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Patents issued for renewable energy technologies on the rise

Patents issued for renewable energy technologies on the rise | Patents | Scoop.it
Investments in renewable energy technologies are booming with the number of patents issued for such technologies rising sharply over the last decade.
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"between 2004 and 2009, solar energy patents increased by 13 percent per year while wind related patents increased 10 percent per year.."

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Estíbaliz Huarte Cilveti's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:50 AM

Un estudio desde 1970 hasta 2009 muestra que Japón tiene el liderazgo mundial en cuanto al número de patentes creadas en solares fotovoltaicos. Ello es indicativo de su poder a nivel tecnológico y de su gran capacidad innovadora e inventiva (ambos, requisitos imprescindibles para la patentabilidad).

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Battle lines drawn over software patents in CLS Bank case | opensource.com

Battle lines drawn over software patents in CLS Bank case | opensource.com | Patents | Scoop.it
The law of software patents took an interesting, and ultimately encouraging, twist last week. In the CLS Bank case, ten judges of the Federal Circuit issued five separate opinions, without any single legal theory gaining a majority.
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As the amicus brief noted above put it, "low quality patents in computer-related industries have become a scourge that raises costs and places a drag on innovation. One study found that patents in these industries have produced net litigation costs far in excess of the net profits derived from the patents themselves." Low quality patents "add little, if anything, to human knowledge while broadly foreclosing future development by others."

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Patents Are Worthwhile For Startups To Pursue In the US, But Not Abroad | TechCrunch

Patents Are Worthwhile For Startups To Pursue In the US, But Not Abroad | TechCrunch | Patents | Scoop.it
A recent TechCrunch guest post by Jeffrey Shieh suggests that startups should file for international patent protection for a variety of reasons. Mr.
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"What can startups do to protect themselves in the international arena?   For companies with global ambitions, protecting their brand abroad is often a more pragmatic and economical approach.  The filing and registration of trademarks in Europe and Asia is significantly cheaper than filing patent applications in the same countries.  In Europe, the Community Trademark (“CTM”) allows an applicant to pursue trademark protection in all member states of the European Union through a single application.  Once registered, the CTM is valid for ten years and may be renewed indefinitely.   Such a CTM registration can be secured for $2,500-$3,500 through U.S. attorneys with good contacts abroad."

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Director's Forum: A Blog from USPTO's Leadership

Director's Forum: A Blog from USPTO's Leadership | Patents | Scoop.it
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2011 : "For the first time in several years, the Patent and Trademark Office was able to reduce the backlog of unexamined patent applications to below 665,000, a remarkable achievement considering the 5 percent increase in patent applications filings in FY2011. Through improved practices and processes, we are on track to push the backlog down even further, helping deliver new technologies to the marketplace faster, which in turn spurs job creation and drives economic growth for our country.

Moreover, under our Green Technology Pilot Program, the USPTO recently issued the program’s 500th patent for a wind turbine rotor blade—yet another important step forward in advancing the Administration’s goal of doubling our nation’s renewable energy capacity. Through our commitment to green technologies, environmental quality and renewable energy, we are able to spur innovation and help create new jobs that provide our world with sustainable alternatives to harmful energy practices."

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Who owns the sun? Patent law and clean energy

Who owns the sun? Patent law and clean energy | Patents | Scoop.it
There is a trade war brewing between the United States and China over intellectual property relating to clean technologies – particularly solar power.Steven Chu, a scientist, Nobel Laureate in Physics…...
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"China has promoted intellectual property flexibilities – such as the use of technology transfer, patent pools, public sector licensing, compulsory licensing, and patent exclusions."

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BlackBerry's patents could be worth $5bn if it finds a single buyer

BlackBerry's patents could be worth $5bn if it finds a single buyer | Patents | Scoop.it
While BlackBerry's future is still to be decided, the value of its patents is looking more certain.
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One of the worst patents ever just got upheld in court

One of the worst patents ever just got upheld in court | Patents | Scoop.it
The economy is being ravaged by frivolous lawsuits based on broad patents. A key appeals court just missed a chance to address the problem.
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A firm called Ultramercial claims to have invented the concept of showing a customer an ad instead of charging for content.

"“receiving media products from a copyright holder, selecting an advertisement to be associated with each media product, providing said media products for sale on an Internet website,"

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U.S. should review practices of 'patent trolls': FTC head

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission should gather information about the business practices of patent assertion entities, known as patent trolls, to see whether they are hurting competition,...
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Supreme Court's gene patent ruling could boost patient care - CBS News

Supreme Court's gene patent ruling could boost patient care - CBS News | Patents | Scoop.it
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It stemmed from Myriad's specific patents for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Mutations of these genes raise risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
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Court Ruling Takes a Stand on Essential High-Tech Patents

Court Ruling Takes a Stand on Essential High-Tech Patents | Patents | Scoop.it
A federal court ruling last week determined that licensing fees on essential communications and data-handling patents used in devices like smartphones, tablets and game consoles should be low.
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ClearViewIP - The Industry Leading Intellectual Property Consultancy

ClearViewIP - The Industry Leading Intellectual Property Consultancy | Patents | Scoop.it

INFOGRAPHIC: Patent Valuation

 

Patent Valuation is at the heart of the most key business areas of intellectual property: patent commercialisation, to monetize a company's IP portfolio;patent acquisitions, to strengthen a company's IP position; and investment due diligence, to identify funding. However, it is widely debated as to what the best, most accurate, method of patent valuation really is. We recently revisited our article on Patent Valuation Methods, which reviews the most widely used methods using case studies, and created this infographic presenting the pitfalls and what we think might be the missing X Factor in patent valuation


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What to Look for When Using US Public PAIR – An Infographic

What to Look for When Using US Public PAIR – An Infographic | Patents | Scoop.it
Public PAIR is the USPTO system for allowing any interested party to look at the prosecution history associated with a granted United States Patent or [...]

