Topic: Patent

EPO explains decision to refuse patent applications naming a machine as inventor

A machine called “DABUS”, described as “a type of connectionist artificial intelligence”, was named as the inventor in two applications filed in autumn 2018.  The EPO has published its decision setting out the reasons for its recent refusal of two European patent applications in which an AI system was designated as the inventor. Filed by …

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Drafting and enforcing semiconductor patents

Semiconductor patents, those that protect the invention of new computer memory chips, are among the most commonly granted modern patents. Protecting semiconductor device and fabrication process inventions can be challenging. This is because showing that these types of inventions are being used by others often requires reverse engineering, a process that is costly and time …

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World’s largest free collection of patent documents upgraded

The EPO’s newly revamped Espacenet portal provides inventors and businesses with access to the world’s largest free collection of patent documents. The European Patent Office (EPO) has launched Espacenet, a brand new version of the Office’s patent information search tool. Users will now find it easier to conduct patent searches and access over 110 million patent …

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Bulgaria inches closer to United Patent Court

Bulgaria has deposited their instruments of ratification with Brussels on Tuesday, 24 July 2018. Bulgaria’s instrument of ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement’s Protocol on Provisional Application (PPA) has just been deposited with the EU Council’s General Secretariat on 24 July 2018. Bulgaria had already ratified the UPC Agreement on 3 June 2016, and consequently signed …

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LG sues TCL in Germany for patent infringement

Three LTE patents are at the centre of multiple patent infringement lawsuits filed by LG against TCL. LG Electronics (LG) has filed multiple lawsuits in the German district courts of Mannheim and Düsseldorf against TCL, a Chinese handset manufacturer, for infringing its LTE technology patents. The lawsuits allege that TCL knowingly implemented technologies in its …

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Forum shopping in patent cases

Many defendants in patent infringement cases argue that case law (such as VE Holding in 1990) allowing patent lawsuits to be filed in any district in which the defendant has sales have only encouraged abusive patent litigation. They say this practice, which they call “forum shopping,” allows patent owners to file infringement suits in courts that are …

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New patent system for Hong Kong in December 2019

A major reform of the Hong Kong patent system will take place this December. A new patent system is set to be launched in Hong Kong on December 19, 2019. This new system will introduce an original grant patent (OGP) procedure meant to provide patent applicants with an alternative route of seeking standard patent protection …

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Do infringers pay for the whole product or the infringing component?

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung for, among other things, infringement of three U.S. patents — two claiming designs for parts of a smartphone, and one for a graphical user interface of a smartphone display screen. A jury found that certain Samsung smartphones infringed these patents and awarded Apple $399 million in damages. To obtain the …

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AI patent granted in record time

China’s Alibaba Group Holdings Limited (Alibaba Group) has been granted an artificial intelligence (AI) patent by Singapore’s intellectual property office (IPOS) in just three months, compared to the average of between two to four years. The patent was granted under an accelerate program known as the Accelerated Initiative for Artificial Intelligence (AI2). The expedited application-to-grant process …

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GlobalFoundries sues TSMC in US and Germany over semiconductor patents

Injunctions seek to prevent unlawful importation into the US and Germany of infringing Taiwanese semiconductors. GlobalFoundries (GF), a specialty foundry based in the United States, has filed multiple lawsuits in the US and Germany alleging that semiconductor manufacturing technologies used by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC) infringe 16 patents belonging to GF.  The lawsuits …

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