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Created 11 December 2018
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by David Faber.

The dispute relates to two Qualcomm patents, but Apple says the ban only applies to phones that run on an older operating system.

The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China granted the two preliminary injunctions against four Apple subsidiaries in China. It relates to two Qualcomm patents that enable users to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photos and to manage applications using a touch screen when viewing and navigating apps on their phones. iPhones are currently sold with the operating system iOS 12, which Apple says does not violate the patents in question.

Created 12 November 2018
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The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a Bayer patent that covered traditionally bred broccoli adapted for the ease of harvesting.
The patent, which was granted to Monsanto in 2013 and later sold to Bayer, covered plants, seeds and harvested severed broccoli heads that grow slightly higher in order to ease harvesting. An opposition to the patent was originally filed in 2014.
No Patents on Seeds protested the patent by erecting the “largest broccoli in the world” outside of the EPO building in Munich. A petition with around 75,000 signatures supporting opposition to the patent was also handed over.
The EPO introduced new rules for examination in 2017, which mean that patents on animals and plants can no longer be granted if they are derived from conventional breeding using methods like crossing and selection. European law prohibits patents on plant varieties and animal varieties.
This first time the new rules have resulted in the revocation of a patent.
Commenting on the news, Christoph Then of No Patents on Seeds said: “This is an important success for the broad coalition of civil society organisations against patents on plants and animals.”
 “Without our activities, the EPO rules would not have been changed and the patent would still be valid. The giant corporations, such as Bayer, Syngenta and BASF, have failed in their attempt to completely monopolise conventional breeding through using patents.”

He added: “But there are still huge legal loopholes as shown in the case of conventionally bred barley. Political decision makers now have to take further action.”
Created 12 November 2018
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You might have used People You May Know feature where Facebook suggest people you should send that awkward friend request to. People have noticed how weirdly accurate that feature is and imagining how it would be better is unbelievable.
A Facebook patent was uncovered recently and from the looks of it, it is one creepy filed patent. It describes a method of how Facebook would utilize wireless communications to suggest connections for a user. The wireless communications technologies that could be detected include either NFC, Bluetooth, RFID, Z-Wave or PAN communications.
Facebook will use those signals to measure how close the two devices are and analyse the data to infer whether the two people have met. The patent also claims to rank the second person among factors like proximity to the first user, frequency of meetings, duration of the meetings and a pattern of the occurrences.
They can even monitor data from other sensors on your phone like the gyroscope o accelerometer to infer whether the two people are moving in the same pattern, like walking or running together.
Created 12 November 2018
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The number of European patent applications related to autonomous driving has grown 20 times faster than filings for other technologies in recent years, according to a study by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Council for Automotive R&D.

A release shared by the EPO yesterday, November 7, said that the statistics may “signal the coming of a transport revolution”.

The study, titled “Patents and self-driving vehicles”, showed that between 2011 and 2017, patent filings at the EPO relating to autonomous driving increased by 330%. However, filings directed to all other technologies in the same period rose by just 16%.

Created 29 October 2018
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Apple presented an electric vehicle feature via a patent application this week entitled "Peloton," which outlines designs to connect the batteries of moving EVs to reduce energy usage via load sharing.

In a patent filed Tuesday by Apple Inc. with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a set of designs for a method linking moving vehicles together for the benefit of all emerged. The document is titled, "Peloton," a term for the main group of bikers in a race. Likewise, the patent describes a method of linking a group of at least two vehicles on the road in the optimal configuration "so that driving range differences between the vehicles can be reduced via load sharing via the electrical connection."

Created 29 October 2018
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Apple was granted a total of 46 patents today, including a patent for a 3D printing technology that uses triangular tessellation. The patent, which was initially filed in 2014, describes a process invented by computer scientist Michael R. Sweet which utilizes a triangular infill pattern to produce stronger, more efficient 3D printed models.

According to the patent description, the triangular tessellation 3D printing method proposed is meant to enable faster print speeds and to reduce the amount of material used for a given part. This is achieved by using a “triangle support pattern” (or triangular tessellation) print head motion instead of a circular print head movements, which are more or less standard in existing 3D printers.

In short, the patent describes a 3D printing process wherein the print head extrudes material onto a print bed in a triangular tessellated pattern. Unlike many common infill patterns which are constant throughout a since piece, the triangular pattern would vary in size or density. For instance, the outer edges of a part would be made up o smaller triangles, while non-edge portions could have larger triangular tessellation (thus reducing material consumption.)

Created 29 October 2018
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The European Patent Office (EPO) has provided further guidance for examination in relation to the patentability of inventions involving mathematical methods and computer programs. This updated guidance is of particular relevance to inventions relating to the fast-growing field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  This guidance was published as part of the EPO’S annual update of the “Guidelines for Examination”.
Created 18 October 2018
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appleinsider Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:03 AM
In a first anywhere for the ongoing legal fight between Qualcomm and Apple, a Munich regional court has rendered a final judgment in a Qualcomm patent complaint against Apple, awarding victory to Apple.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus don't violate a Qualcomm European patent, EP1199750, which covers a "post[-]passivation interconnection scheme on top of [an] IC chip," a three-judge panel ruled according to FOSS Patents. The decision comes just one week after a trial, which may suggest that even if Qualcomm files an appeal with the Munich Higher Regional Court, it could face an uphill battle.

Several other German cases are still in progress. One is going to trial in Munich on Nov. 8, and a ruling on another —also in Munich, involving the iPhone's Spotlight search — should arrive in December. Still more actions are being dealt with in the city of Mannheim.

Apple launched its first case against Qualcomm in January 2017, and since then the two companies have filed actions against each other around the world. Simultaneously the firms have had to address various regulatory bodies.

