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Created 11 May 2017
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Researchers at the Leuven-based research centre imec have developed a new type of chip that can learn from its experiences and compose its own music.

Traditional chips repeat tasks that the programmers installed on them. Inspired by the way the human brain works, the new chip can recognise patterns in data, and, like a child, learn to perform additional tasks by taking into account earlier experiences. According to imec, the chip is the first in the world that is capable of learning so much on its own.

The chip can, for example, compose its own music. After the researchers inputted a series of minuets into the chip, the chip learned to recognise patterns and rhythms and created its own musical notes. The music, which still strongly resembles the original minuets, can be heard on imec’s website

The new chip is based on advanced memory chip technology, known as OxRAM, capable of processing a lot of information at low energy and low cost. According to imec, self-learning chips could be used in the management of large data flows, like road traffic analysis, and healthcare.

“When used in heart sensors, self-learning chips can identify subtle changes in heart rate that may pose potential health risks,” said imec in a statement. “This would enable health monitoring that is tailored to individual patients.”
Created 14 March 2017
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The number of applications to the European Patent Office (the EPO) coming from Belgian investors and companies increased by 7% in 2016, to a record number, 2,184. This was announced by the President of the institution, Benoit Battistelli, yesterday (Tuesday). Belgium recorded the highest growth in patent applications amongst the European countries that submit the most applications to the EPO. In total, the EPO recorded 159,353 patent applications, a stable figure compared to the previous year (160,004). Amongst the 38 states using the Office, China (up by 24.8%) and South Korea (up by 6.5%) recorded the highest growth. In contrast, the U.S. (down by 5.9%), although the leader in terms of applications to the EPO, and Japan (down 1.9%) decreased. In Belgium, where patent requests had already increased by 6% in 2015, the highest increases in 2016 were seen in the fine organic chemicals industry (up by 31.6%), biotechnologies (up by 30.4%) and the I.T. industry (up by 28.1%). With 269 applications, Solvay was Belgium's most active company in this sphere, ahead of the microelectronics and nanotechnologies centre Imec (169), Agfa-Gevaert (105) and Umicore (66). The universities of Ghent (55) and Leuven (31) are respectively ranked 7th and 10th in terms of patent applications for 2016. At the regional level, Flanders leads the pack with 64.4% of Belgian applications overall, ahead of Wallonia (19.5%) and Brussels. On a provincial level, Flemish Brabant was the most active (having 16.9% of the total), whilst Namur recorded the highest growth (up by 43% relative to last year). Lars Andersen The Brussels Times
Created 02 February 2017
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by Surur Jan 21, 2017: A recently published patent by Microsoft aims to address this by using e-Ink displays, which can of course be endlessly recycled and re-used, which would result in a significant reduction in paper usage. Unfortunately e-Ink displays are at present a poor substitute for paper, offering neither the low cost or flexibility. Microsoft’s idea is to divorce the bi-stable e-Ink display from its electronics, batteries, communication and other elements, creating a re-usable e-Ink “paper” and a new type of printer, which instead of using expensive ink would simply use electric fields to “write” information on the e-ink displays. Because the e-ink display would have no electronics it would be both cheap and bendable, and therefore be a good stand-in for paper. To change the information on the page users would simply feed the sheet back into the printer again.
Created 02 February 2017
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By Diane Bartz | WASHINGTON Apple Inc filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc in Beijing, alleging the chip supplier abused its clout in the chip industry and seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Beijing's Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday. Apple also filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm which accused it of failing to live up to promises made to license "standard essential patents" broadly and inexpensively. Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for "modem" chips that connect phones to wireless networks. The two companies together accounted for 40 percent of Qualcomm's $23.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. (read in Reuters)
Created 19 January 2017
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Topmanagers van het Duitse chemieconcern Evonik halen deze dagen gezwind de koekjesdozen boven tijdens vergaderingen. Niet om de honger te stillen, maar wel als opbergdoos voor hun mobieltje. De maatregel kadert in de strijd tegen bedrijfsspionage, zo heeft een woordvoerster van het bedrijf bevestigd. "Experten hebben ons verteld dat via mobiele telefoons steeds vaker afgeluisterd wordt, ook wanneer de toestellen uitgeschakeld zijn", aldus de woordvoerster. De maatregel werkt, want blikken dozen houden de elektromagnetische straling tegen en vermijden zo dat anderen ongewenst meeluisteren. Bij Evonik worden de dozen vooral gebruikt wanneer er gevoelige informatie op de agenda staat. In de strijd tegen de bedrijfsspionage heeft de Duitse regering dit jaar een centrum voor cyberveiligheid geopend. Dat moet de inspanningen van bedrijven en die van de overheden bundelen. (dpa/adv)
