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.
Switzerland will get its own ‘Licence Box’
Switzerland plans to initiate tax tool for revenue generated by IP licensing and other IP-generated income. Move follows systems introduced by other European countries to promote and reward innovation.
No patent when using stem cells
The Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office recently had a rather fundamental and ethically charged decision to make regarding the use of Human Embryonic Stem cells (HES cells). Although patents cover an area which is mostly made up of "morally neutral" science and scientific approaches, there is still quite some legal restraint to be found where the use of embryo’s is involved.
Samsung signs patent licensing deals with Google and Ericsson
Samsung has recently signed two deals, one with Google and the other with Ericsson, under which the companies will cross-license their patents globally. Samsung said that the agreement with Google covers a “broad” range of technologies and business areas protected by existing patents and those filed over the next 10 years. The cross-licence agreement between Samsung and Ericsson covers..
Apple 1 – Samsung 0 in patent dispute
A US judge has ruled that Samsung infringed Apple's patent-protected predictive text technology. The invention describes a way for touchscreen devices to suggest completed words after a user has part-typed them to speed up text input. Experts say the ruling could have implications for other Android devices that offer the facility.
Final verdict: no Google technology in iPhone
Apple did not use patented technology owned by Google unit Motorola Mobility in making its iPhones, an appeals court said. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April that Apple did not violate a Google patent to make the popular iPhone.
An interesting career move
Google's former top patent lawyer has been put in charge of America's patent and trademark office (USPTO). Michelle Lee was made deputy director of the USPTO this week and will run the agency while it seeks a new boss.
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.