Success & Innovation in the Workplace

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Innovation has become a crucial component for companies in all industries- a key to sustaining growth and financial success in today’s competitive marketplace.  In a recent report on the role of innovation in business, PwC found that more than half of all CEOs surveyed considered innovation and operational effectiveness to be equally important to the success of their organization, and a “prerequisite for survival.”  But what drives innovation in the workplace?  In 2015, Google conducted a study that examine…

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Supreme Court Unanimous in Patent Venue Decision

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Tech companies, especially, are rejoicing after a Supreme Court ruling on Monday placed strict limitations on where patent lawsuits can be filed.  TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC addressed the issue of patent venues after decades without change, after Kraft sued TC Heartland in Delaware back in 2014 for the alleged infringement of its patents related to “liquid water enhancers.”  Despite the fact that Heartland "is not registered to do business in Delaware, has no local presence in Delaware,…

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Innovative Clean Energy Startups Could be the Winds of Change

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM

The U.S. may be falling behind when it comes to clean energy innovation, but a new report shows that the global offshore wind turbine market could reach $58 billion by 2025.  The report, published by Transparency Market Research, predicts a broad expansion of offshore wind power generation over the next eight years, and forecasts the global offshore wind turbines market to grow at a CAGR of 7.7% during that time.  Europe and Asia Pacific currently dominate the market, however, the U.S. isn't completely out …

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GoDaddy Wins Twice in RPost Patent Case

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:51 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals is standing behind domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy in its recent patent battle with RPost Communications Ltd.RPost first claimed that GoDaddy's email marketing product infringed on a number of patents related to basic email functions years ago, and threatened to take the Scottdale-based company to court.  Rather than sit back and wait, however, GoDaddy decided to fight back, filing a lawsuit of its own against RPost in 2014.  The order, signed by Senior Judge James…

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Begin with the End in Mind at Global Patent Solutions

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:26 PM

By David MillerHave you heard the joke about patent prosecution being like a taxi ride? According to the punchline, you don’t know what the ride will cost until it is over. There is an element of truth to this because you can’t predict how the USPTO examiner will react to your claims or arguments. Let’s discuss a few strategies to improve the predictability of examination, and contribute to faster examinations and higher allowance rates.  This blog post is too short to discuss solutions for every issue that…

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U.S. Slows in Clean Energy Innovation 

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Despite the Obama administration's best efforts to increase energy efficiency and address the issues of climate change, the U.S. is falling behind when it comes to clean energy innovation, and cleantech patent growth in the U.S. seems to be on a downslope.  A recent report by the Washington, D.C.-based research group Brookings Institution revealed that the number of U.S. patents in related fields has decreased from 35,000 in 2015 to roughly 32,000 a year later. Over the last few years, the number of U.S. cl…

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Future Smartphone Patents Point to Innovation

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:28 PM

The future of smartphones is seeming pretty spectacular these days, with an endless number of patents covering unique features like flexible OLEDs, iris recognition software and even self-healing displays.  Here's a quick look at what's in the pipeline: Samsung has been working on developing devices with flexible displays now for years and is finally expected to have its first foldable phone ready for launch sometime this year.  Right now, all patents seem to be pointing at the release of the Galaxy X, rumo…

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UC Berkeley Appeals CRISPR Case Loss, Wins Big with EPO

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:24 PM

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced its intent to grant the University of California a broad patent for its CRISPR-Cas9 technology.The CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technique has been a hot topic for patent people everywhere ever since Jennifer Doudna of U.C. Berkeley, in collaboration with Emmanuelle Charpentier of the University of Vienna, and Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard both filed a patent covering numerous uses for the technology back in 2012.  Zhang's application w…

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Earth Day 2017 Celebrating Science, Innovation & the Environment

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:40 AM

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd, and this year people from all over the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. to celebrate science and our environment at the first ever March for Science.  Together, with the help of dozens of partners, Earth Day Network and the March for Science are organizing an event to help show an appreciation for the science that shapes our communities and world.  The event page reminds visitors that, "Science serves all of us...protects our air and water, preserves our plan…

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EFF Fights for Free Speech and "Stupid Patent of the Month"

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:28 AM

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit against Australian company Global Equity Management (SA) Pty Ltd (GEMSA) in federal court in San Francisco last week.   The EFF published one of GEMSA's patents for "virtual cabinets" on its blog in June of last year as a part of its "Stupid Patent of the Month" series.  In the entry, the EFF referred to GEMSA as "a classic patent troll," stating that, "While [the patent] is bad, the worse news is that the patent's owner is suing just about anyone who r…

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From Rags-to-Robots: A Brief History of Robot Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 6:33 PM

In 1961, Unimate, the world's first industrial robot, took its place on the assembly line at General Motors, painlessly working with the furnaces and molten metals of hot die-casting machines.  Patented by George Devol in the mid 1950s, the Unimate paved the way for programmable robots, inspiring others to become a part of what would eventually become a billion dollar industry. Just a few years later in 1966, the AI Center at the Stanford Research Center began work on the first mobile robot controlled by ar…

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NBC Brings Innovation, Science & Technology to Prime Time

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:24 AM

NBC, in collaboration with Singularity University, is bringing innovation to prime time with a new show focused on exploring the science and technology that is shaping our world.  Hosted by comedian and Nerdist founder & CEO, Chris Hardwick, "The Awesome Show" aims to inspire viewers by highlighting some of today's most groundbreaking technologies and celebrating the people behind them. In a recent statement, Hardwick notes that, "The opportunity to develop a primetime show that celebrates science and t…

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Autonomous Vehicle Safety Debate & IBM's Smart Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Uber’s autonomous vehicles are back on the road after a high speed accident in Tempe earlier this week left one of the self-driving cars on its side. The vehicle was hit after another driver failed to yield while making a left turn, causing Uber to place a temporary hold on its autonomous vehicle program.  Vehicle testing quickly resumed, however, after finding that the self-driving car was not at fault and that no major injuries resulted. Despite Uber’s continued assurance that self-driving vehicles have t…

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Patent Venue Case

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 5:39 PM

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in what is arguably one of the most highly anticipated patent lawsuits of the year, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC. Kraft first sued TC Heartland in Delaware back in 2014, for allegedly infringing its patents related to “liquid water enhancers.”  Despite the fact that Heartland "is not registered to do business in Delaware, has no local presence in Delaware, has not entered into any supply contracts in Delaware or called on any accounts there…

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China Accelerates Growth in International Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Last year, in its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators report, WIPO ranked China number one in patent applications for 2015 with a record-breaking 1,101,864 invention patent filings. Not only did China set a new record by becoming the first office worldwide to receive more than 1 million patent applications, but it also showed the fastest growth in 2015 at 18.7%. Now, a new WIPO report shows that China is on track to surpass the U.S. and Japan in applications overseas, becoming the leading nation …

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