Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), recently gave a lecture called Re-Thinking the Role of Intellectual Property, at The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School on 22 August, 2013. Dr. Gurry crystalized some of the most vexing IP issues of the new millennium in a one hour talk. It is worth an hour.
Open data lets Way Better Patents link science and technology policies, to the research and development and to patents. Open data lets us link university patents that benefitted from federally funded R&D with technology transfer and commercialization activity. Open access to federal grant and funding information in conjunction with patent data lets us report on which taxpayer funded inventions were licensed, which agencies are delivering the innovations to industry, and the timing of different types of inventions entering the marketplace.
This week brings some changes. We've added a new section called Inventions & Claims that shows the actual number of new inventions in this week's patents. Each claim is an invention. Inventions & Claims will give you a feel for how each week's patent translate into claims. We also added the average number of claims each by domain.
You now have access to information on patents that are withdrawn prior to issue. These are patents where USPTO told the inventors that their patent was granted but the inventors decided to ask USPTO to withdraw the patent. We started adjusting our weekly analytics to reflect removal of the withdrawals from the count. The data on the withdrawals on the Weekly Withdrawals Page.
Those steeped in hard science view business methods patents as dangerously insubstantial, lying outside the province of true innovation. But business methods patents and the informationization of innovation is accelerating the convergence of scientific and technical innovation and how those inventions are implemented in the marketplace. Ignore business methods patents at your peril.
We've been in a bit of a summer slump. Maine-like weather makes it hard to stay inside. We decided we'd better break out of our own summer slump and get back to work, so here is a chronicle of interesting and noteworthy things happening in intellectual property and some enhancements at Way Better Patents.
Pentimento is the visible trace of an earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas. It shows what the artist did before. Patents have their own form of pentimento, prior art. Like its artistic counterpart, patent pentimento shows what came before, the inventor's view on what preceded their work. 3D printing is adding a new dimension to patent pentimento.