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Q&A: Patent Statistics in China: Chinese versus Overseas Applicants
January, 2016
The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) has released statistics on patent applications filed and patents granted in China during the first three quarters of 2015. With an increase in patent applications of 22% over the previous year, we take a look at the statistical data in more detail. To get started, what percentage […] Continue reading
Making the Switch from USPC to CPC: What Attorneys and Searchers Need to Know 
October, 2015
The United States Patent Classification (USPC) was the official patent classification system used and maintained by the USPTO until January 1, 2013. The system was replaced with the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), a joint partnership between the USPTO and the EPO where the Offices agreed to harmonize their existing classification systems (ECLA and USPC, respectively) […] Continue reading
Who is Pushing Forward the Frontiers of Patent Information and Why It Matters
October, 2015
Patent information is a unique field of expertise that centers on handling often extraordinarily large volumes of data and making it available to end-users in meaningful ways. This involves the collaboration of a spectrum of providers from patent offices, online content publishers, analytics software developers, and to other patent information specialists who take on the […] Continue reading
Q&A: Google and Microsoft: The Truce
October, 2015
Recently we have heard about Microsoft and Google agreeing to end a five-year battle over patents. The truce was described in a joint statement where the companies said “Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues… As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between […] Continue reading
Q&A: The Millionth Patent
July, 2015
This year, the USPTO issued the ninth millionth patent (US 9,000,000) for a “Windshield washer conditioner” to inventor Matthew Carroll (Jupiter, FL, US). Historically, the “millionth” patent has coincidentially been for an interesting technology that is topical of the time period. For example, Patent number US 3,000,000 marked an entry into the information age when […] Continue reading
Decision on Petition: Jumping the First Big IPR Hurdle with the Best References
July, 2015
Now, over two-years since the America Invents Act (AIA) went into effect, IPR (Inter Partes Review) has become an increasingly attractive alternative to litigation. The growth in these proceedings shows a strong acceptance of the procedure. It is changing the way in which IP law is practiced in the United States and how patentability is […] Continue reading