Microsoft patent application can make typing on a virtual QWERTY much easier

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Posted: 14 Jul 2015, 11:32, by Alan F.

Microsoft has filed a patent application with the USPTO that allows sensors on a device to measure the angle created above the screen by a finger used to tap on the glass. This would allow the device to know which part of the screen is being covered by your hand. Changes to the elements on screen can be made in anticipation of where you are going to be touching the glass. For example, computing the angle created by a user's finger could allow the device to figure out what keys on a virtual QWERTY keyboard you'll be touching next. Those keys could be enlarged in advance of the touch, in order to make typing more accurate.

The patent application, entitled "Hover Angle," was originally filed on January 3rd, 2014. The USPTO published it late last week. We could see the system in place on the upcoming high end Microsoft Lumia 940 and Microsoft Lumia 940 XL. Sensors on both handsets are expected to be able to support the patent. Both models could be launched this November.

According to the patent application, the "Hover Angle" was created by Dan Hwang (NewCastle, WA); Lynn Dai (Samamish, WA) and Muhammad Usman (Bellevue, WA). The trio assigned the patent to Microsoft.



Ram patents an integrated bed ramp system

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Ram integrated ramp patent

If you use your truck to haul ATVs or dirt bikes, you'll probably want to check out the latest patent issued to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Dubbed an "adjustable loading ramp system for a vehicle," the innovative system has two ramps which are integrated into the bed of the truck.  When it's time to load something, the driver flips down the tailgate and then pulls the ramps out.  They can then adjust the spacing between the ramps to ensure it lines up with whatever is being loaded or unloaded.

While the patent is a pretty cool idea, there's no word on whether or not we'll ever see the system used on a production model.



The patent troll problem is getting worse

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Updated by Timothy B. Lee on July 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m. ET

Between January and June 2014 the Supreme Court ruled on a record six patent cases — and in all six cases, the Court unanimously sided with accused patent infringers against patent holders. In the second half of 2014, patent lawsuits declined, and that led some people to speculate that the high court's rulings deserved credit.

But patent litigation was back up in the first half of 2015, according to data collected by the patent defense organization Unified Patents:

Unified Patents

The orange bars show the number of lawsuits brought by "non-practicing entities." These organizations, more commonly known as patent trolls, make no products of their own but make money by suing other companies that infringe on their patents — usually by accident. The blue bars show other patent lawsuits, most of them brought by companies that make products covered by their own patents, instead of just filing lawsuits related to products they don't make.

The number of lawsuits brought by patent trolls in the first half of 2015 is up 60 percent from the second half of 2014, and up 15 percent from the first half of 2014.

These statistics are significant because the rapidly growing number of patent troll lawsuits has been a major argument for patent reform legislation. The latest figures make it clear that the courts have not solved the patent troll problem, strengthening the case for Congress to get involved.



The Greece Crisis Creates An Opportunity For World Patent Marketing And Other Smart Money Investors

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ATHENS, Greece, July 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - World Patent Marketing, the world's fastest growing and vertically integrated manufacturer and retailer of patented products, has just announced its support for Greece. "Greece has just become the best investment on the planet as far as I am concerned," said Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. "While the rest of the world is trying to figure out how Greece is going to find its way out of its mess, we are looking for more ways to place bets on Greece. World Patent Marketing is offering special discounts and payment terms to any inventor or entrepreneur living in Greece. And we aren't the only ones. Where do you think all the smart money goes when the world is panicking?" 

According to The New York Times on July 12, "An assessment of Greece's situation prepared over the weekend by the finance ministers put Greece's financing needs at between 82 billion and 86 billion euros over the next three years. That sum is significantly larger than the €74 billion previously reported and is around €30 billion more than the €53.5 billion request made by Greece on Thursday for what would be its third bailout package since 2010. Greece already has more than €300 billion in debt." 

World Patent Marketing is bullish on Greece and Europe as a whole because of a more competitive currency and the fact that the European economy as a whole is doing far better than it was a year ago. 

Even if Greece does exit the euro, World Patent Marketing CEO Scott J Cooper said, "We are not that concerned because we believe the European Central Bank will get super aggressive. In addition, the fixed income market has been encouraging with Portuguese, Italian and Spanish bonds showing stability." 

