In Poland, the Industrial Property Rights Act regulates issues related to granting and protection of exclusive industrial property rights at national level.
Late last month, Judge Otis Wright of the Central District of California invalidated five claims in one of MyMedicalRecords’ patents in a case involving Walgreens, Quest Diagnostics, WebMD, and more. Wright’s decision [PDF] is one of many new cases that have implemented the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank, a groundbreaking decision that basically says: you can’t make an abstract idea patentable by simply adding “do it on a computer.”
China is about to engage in a form of import substitution to support local hi-tech champions, the ultimate goal being perhaps to replace foreign technology with home-grown development. An interesting report appeared on various news sites this week regarding the policy decision taken by the Chinese government to treble by the year 2020 the number of patents filed by local Chinese inventors (see for instance the report on WIPR). The metric cited is that China hopes to encourage local inventors to increase the number of filed patents from four patents filed for each 10,000 persons to 14 inventions per 10,000 persons, this to be accomplished by the year 2020.
Several data points demonstrate the context of this goal. It is reported that, in 2013, more than 825,000 patents were filed at the China State Intellectual Property Office. For that same year, it is reported that 629,612 patents were published in China (according to a Thomson Reuters study of December 2014, this is 200,000 more than the patents published in the US for the same year). On a comparative basis, as reported in the World Intellectual Property Indicators for 2014, 32% of the 2.57 million patents filed globally came from China.
Ten years ago this week, five public companies launched a novel, pioneering, and seldom heralded project that was one of the first patent defense alliances.
The consortium, known as the Open Invention Network, is dedicated to protecting a mode of collaborative invention. Specifically, it tries to safeguard the Linux open-source software ecosystem—software that’s written collaboratively and distributed for free—from patent licensing demands and lawsuits from any aggressor.
Mozilla has joined several other tech and software companies in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the Halo and Stryker cases to urge the Court to limit the availability of treble damages.