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ClearViewIP's curator insight, January 15, 2013 5:20 AM

Great Infographic from Anthony Trippe at Patinformatics LLC

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Patent Application Rejection

Patent Application Rejection | Patents | Scoop.it
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"When the Patent Office (USPTO) finds prior art, they will issue a non-final rejection, which will show you the patents or other references they are citing against your application. Sometimes it’s multiple references and sometimes they find everything in a single reference."

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Big patent holder ramps up lobbying as feds clamp down

Big patent holder ramps up lobbying as feds clamp down | Patents | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON – As Congress and federal regulators step up efforts to root out so-called patent trolls, one of the biggest firms involved in the business of acquiring patents has nearly doubled its federal...
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"Intellectual Ventures spent $310,000 to influence federal policy from July 1 through Sept. 30, up from $165,000 the firm reported spending on lobbying during the previous months, according to a report filed with the U.S. Senate."

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Apple patents tech that would give iPhones cat-like reflexes

Apple patents tech that would give iPhones cat-like reflexes | Patents | Scoop.it
A recently-filed patent from Apple outlines the concept for a new smart-drop technology that would keep your iPhone from landing on its face (RT @Computer_ID: Apple patents tech that would give iPhones cat-like reflexes - Digital Trends
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Private companies own your DNA - again

Private companies own your DNA - again | Patents | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court panel reverse a ruling last year that invalidated human gene patents. Now it's OK for private companies to own your genes again.
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"he question in this case is whether an individual can obtain patent rights to a human gene. From a common-sense point of view, most observers would answer, `Of course not. Patents are for inventions. A human gene is not an invention.’ The essence of Myriad’s argument in this case is to say that it has not patented a human gene, but something quite different—an isolated human gene"

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon

Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon | Patents | Scoop.it
How do you celebrate turning 125 years old? With a day trip to Mercedes-Benz World, of course
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"Benz went on to apply for a patent (patent enthusiasts: it's number 37435), which essentially became the automobile's birth certificate. In the 125 years since, Mercedes-Benz has applied for a further 80,000 patents – a list of astonishing and groundbreaking motoring milestones which have turned Benz's velocipede into the omnipotent modern motor car we all take for granted today."

 

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Would You Invest in This Kid?

Would You Invest in This Kid? | Patents | Scoop.it
In 2002, a 14-year-old Malawi boy named William Kamkwamba built a windmill using items he collected from a scrap yard to power the electrical appliances in his family home. He did it through sheer ...
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"Today, all of the contemporary advanced economies have strong property rights, and data shows (PDF) a strong correlation between property rights, productivity, living standards and innovation."

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Social Media Patents: Protecting Social Technology and Preventing Infringement Claims | The National Law Review

Social Media Patents: Protecting Social Technology and Preventing Infringement Claims | The National Law Review | Patents | Scoop.it
Marketing via social media has created a hotbed of opportunities to connect with customers and promote brands. Alongside those cool technical gizmos, however, are potential lawsuits for companies who use patented social media technology.
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How to respond to patent infringement claims.

1.Conduct an internal investigation.

2.Do nothing.

3.If you respond, get more information and time to evaluate.

4.Analyze whether getting an opinion of patent counsel is appropriate

5.Research your adversary.

6.Learn from prior proceedings.

7.Take the patents back to the Patent Office.

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How To Tell What Patents Are Worth

How To Tell What Patents Are Worth | Patents | Scoop.it
This article is by Joseph G. Hadzima, Jr., a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
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"Evaluating an individual patent boils down to three steps. First, companies must determine the quality of the underlying invention outlined in the patent. Second, they must evaluate whether the patent is well constructed. Third, they need to figure out how to extract value from the patent."

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Innovators losing out in race for patents - Business

Innovators losing out in race for patents - Business | Patents | Scoop.it
Inventors have difficulty prosecuting intellectual property internationally
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"The Czech Republic loses billions of crowns each year in revenue for failing to patent intellectual property, according to a statement released by the Industrial Property Office (ÚPV)"

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ClearViewIP - The Industry Leading Intellectual Property Consultancy

ClearViewIP - The Industry Leading Intellectual Property Consultancy | Patents | Scoop.it
ClearViewIP is an Intellectual Property Consultancy and Ideas Brokerage

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ClearViewIP's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:25 AM

With the Med-Tech Innovation Expo now in full swing and with ClearViewIP's interest in medical technology, we took a look back at our previous patent landscape report on Home Health Diagnostics, Microfluidics & IP to identify the key players in the market and predict which technologies may begin to emerge over the coming years:

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Welcome to the Future: Google Patents Glass Feature That Would Allow Users to Control Objects Around Them

Welcome to the Future: Google Patents Glass Feature That Would Allow Users to Control Objects Around Them | Patents | Scoop.it
A virtual reality interface overlaid on top of your field of vision that allows you to interact with real objects using gestures… This is where we wou...

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India rejects Novartis patent plea

India rejects Novartis patent plea | Patents | Scoop.it
India's Supreme Court rejects a plea by Swiss company Novartis to patent an updated version of its cancer drug, Glivec.
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India, a tough turf for pharma biggies..

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Alfonso Barrios Sanz's curator insight, November 12, 2014 6:21 AM

Patents usually protect the companies for 20 years of exclusive sales. After that, it is open to other firms who can make cheaper copies of the original drug. It is amazing how the prize of the Glivec can change after this time. It is true that Novartis needs this money to continue the investigations, but the prize of the drug is so expensive for the poor people/countries. Maybe the final solution is not the patents, the government should facilitate the research and it will benefit all the society.