Intellectual Property News Recap
Interesting and Relevant IP-Related News
The US Needs to Make Patents Great Again
All the indexes think so
While it is hard to compare the strength of the world’s patent offices, there are various indexes that are used to attempt just this. Getting a bad score on one index alone isn’t necessarily all that bad, as it might just be the case of underperforming in a couple of the factors that go into making the score. However, if multiple indexes are coming out badly, then it’s not possible to rely on this fallback, and you genuinely are behind the competition. That is the harsh reality that the USPTO will have to face up to in light of the most recent measures. The latest Bloomberg innovation index was published in January and saw the US fall outside the top 10 for the first time ever, and this has been followed up by the release of the US Chamber of Commerce IP Index which saw the US come in at a lowly 12th.
Why it Matters
Traditionally, US patents have been seen as the most valuable. However, recent years have seen no changes in spite many people calling their system “broken”. The US system suffered in the Bloomberg index because of the education-efficiency category (related to having recent graduates in the labour force) and value-added manufacturing, while other nations have R&D tax incentives and better funding for innovation. The US Chamber report cites uncertainty due to recent interpretations of SCOTUS decisions, particularly Myriad, Mayo and Alice. With the Unitary patent on the horizon, and other nations improving their IP, the US system needs something to change if it wants to get back to number 1.
Facebook Can Work Out How Deep Your Pockets Are
Will call you out for being cheap
No, it’s nothing to do with logging accelerometer movements when you drop your phone back into your pocket. While using demographics for targeting content at the most applicable user groups is nothing new, Facebook has filed a patent application for what must be a tricky attribute to nail down from your social media usage. They want to protect their method of working out how rich you are from what you post.
Why it Matters
Social media and targeted content is a key feature of online life and is one of the major differentiators over old-style media where users had to self-categorize what content they get by choosing the newspaper that suits them. Being able to target people based on socioeconomic qualities could keep Facebook in the game, since they have struggled recently in the wake of fake news and a slowdown in user posts. It still remains one of the giants of the web, and this tech may help keep them ahead of their rivals.
Other IP News Stories
- U.S. Patent System Falls to 12th Place in Chamber Global IP Index for 2018 – The U.S. dropped to 12th place in countries with best patent systems
- Top Patent Blogs for 2018
- Broadcom Issues ‘Best and Final Offer’ to Acquire Qualcomm, Values Qualcomm at $121 Billion
- Andrei Iancu confirmed by Senate as Director of the USPTO
- Effective data management and governance for social media and cloud collaboration platforms
- Can Blockchain Technology Solve Copyright Attribution Challenges of Digital Work?
- The Legal Reality of Social Media IP: Who Owns What?
- World IP Day 2018 Theme Announced
- 2017 Saw Fewest Patent Lawsuits Filed Since 2011
- Spotify Sued by Music Publishing Company for Unauthorized Use of Thousands of Songs
- Is a ‘Bad Patent’ really that bad?
- IP Portfolio Managers need to shift from IP-centric to business-centric strategies
- A new kind of IP consultancy in China shows just how far the market has come
- Research Explores The Best Era For Innovation
- Samsung’s request to US court to block Huawei’s China SEP injunction reveals potential impact of enforcement
- AST members spend $2.5 million in latest IP3 round, but pass on $900 billion patent
- China’s first court decision on GUI design patent infringement narrows avenues for protecting software
- Uber and Waymo Reach Settlement
- Researchers patent quick tests for cocaine
- Apple’s Latest VR Patent Describes a Compact VR Headset with Eye Tracking
- Are these the patents from Google’s & Tencent’s licensing deal?
- Patent Protection key to US economic progress
- Apple patent points to a Pencil that writes on any surface, including air
- Facebook patents technology to predict whether you’re rich or poor
Other Tech News Stories
- Chinese police use smart glasses on the job
- Spin is launching scooter sharing in addition to bikes
- SpaceX’s huge rocket takes off
- SoftBank is the elephant in the venture room
- SocialRank’s new product helps marketers understand why tweets go viral
- Continental is building a full-scale AV platform with Nvidia
- Intel’s former President Renee James has launched her own chip company
- Intel is really trying to make smart glasses happen
- Tesla hopes to make solar more normal with Home Depot
- Airbus’ futuristic flying taxi is actually flying now
- Alibaba is buying a third of Ant Financial
- Google flights wants to predict delays before they happen
- Uber working with Jump on dockless bike share in SF
- Andrew Ng launches his big AI fund
- Why this is the year of “Femtech”