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One-fifth of all IPR petitions denied institution according to 2015 PTAB report

One major takeaway from this PTAB trends report is that, despite claims of high rates of patent invalidation, the reality is that many patents escape the PTAB …
By Steve Brachmann 4 days ago 2

Despite 4th quarter sales hit, Merck innovates in HCV, diabetes, cancer treatments

Merck earned 224 U.S. patents during 2015, a sizable dropoff from its 2014 results. The text cluster shows us that, unsurprisingly, a great deal of Merck’s 2015 innovations focused …
By Steve Brachmann 5 days ago 0

Illicit pharmaceutical drug sales find a home on Twitter

Twitter’s popularity has not only benefited the legitimate side of the pharmaceutical industry. A study released in December, supported by both the Global Health Policy Institute …
By Steve Brachmann 7 days ago 0

In midst of stiff corporate headwinds, Toshiba maintains spot as leading innovator

Toshiba exists among the giants of the U.S. patent landscape, placing sixth among all companies in terms of patents received from the U.S. Patent and …
By Steve Brachmann 8 days ago 0

First Apple patent challenged at PTAB covers touch-to-zoom tech at center of Samsung war

In late January, however, an inter partes review (IPR) request filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) throws the future of one of the Apple …
By Steve Brachmann 10 days ago 16

Canon already with more than 300 patents in 2016, pursues plastics and photoacoustic imaging tech

Our latest survey of patents issued recently to Canon include a couple of imaging technologies related to medical diagnostics, such as is the case with the imaging …
By Steve Brachmann 11 days ago 0

Push for online sales tax continues at state and federal levels

Some states have decided that they can’t wait for a federal response on the collection of online sales tax, prompting them to enact their own measures. …
By Steve Brachmann 12 days ago 0

IBM sales slump continues but Watson is getting brighter

Despite shrinking revenues, IBM may be able to chart its way back to stability if success continues for its Watson cognitive computing platform, the corporation’s fastest …
By Steve Brachmann 13 days ago 0

Will the Supreme Court Save Apple from Itself?

The victory, if it stands, will encourage more design patent infringement claims, and Apple will likely find itself defending against similar suits in the not so distant …
By Joshua Wolson 19 days ago 4

Police surveillance innovations include facial recognition, social media analytics

Data mining and predictive analytics designed to enhance the decision making process for law enforcement officials have been utilized in Richmond, VA, for more than a decade …
By Steve Brachmann 21 days ago 1

Federal Circuit Reverses District Court on Direct and Induced Infringement

The Court agreed, noting testimony from Cisco’s engineer who stated that the system needed only one copy of the protocol to support all devices. Commil’s …

Transportation Secretary Foxx announces $4B autonomous vehicle initiative

In his final State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama remarked that he would make a push for action that would “…
By Steve Brachmann 24 days ago 3