About World Patent Marketing

World Patent Marketing is a vertically integrated manufacturer and engineer of patented products. The company is broken into seven operating divisions. These include WPM Research, WPM Patents, WPM Prototyping, WPM Manufacturing, WPM Capital Ventures, and WPM Retail. The company offers these products to inventors, law firms and emerging growth companies.

WPM Research: evaluates the commercial potential of patents through its proprietary study, The Patent Invention Technical Analysis (PITA.

WPM Patents: develops intellectual property strategies, writes and files patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office and other patent offices around the world. 

WPM Mobile Apps: WPM Prototyping: works with clients to develop one or more types of prototype, including: appearance, proof of concept, functional model or a production level prototype. WPM Manufacturing: provides overseas production from all 14 major industrial zones in China, Taiwan and South Korea. Having access to a staff on the ground in China makes all the difference in achieving the best price, quality, and turnaround time. 

WPM Capital Ventures: provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. WPM's goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you've built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then we can introduce you to later stage investors--or occasionally even acquirers. 

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World Patent Marketing is the only patent services company in history to be awarded a five star review rating from Consumer Affairs, Google, Trustpilot, Shopper Approved, Customer Lobby, Yellow Pages, Yelp, Reseller Ratings and My Three Cents. World Patent Marketing has received accredited status and is an A+ Rated Member of the Better Business Bureau. World Patent Marketing is also a proud member of Dun and Bradstreet, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). World Patent Marketing Miami is also a member of the South Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and The New York Inventor Exchange. 


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Suven Life gets patent for chemical molecules to be used in neuro-degenerative drugs

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By PTI | 13 Jul, 2015, 12.41PM IST 

NEW DELHI: Drug firm Suven Life Sciences BSE 7.09 % has been granted patents by China, South Africa and Mexico for new chemical molecules that can be used in drugs for treating neuro-degenerative diseases. 

Neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's. 

In a BSE filing, the company said that it "secured patents from China and South Africa to the new chemical entities (NCE) for central nervous system (CNS) therapy". 

The patents are valid until 2031, 2030 and 2031, respectively, Suven Life Sciences said. 

It further said: "Suven also secured a patent for their NCE in Mexico and the granted claims of this patent include the class of selective alpha-4-beta-2 compounds discovered by Suven and are being developed as therapeutic agents for major depressive disorder and the patent is valid through 2030." 

Suven Life CEO Venkat Jasti said: "We are very pleased by the grant of these patents to Suven for our pipeline of molecules in the CNS arena that are being developed for cognitive disorders with high unmet medical need with huge market potential globally." 

With these, Suven has a total of 16 granted patents from China, 19 from Mexico and 22 from South Africa. 

"These granted patents are exclusive intellectual property of Suven and are achieved through the internal discovery research efforts. 

"Products out of these inventions may be out-licensed at various phases of clinical development like at phase-I or phase-II," Suven said. 

Shares of Suven Life Sciences soared by 4.61 per cent to Rs 246.35 apiece in morning trade on BSE. 



Ford Looks To Patent Luminescent Body Panels

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By Jeff Glucker

It seems that the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is looking for new ways to brighten your motoring experience. Patent applications discovered by Car and Driver show the automaker wants to create body panels that are capable of being lit up. There is a bunch of scientific/engineering style jargon you can read for yourself, but the gist is that there's a bit of molding along the edge of a panel that contains lighting elements.

You could light up your bumper bright red during a panic stop. The turn signal elements could be eliminated in favor of blended LED lights. Maybe you could even change the general look of your car through the use of lighting features located all over the body. The possibilities are, as far as lighting is concerned, wide ranging from incredibly boring to actually quite interesting.




Samsung Patent Suggests Future Smartphones Could Measure Your Body Fat

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By Alexandra Burlacu, Tech Times | July 13, 10:48 AM

Samsung's next generation of smartphones may be able to measure one's body fat level, if a new patent is any indication.

While some high-end smartphones, as well as various wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness bands/ bracelets have a number of sensors to collect biometric data, none of them can measure body fat. Current devices can track your heart rate, exercise, calories burned, even track your sleep, but body fat has not been on the list of options so far.

That may well change with future smartphones from Samsung, as an intriguing patent from the company has now come to light. As spotted by VentureBeat, Samsung has a new patent that describes a method of measuring body fat with the help of a smartphone. More specifically, the patent indicates that this method may use four sensors in or near a smartphone. In the second variant, the sensors could be packed onto a smartphone case screen cover.

