The number of invention patents granted by China's State Intellectual Property Office hit 217,000 last year, and is a sign the country's intellectual property rights efforts are paying off.
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark office seeks software developers' input on enhancing the quality of software patents, and will host roundtables next month in Silicon Valley and New York.
The Justice Department and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have recommended that patent-related sales bans should be a rarity in court.
Marty Goetz — the man granted the first software patent in 1965 — wades back into the intellectual-property debate with more views on why software should be patentable
Ipsum, the Intellectual Property Office's free search facility, is aimed at making it cheaper and easier for businesses and people to get documents about patents and patent applications
US patent office documents show Android proprietor Google bought 1,023 patents from IBM in August, taking the total number of patents it has picked up from IBM this year to at least 2,053
Long-awaited reform of US patent system will expedite applications, but may tilt in favor of larger businesses.
A pilot scheme has been launched to make it easier for companies that have been granted a patent in the UK to get that patent awarded quickly in the US and Japan
Apple has applied for two patents relating to stylus input on capacitive touchscreens and other surfaces.The applications were made in January last year, but only published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected 17 of 21 claims included in one of the patents that Oracle is asserting against Google over its use of Java in the Android operating system.Google requested a re-examination of patent number 6,192,476 in March.
The SME Innovation Group, which represents small technology development businesses in the UK, has attacked Ian Hargreaves's IP review for arguing against software patents
The scheme, which lets interested observers examine and comment on computer patent applications online, is intended to lead to higher-quality patents
An IP law firm that tracks a clean tech patent index has published record breaking results for 2010. Clean tech patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office have doubled the yearly average set over the past decade.
German and US regulators have given their approval to the creation of a consortium, featuring Microsoft, EMC, Apple and Oracle, that will buy hundreds of open-source patents from Novell.On Wednesday, the Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office, or FCO) said it had cleared the creation of CPTN Holdings, which will buy 882 patents from Novell.
Google has done a deal with the European Patent Office to provide machine translation of patents, covering 28 European languages and Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian
The US Patent and Trademark Office published a series of minor Apple iPhone/iOS patents including a method of altering audio output from an electronic device based on image data.
The European Parliament has voted to allow a single EU-wide patent scheme to press forward, despite receiving objections from Italy and Spain
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 219,614 patents in 2010, a 31 percent increase over 2009.
The UK government has eased the process for filing patents in Europe.From 1 January, those making applications to the European Patent Office (EPO) will have to supply fewer documents than required in the past, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced on Friday.
Interval Licensing refiled a lawsuit on Tuesday against 11 technology manufacturers and retailers — including Google and Apple — alleging that each infringed on patents owned by the company.Interval Licensing, which owns the patents granted to the now-closed Interval Research (co-founded by Paul Allen, a founder of Microsoft) claims that Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Youtube, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax, Office Depot, and Staples are infringing on four key patents.