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Patent and IP Blogger Interview Series – Rahul Dev

January 2nd, 2013 by Christopher L. Holt

After a brief break from our series, we’re welcoming Rahul Dev as our first Patent and IP Blogger Interviewee of the year! Rahul Dev, a technology lawyer and patent attorney, blogs about legal developments at Tech Corp Research and patent strategy at Tech Patent Strategy. Rahul’s practice is focused on latest developments in technology, mobile, apps, social media, startups, law and business. More details regarding his profile may be seen at

1. What recent trend have you seen in the patent world that you think will have a lasting impact on processes?

Among all the recent developments in the world of patents, smartphone patent litigation across multiple jurisdictions has highlighted the need of cross licensing of patents, specially in light of Apple vs. Samsung.

2. What is one way you feel will help streamline patent processes?

The way PCT helps applicants in preparing an international filing strategy, there should be a streamlined process for patent prosecution across multiple jurisdictions. For example, if the prosecution can be completed within a stipulated time period across multiple jurisdictions around the same time, it will help in timely enforcement of patent rights. Of course, the patent law of every country is different, but if the corresponding procedure can be streamlined as a uniform time bound process, it will be a great boost for patent applicants.

3. Favorite Patent or IP blog (other than your own)?

Patently Apple.

4. How do you feel the recent Patent Reform is going to impact innovators, patent professionals, the USPTO and society as a whole? Do you think there’ll be significant improvements?

It will definitely be beneficial for innovators, specially the options for speedier examination. But to fully gain inventor’s confidence, the entire process has to be made more efficient.

5. How important do you find detailed information on patent examiners and art units? Do you feel familiarity is helpful for patent professionals in their plans for patent acquisition?

Not really.

6. When did you start blogging about IP/Patents and why?

I started blogging in 2007 with a view to share my knowledge and experience that eventually helped me in keeping track of international patent developments.

7.  If you could interview one person, living or dead, for a story on your blog, who would it be?

Tim Cook.

8.  How did you get interested in a career in IP/Patents?

It was during final year of my masters, when I cleared the Indian patent bar exam. It gave me an excellent opportunity to begin my professional career with this dynamic world of patents and IP.

9. If you could change one thing about the IP/Patent system, what would it be?

I would definitely like to reduce the patent prosecution time to a bare minimum.


Thanks Rahul!

PatentCore Weekly Link Round-Up – September 21

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.

Microsoft Patent: Whack Your Phone to Shut It Up

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 Patent for Pseudonyms in Social Networks

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.

Kodak Patent Auction Ends, No Winning Bids Acccepted

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.

Patent Reform: Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the America Invents Act

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!

PatentCore Weekly Link Round-Up – September 14

September 14th, 2012 by Christopher L. Holt

This week Apple’s been in the news pretty consistently – not only because of their new patent applications and grants, but also because this week, they announced the new iPhone 5. There is a lot of conversation about patent implications of this new phone, and the potential for litigation surrounding the phone’s use of LTE, but overall, this is another great week for Apple.

But what’s going on with the rest of the world? Let’s take a look at patent news not pertaining to Apple this week.

Nike Obtains Patent for Collecting Data From Shoes

This is one of my favorite news patents. Why? Because Team PatentCore is full of avid runners and this patent could open up much more data to any of the Nike+ apps, including building out the new Nike+ Running.The amount of data these shoes could collect is staggering, and would help advertisers filter targeted ads to the users based on their running and fitness trends and even where they are currently standing.

Microsoft Patent Suggests Xbox 720 May Have Game Environment Projection System

Any gamer knows that they more real the game feels, the more fun it is to play. Microsoft’s new Xbox may be making the on-screen display even better by providing environment projection inside the gamer’s room. Potentially, a gamer could see their game world around them while playing. Pretty cool stuff.

Google Patent Points to Smart Glove Companion for Project Glass

So, Google’s glasses are still teetering on the fence of cool and odd, but now it looks like there will be a smart glove added to the plans to allow for further interaction and engagement with the Project glass display. The glove would wirelessly connect to whatever was receiving information gathered by the glove itself, and allow the user to enhance their 3D display, interact with restaurant menus, and even type on a virtual keyboard.

A Former Patent Examiner’s Perspective on the Current “Patent Hubbub”

This is a very interesting article from TechCrunch, in which G. Nagesh Rao, a former patent examiner, talks about the importance of patent law and what makes a patent stick during potential patent litigation. Referencing the recent verdict in the Apple vs. Samsung case, he states that the general public can’t necessarily understand the technicalities and complexities of the patent law system, and hopes that those engaging in tech patent disputes allow for technically appropriate judges who are training in patent law to handle their cases. This would help uphold the basics of patent law and make sure trials’ outcomes are what they should be.

