Intellectual Property News Recap
Interesting and Relevant IP-Related News
Cloudflare Crowdsourcing Validity Searches
And the group says….
Upon receipt of communications informing of patent infringement, most companies won’t go as far as contesting the patents to avoid litigation costs. This has been the staple of NPE successes. However, there is something of a growing log of successes for companies that have fought back in interesting ways. Internet security company Cloudfare has added to this log by choosing to crowdsource patent searching by offering rewards to anyone who finds materials which can be used to challenge the validity of the patent brought against them rather than having a small number of experts searching in detail to find prior art to use in challenging the patent’s validity. The series of rewards is what the company is referring to as “just the start” of their campaign against NPE Blackbird.
Why it Matters
With such a vast amount of information available, including old research papers, product manuals, presentation materials, it is hard to do more than just scratch the surface of prior art materials. By opening up the searches to the general public, they can get more searches done if people are willing to take up the challenge, and if it gets results then this could change the way people look at validity searches.
Google pays $1.1B, gets rights to HTC IP
Now come with me
Having enjoyed considerable success in the early days of the Android OS, HTC has fallen behind some of their competitors as the OS, and the smartphone market has matured. However, Google is looking to capitalize on some of the most valuable parts of HTC’s business, in the shape of access to their engineers and IP. Their Sept 20 press release states that this is to help support and develop their Pixel smartphones, and shows a very different tactic to that used when Google purchased Motorola in that HTC isn’t losing ownership of their IP, and Google is instead getting some of the engineers.
Why it Matters
Google is clearly investing a lot in their Pixel range of high-end smartphones. They clearly decided IP was what they really needed, and with licensing HTC’s patents, as well as buying up the engineers’ know-how, this could help Google innovate and protect their handset business.
Automotive Patent Filings May Indicate the Shape of the Future
Things are starting to look different
The future for cars looks increasingly likely to be electric and automakers are veering off the traditional course to catch the attention of the public when it comes to what the next big innovation will be. The Wall Street Journal recently published an overview of automotive IP, which shows how Ford is looking at cars laid out like a round-table discussion room, Toyota is looking at making door pillars appear transparent. These are a few of the many other innovations we’re seeing from leading auto players. Other innovations are coming from tech companies too, with Alphabet’s Waymo filing a patent for a shape-shifting car that can become flexible in the event of a collision. As the future of cars looks increasingly tech-based, they show that patent filings in major auto companies have taken off in recent years, which may be indicative of a coming tech revolution.
Why it Matters
Patent filings can reveal technologies long before they are actually launched, so a look at the patents can help highlight upcoming tech trends. While not all these inventions will necessarily make it to the market, the volume and diversity of the technologies do show that it is very likely that cars are about to change dramatically.
Other IP News Stories
- Twelve ways to manage global patent costs
- The Trump Administration is Investigating the “Theft of IP” by China: What You Need to Know About Trademarks in China
- The Most Interesting Man in the Patent World Fights to Improve America’s Patent System
- A Shape-Shifting Car? Patent Filings Point to Auto Industry’s Future
- Europe’s Unified Patent Court Held Up by Ratification Delays in Germany and the UK – EPO ready for the first Unitary Patent as soon as the ratification requirements are met
- How to Participate in Open Source While Maintaining IP Integrity
- Uniloc Sues Samsung in Three Cases over Motion-Sensing Patents
- Lessons from Five Years of PTAB Trials
- Exclusive with Grant Philpott: Patenting Computer Implemented Inventions in Europe
- The Bitcoin Network, Blockchain Technology and Altcoin Futures
- Patent Trolls’ Favorite Judge Comes Up With Test To Keep Patent Cases In East Texas
- Escaping the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Toward a New Transparency in Patent Licensing
- Trademark a Band Name: What’s in a Rock Band’s Name?
- A Repeatable Approach To Portfolio Monetization
- Cloudflare Pays First $15,000 in Quest to Kill Blackbird Patent ‘Troll’
- Nathan Myhrvold now the only IV founder with day-to-day, hands-on role at firm following Gorder exit
- Korea’s new antitrust boss says he’ll target patent abuse in the IoT realm
- Google to pay $1.1 billion for HTC smartphone R&D team and IP licence rights
- The US’s BigTech elite will find it tough to set the patent agenda in Europe
- When (And Where) Patent Licenses Fail: 3 Subtle Traps For The Unwary
- PETA, photographer settle copyright ownership of monkey selfie
- LG’s new patent wants to make VR’s ‘screen-door effect’ a thing of the past
- Imperial College professor outlines key considerations when outsourcing IP management
Other Tech News Stories
- Google buys a significant chunk of HTC’s hardware business
- Citymapper works with Gett on shared taxi routes
- Tesla is working on its own in-house AI self-driving chips
- Uber’s license lost in London
- Baidu is doing $1.5 billion in funding for self-driving startups
- Meanwhile, Amazon could be building smart glasses
- Slack raises from SoftBank at $5 billion valuation
- Google’s Tez is a mobile payments app that uses audio
- Alphabet reportedly discussing a $1 billion investment in Lyft
- Nestlé is acquiring a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee
- WhatsApp announces a free Business app
- Facebook set to spend up to $1 billion on original video next year
- Volvo acquires on-demand valet startup Luxe
- New battery tech is pressing the investor lever
- Facebook’s 9 plans to curb election interference
- The new transatlantic undersea cable by Microsoft and Facebook will revolutionize data transfer