In a few short years China’s patent system has gone from an IP rights wannabe to one of the most responsive and patent-friendly systems in
Many businesses are wondering what the patent terrain will look like after the U.S. elections in November. Will further reforms will be forthcoming, or will
The race is on to gain control of a new technology that has the power to reinvent banking and make transactions and other agreements between parties
Many significant tech companies experienced dramatic declines in US patent grants, fueling speculation about the reasons why. While total patent grants were virtually flat, according
The US intellectual property system has been the envy of nations everywhere. Despite this, confusion reigns about what are patents and other IP rights, and
Over the past ten years or so the motor car of the 20th century has been transformed from a mechanical conveyance to a high-speed information
Of the top eleven active US patent holders, only four are American companies. But who gets the best return on their innovation rights is less
Despite dramatically lower patent valuations, some big companies, including under-performing foreign holders, have taken the number of U.S. sales to new highs. While IBM still
Lack of certainty and the high cost of monetizing patents are motivating some businesses to acquire impressive looking patents, not necessarily valid or essential ones.
It is unclear that companies with the most significant increases in R&D spending are securing more, better quality or valuable patents. A random study of
There is a great deal of agreement that patent quality is lacking, but surprisingly little about how to define and achieve it. Patent quality is
More than half of Google and Microsoft’s 2014 US patent grants were in methods-related classes. IBM and Apple also were active filers in these areas.