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How expiring patents are ushering in the next generation of 3D printing

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Posted May 15, 2016 by Filemon Schoffer (@filemonschoffer)

The year 2016 is quickly shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record for 3D printing innovations. Although there is still a lot of hype surrounding 3D printing and how it may or may not be the next industrial revolution, one thing is for certain: the cost of printing will continue to drop while the quality of 3D prints continues to rise.

This development can be traced to advanced 3D printing technologies becoming accessible due to the expiration of key patents on pre-existing industrial printing processes….

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/15/how-expiring-patents-are-ushering-in-the-next-generation-of-3d-printing/ 

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Groupon sues 'once-great' IBM over patent

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By Reuters | 10 May, 2016, 04.26AM IST

The online marketplace Groupon Inc has sued IBM Corp, accusing it of infringing a patent related to technology that helps businesses solicit customers based on the customers' locations at a given moment. 

Groupon filed its lawsuit on Monday with the federal court in its hometown of Chicago, two months after IBM accused Groupon of patent infringement in a separate lawsuit. 

Sourcehttp://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/52197457.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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NASA public patent database looks to spur private innovation

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Aaron Boyd, Federal Times11:01 a.m. EDT May 9, 2016

NASA just released another 56 patents into its public repository, relinquishing its claim to these technologies to allow the private sector to innovate off them and foster new markets.

The newly released patents join more than 1,000 that had previously expired to fill out a new online database available to the public at large.

Database: Public Domain NASA Technologies

“By making these technologies available in the public domain, we are helping foster a new era of entrepreneurship that will again place America at the forefront of high-tech manufacturing and economic competitiveness,” said Daniel Lockney, executive in charge of NASA’s Technology Transfer (T2) program, which pushes useful agency innovations into the private sector. “By releasing this collection into the public domain, we are encouraging entrepreneurs to explore new ways to commercialize NASA technologies.”

Sourcehttp://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/it/2016/05/09/nasa-patent-database/84134764/

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TVS secures patent for air-injection system to improve fuel economy

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By: Sajan C Kumar | Chennai | Published: May 10, 2016 6:25 AM

The country’s third largest two-wheeler company TVS Motor has secured a patent for an invention relating to an air-injection system operative during deceleration of an automobile engine.

The air-injection system, capable of reducing exhaust emission, is meant to provide the benefit of improved fuel economy by reducing fuel supply during deceleration.

In the conventional secondary air- injection system, additional air is supplied at the exhaust port to dilute the exhaust gas which in turn reduces the emission levels, but this method’s weakness lies in its inability to reduce the fuel consumption….

Sourcehttp://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/companies/tvs-secures-patent-for-air-injection-system-to-improve-fuel-economy/251762/

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Honda patents engine with different cylinder displacements

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May 9th 2016 at 11:30AM

A basic rule of engine design states that the displacement of a cylinder is equal to the engine's total displacement divided by its cylinder count. Honda, according to a recently surfaced Japanese patent, is looking to break that rule with an engine containing cylinders of different sizes. We've done our best to translate it from patent-ese…

Sourcehttp://www.autoblog.com/2016/05/09/honda-patents-engine-different-cylinder-displacements/

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Ford patent spoofs bigger engine sound for fuel savings

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May 9th 2016 at 9:59AM

It appears there's a new wrinkle in the downsizing and turbocharging trend that's putting a big dent in real-world fuel savings: Drivers aren't shifting early enough. That shouldn't be too surprising if you've driven something like Ford's 1-liter EcoBoost Fiesta. With an offbeat 3-cylinder growl and the surge of turbo boost, that engine begs to be revved. Ford's solution, according to a recent patent, is to fool these drivers by piping in artificial engine noise to simulate an engine with more cylinders…

Sourcehttp://www.autoblog.com/2016/05/09/ford-patent-spoofs-bigger-engine-sound-for-fuel-savings/

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Innovators need to learn nuances of IPR, says CII

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CITIES » TIRUCHIRAPALLI

TIRUCHI, April 27, 2016

Updated: April 27, 2016 05:46 IST 

Protection of innovations in the form of patents can help create a huge value out of ideas and drive the economy of the country to greater heights, said speakers at an awareness session on intellectual property rights as part of the World IP Day in the city on Tuesday.

While youths are bubbling with innovative ideas and look for ways to protect their creations, limited awareness on the different IPRs such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks hamper their attempts. For protecting technological innovations, awareness of IPRs such as patents is essential, they said at the session organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Young Indians, Tiruchi Chapter and Yi-YUVA students in association with DexPatent, an intellectual property and patent research and analytics services offering from Dextrasys Technologies Private Limited…

Sourcehttp://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/innovators-need-to-learn-nuances-of-ipr-says-cii/article8525967.ece

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'Make in India' not at cost of IPR: U.S.

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BUSINESS » ECONOMY

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016

Updated: April 28, 2016 00:34 IST 

The US Trade Representative’s annual Special 301 report, that identifies trade barriers to U.S. companies and products due to a foreign government’s intellectual property regime, has placed India on the Priority Watch List, the same as last year.

The report identified many measures taken by the government as encouraging in terms of providing a better IP protection regime, but raised multiple concerns, particularly related to the potential erosion in IP standards due to its push for promoting domestic manufacturing….

Sourcehttp://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/make-in-india-not-at-cost-of-ipr-us/article8528972.ece

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India won't succumb to any pressure on IPR issues: Nirmala Sitharaman

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PTI Apr 26, 2016, 10.54PM IST

NEW DELHI: India today said its intellectual property rights regime is fully in compliance with global norms and the country will not succumb to "any pressure from any where" to modify it.

"We are TRIPS compliant in every way. I think we move forward being consistently with the global expectations without yielding to any pressure from any where and I would like to state that India's legislative framework particularly in protecting patents is very strong and we would like to keep that strong framework," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a function here…

Sourcehttp://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2016-04-26/news/72619808_1_ipr-norms-ipr-policy-patent-applications

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India has more than 200,000 pending patent applications

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Joe C Mathew        Last Updated: April 26, 2016  | 12:42 IST

Indian patent office has set up four subject specific patent examination groups in its Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai branches to streamline and speed up the handling of patent applications.

While chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and allied subjects will be looked after by one group, biotechnology, microbiology, and biochemistry will be handled by another. The third group specialises in electrical and electronics, and the forth one handles patent applications related to mechanical inventions, textile and civil engineering related subjects. …

Sourcehttp://www.businesstoday.in/buzztop/buzztop-feature/india-has-200000-plus-pending-patent-applications/story/231420.html

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