Google announced an experiment it says will “remove friction from the patent market and improve the landscape.” The experiment, called the Patent Purchase Promotion, will run from May 8 through May 22, 2015. In it, the Program offers a way for patent holders to tell Google about patents they are willing to sell. From the Program: […]

Last week, John Oliver on his HBO show Last Week Tonight. During Sunday’s episode, Oliver went after so-called “patent trolls,” companies whose sole mission is to purchase patents covering broad ideas who then sue others for patent infringement. In one part of the segment, Oliver goes on that: “Most of these companies don’t produce anything — they just shake […]

A marketing company is currently helping CEA and a coalition of other companies (and legislators!) in a project to raise awareness to fight “patent troll” issues and to petition the senate for Patent Legislation Reform. According to the site, their message is: Sign our petition now and tell the Senate to focus on patent reform during […]

Innovate Product Design has created this infographic on “What is Intellectual Property? A Student Guide and Definition.” The infographic is intended to help people and students understand the importance of intellectual property and why it is also important for designers to protect their creative idea. © 2014 Innovate Product Design URL to Infographic: http://www.innovate-design.co.uk/student-guide-to-ip/

PatentStat.com is a new patent-related website that claims to use peer-reviewed patent valuation methodologies to rank patent attorneys and to profile patent examiners. PatentStat uses comprehensive data-mining and cutting-edge analysis to help you choose the most appropriate patent attorney, and profiles patent examiners to help you manage patent prosecution. The use-cases are to help patent filers […]

I recently received a note form an in-house counsel asking for feedback on a proposed standard for invention disclosures.  This is an offshoot of LEDES (www.ledes.org) by representatives from universities, law firms, companies, and software vendors. The intent is to provide an open standard for transferring invention data, typically from inventors to their patent attorneys. The LEDES […]

Google.com today put up a special logo depicting the Tesla coil created by Nikola Tesla.  Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 and he passed away on January 7, 1943.  Without going into the whole Tesla is greater than Edison debate, most people think we would not have had electricity as early as we did […]

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]