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.
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
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.
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 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.
The Patent Office badly needs its own stimulus, to reduce the backlog of applications and to apply more care to their examination.
There have been a couple of interesting developments related to US patents, especially technology and software patents. This isn't the first notice on this website of apparent changes in the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office).
Klausner Technologies, a company founded by Judah Klausner who invented the PDA, is suing Apple, AT&T over iPhone's visual voicemail patents. For good measure Klausner is suing Comcast, Cablevision and eBay's Skype.
Company could call on patents filed with the European Patent Office to sue U.K. open-source users, but the situation's complicated.
Microsoft could call on patents filed with the European Patent Office if it decides to carry out its threats against UK open-source users
Once upon a time we used to write stories about notebooks bursting into flame, but these days it's a well-documented - if very occasional - part of the wonderful world of computer batteries.Still, we like a good pyromaniacal photo spread, so click here to see some very entertaining office/Dell/fire shots courtesy of the Chinese-language site hi-pda.
A new release of Apple patent filings dealing with Wi-Fi, wide-screen displays and touchscreen controls indicates new features in the next generation iPod could look similar to the iPhone.This week, several new patents filed by Apple were released on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Web site.
Taking the patents to the people could be the new motto for the US Patent and Trademark Office. Beta News reports that the patent office will launch a new website to allow citizens to evaluate the validity of patent applications.
By now I'm sure you've all read about Microsoft's latest attempt to slow down open source software adoption by asserting that Linux and other open source software violates 200+ of their patents. This isn't the first time they've made such a claim, nor will it be the last. But what if I told you that Windows, Vista, Office, and other software from Microsoft violate 532 patents?
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