Technological and scientific convergence in invention is one of the most intriguing aspects of the innovation economy. Today we take a look at new surgical navigation invention that provides an accurate "roadmap" for interventional radiologists and surgeons as they navigate their surgical tools within a patient's body during a procedure. Accuracy and precision are an essential component of minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. Stephane Lavallee's latest invention adds a new level of precision to surgical navigation and, along with it, the potential for better patient outcomes.
At Way Better Patents it's time for our annual reexamination of our claim on Holiday Greetings from Frosty the Article Holding Figurine.
Thanks for making it a great year from the Patentistas at Way Better Patents.
Current trends in USEPA regulations demonstrate that Presidential Candidate Obama meant it when he said: "So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them." The US Energy Information Administration estimates that about 68 percent of US electricity is generated from fossil fuels. Here we look at an alternative source, thermoelectric generation.
The IP5, the world's top five patent offices — European Patent Office (EPO), Japanese Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), released the latest patent statistics. The top five statistics from the IP make up the latest box score from these patent MVPs.
The informationization of invention is causing major disruption in the patentsphere. From discussions on what constitutes an invention in the age of Still Life with Flow Chart inventions. Enter Peter Huber. His book, The Cure is in the Code – How 20th Century Law is Undermining 21st Century Medicine, is about the informationization of 21st century medicine, the shift to highly personalized molecular information and customized diagnosis and treatment. Mr. Huber lays out the new frontier of medicine and how much of the existing medical regime is unprepared for where information driven medical world is heading. Mr. Huber posits that the FDA believes we aren't smart enough to deal with certain types of biochemical data, even if the data are perfectly accurate, and however carefully we are warned that their clinical implications are uncertain. Particularly poignant in light of the FDA's cease and desist order to 23andMe, a firm that sells a personalized genomics product that lets you receive your own personal DNA analysis. Mr. Huber understands where intellectual property fits in this amazing innovative frontier. It won't be long before the issues being dealt with in the software and internet world move to the molecular biology and biochemistry world of medicine. It is a compelling read for inventors, innovators, investors, and the rest of us who are always trying to undertand where information is taking us.
In case you haven't been watching the number of business methods patents and the more broad categories of business methods patents continue to march on. Business methods patents average 19.6 claims while utility patents average 16.5. And the numbers are growing. So far this year there are over 5,000 patents in Class 705. At 20 claims per patent that's 100,000 inventions. More broad business methods patents hit 19,430 this week. At 19 claims per patent that's 269,170 inventions. Many of these Still Life With Flowchart patents with their very broad claims will be around for a very long time.
Looks like the momentary truce in the smartphone war is over. Rockstar has filed a suit against Google hauling out six patents related to associative search engines (we love search engines). These are classics — an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network. And, one of the patents has only one claim which, with unusual clarity for a software patent, explains how web advertising works. The assignee information on this one is interesting too. Looks like things are firming up on the Rockstar front.
Be sure to check out the picture of the reverse engineering lab in Ottawa in case you thought these guys were kidding.
At first this week looked like a big week for inventors in Africa with two patents from Swaziland. A closer look revealed that the patent was really from an inventor a continent away. The patent pack exchanges disclosure of the invention for the exclusive right to practice it or make money on it. As USPTO goes down the path of figuring out the real party in interest, they also need to make sure the address quality in address information and report the right locations because, after all, geography counts.
Today we highlight here a French invention that illustrates technological convergence, provides for sustainable development, produces a compound desperately needed by a large fraction of the world’s population. This convergence demonstrates how inventors may have a difficult time tracking down prior art in the future. Water, wind, and air inventions all in one patent.
The patentsphere's propensity to let the inventor be their own lexicographer is in full swing. The new addition to the glossary of patent monetization comes from patent insiders. The new patent meme centers around patent monetization-based business models and the people these models support — the patent-disenfranchised.