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Created 24 November 2023
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Patent filings in 3D printing grew eight times faster than average of all technologies in last decade

A report published by the European Patent Office (EPO) today shows that innovation in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has surged in the past decade. The study, Innovation trends in additive manufacturing, finds that between 2013 and 2020, international patent families in 3D printing technologies grew at an average annual rate of 26.3% – nearly eight times faster than for all technology fields combined in the same period (3.3%)

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Created 24 November 2023
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Global patenting activity soared to new records in 2022, fueled by Indian and Chinese innovators, but an uncertain economic outlook is weighing on further growth.

Even as global filings for trademarks and designs dropped, innovators from around the world submitted 3.46 million patent applications in 2022, marking a third consecutive year of growth, according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report.

Created 16 November 2023
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The Unitary Patent system is doing much better than expected, with almost 80 cases in the first six months and about 20-25% of new European patents converted to UPs, according to Paul England. He is senior counsel at Taylor Wessing and co-author of the Practitioner’s Guide to the Unified Patent Court and the Practitioner’s Guide to European Patent Law (2d edition). Kluwer IP Law interviewed him and asked what his first impression was of the functioning of the system, which entered into force on 1 June of this year. Read more at Kluwer Patent Blog
Created 15 November 2023
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Meta wants to get in your personal space to make extended reality more, well, real. The company filed two patents for tools that read your body’s neural and muscular signals for use in controlling the metaverse. 

First up is Meta’s patent for “in-ear electroencephalography [EEG] signal verification.” This system includes an in-ear device with an electrode that’s “configured to be in contact with an inner surface of the ear canal,” a speaker that emits a “calibration audio signal,” and a controller for generating “neural signal data” based on the signals from the electrode. 

Meta also is seeking to patent a system for “neuromuscular-signal-based detection” of in-air hand gestures. These gestures allow users to produce and modify text in extended reality environments.

Read at Patent Drop Archives - The Daily Upside

Created 25 October 2023
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Owning Intellectual Property (IP) rights boosts startups’ ability to raise funds, especially for deep-tech industries with higher capital needs

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have published a new joint study highlighting how much patents and trade marks can boost the success of European startups. The report shows that, on average, startups that possess these two types of intellectual property (IP) rights during their initial seed or early growth stages are up to 10.2 times more likely to successfully secure funding.
Created 11 August 2023
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Blueshift IP’s Robert Plotkin examines how AI inventions can be patented if they meet all the legal requirements for patentability. Read more at Bloomberg Law
Created 03 August 2023
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New Apple patents crop up all the time, but one recent filing has received particular attention for what it could mean for the future of wearable tech in health tracking. A patent filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office describes what looks and sounds like AirPods with biosensors that can track brain activity. Read more at Creative BLOQ
Created 26 July 2023
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The Unified Patent Court (UPC) opened its doors on June 1, 2023. Nineteen actions were initiated during the first six weeks, across a range of subject areas and case values.

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Created 12 June 2023
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A better patent system for Europe

The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court are the building blocks which supplement and strengthen the existing centralised European patent granting system. They offer users a cost-effective option for patent protection and dispute settlement across Europe.

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Unitary Patents make it possible to get patent protection in 17 EU Member States by submitting a single request to the EPO, making the procedure simpler and more cost effective for applicants.

Unified Patent Court

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is an international court set up by participating EU Member States to deal with the infringement and validity of both Unitary Patents and European patents, putting an end to costly parallel litigation and enhancing legal certainty.

Created 04 May 2023
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Yann Ménière, EPO Chief Economist and Aidan Kendrick, EPO Chief Business Analyst, discuss the key patenting trends at the EPO in 2022. Increasing demand for European patents has been driven by companies outside Europe. Many digital technology fields show strong growth, whilst patent filings in some areas of chemistry and mechanical engineering are stagnating or in decline. (Presentation)
Created 26 April 2023
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The European Comminssion has tweaked draft patent rules to make it easier for patent holders to sue companies over royalty disputes following criticism that an earlier draft favoured users while restricting patent owners from seeking injunctions

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Created 24 April 2023
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Hyundai and Kia filed a patent application that describes an integrated control apparatus for an autonomous driving vehicle. The design for the new driving interface takes cues from the Xbox controller, featuring a pair of grips for each hand and triggers along its top and sides. (Source- carbuzz)
Created 30 March 2023
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Belgische bedrijven, universiteiten en onderzoeksinstellingen hebben in 2022 een recordaantal van 2.604 octrooiaanvragen ingediend bij het Europees Octrooibureau (EPO). Het gaat om een toename met 5 procent ten opzichte van het voorgaande jaar, ondanks de wereldwijde onzekerheden, zo blijkt uit de EPO Patent Index. (Lees meer op
Created 28 March 2023
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The 10th anniversary of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system was today celebrated at an annual meeting with industry, at which the EPO President delivered an opening address. In a message to more than 30 participants representing large companies, patent information user groups and commercial providers, President António Campinos hailed the CPC as "the most refined, complete, and powerful classification system in the world". He also underscored the importance of CPC to patent quality owing to the improved accuracy and search speed it enables. Read more at EPO
Created 21 March 2023
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The recent decision in T 0169/20 draws together two threads of Boards of Appeal case law on the relationship between the claims and description of a patent. The decision directly addresses the question of the role of the description in interpreting the language of the claims. The answer to this question has practical consequences, as it is critical to both the question of claim interpretation for patentability and added matter analysis and to the ongoing controversy of description amendments.

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