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House ‘Trolls’ For Patent Letter Abuse Solutions


By: John Eggerton – The issue of reining in patent assertion entity demand letter abusers (“patent trolls” in the lingo of their critics) took on the metaphorical tenor of a garment industry sweat shop Thursday (May 22) as both sides said it might be helpful to lock themselves in a room so they could thread the needle of coming up with legislation that would hammer abusers without harming legitimate patent protection. more> http://tinyurl.com/pbffwt3

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Google’s Giant $1 Patent Victory


By Susan Decker – Google paid to license the patents at issue in those cases on its own behalf as well as its users’.

Even so, the legal assault by Beneficial, a so-called patent troll that files infringement suits in search of settlements, continued. So Google sued for breach of contract.

On Jan. 23 a jury in Marshall, Tex., agreed with the Mountain View (Calif.)-based company that the terms of the 2010 deal had been breached.

The nominal damages—$1—were more than enough in this case, since Google’s real objective was to enforce the terms of the deal and not back down. more> http://tinyurl.com/pjyzts4

R&D Investment Pays Off


An Innovation Competence Process Coming From K...

An Innovation Competence Process Coming From Knowledge Management
(Photo credit: Alex Osterwalder)

R&D – Annually, Thomson Reuters analysts look at all companies around the world that file patents and perform a deep dive analysis of those with 100 or more unique inventions over the last three-year period. They measure each patent holder according to the number of its unique inventions, its success of applications to grants, the global nature of its patent portfolio and its influence on future innovation.

Another finding from this year’s Top 100 is that governments that incent innovation and R&D with tax credits and pro-innovation policies, have greater representation on the list. One can make the correlation between government policies, innovation, R&D and economic success. more> http://tinyurl.com/lg77ct8

The Intellectual Property System Is an Impenetrable Maze


By Richard Jefferson – Patents are teachings, true recipes for enterprise. By law they are fully open documents that exist for the purpose of enabling innovation. The idea—historically, at least—is to tell the world exactly how to create or implement whatever new, nonobvious and useful tool or process the patent covers. In exchange for this full disclosure the patent’s owner acquires a right to control its use for a specified time and within a set jurisdiction.

These problems are compounded for true innovations—economically impactful products and services built on new science and technology. Real innovations seldom, if ever, depend on a single invention or even a small number of them. On the contrary, modern innovations generally spring from hundreds of discrete items of intellectual property (IP). more> http://tinyurl.com/mw82fnu

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IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 20th Consecutive Year



IBM – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today (Jan 10) announced that it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for inventions that will enable fundamental advancements across key domains including analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and software defined environments, as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare, and transportation. These patented inventions also will advance a major shift in computing, known as the era of cognitive systems.

This is the 20th consecutive year that IBM topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients.

“We are proud of this new benchmark in technological and scientific creativity, which grows out of IBM’s century-long commitment to research and development,” said Ginni Rometty, chairman and CEO, IBM. “Most concretely, our 2012 patent record and the two decades of leadership it extends are a testament to thousands of brilliant IBM inventors — the living embodiments of our devotion to innovation that matters, for our clients, for our company and for the world.” more> http://tinyurl.com/affyvfs

Siemens honors 12 inventors who are responsible for 734 individual patents


SIEMENS – Since 1995, Siemens has been presenting its annual Inventor of the Year award to outstanding researchers and developers whose inventions are making a major contribution to the success of the company.

The 12 inventors of the year 2012 — two of whom are women — are working in Germany, in Denmark, and the U.S. Their patents have laid the foundations for many products with which, for example, medical diagnostics can be improved or industrial manufacturing and power generation can be made more efficient and more flexible.

The Siemens researchers honored account for 613 invention disclosures and 734 individual patents. more> http://tinyurl.com/cn5xfgm

What Apple and HTC’s Landmark Pact Means for the Patent Wars


By Sam Gustin – Put simply, these patent wars have spun out of control. This could have detrimental effects to U.S. competitiveness. No less a legal authority than federal judge Richard A. Posner — who recently dismissed a major patent lawsuit between Apple and Motorola — recently wrote that “there appear to be serious problems with our patent system.”

Last year, for the first time, Apple and Google spent more on patent litigation and intellectual property than on research and development. That’s not healthy for either of these companies or the U.S. economy. more> http://tinyurl.com/aqmffh4