In September, the U.S. International Trade Commission dealt a blow to Qualcomm byruling against banning iPhone imports, even though Apple may have violated one of three cited patents. iPhone assembly takes place entirely overseas, so Apple would have received a serious financial hit had a ban taken effect.

Apple has accused Qualcomm of withholding promised rebates and abusing its market position to demand high royalties. Qualcomm though has complained that Apple is not only violating patents, but even sharing its trade secrets with Intel. iPhones have long used Qualcomm modems, but the iPhone XS line is Intel-only. 
Created 18 October 2018
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Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition.
The patent, titled "Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users," was issued on Tuesday this week; Amazon filed the patent application in March 2017.
The patent describes a voice assistant that can detect "abnormal" physical or emotional conditions. "For example, physical conditions such as sore throats and coughs may be determined based at least in part on a voice input from the user, and emotional conditions such as an excited emotional state or a sad emotional state may be determined based at least in part on voice input from a user," the patent says. "A cough or sniffle, or crying, may indicate that the user has a specific physical or emotional abnormality."
It's not clear what ads would be sent based on a user's emotional state, but someone who is sick might be asked if they want to buy cold medicine.
"A current physical and/or emotional condition of the user may facilitate the ability to provide highly targeted audio content, such as audio advertisements or promotions, to the user," the patent said.
If the Amazon voice assistant determines that you have a sore threat, the system would "communicate with the audio content server(s)" to select the appropriate ad. "For example, certain content, such as content related to cough drops or flu medicine, may be targeted towards users who have sore throats," the patent says.
Alexa might then ask, "would you like to order cough drops with 1 hour delivery?" After the order is made, the voice assistant "may append a message to the audible confirmation, such as well wishes, or 'feel better!'"
System could raise privacy concerns
Companies get patents all the time for technologies that never make it to market, so there is no guarantee this capability will be implemented in future versions of Alexa.
Amazon would have to consider the privacy implications of letting its voice assistant analyze the emotional and physical states of Amazon customers. Amazon and other tech companies last month were called to a Senate Commerce Committee hearing to testify about consumer data privacy, and senators are considering whether to write a new privacy law.

Read more at arsTechnica

Created 18 October 2018
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Huawei might be working on a new device which will come with two screens. The device won’t be having two different screens but would have a virtual separation between the screens which will be used for different purposes.

The patent titled “device with peripheral task bar display zone and under-LCD screen optical sensor module for on-screen fingerprint sensing” recently surfaced on the USPTO and was filed by Huawei in the beginning of the year. The patent shows an in-display fingerprint scanner which will be placed at the lower half of the screen along with a taskbar which would operate separately from the display. This separate taskbar will be used to show notifications and other important messages including alerts, text messages, etc.

Coming to the fingerprint sensor, Huawei is working on a way to add health features to the in-display fingerprint sensor. The sensor would be able to read heart rate and detect heart beat as well. Another possible feature is reading the blood oxygen and glucose level in the blood which might be possible with the optical sensor.

Via: Letsgodigital

Created 16 October 2018
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Els Bellens, Data News.

Techgigant Microsoft wordt lid van het Open Invention Network, een organisatie die Linux wilt beschermen. Daartoe geeft het bedrijf ook een grote reeks patenten vrij.

Microsoft vervoegt het Open Invention Network (OIN), een openbron patentengroep die bestaat om Linux te beschermen tegen patentenrechtszaken. Dat schrijft het bedrijf op zijn blog. OIN is een licentieplatform voor Linux met zo'n 2.400 leden. Elk van die leden krijgt gratis toegang tot de OIN-patenten en beschikbare licenties van andere leden. (Verder lezen)

Created 08 October 2018
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The EPO and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA, formerly SIPO) have agreed on a co-operation programme for next year as part of their long-term strategic partnership on strengthening the patent system. The 2019 co-operation work plan was signed by EPO President António Campinos and CNIPA Commissioner Shen Changyu on Friday at their annual heads of office meeting in Munich.

The plan focuses on areas such as patent law and patent examination guidelines, examination quality, data exchange, classification, search tools and machine translation, and also foresees a joint study on computer-implemented inventions. It falls under the framework of the comprehensive strategic partnership agreement signed by the EPO and the Chinese office last year - the first such agreement between two major patent offices.

Created 29 May 2018
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Rutherford (Gizmodo)

This patent battle between Apple and Samsung is the lawsuit that just won’t go away.

Since 2011, the two smartphone giants have been fighting over five patents due to the claim that Samsung infringed on Apple’s intellectual property when it made a handful of devices including the original Galaxy S 4G, the Galaxy S2, and the Droid Charge.

In earlier hearings, the court had already determined Samsung did infringe on two of the utility patents in question, which was determined by the jury in the most recent trial to be worth a fine of $5.3 million.

However, the more contentious part of the lawsuit involves the three design patents (1, 2, 3) in question, which describe a device with a black front, rounded rectangular corners, similarly curved surrounding bezels, and a colorful grid of icons. 

Created 23 May 2018
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Research into robotic replacements for bees is being spearheaded by Eijiro Miyako at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. A manually controlled drone, the device is around four centimeters wide and is covered in horse hair treated with a gel designed to collect pollen. In March, US retail giant Walmart filed a patent for robotic bees that it hopes will be able to pollinate crops like their real-life counterparts. Although the company’s plans for the robotic-swarm patent are unclear, some experts believe the retail giant is moving further into the agriculture market.
Created 27 April 2018
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De Standaard 25 april 2018

...De lijst van innovatieve universiteiten werd opgesteld in samenwerking met Clarivate Analytics. Er werd voornamelijk rekening gehouden met patenten en wetenschappelijke verwijzingen...

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