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TRAC: Three-Year Rise in Patent Lawsuits

“The latest available data from the federal courts show that during January 2013 the government reported 530 new patent civil filings, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). This number is up 46 percent over the same period one year ago, and is nearly two and a half timesContinue Reading

EPO and USPTO launch Cooperative Patent Classification

On January 2, 2013 “the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched the Cooperative Patent Classification scheme (CPC), a global classification system for patent documents. The system is the result of partnership between the EPO and the USPTO in their joint effort to develop a common, internationally compatibleContinue Reading

Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Areas

“Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Areas by Jonathan Rothwell, José Lobo, Deborah Strumsky and Mark Muro is the first analysis of its kind to present patenting trends on a regional level from 1980 to 2012. The report ranks all of the nation’s roughly 360 metropolitan areas onContinue Reading

Google Agrees to Change Its Business Practices to Resolve FTC Competition Concerns

News release: “Google Inc. has agreed to change some of its business practices to resolve Federal Trade Commission concerns that those practices could stifle competition in the markets for popular devices such as smart phones, tablets and gaming consoles, as well as the market for online search advertising. Under a settlement reached with the FTC,Continue Reading

FTC and Google Settlement Reporting in the Works

POLITICO: “Federal regulators may end a two-year antitrust probe of Google’s search business by letting the company make voluntary changes, such as limiting use of restaurant and travel reviews from other websites and letting search ad campaigns be easily ported to rival search services, two sources with knowledge of the case told POLITICO. The FTCContinue Reading

EPO and SIPO launch Chinese-English machine translation for patents

News release: “Breaking new ground in providing access to the most comprehensive technological information, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) today launched the Chinese-English component of the EPO’s free automatic translation service Patent Translate. As a result, the collections of the two largestContinue Reading

The Study on the Functioning of the European Trade Mark System

Knaak, Roland, Kur, Annette and Von Mühlendahl, Alexander, The Study on the Functioning of the European Trade Mark System (November 1, 2012). Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property & Competition Law Research Paper No. 12-13. Available at SSRN “As an element in the comprehensive evaluation of European trade mark law currently undertaken by the EuropeanContinue Reading

Patent Granted to License Textbook Content Shared on Web-based Systems

Ars Technica: “In a newly approved patent, an economics professor hopes to bring to the academic publishing world what seems to be forthcoming in the video game industry—new restrictions that would seemingly eliminate a secondary market for digital goods and prevent legal borrowing. Last week, the 2006 patent for a “Web-based system and method toContinue Reading

District Court, Northern District CA – Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc., Case3:10-cv-03561-WHA Document1202 Filed 05/31/12: “In 2007, Google Inc., announced its Android software platform for mobile devices. In 2010, Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems, Inc., and thus acquired Sun’s interest in the popular programming language known as Java, a language used in Android. Sun was renamed Oracle America, Inc. ShortlyContinue Reading

Twitter Introduces the Innovator's Patent Agreement

Twitter blog: “One of the great things about Twitter is working with so many talented folks who dream up and build incredible products day in and day out. Like many companies, we apply for patents on a bunch of these inventions. However, we also think a lot about how those patents may be used inContinue Reading

Microsoft Purchases Majority of AOL's Intellectual Property, Including Netscape Patents

Ben Kersey: “Microsoft and AOL …signed a deal that would see MSFT pick up 800 of AOL’s patents for around $1 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close at the end of 2012, with Microsoft being able to leverage AOL’s remaining 300 patents under a non-exclusive license. As it turns out, there wasContinue Reading

The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls

The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls, Bessen, James E., Meurer, Michael J. and Ford, Jennifer Laurissa, (September 19, 2011). Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-45. “In the past, non-practicing entities (NPEs) – firms that license patents without producing goods – have facilitated technology markets and increased rentsContinue Reading