Created 03 January 2017
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Als BBIE werken we continu aan de verbetering van onze dienstverlening. Zo werd eerder al de My BOIP omgeving vernieuwd. Onlangs hebben we een nieuwe dienst voor het i-DEPOT gelanceerd. Hiermee wordt het mogelijk om een i-DEPOT geheel of gedeeltelijk openbaar te maken op i-D Space. Sinds 1 december kunt u ervoor kiezen om een i-DEPOT geheel of gedeeltelijk openbaar te maken. Er zijn meerdere redenen om een i-DEPOT openbaar te willen maken. Bijvoorbeeld om partners te vinden voor het uitwerken of op de markt brengen van een concept, format, software of innovatief product of om de buitenwereld te laten weten wie de bedenker van een creatie is. Ook kan een openbaarmaking op i-D Space strategisch ingezet worden om te voorkomen dat een ander hierop een octrooi of modelrecht kan aanvragen. i-D Space is een database die alle openbaar gemaakte i-DEPOTs bevat en voor iedereen toegankelijk is via Er kan o.a. worden gezocht op nummer, op naam van de indiener en op de toepassingsgebieden van het i-DEPOT. Door in de resultatenlijst te klikken op het i-DEPOT nummer, worden de openbare inhoud van het i-DEPOT en de bijbehorende gegevens getoond.
Created 26 December 2016
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Created 12 December 2016
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by Casey Newton The Verge, Dec 7, 2016 As Facebook works on new tools to stop the spread of misinformation on its network, it’s seeking to patent technology that could be used for that purpose. This month the US Trademark and Patent Office published Facebook’s application for Patent 0350675: “systems and methods to identify objectionable content.” The application, which was filed in June 2015, describes a sophisticated system for identifying inappropriate text and images and removing them from the network. As described in the application, the primary purpose of the tool is to improve the detection of pornography, hate speech, and bullying. But last month, Zuckerberg highlighted the need for “better technical systems to detect what people will flag as false before they do it themselves.” The patent published Thursday, which is still pending approval, offers some ideas for how such a system could work. A Facebook spokeswoman said the company often seeks patents for technology that it never implements, and said this patent should not be taken as an indication of the company’s future plans. The spokeswoman declined to comment on whether it was now in use.
Created 12 December 2016
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By Mikey Campbell Thursday, December 08, 2016 In one of the first pieces of documentation proving Apple's investigation into autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application describing a basic collision avoidance system that could one day serve as the underpinnings of a self-driving car telemetry solution. Apple's patent application for "Collision Avoidance Of Arbitrary Polygonal Obstacles," offers proof that the company is investigating the application of machine learning and computer vision to autonomous "agents" (vehicles). Designed for robotics —a field from which autonomous cars emerged —the disclosed systems and methods detail a basic collision avoidance technique capable of successfully navigating an environment without prior knowledge of the objects within. In particular, the system is able to operate in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional space, often a difficult task for computer vision systems.
Created 08 December 2016
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United Kingdom Set to Ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement Posted by Elizabeth Curtin Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 After months of uncertainty since the United Kingdom voted in favor of Brexit, the UK government has given a green light for the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent to proceed. In a statement from the UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe notes: “As the Prime Minister has said, for as long as we are members of the EU, the UK will continue to play a full and active role. The new system will provide an option for businesses that need to protect their inventions across Europe.”
Created 01 December 2016
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In Amdocs (Israel) Limited v. Openet Telecom, Inc., No. 2015-1180 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 1, 2016), a panel of the Federal Circuit reviewed the patentability of several patents owned by Amdocs which covered a system for monitoring and logging activity on computer networks. The patented system would allow raw data collected from computer networks, called "accounting information," to be processed in parallel, improving over previous systems that had relied on central databases to process the data. The District Court applied the Alice v. CLS Bank test and found that all of the patents were invalid under 35 U.S.C. §101.

