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Thomas Wong is the Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft. He started at Microsoft in 2004 as an in-house prep and pros patent attorney in the Patent Group. In that role, he drafted patent applications and office action responses. In 2006, he moved to the IP Licensing Team as a Senior Licensing Executive, where he developed and managed revenue-generating licensing deals and programs involving Microsoft technologies and patents. He also worked with product groups to develop outbound IP licensing strategies. After about two years, he moved back to the Patent Group and took a patent attorney position in the Patent Counseling Team. In that role, he served as the patent attorney for various product teams in the Office Product Group (OPG) where his responsibilities included developing and managing patent portfolios on productivity and cloud computing technologies, managing outside counsel, handling patent conflict matters, and providing IP counseling to product group clients. In 2015, he became the Lead Attorney of the OPG Portfolio Development Team where he is responsible for managing a team of patent attorneys who build, develop, manage and utilize patent portfolios associated with OPG
During 2014, 3M received 517 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, putting it in 80th place among companies petitioning the USPTO for patents that year. The company has received 143 U.S. patents in the past three months, according to Innography’s patent portfolio analysis tools. The text cluster provided here details widespread R&D in optical film, electrical cable, abrasive particles and curable compositions.
Prevention of the unauthorized use of television services is also reflected in U.S. Patent No. 9124933, entitled Method and System for Detecting Unauthorized Use of a Set Top Box Using Expected Terrestrial Signal Identification, originally a DirecTV patent which became AT&T’s property after its merger. It discloses a method of determining expected terrestrial signal identifiers for a billing address of a fixed user device at a head end, receiving a plurality of terrestrial signals identifying a respective source at the fixed user device, communicating the expected terrestrial signal identifiers to the fixed user device, storing those identifiers in the fixed user device’s memory, comparing stored identifiers to received identifiers and denying the fixed user device from accessing satellite signals in response to the comparison. This invention is intended to provide a mechanism to ensure that television subscribers are following access rules laid out by government regulations or contracted with content providers, like blackout restrictions.
The Consultation is part of the Commission’s assessment of the role of online platforms, promised in its Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe (DSM) dated 6 May 2015. The Consultation covers a range of topics, including several controversial issues concerning transparency of online platforms and the proper extent of the hosting defence under the E-Commerce Directive. Interested parties have until around the end of December 2015 to respond (the exact closing date has not yet been published).
The most intriguing patent application we’ve seen recently is Apple’s patent application titled ‘Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device.’ It would protect a fuel cell system for a portable computing device comprising a fuel cell stack converting fuel into electrical power, a fuel source for the fuel cell stack and an interface to the portable device which includes a power link providing power to the portable device and a bidirectional communication link providing communication between the portable device and a fuel cell stack’s controller which sends fuel state information to the portable device and receives fuel cell control information. This innovation seeks to incorporate fuel cell electricity generation tech into portable computing devices for which it’s difficult to provide cost-effective and portable fuel cell systems, as the patent application itself points out.