These four sensors in or near a smartphone would work together to measure the user's impedance performance, based on the contact with one's hands. The patent contains several drawings to better illustrate the concept, and the images show a person holding the phone with both hands. This suggests that holding just one hand on the phone may not be able to provide an accurate reading, as both hands may be necessary for a good grip of all four sensors.

"Acquiring the object's impedance information on the basis of the intensity of the input current and the intensity of the measured voltage; and acquiring the object's body fat information on the basis of the impedance information," reads the description in the patent, explaining the technology involved.

No additional information is available for now, and it remains unclear just when Samsung plans to include such technology in its smartphones. If it all works out and future smartphones will be able to measure body fat, it could be a huge step for health and fitness apps. Samsung should offer more details as it gets closer to actually offering such functionality, but for now the patent is quite intriguing.




Riding the Pacific trade winds

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Labour, environment and IPR standards in the Trans-Pacific Partnership will influence future Indo-US agreements.

Written by Devashish Mitra | Updated: July 13, 2015 11:51 am 

Recently, the US Congress approved the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which delegates to the US president complete power to negotiate trade agreements with other countries. Under the TPA, once a trade agreement has been negotiated by the president or his representative, it is brought to Congress for ratification through an up-or-down vote. At that stage, no discussion on possible amendments is allowed.

The passage of the TPA paves the way for the successful completion of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by President Barack Obama on behalf of the US with 11 Pacific Rim countries, heterogeneous in various respects, including levels of development. At one extreme there are Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. At the other are Vietnam, Malaysia and Peru. The other countries are South Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Chile and Mexico. A notable omission from this list is China, although the door will be kept open for it to join the agreement now or later, if it so wishes.

The TPP is expected to be an agreement not only on trade issues such as tariff liberalisation, but also related non-trade issues such as labour and environment regulations and intellectual property rights (IPR) protection. In fact, IPR standards are expected to be much more demanding than those of the WTO. The US will aim to also bring environmental and labour standards within the TPP close to its own. In addition, the TPP is expected to have agreements on foreign investment, which will not only include IPR protection, but also have clauses to ensure non-discrimination relative to domestic investors and to prevent expropriation. There will also be liberalisation in services trade through the elimination of non-tariff barriers such as discriminatory domestic regulation.

Will the TPP affect India? The short answer is: Yes, but the overall impact is uncertain at this point. It is important to understand that there are many channels through which the TPP can affect India. First, we can expect some trade diversion and significant foreign investment diversion. A large proportion of India’s exports is in services. With the anticipated reduction in barriers to trade in services among TPP members, there is the possibility that some of India’s services exports to those countries will be replaced by services trade within the TPP. In the case of goods trade, there should not be much of an impact as the large economies within the TPP already have very low tariffs on imports from all WTO member countries. 

A key component of Make in India is attracting foreign investment. If the US manages to bring TPP nations closer to its own IPR regime and make them commit to an agreement preventing expropriation, it will make it difficult for India to attract foreign investment, especially given its history of retrospective taxation. In other words, some TPP nations will then become more attractive destinations for foreign investment flows. 

While the US and India have started negotiating a bilateral investment treaty (BIT), this negotiation is going to be slow. This is because there is vast divergence between the two countries’ model BITs, especially on issues of IPR and market access commitments. Thus, significant foreign investment diversion, including a deceleration in foreign investment flows to India, is a possible consequence of the TPP. In addition, the TPP reduces India’s bargaining power in its BIT negotiations with the US, as it expands the set of options available to the latter. 

The TPP will also provide a template for any future agreements with the US. So, if India has to successfully arrive at any economic agreement with the US in the future, the labour, environmental and IPR standards in the TPP will become the minimum requirements of such an agreement. This, through spillover effects, will also be true of agreements with other countries. For example, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed agreement between Asean nations and six other countries, including India. There is a large overlap in the memberships of the TPP and the RCEP, so that if the TPP is the first of the two to be put in place, the TPP standards will get into the RCEP through the common member countries. This is a possibility, even though the RCEP is being envisioned as a more flexible trade agreement that does away with a one-size-fits-all approach. 

One positive for India from the TPP would be the active role played by the US in the region that will, to a certain extent, neutralise China’s power in the neighbourhood. Some of the potential signatories to the TPP, such as Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, etc, are also hoping for such an outcome. The TPP will impact India along multiple dimensions. But the overall long-run effect is somewhat uncertain, as there are several players involved whose behaviour is difficult to predict accurately. 

