News about patents
New products and ideas are born every day. Technology is developing very fast in all sectors. Look at the rapid developments in the market for mobile phone devices or at the advances in the field of healthcare, for example, or the enormous investments and developments in biotechnology and the new focus on sustainability in the motor industry. Not only are these interesting developments to follow, but also they are increasingly being accompanied by a discussion about the ownership of patents in general. These are all things that concern us and which we would like to share with you. For the latest news stories, see below.
Software protection and patents
The US Supreme Court will rule for the first time in decades on patent protection for computer software, taking up a case that has divided the industry and may reverberate through the American economy.
Google files patent to protect social media ‘robot’
A Google software engineer has filed a US patent application to protect ‘a system and method for the automatic generation of suggestions for personalised reactions or messages’ on e-mail, SMS, micro-blogs, social media networks and other such systems. The patent, if granted, could revolutionise the way that we use social media at work and at home.
HP sells patents to strengthen its financial position
Hewlett-Packard is seeking buyers for some of its mobile-computing patents, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman tries to bolster the company’s financial position, according to Bloomberg.
EPO changes rules for divisional filings
The EPO's Administrative Council has voted to reverse the changes made in 2010 to the rules for filing divisional applications. As of 1 April 2014, the 24-month time limit within which divisional applications have to be filed will no longer apply. However, an additional fee will apply to divisional applications for second or subsequent generations.
UK launches new police unit charged with targeting IP crime
The City of London Police and the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced last month the establishment of a 19-strong police unit focused on IP crime online. Operational since mid-September, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) will be working with a wide range of national and international partners from public authorities and private industry to build a comprehensive..
IP contributes just under 40% of EU’s GDP
IP rights represent 39% of the EU’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to the first ever EU-wide study of the contribution made by IP-intensive industries to the economy. The research, carried out by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM) also found that IP-intensive industries provide 26% of employment in the EU.
Tech giants worried about EU patent trolls
Some of the world's biggest technology companies are urging the European Union's leaders to stem the tide of "patent trolls" in Europe. Companies including Google, Facebook, Apple and Samsung wrote a joint letter to the European Commission to introduce key changes to draft legislation that hopes to unify patent laws for the European Union.
Novagraaf UK recommended in The Legal 500
Both patent and trademark practices have been recognised for their expertise in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500, released yesterday.
Novagraaf team races to 100th place in La Parisienne 2013
Last Sunday, 15 September, 30 female employees from the European offices of the Novagraaf Group took part in La Parisienne 2013, a 6.7K run in Paris in support of breast cancer research. Starting at 9.30am, under a glorious blue sky, the course took participants from the Pont d'Iena to the Champs de Mars, offering a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.
Dyson vacuums Samsung
British manufacturer Dyson is suing Samsung over claims that the South Korean firm "ripped off" one of its inventions. The dispute centres on the launch of the Motion Sync vacuum cleaner which the South Korean firm unveiled at the IFA tech show in Berlin last week. Dyson alleges that the machine infringes its patent on a steering mechanism for cylinder cleaners.