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Created 06 February 2020
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Before there was an iPhone or an iPad, there was Apple's 2005 patent application. The boxy handheld device on the left side of our cover graphic above turned out to be the iPhone and the image on the right side became the iPad five years later. In fact the images for the tablet illustrated a plain tablet face and super advanced back panel that even to this day has yet to surface. (read more at PatentlyApple)
Created 23 January 2020
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An EPO board of appeal has dismissed the patent proprietor's appeal in case T 844/18, relating to the CRISPR gene editing technology, and thus confirmed the earlier revocation of the patent. No questions have been referred to the Enlarged Board.


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Created 20 January 2020
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German Constitutional Court is much more dangerous than people think.

“It would be realistic to expect the UPC to be operational in early 2021,” said the head of the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee, Alexander Ramsay, in November. That confident prediction came just one week after the lead judge in a case against the UPC at German’s Constitutional Court said he expected the court to finally decide it in the first quarter of this year. (read more: TheRegister)

Created 20 January 2020
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Apple and 34 other multinationals have urged Europe to stop patent trolls from effectively blackmailing companies into licensing their claimed technology. Patent assertion agencies threaten to ask courts for import bans on products found to infringe patents, making it risky for Apple and others to defend such cases even where the claim is weak… (read more: 9TO5Mac)
Created 16 January 2020
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A new patent that surfaced in the US Patent and Trademark Office suggests that Apple is working on the next version of its fancy stylus, the 3rd gen Apple Pencil with more advanced gestures.
Created 02 December 2019
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The recent endorsement by Chinese President Xi Jinping has accelerated an already fast-moving blockchain industry in the country. China seems to compete with the U.S. for blockchain dominance, and a recent report by the China Academy for Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) revealed that China is leaps ahead in blockchain patent filings.

Blockchain patents worldwide are concentrated in China, the United States, Canada, South Korea and the United Kingdom. From 2013 to December 20, 2018, China applied for 4,435 blockchain patents, accounting for 48% of the total blockchain patents, while the U.S. applied for 1,833 patents, accounting for 21%. (read more at Ledger Insights)

Created 02 December 2019
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With literally billions of dollars of cash in the bank, it’s no great surprise that Apple has long been a favorite target for patent trolls looking to make a quick buck. And though Apple tends to be targeted more than most, tech companies across the board simply can’t seem to escape a barrage of what are typically frivolous lawsuits. (read more at BGR.com)
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.

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