Tag Archive for innovation

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…

Chamber of Commerce Patent System Ranking Is Built On A Shaky Foundation

The Chamber of Commerce produces a yearly ranking of intellectual property systems around the world.  This year, they dropped the U.S. patent system to 12th.  If I thought their rankings had any merit, I might be concerned by this change.  Unfortunately, their analysis is flawed and based on complete misrepresentations of reality. So, What Happened?…

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…

The PTO’s § 101 Summary Report

One of the most important developments over the past few years is the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank – a decision that articulated a distinction between patent-eligible inventions, and patent-ineligible abstract ideas.  The Alice decision has enabled many companies, including small businesses, to defend themselves from baseless patent infringement lawsuits based on…

Understanding The Questions Asked At The “Bad Patents” Hearing

The recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses addressed many of the points I made last week.  But it also highlighted a few issues where there’s some dispute or simply a lack of understanding. In particular, I think that the hearing’s focus on the (1) “broadest reasonable interpretation”…