The writer is professor of economics and Cramer Professor of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York.



Modi government is giving Make in India plan a big push with these 10 IPR steps

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By ECONOMICTIMES.COM | 13 Jul, 2015, 03.20PM IST

NEW DELHI: In a major fillip to the intellectual property regime in India, the Department of Industrial Policy has come up with a multi-pronged strategy to develop innovation and creativity. The Modi government, in its push for a more refined and developed intellectual property regime to boost its 'Make in India' campaign, has announced a slew of measures to promote homegrown talent. Here's what's on cards: 

1) More posts: An additional 1033 plan posts have been created, including 666 posts for Patents & Designs and 367 posts for Trademarks and GI at various levels. Already, recruitment is underway. Patent and Trademarks examiners are also being taken on contract to deal with the backlog. 

2) Ease of access: To cater to the immense flow of the papers filed, a single central server at IPO Delhi is in place. The system is unique in itself since there is automatic generation of application numbers as also automatic allotment of the request for examination which is sequential and thus transparent and user-friendly. 

3) Online e-filing facilities: Comprehensive online e-filing facilities for patent and trademark application. This will give applicants two advantages. First, an applicant can file an application virtually 24x7 and secondly, applications can be filed from the comfort of their workplace/ homes. 

4) Comprehensive payment gateway: E-filers given facility of using debit cards, credit cards and internet banking of over 70 banks for making payment of fees for all forms. 

5) 10% rebate on online filing. 

6) Fee Concession for MSME: To encourage inventors to innovate and seek protection for their inventions, a 50 % fee reduction has been provided for MSMEs. 

7) Madrid Protocol: The operationalization of the Madrid protocol for international protection of trademarks provides the user the facility of protecting an inventor's trademark in 90 countries by filing a single application in one language with one set of fees filed at the Trademarks Registry. 

8) International Search Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority: This will help come up with quality reports at the lowest cost among the international players like USPTO, EPO, JPO. 

9) IPR awareness programmes: To educate stakeholders about the benefits of registration of their rights as also educate the general public, particularly the business community, on perils of infringement of IPRs held by others/ dealing in pirated and counterfeit products. This also includes educating public via the internet media, a portal on the website of office of the CGPDTM has presentations uploaded on various aspects of IPR. 

10) Catching them young: A corner to educate and inculcate the culture of respecting and protecting IPR's among the next generation has been undertaken via uploaded comics which are based on basics of IPRs. 






DIPP enlists steps taken to improve India's IPR regime

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It has taken measures such as creation of additional posts to reduce manpower shortage and providing fee concession for MSMEs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  

July 13, 2015 Last Updated at 15:02 IST 

The government today said it has taken several steps to increase efficiency in processing of intellectual property applications, bring transparency and dissemination of information to improve the IPR regime.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Planning (DIPP), under the Commerce and industry Ministry, said it has taken measures such as creation of additional posts to reduce manpower shortage and providing fee concession for MSMEs to encourage them to innovate.

"Several measures have been taken to ensure continuous and unending improvement of the Indian IP ecosystem in the country. To this effect, the DIPP has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to develop an Intellectual Property regime (IPR) in the country to promote creativity and to develop the culture of respect for innovations and creativity," the ministry said in a statement.

During the year, the IP office has been transformed to enhance efficiency in processing of applications, uniformity and consistency in the examination of applications, bilateral cooperation at the international level, and raising the awareness level of the public, it said.

To modernise the administration, an additional 1,033 posts have been created -- 666 posts for patents and designs and 367 for trademarks and GI (geographical indicators) at various levels.

Recruitment is underway and patent and trademarks examiners are being taken on contract to deal with the backlog, it said adding that to cater to the immense flow of the papers filed, a single central server at IPO Delhi has been put in place.

It also said online e-filing facilities for patent and trademark application were introduced and e-filers are allowed to use debit and credit cards and internet banking to pay fees.

"This year, e-filers were given the facility of using debit cards, credit cards and internet banking of over 70 banks for making payment of fees for all forms," it said adding "10 per cent rebate on online filing of applications and documents has been introduced".

Due to these steps, online filing has jumped from under 30 per cent to over 80 per cent in just a year, it said.

To increase transparency and dissemination of information, the real time status of IP applications and e-registers is now open to the public MSMEs

To encourage for innovation and seek protection for their inventions, a 50 per cent fee reduction has been provided.