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[News] China Crippled by Patent Bubble, UK at Crossroad

  • Subject: [News] China Crippled by Patent Bubble, UK at Crossroad
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 04:25:15 +0000
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Almost One Million Patent Applications in China in 2009

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| China's State Intellectual Property Office 
| (SIPO) reports he following statistics:
|     * 976,686 patent applications (up 
|     17.9%)
|     * 877,611 domestic (89.9% and up 22.4%)
|     * 99,075 from abroad (10.1%, down 
|     10.9%)


Patentable subject matter - Where are we now? 

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| The presentation concentrated on 
| developments over the past few years in the 
| law on patentable subject matter, in 
| particular relating to so-called software 
| patents (or, according to the EPO's more 
| accurate general term, 'computer-
| implemented inventions'), with emphasis on 
| how the UK Patent Office and courts have 
| dealt with the issue, and how this compares 
| with the approach taken by the EPO and 
| their Boards of Appeal. 


Ask HN: Cases where software patents have prevented progress?

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| A student writing a thesis about software 
| patents emailed me asking about cases "in 
| which having a patent on an algorithm 
| prevented some significant technological 
| progress." HN seemed the best place to find 
| answers. What are the clearest examples of 
| this happening, and how much did they slow 
| things down?



When Patents Threaten Science

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| Patents should not be used to protect laws of nature, products of
| nature, or mathematical formulas.


Sprint Nextel, Acacia unit settle patent suit

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| A subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp. and Sprint Nextel Corp. have settled a
| lawsuit alleging that Sprint Nextel had infringed on patents for technology
| used to display mobile vehicle information on maps.


Top Ten Patent Trolls of 2007

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| 3. Acacia. I didn't start tracking Acacia carefully until the summer. But
| still, on my blog I have reported on over two dozen lawsuits brought by
| Acacia this year, against more than 235 defendants. That's in addition to the
| over 200 lawsuits Acacia filed in previous years against hundreds and
| hundreds of defendants. And that's not including the two lawsuits (at least)
| Acacia has filed in December against 20 more defendants (yes, Acacia, I'm
| watching you). Acacia's business model, as a publicly traded company, is to
| accumulate patents and sue as many companies as possible in order to extract
| licenses. They have a market cap of over 275 million - that pays for a lot of
| lawsuits. Unlike other trolls, Acacia tends to not focus on one court in
| particular, although they have sampled the Eastern District of Texas more
| this year than in the past.


Yahoo Patent Troll

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