The Federal Circuit panel reversed the District Court and found all the claims of each of the four patents to be patentable. In its opinion, the Federal Circuit relied on reasoning by analogy to past Federal Circuit cases in order to determine whether the claims were patentable. It noted that the "decisional mechanism courts now apply is to examine earlier cases in which a similar or parallel descriptive nature can be seen." The court found that the subject matter of Amdocs' patents was similar to patents that the Federal Circuit had upheld as valid under §101 (like those in BASCOM and DDR Holdings), and distinguishable from patents that the Federal Circuit had struck down under §101 (like those in Digitech, Content Extraction, and In re TLI Communications). As such, the Federal Circuit likewise upheld these claims.

The Federal Circuit panel also relied on a "utility-focused approach" for determining patentability. Because the patents spelled out that the patented system had a "distributed architecture" that could "efficiently and accurately collect network usage information in a manner designed for efficiency to minimize impact on network and system resources," the court found that the claims had enough structure to pass §101, even though this material was only in the patent specifications, and the claims did not explicitly cover the "distributed architecture."

One of the Federal Circuit judges on the panel, Judge Reyna, dissented, arguing that this "utility-focused approach" was improper and that the claims must be analyzed on their own to determine whether they are patentable.

Created 01 December 2016
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In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., No. 2015-1812 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 21, 2016), a panel of the Federal Circuit reviewed a covered business method patent (CBM) review decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which had held the claims of a patent invalid under 35 U.S.C. §101. The patent, U.S. Patent No. 7,203,752, claimed a method of setting "privacy preferences" which would affect whether applications on a user's device could access the location information of the device.

The law governing CBM review states that the PTAB is allowed to institute CBM review for patents that claim "a method or corresponding apparatus for performing data processing or other operations used in the practice, administration, or management of a financial product or service, except that the term does not include patents for technological inventions." In this case, the PTAB had held that the patent was eligible for CBM review because an application that could be prevented from accessing location information could be an advertising application. This, it held, would make the patented invention "incidental or complementary" to a financial activity (service or product sales), which would make it eligible for CBM review.

The Federal Circuit noted that the "incidental or complementary" language that the PTAB relied on was not in the law governing CBM review, and came from a statement by Senator Chuck Schumer, who had sponsored the law in Congress. This statement was not enough to override the text of the law, which prohibited CBM review for "technological inventions." The Federal Circuit thus determined that CBM review should not have been instituted based on the reasoning that the PTAB used, and remanded the case for reconsideration under the proper standard.

This decision may limit the applicability of CBM review, which has seen increasing use as a method for challenging the patentability of claims under §101.

This case also demonstrates the standard that the Federal Circuit has adopted for the reviewability of covered business method patent review proceedings before the PTAB, demonstrated in SightSound v. Apple almost a year ago. The Federal Circuit maintains that the decisions of the PTAB to institute a CBM are not reviewable. However, the PTAB's determination of whether a patent qualifies as eligible for CBM review is reviewable on appeal of the final written decision. This means that, once the PTAB has reached a final written decision on a CBM matter, a party can then appeal the final written decision on the basis that the proceeding never should have been instituted in the first place.

Created 02 November 2016
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25 October 2016 The EPO and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) today published their second EU-wide study of the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on the European economy in terms of GDP, employment, wages and trade. The study finds that more than 42% of total economic activity in the EU (some EUR 5.7 trillion annually) is generated by IPR-intensive industries, and approximately 38% of all employment in the EU (82 million jobs) stems from businesses that have a higher than average use of IP rights. The report also finds that average wages in IPR-intensive industries are more than 46% higher than in other industries.
Created 26 October 2016
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A Chinese company has sued Dutch retailers Blokker B.V. and Leen Bakker for selling a party tent which might have been copied from the Chinese design. The case involves a party tent with a butterfly-like shape that Zhejiang Zhengte sells worldwide. Blokker and Leen Bakker sold an exact copy, bearing the name Le Sud.
Created 24 October 2016
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Bertrange, Luxembourg, October 20, 2016—Russian police raided Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk warehouses of Russian distributors Profpostavka and Opt-trading, which import and sell laminate flooring products under brands including Westerhof and Mario Loretto, finding products that infringe Unilin's Russian clic technology patents; during the coordinated actions across the three largest Russian cities, police seized approximately 50,000 boxes of unlicensed glueless laminate flooring.

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