar will include perspectives from representatives of the USPTO and general interview techniques and tips. The webinar will also feature discussions and presentation on opportunities based on USPTO technology such as Webex and Videoconferencing.”
The speakers will include Speakers will include Tim Callahan (USPTO Director, Technology Center 2400), Eamon Wall (Wall & Tong), and Ernie Beffel (Haynes Beffel & Woldfeld).
If you’d like to attend, register online here. And when you attend, give a listen for a few mentions of Patent Advisor, and how our system can also help better manage the patent processes of patent professionals.
February 15th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
Did you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day yesterday? We’ve been expressing our love of powering Patent Advisor every chance we get. Keep an eye out for upcoming webinars and informational pieces on how Patent Advisor can help you.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the latest patent news happening this week. And trust me – it’s been a busy week.
Here we are, seeing the first patent infringement suit from Google ever. Even though Google-owned entities HTC and Motorola have been involved in latent litigation in the past, this week, we see Google itself step up to defend itself against British Telecom (BT) over four patents. These patents, related to assuring a quality of service, connection capacity reassignment, and a gateway for internet telephone, were acquired from IBM and Fujitsu. It seems that Google was sick of BT bringing forth meritless patent suits against Google, and it was time to stand up against them for a change. I wonder if this will open the doors for a more offensive patent strategy from Google.
President Obama hosted a Google+ Hangout on Thursday afternoon, and addressed an issue we’ve all been thinking about: patent trolls. It seems the President is frustrated with people, businesses, and entities who file patents for the sole purpose of suing others to earn money. He also stated that he feels his efforts on patent reform only went about halfway to where we want them to go. The President, it seems, will continue to take steps forward toward an improved patent reform process, and we will keep an eye on the situation as everything unfolds.
Recently, a new paper was published which defends the USPTO’s examination of software patenting by showing that its processes are very similar to that of other fields’ patenting. Patently-O shows graphs and chart from the paper, and discusses the other information therein. What’s interesting is that, while there are similarities in how all patents are processed, there is an obvious, illustrated need for a different process in place for software patents. Perhaps, as law catches up with technology, we’ll see that new process.
BlackBerry isn’t backing down at all in the smart phone wars. Their R&D team keeps developing and proposing new innovations, and one of their recent patent applications is for a new 180-degree hinge for smart phones. This application, filed recently, shows a hinge that allows you to adjust the screen relative to its base – potentially a laptop or tablet base. It’s an interesting idea, and something that BlackBerry could move forward with if they feel the market needs something like it.
February 8th, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt
Last week we talked about refocusing on our goals for the year and what we want to keep moving forward with for success this year. This week, let’s take a look at what other people have been successful with – and highlight some of the latest new patent news from around the web.
In a new patent from Google, we may soon be able to move from the confines of our touch-typing abilities on small mobile devices to typing as if we were on a standard keyboard across any glass or surface device. This could easily be the next way in which we manage our networks and our lives.
A couple weeks ago, 26 new patents were issued to Apple, including a couple patents that could help mobile users same a lot of time. Now, a system of processing images quickly by analyzing color and facial recognition could be able to be utilized by app developers to create robust photo editing apps for mobile devices without draining the mobile battery. This preprocessing could save a lot of time and a lot of headache for those who use their phones for photography.
In related photography news, Google understands that more people want to use more professional tools on their mobile phones while taking pictures. This new camera-enhancing patent features multiple LED flashes that could be used as one big flash when taking pictures, or as individual, smaller flashes, depending on the environment.
In running news, because we are runners here at PatentCore, Apple – who understands the importance of tracking runs and activity – has applied for a possible shoe sensor that can track its life cycle and when it wears out. This information would essentially be fed back to an iOS device via external display to share with the wearer when he or she needs a new pair of shoes.