Nathalie Verbruggen

Senior IP Information Specialist

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Created 11 October 2019
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The First Circuit Trial by IP Tribunal of the Supreme People's Court A Successful Mediation of Invention Patent Infringement Dispute The IP Tribunal of the Supreme People's Court recently conducted circuit trials in Jinan City and Tai'an City of Shandong Province, and successfully mediated the invention patent infringement dispute between the appellant, Jiangsu Nantong No. 2 Construction Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd and two appellees, Shandong Huixing Technology Development Co., Ltd., and Juye Yuantai Real Estate Co., Ltd. The involved collegiate bench greatly contributed to the resolution of civil and administrative disputes over the involved patent right the first time it conducted a circuit trial. (read more)
Created 06 September 2019
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced an investigation on Wednesday into the sales of LED technology patented by the University of California. On July 30, UC filed a complaint against five major retailers: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ikea, Target, and Walmart for selling filament LED light bulbs without their authorization or royalties. The UC patent replaces traditional incandescent light bulbs with filament LED, using about 90% less energy and lasting years longer. Light bulbs made with this technology are referred to as "Edison" or "vintage" light bulbs because they look like Thomas Edison's iconic light bulbs with glowing filaments visible inside glass bulbs….
Created 06 September 2019
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Over the course of the past few decades, Singapore has grown into one of Asia’s most vibrant economies, and much of the credit for the stupendous growth is down to the fact that the government does not indulge in bureaucratic delay when it comes to business deals. That has seen billion of dollars in investment flowing into the country over the course of the past decades, and it will continue in the same vein as long as the same principles are maintained. In a new development, it has emerged that the Chinese e-commerce and tech giant Alibaba has been granted an Artificial Intelligence (AI) by the concerned authorities in Singapore within a record time of 3 months. As it has now become well known, Alibaba is now no longer only an e-commerce company and has expanded into a range of business, including payments and tech in a big way. The patent was granted by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) under the provisions of its Accelerated Initiative for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) initiative. IPOS went on to state that usually; it takes around two to four years for granting such a patent. The larger point about such an accelerated grant is that it is a signal to tech giants as well as innovators in the rest of the world. It shows that innovators, startups and other tech giants can now bring in their AI related innovations to Singapore without fear of waiting years for a patent.
Created 06 September 2019
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The European Patent Office (EPO) has seen a growing number of patent applications from Singapore and other parts of Asia, and is looking to bolster cooperation with the region. Dr Christoph Ernst, Vice President of the EPO, Directorate General Legal and International Affairs, said: “Asia is a major centre of innovation worldwide and there is a rapidly growing number of patents from this region. It has become evident that the EOP has been receiving a rapidly growing number of patent applications from this (Asian) region.”
Created 06 September 2019
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As per the latest report by IPR Daily, a Chinese intellectual property news site, China has represented about 70 percent of the world’s global blockchain patent applications. It would appear that China is predominantly driving the world in the utilization and development of blockchain technology. It has by a wide margin filed the most patents identified with blockchain on the planet and the absolute most significant names in the blockchain, and few of the popular biggest names in the cryptocurrency and blockchain network are Chinese firms.
Created 06 September 2019
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Australia's second-tier innovation patent system is presently on death row and the Government – judge, jury and executioner – is seeking a quick kill.
Created 07 August 2019
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An artificial intelligence system should be recognised as the inventor of two ideas in patents filed on its behalf, a team of academics says.

The AI has designed interlocking food containers that are easy for robots to grasp and a warning light that flashes in a rhythm that is hard to ignore.

Patents offices insist innovations are attributed to humans - to avoid legal complications that would arise if corporate inventorship were recognised.

The academics say this is "outdated".

And it could see patent offices refusing to assign any intellectual property rights for AI-generated creations.

As a result, two professors from the University of Surrey have teamed up with the Missouri-based inventor of Dabus AI to file patents in the system's name with the relevant authorities in the UK, Europe and US.

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Created 28 June 2019
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An academic study on artificial intelligence (AI) inventorship is now available for download.

The study was prepared by Dr. Noam Shemtov of Queen Mary University of London and analyses the impact of AI technology on the concept of inventorship. To download the study and for more information on patenting AI-related inventions please visit the dedicated webpage.

Created 28 June 2019
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Amazon has come up with yet another way to watch us: surveillance drones. The online retail behemoth has received a patent in America for “surveillance as a service”, where a drone would hover over an “authorised” home to take pictures or videos.

Amazon has built or bought a raft of products that collect data on people’s homes, from the Ring video doorbell to its Alexa voice assistant. It launched a service last year, called “Neighbors”, that allows Ring users to upload footage of suspicious activity, and has signed dozens of co-operation deals with local law enforcers allowing them access to the videos.

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Unmanned aerial vehicle based surveillance as a service

Inventor(s): YETURU KALIDAS [IN] + (Yeturu, Kalidas) Applicant(s): AMAZON TECH INC [US] +

Abstract of US10322801 (B1) The delivery of a package using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may include performing a surveillance action at a property of an authorized party. The surveillance action may include imaging the property, and may be performed before or after the package is delivered. Surveillance data such as image data gathered in a surveillance action may be modified to remove or obscure adjacent properties not associated with the property of the authorized party. Based on surveillance data, the probability or confidence value of a surveillance event may be determined and a surveillance alert may be generated. Surveillance actions may be scheduled by a central controller to ensure that the surveillance action may be performed without exhausting the resources, such as battery power or time, of the UAV. Surveillance actions may be received as an interrupt and may have an associated priority level.

Created 28 June 2019
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Unitary Patents will make it possible to get patent protection in up to 26 EU Member States by submitting a single request to the EPO. They will build on European patents granted by the EPO under the rules of the European Patent Convention (EPC), so nothing will change in the pre-grant phase and the same high standards of quality search and examination will apply. After a European patent is granted, the patent proprietor will be able to request unitary effect, thereby getting a Unitary Patent which provides uniform patent protection in up to 26 EU Member States.

The start of the new system is currently expected for the first half of 2019.

Created 28 June 2019
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Huawei's Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping speaks at a press conference at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province.

Chinese tech giant Huawei has warned a U.S. proposal to block the company from pursuing damages in the country's patent courts would be a "catastrophe for global innovation."

The proposal comes amid mounting U.S. action against Huawei, the biggest maker of switching gear for phone carriers. The company has been devastated by the Trump administration's decision to impose restrictions on its access to American chips for smartphones and other components and technology.

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Created 04 June 2019
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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that apply for patents, trade marks or designs have a greater chance of experiencing high growth than those that do not according to a new study released by the EPO and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). SMEs represent 99% of all businesses in the European Union, and contribute 57% of the EU's gross domestic product. However, a large proportion of the value generated by SMEs comes from a small number of high-growth firms (HGFs), which are often very innovative. The study shows that SMEs that have filed at least one IP right are 21% more likely to experience a growth period afterwards and are 10% more likely to become an HGF than firms without IP rights applications. SMEs that file for IP rights at European level have an even greater likelihood (17%) of becoming an HGF.

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Created 23 May 2019
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Amazon has filed a patent for a system that detects and records package theft and alerts homeowners. This system generates an alert based on smart home devices such as doorbells with audio and visual capabilities.
Created 23 May 2019
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The latest patent of Disney relates to an autonomous painting system for painting a target surface of a structure. This patent states that the system uses drones to perform the painting.
Created 20 May 2019
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The latest patent of Honda relates to a bike that supports variable riding position. This patent relates to a bike that can convert from a sports bike with a crouched riding position to a street bike with an upright position.

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