Additionally, did you hear that we’ve partnered with Redd Tech to offer detailed patent examiner reports and application data? Head on over to for more information.

PatentCore Weekly Link Round-Up – August 3

August 3rd, 2012 by Christopher L. Holt

Another Friday, another link round-up! While we’re out enjoying the 2012 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program this week in Chicago, there have been some interesting new patent news stories that we wanted to share this week.

Apple’s Patent Sketch for Its Own Retina-ized Version of Google Glasses is Awwwwwkward

Winning this week’s award for most interesting title, this article showcases the latest drawing for Apple’s retina-centric version of interactive goggles. Even though Apple’s been granted a couple patents for similar glasses before, this one goes a step above odd by having the user wear a helmet with retina-quality visuals showing up on a little screen in front of the eye. So yes, I guess that would be awwwwwkward.

10 Weird Tech Patents and Patent Applications

Okay, so maybe I’m in a fun mood this Friday, but I love sharing these types of stories. Clearly, inventors aren’t afraid of moving forward with their wacky ideas. Along with the above story about making users wear a helmet, some of these ideas range from impractical (skipping commercials while watching television) to completely bizarre (walking through walls).

Pay Up, Patent Trolls: New Legislation Would Force Failed Plaintiffs to Pay Defendants’ Legal Bills

In the hopes that this may scare off some patent trolls in their quest to take on the world, a new bill has been introduced that would force losing software patent suit plaintiffs to pay the legal fees of the winning defendant. Maybe this really will have an impact on our patent system.

A Patent to Help Make the World a Cleaner Place

And to cap off this week’s round-up with a bit of happy news, the Salt Lake tribune reports a bunch of patents that could be used to improve the state of our local and global environment.

And, in addition to these stories, we also wanted to announce again that we’re starting a new blog post series here on our blog in which we interview patent and IP bloggers! If you’re a blogger who wants to participate, or know of a great blogger to suggest, let us know!

PatentCore Weekly Link Round-Up – July 27

July 27th, 2012 by Christopher L. Holt

I can’t believe I just typed in a date at the end of July for our blog post title. This summer has just zoomed by. Here in Minnesota, we’ve been having a warmer than average summer, but staying in the cool office and getting a lot of great PatentCore work done has been nice. We just sent in our semi-finalist submission for the Minnesota Cup, so we are crossing our fingers for good news there!

While we’ve been busy, the patent world has been busy as well. Let’s take a look at some recent patent news!

RIM Applies for Patent on Detecting Emotion in Messaging

I’m terribly interested in everything RIM is doing lately. This is the first of two RIM stories we’ll be sharing today. RIM, while in financial trouble, keeps applying for patents to improve their messaging software. This latest application would detect emotion in a person’s messaging fingers. By identifying motion and speed of messaging, text would be bolded to indicate a strong emotion. Very interesting, and something that may come in handy.

Pinterest Adds Additional Copyright Protections

Pinterest, the hottest social network right now, has had some issues with the information being shared, and making sure that information credits the original source so as not to infringe on any copyrights. These latest protections, focusing on enhancing its network of automatic attribution, will continue adding citations to detectable content to make sure they provide appropriate credit where it’s due.

Apple v. Samsung Electronics: The Patent Wars Claims, Uncut

The gloves have come off in the patent battles between Apple and Samsung. There is hardly a day that goes by in which we do not hear of something new going on between them. This article describes the upcoming patent battle between these two tech giants, in which Apple says Samsung copies their products, and Samsung says that Apple doesn’t own the patents they are enforcing – they’ve only modified them. I think these two companies will be battling well into the foreseeable future – perhaps even until technology as we know it drastically changes, and one of these companies is left in the dust.

RIM Patent: Smartphone Camera to Capture Thermal Images

Here’s our second RIM article of the day. This recent RIM patent application describes a thermographic augmented reality display within their mobile devices, allowing users to take thermal images. With all these  RIM applications coming down the line, I would assume the company is trying to pad their patent portfolio in preparation for an upcoming patent sale or auction. I think we may see an upcoming Kodak-style patent portfolio auction for RIM, and they’ve been working hard to manage financial struggles.

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend, and we’ll keep you up to date on the latest patent news on our Twitter account @PatentCore!