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Created 25 May 2020
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Apple’s Messages app will one day let us edit our conversations after we’ve sent the message, if a newly-released patent becomes reality. (Read more on Forbes)
Created 25 May 2020
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The idea of using solar panels to give electric cars a little extra boost is nothing new. In fact, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a solar roof that helps to run its electronics, and can give it a couple of extra miles of driving range each day. Solar panels aren’t efficient enough at this point to fully charge up an electric car, but the more surface area a solar panel takes up, the more energy it can capture. If you could have a car completely covered with solar panels, it might produce a few more miles a day worth of power, if not more. Recently, Ford Global Technologies filed a patent application for a unique kind of solar charging panel that basically blankets a car when parked. (Read more)

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Created 25 May 2020
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Patents on plants and animals derived from conventional breeding can be fully prohibited in Europe. This is the result of a verdict published by the Enlarged Board of Appeal, the highest legal body of the European Patent Office (EPO). (Article in EUBusiness)
Created 25 May 2020
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Credit card giant Visa has filed an application for a U.S. patent on a computer system that would convert physical dollars and other fiat currencies into digital versions, complete with denominations and serial numbers and recorded via blockchain. The system would then remove the paper currency from circulation. “According to the [details] discussed herein, the payment ecosystem may become entirely (e.g. 100 percent) digital,” Visa wrote in its application, which was originally filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November but was only made public this week. “According to various embodiments, cash may be removed from the markets in a frictionless manner and the payment ecosystem may be improved.” (Read more on PYMNTNS)
Created 25 May 2020
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Can AI be an inventor? According to a recent decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the answer seems to be no. There is more to this story, though, and we’ll need to push past the surface to understand the full nuances involved. Perhaps a more apt way to depict the situation is whether AI can be formally granted a U.S. patent, and for that the answer appears to unequivocally and emphatically be a razor-sharp no. The difference being that presumably anyone or anything could be an “inventor” if you are using the word “inventor” in a casual and offhanded manner. (Read more on Forbes)
Created 27 April 2020
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After VOIP-Pal filed near-simultaneous lawsuits against tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google, Twitter has turned the tables, filing a complaint for declaratory judgment against VOIP-Pal. They argued that the claims made in the new suits are similar to a previous case, which VOIP-Pal lost. Twitter has requested a declaratory judgment of noninfringement in relation to U.S. Patent No. 10,218,606. Twitter states that the patent is “a member of a family that includes six other patents that VOIP-Pal has asserted in prior lawsuits in this Court against Twitter, Apple, AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Amazon (‘first and second wave actions’). The patent shares a common specification with the six previously-asserted patents. All six of the previously-asserted patents were found to be invalid for claiming ineligible subject matter.”
Created 27 April 2020
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Cannabis business clients may soon face new patent-related risks. By Norman Ives and Morgan Moore It’s not uncommon to have a patent issued on certain fruits, vegetables and other plant varieties. In fact, patents issued within the agribusiness field are commonplace — and for good reason: Once patented, a plant cannot be legally grown without the permission of the patent holder. Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a number of patents for specific strains of cannabis, and the trend is quickly picking up speed.
Created 27 April 2020
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China’s tech giants have been particularly active, with Huawei taking the top spot last year with 4,411 patent applications The Beijing government offers as much as 20 million yuan in subsidies for a PCT filing, versus 2 million for a domestic patent China may have overtaken the US in total number of international patents filed last year, but legal experts warn that much of the growth is being fuelled by state-backed subsidies that could flood the system with cheap patents.
Created 27 April 2020
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in April was the launch of the opposition procedure before the French Patent Office (“Institut National de la Propriété Intellectuelle” or “INPI”). This procedure is a new way to challenge the validity of a French patent, alongside the claim for invalidity. Opposition may be filed against any French patent which mention of grant has been published in the Official Bulletin of Industrial Property as of 1st April 2020. On the face of it, this "French-style" opposition procedure seems relatively similar to that of the EPO.
Created 27 April 2020
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While acknowledging an “apparent loophole” in the America Invents Act, a district court has permitted an accused-infringer-DJ-plaintiff to pursue counterclaims for patent invalidity—with no bar on later seeking an IPR at the PTAB
Created 27 April 2020
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“Given the expanding uncertainty with the case law on U.S. patents—and whether, for example, they’ll protect the subject matter of a million (or even billion) dollar investment—U.S. investment in R&D has dropped. And perhaps most notably, it has dropped among innovative bio-pharmaceutical companies.”
Created 14 April 2020
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The concept was proposed two weeks ago by Costa Rican government officials amid mounting concerns that some Covid-19 medical products may not be accessible for poorer populations. By establishing a voluntary mechanism under the auspices of the WHO, the goal is to establish a pathway that will attract numerous governments, as well as industry, universities and nonprofit organizations.
Created 14 April 2020
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Trump has asked companies to start producing ventilators and respirators, but his administration has stopped short of taking steps that would give some level of protection from patent lawsuits.
Created 14 April 2020
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Het aantal octrooi-aanvragen van Belgische bedrijven, universiteiten en onderzoeksinstellingen bij het Europees Octrooibureau (EOB) is in 2019 met 3,2% gestegen tot 2.423, het hoogste aantal ooit. Dat blijkt uit de “Patent Index s2013” die het EOB vandaag heeft gepubliceerd. Dit is het tweede opeenvolgende jaar van groei, na een daling in 2017. De stijging van het aantal octrooi-aanvragen in België ligt ruim boven de gemiddelde groei van 0,9% in de 28 EU-lidstaten.
Created 14 April 2020
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China was the biggest source of applications for international patents in the world last year, pushing the United States out of the top spot it has held since the global system was set up more than 40 years ago, the UN patent agency said on Tuesday.

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