Posts Tagged ‘patent reform’
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.
December 21st, 2012 by Christopher L. Holt
Well everyone, we’ve made it to the so-called Doomsday. And we’re still here! So yes, you need to get out there and finish your Christmas shopping, and don’t forget to pay those bills too.
Even so, you may have thought that all the reported problems with the patent industry may have a sign of troubles for the end of the year. This week we saw a few more articles discussing those challenges, and even some possible steps toward a solution. Let’s take a look at some of the top patent news this week.
And here we are – entrepreneurs are now donating money to try to fix these perceived issues with our patent system. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization that works for the public interest in digital rights battles, received $250,000 from Cuban, and another $250,000 from Markus “Notch” Persson. With this money, they are hoping to help EFF’s goal of reforming software patent laws.
We’ve been reporting on the possible options for Kodak’s patent portfolio sale for the last few months, but this week it was announced that Kodak agreed to sell its digital imaging patent portfolio to a group of licensees for a cool $525M. These licensees, including Apple, Google, Facebook, and 9 others, will all have the rights to the Kodak patent portfolio and other specific Kodak patents. With access to these patents, we should see a greater rush of photo and video improvements throughout the technology industry.
It’s happened again. Just weeks after the USPTO invalidated another of Apple’s iPhone patents, Samsung discovered that Apple’s ‘Pinch-to-Zoom’ patent was also invalidated as well. Samsung is using this information to justify its demand for a new patent trial against Apple, as this technology was key to awarding in Apple’s favor. We’ll have to see how this evidence helps formulate a new trial.
For a little holiday fun at the end of the year, take a look at this cool infographic, outlining Christmas- and holiday-related patent statistics for your enjoyment.
That brings us to the end of our last weekly link round-up for the year. Everyone have a safe and happy holiday season, and an even better new year!
September 21st, 2012 by Christopher L. Holt
We’ve had another busy week here at PatentCore, including getting our next webinar ready for you all! After taking the latter half of the summer off, we’ll be back with a brand new webinar in October. Stay tuned for more details.
Before we start looking too far ahead, let’s take a quick look at some of the recent patent news making the rounds this week.
Sounds weird, right? But it’s actually kind of genius. There are plenty of times where a phone needs to be silenced fast, and Microsoft was granted a patent to do just that. This “whack-based audio control module” will allow users to hit or whack their phones to shut them up when it’s needed quickly.
Google’s social network, Google+, launched last year and at the time, they required your commonly used name to be the name on your profile. It seems, though, that Google may be changing its stance on the subject. This new patent allows for users to use “pseudonyms” or alternative names for their profiles. Then, users could change their privacy settings to allow certain groups of users to see their pseudonyms. This is just another way for users to customize their Google+ experience.
We’ve written about the Kodak patent auction previously, and it looks like we’ve closed another chapter in this company’s saga. This week, Kodak admitted that it failed to raise the $2.5 billion it needed for its patent auction. Because of this news, Kodak stated that it will delay the patent auction “indefinitely” while it evaluates additional ways to sell it’s property and raise the funds it needs.
It’s been just over a year since congress passed the America Invents Act. In the last year, there have been many changes happening, with many more still working through the USPTO. The America Invents Act is meant to make it easier for individual entrepreneurs to gain patents for their inventions, which will allow them to go to market faster, improve their businesses, create jobs, and stimulate the economy.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
June 29th, 2012 by Christopher L. Holt
During this last week of June, we’ve seen some interesting patent news. Some companies are patenting great new products that could change the way we interact with each other via technology. Some organizations are trying to make patent processes more streamline. And some patent trolls are costing this country a lot of money. Let’s take a look at some top patent news from this week.
Okay, so it seems that these (somewhat ridiculous) glasses are here to stay, now with Sony filing for a patent for their own set. Only this time, data would be shared face to face – meaning two users, both wearing glasses, could stare at each other and pass data back and forth. Does this sound creepy to anyone else?
We’ve written about this before on our blog, but patent trolling is a huge issue. Corporations who hoard patents only to use them as grounds for lawsuits against other companies are the lowest of the low. Unfortunately, this practice tends to make big bucks, which is why it still happens. But imagine if that money and effort went into actually creating something worthwhile – our whole world would be different.
Finally, some good news. The USPTO and the EPO are meeting early in July to review the Cooperative Patent Classification system, which is a new classification system that will incorporate the best classification practices of both the U.S. and European systems to streamline patent processes. This is a huge step for inventors who want to get their product on the market as soon as possible.
I’m filing this under the “duh” category, as we’re a country of immigrants, all of whom came here looking for greater opportunities. However, this study, published in the New York Times, states that immigrants played a role in more than three out of four patents at the nation’s top universities. In addition, these patents were nearly all in the science, technology, engineering and math fields – all of which are crucial to job growth. The majority of the rest of the article discusses the recent immigration policies and arguments happening across the nation, and how immigration hurdles force some of our best inventors to leave the country and take their talents elsewhere. As immigration takes a front-row seat during this election year, we’ll see how it impacts the future of innovation in our country.
And, don’t forget – it’s not too late to register for our upcoming webinar Using Examiner-Specific Appeal Statistics as a Guide when Choosing Between RCE and Appeal. It’s on Thursday, July 12th at 1pm CDT. Can’t wait to see you there!