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Microsoft Turning Over a New Leaf this Autumn?
Microsoft has a history of using their might to exert dominance with regards to patents and are well known for their IP assertion. A search for patent litigation finds Microsoft filed over 50 cases as plaintiff, which is more than Apple or IBM. However, there appears to have been a change of approach lately, with them launching a protective IP scheme for Azure cloud users. But now Microsoft has gone one step further and signed up to two patent pool/protective licensing schemes, the Open Innovation Network (OIN) and License on Transfer Network (LOT).
Why it Matters
These networks are seen as measures to protect smaller businesses. OIN was devised as a way of shielding Linux and other open source software, which are rivals to Microsoft. The LOT has a strong Google association, with the idea being that if a patent from a LOT member is sold to an NPE then all the other LOT network members automatically get a license to protect them. Given Microsoft used to have investments in a major NPE, this indicates the cutting of ties and moving to a more friendly, protection-based approach to their IP.
China to Follow in US Footsteps?
While US litigation is in decline, China and Europe look to be taking up the slack with both jurisdictions showing growth. A recent publication from IAMgives some insight from an NPE who has just filed 10 suits in China. They, and another NPE, are citing the PTAB as the reason for developing operations outside of the US. However, China isn’t without its equivalent, and the Chinese Patent Reexamination Board (PRB) could present the same issues. Reexamination requests are reportedly only hundreds of dollars.
Why it Matters
If China’s patent office wants to retain growth, it’s going to have to embrace the challenges of dealing with poor quality patents. A system to prevent invalid patents being brought against defendants appears on the surface to be an undoubtedly good thing, but if it makes all patent litigation prohibitively costly and drawn out then it’s going to prevent SMEs from defending themselves. Fundamentally, the issue lies with invalid patents getting granted, and perhaps going back to the source on this and spending a longer time examining patents will be less harmful to the patent owners.
#SpookyIP and #CreepyIP
- “Custom Fit Teeth” US5569036A Presents a method for making yourself look like a vampire, although sadly you couldn’t drink blood through them
- “Vampire Fangs Coffin” USD531780S1 Has some rather terrifying drawings of the coffin
- “Corpse Repairing Method” CN101584604 while serious in subject matter, sentences like “and then, the face of the corpse is plump and natural and approximately recovers the living state” could definitely be useful for any appearance-conscious Frankenstein’s monster or reanimated corpse.
- “Haunting Aid” US20030143918A1 “ A face with glowing eyes returns stare or blinks at onlookers. At least the head of a being or creature is provided on a backing with a pair of LEDs positioned in empty sockets or under evil brows” if that isn’t spooky then nothing is?
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- China introduces legislation to create a national IP appeals court
- Court of Appeals in London upholds Unwired Planet v Huawei to provide big boost to SEP owners around the world
- Latest EPO Guidelines bring substantial revisions, with CIIs a major focus
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- Apple inks $600M deal to license IP, acquire assets and talent from Dialog to expand chipmaking in Europe
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- Microsoft’s decision to join the LOT Network is another step in the company’s remarkable IP transformation
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- Major changes to Nokia IP team as patent kingpin leaves the company
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- New NPE suits will set up big validity battles in China
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- The role of AI in evidence-based strategic IP decisions
- Fujifilm spins 900+ patents to Shenzhen firm in $28m deal
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- Nokia announces it is joining Avanci
- Oculus co-founder is leaving Facebook after cancellation of Rift 2 headset
- HTC opens up early access to its blockchain phone
- The future of photography is code
- The AR/VR industry remains optimistic — but also patient
- Microsoft closes its $7.5B purchase of code-sharing platform GitHub
- FCC puts gigabit Wi-Fi on the roadmap by opening up new wireless spectrum
- Yahoo agrees to $50M settlement package for users hit by massive security breach
- Google tweaks Android licensing terms in Europe to allow Google app unbundling — for a fee
- Twilio acquires email API platform SendGrid for $2 billion in stock
- Palm returns as an ‘ultra-mobile’ smartphone
- Apple makes a pair of European acquisitions
- Facebook rolls out 3D photos that use AI to simulate depth
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