Intellectual Property News Recap
Interesting and Relevant IP-Related News
Not even a drum roll as IBM tops USPTO filing stats in 2017
IBM has retained their title as the top patent filer in the US, filing a record 9,043 patents in 2017. This means they have been at the top for 25 years, with the last time someone else topping the filings rankings being Canon in 1992 back when 1,106 filings were enough to secure that title. In 2017, IBM filed more than that figure in cloud tech (1,900 filings), AI (1,400 filings) and Cybersecurity (1,200). Other filing areas include autonomous vehicles, Blockchain and Quantum computing, showing the diversity in tech being explored.
Why it Matters
Having held the title for so long, many see it as something of a burden on IBM that in order to not appear to be going backwards or being overtaken, they must keep spending vast amounts on their IP budget in order to keep ahead of their competitors. However, there are many companies showing much greater filing growth like BOE Technology Group and Facebook, so IBM could have trouble on their hands when it comes to retaining their position and reputation in years to come.
Emerging Tech Areas
One smoking surprise
IFI Claims has compiled the US filings from last 5 years and looked at classification codes to identify emerging tech areas showing the most growth over in that time frame. Most areas will come as no surprise to anyone who reads up on technology news, with hybrid vehicles, drones, autonomous vehicles, machine learning and 3D printing all showing inside the top 8. However, what might surprise many is that e-cigarettes actually showed the most growth over this period.
Why it Matters
On reflection, E-cigarettes are a new market that has exploded with popularity in recent years and does require some complex tech to convert the liquid into a vapor without literally exploding as some have found from cheaper devices. However, this is likely to be overtaken in the years to come as 3D printing becomes more of a mainstream manufacturing method, and autonomous vehicles make it to the mainstream outside of small pilot schemes.
Technicolor’s is the Latest Patent Licensing Business Looking to Divest
What can they get for this?
Hot on the heels of RPX’s rumoured takeover, it looks like another IP business is about to change hands. Technicolor recently told investors that they are looking to divest their patent licensing business, instead choosing to focus on their operating business.
Why it Matters
The Technicolor licensing program is one of the largest around, and the idea that this portfolio might be sold off is going to cause a big stir. However, the press release itself doesn’t explicitly say that it is only open to a transaction, so they might be open to outsourcing the licensing similar to what Blackberry has done.
It will also be interesting to see how much of the IP team will follow the portfolio, with the chief IP officer seat at Technicolor usually going on to become a big name IP player. With such a valuable portfolio on the move, does this signal a fundamental shift occurring in the business of patent licensing?
Exploring the future of flying cars by looking at patent data
The concept of flying cars isn’t new, but are we getting closer to them being a reality? Looking at the patenting activity and what has been happening in this technology space, we pinpoint some key drivers, influencers and major players making the idea a reality.
Why it matters
Recently we had the opportunity to attend TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin. At the event, the CEO of Volocopoter predicted his air taxi would be in use somewhere in the world in the next two to three years. This week at CES, the Volocopter took flight. We thought this was an ideal time to look at the various technologies at work in this space to see just how close we are to having air taxis and who all is involved in making them happen.
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- Benefits of NASA Space Directive on Mars could be Limited by Uncertain Software, Biotech Patentability
- Federal Circuit Year in Review: Noteworthy Cases from 2017
- What Mattered in 2017: Industry Insiders Reflect Biggest Moments in IP
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- The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2017
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- With 9,043 U.S. Patents, IBM Tops for 25th Consecutive Year
- USPTO unveils new filing system
- IP Bridge joins Panasonic and Sony in Avanci; JPO tipped to endorse platform approach in new guidelines
- Round-up – another big litigation drop, Fortress closes two deals, rumours of a significant Xiaomi acquisition
- Key ruling in high-profile US FRAND case “highly biased in favour of infringers”, says Ericsson’s chief IP officer
- Exclusive breakdown of RPX portfolio amid whispers of $800 million takeover offer
- Technicolor in “advanced stages” of talks to sell off patent licensing business, CEO says
- Intellectual Discovery offloads another patent portfolio as it narrows business focus in new CEO’s first year on the job
- Avanci announces pricing for auto sector – range from $3 to $15 per car
Other Tech News Stories
- Volkswagen will use Nvidia tech to put AI in its cars
- Tile picks up new partners in Bose, Samsonite and more
- GoPro confirms layoffs, drone division closure
- Apple GymKit is coming to a treadmill near you
- Google opening AI research lab in China
- T-Mobile will launch its own TV service next year
- Apple invests $390 million into iPhone X laser sensor maker
- Disney buys Fox’s TV and movie business
- Andrew Ng’s news company is bringing AI to mass manufacturing
- Don’t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns
- All the computers are broken?
- Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations
- Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business
- Apple says sorry for slowing down older iPhones