Despite Pledging Openness, Companies Rush to Patent AI Tech

At Google’s cloud computing conference in San Francisco last week, CEO Sundar Pichai mused on his company’s commitment to openness in artificial intelligence. “We create open platforms and share our technology because it helps new ideas get out faster,” Pichai said. Then he name-checked TensorFlow, the machine-learning software Google developed and uses internally.

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Stupid Patent of the Month: Upaid Sues “Offending Laundromats” For Using Prepaid Cards

When patent trolls threaten and sue small businesses, their actions draw the public’s attention to the worst abuses of the patent system. In 2013, a company called MPHJ Technology got called out in a U.S. Senate hearing as a “bottom feeder” engaged in “garden-variety extortion” after it sent out…

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Veniam Creates Patent Portfolio To Connect Vehicles To The Cloud And Profitability

We’ve come to expect constant and ubiquitous connectivity from our mobile devices and get frustrated when we can’t get a signal to access the information and services we need. With millions of vehicles getting connected and eventually becoming autonomous, a lost connection will mean more than a personal inconvenience and could affect everything from traffic flow to passenger safety.

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Before You Begin The Patenting Process, Read This

When I started to file patent applications, I was sure the United States Patent and Trademark Office was against me. My claims were always rejected! I know better now. The USPTO is your friend, not a foe. There is a specific process for examining patent applications.

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Indivior’s new antipsychotic wins FDA nod, but Suboxone patent fight could delay its launch

Just as Indivior stalls Dr. Reddy’s rollout of a generic to its top-selling drug, Suboxone Film, the launch of a newly minted drug of Indivior’s own might become collateral damage of the patent fight and the slow ramp-up of fellow newcomer Sublocade.

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Appeals Court Rejects Sketchy Plan To Pretend To Sell Patents To Native American Nation To Avoid Scrutiny

Some ethically sketchy patent lawyers thought they had come up with a brilliant scam to avoid having awful patents scrutinized by the special review board created by Congress within the Patent Office — a process known as “inter partes review” or IPR.

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Ericsson and LG sign mobility patent licence agreement | ZDNet

Networking giant Ericsson has announced signing a global patent licence agreement with LG Electronics for the latter to utilise its cellular standard-essential patents across 2G, 3G, and 4G. According to Ericsson, this will enable the company to obtain “a fair return” on its research and development (R&D) investments across mobility technologies.

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Congresswoman Lofgren Sends Letter to USPTO Director Iancu Opposing Proposed Changes to Claim Construction Rule at PTAB – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

Congresswoman Lofgren is now opposing a rule change she previously endorsed as an original co-sponsor of a bill that would have changed the claim construction rule in exactly the same way proposed by Director Iancu… But how is adopting a rule that would have already been the law had Lofgren had her way possibly frustrate or disregard Congress?

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Is Elon Musk a Modern Day Rasputin? – IPWatchdog.com

He’s a visionary. He’s a miracle worker. He can see the future. His words don’t meet his actions, but he’s a powerful man who must be respected. Do these statements describe the early 20th century figure of Rasputin, or the current day South African-born Silicon Valley magnate, Elon Musk?

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Drug patent protection regime needs to change

At the international Aids conference earlier this week a UK academic used a chart to point out the profits and tax-avoidance practices of pharmaceutical giants. He noted Pfizer held $69 billion (€59bn) of taxes offshore, thus avoiding $20 billion in US taxes. Merck, he said, had $57 billion offshore, and avoided $16 billion in US taxes.

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The Plight of the Patentee – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

Having produced a non-obvious, non-abstract invention and playing by the patent office’s rules is no guarantee of a patent granting. Some examiners have refused to issue patent applications regardless of the merits because doing so would run the risk of them losing their jobs if they received further negative reviews.

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IBM wins $83 million from Groupon in internet patent fight

(Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Friday awarded International Business Machines Corp () $83 million in a patent dispute with e-commerce company Groupon Inc (). A jury in Delaware said Groupon used IBM’s patented e-commerce technology without authorization following a two-week trial.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-26/ibm-and-groupon-trade-final-blows-as-patent-case-goes-to-jury

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Is there a role for patents in the financing of new innovative firms?

At first glance the answer to the question posed in the title seems obvious, since such firms have few assets other than their ideas and inventions. Therefore, granting property rights to these intangibles would seem to ensure the ability of the new firm to grow without the threat of immediate imitation.

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Global Health Community Says The U.S. Is Picking Big Business Over Patients Again

The global health community has once again found itself in a familiar position: fighting the U.S. on a policy previously seen as a no-brainer. The fight against tuberculosis, the world’s top infectious killer, has been consuming United Nations negotiators for the last two months as they prepare for the first U.N.

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