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More Evidence Is In—Alice Has Been Good For R&D

Tuesday marked one milestone—utility patent number 10,000,000.  But it also marked a far more important milestone—the 4-year anniversary of the Alice decision.  Looking back on those 4 years, Alice has been a clear success in eliminating patents that never should have issued.  It’s had a very limited impact on patent prosecution, with most applications entirely…

To Promote The Progress

Today, the ten millionth utility patent issued.1  The patent relates to one way of providing coherent LADAR detection. As we look back at 180 years of Patent Office history and look forward to the next ten million patents, it’s worth remembering that what makes the U.S. patent system unique is the explicit dedication of the…

Samsung Takes Over As The Largest Recipient Of U.S. Patents

According to recently released data from IAM/ktMine, Samsung is now the largest recipient of active U.S. patents in the world.1  IBM, Canon, Microsoft, and Intel round out the top 5. Recently granted Samsung patents range from OLED display technology to stacked semiconductor memory to improved RF communication techniques to biometric security on devices.  (They also…

Innovation Is Alive And Well—Patenting Activity

After examining the evidence for U.S. innovation as shown by startups and venture capital, and by R&D spending, I want to look at patenting activity—new patent applications and new patent grants.  Particularly given accusations that the U.S. patent system has fallen behind other systems worldwide—accusations based on extremely questionable analysis—it’s worth looking at what patent…

Innovation Is Alive And Well—R&D

As part of Patent Progress’ series on innovation in the United States, we are examining ways to measure innovation.  One useful metric, measuring the investment being made in the creation of new and innovative technologies, is research and development spending.  This metric tends to show the investment in innovation, in particular by larger companies.  And…

Innovation Is Alive And Well—Startups and Venture Capital

Innovation can come from anywhere—large established companies, individuals, and of course, small startup businesses.  The innovation from startups can ultimately create new established companies.  Many of today’s household names—Amazon, Google, Facebook, Intel—started out as a couple of founders and one innovative idea.  So, if we want to see if innovation remains an important part of…

Qualcomm’s Anti-Competitive Conduct Could Be Exacerbated By Mergers

(Cross post on DisCo.)  Qualcomm’s been busy over the past few months.  Defending against accusations of anti-competitive conduct from competition authorities in the US and elsewhere around the world, trying to acquire NXP Semiconductors, fending off an acquisition attempt from Broadcom, and—most recently—filing yet another round of new lawsuits to try to force Apple to…

IPR Successes: Cleaning Up Messes

APTWater makes water treatment systems that clean up polluted groundwater and wastewater.  You’ve probably never heard of APTWater.  I hadn’t, nor had a friend who lives near their headquarters and works on water issues. Of course, that didn’t stop a patent troll from suing APTWater over their wastewater treatment technology.   APTWater wasn’t the only one…