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Submission + - China IP theft ring too big for one president (

ericjones12398 writes: "We never hear industry use the words “alleged” or “suspicion” when talking China’s abuse of intellectual property. In fact, the sheer volume of Chinese copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret violations prompted the U.S. International Trade Commission to publish a study in 2011 quantifying the effects of Chinese IP practices. The USITC estimated U.S. IP-intensive businesses doing business with China in 2009 suffered losses of $48.2 billion in sales, royalties or license fees due to IP infringement.
Of course, this kind of illegal activity was never verified or, well, reported as earnings by Chinese benefactors. But the academic depth of the USITC report lends credibility to Romney’s claim IP theft has “cost” Americans 2.1 million jobs.
For harder evidence, DuPont, Pittsburgh Corning and American Superconductor (AMSC) are documented victims of stolen trade secrets. The AMSC case resonated because the perpetrator was caught red-handed. And due to the incident, AMSC lost 40 percent of its value in a single day of trading. The AMSC fallout also revealed a familiar pattern of Chinese companies dropping suppliers after mysteriously adopting their technology, overnight. The dark side of technology transfers."


Submission + - Problems at the USPTO: Databases (

ericjones12398 writes: "The United States Code limits patentability to inventions which have not been described in previously printed publications. Later interpretations of this provision allow the definition to encompass all documents that have been made sufficiently available to persons ordinarily skilled in the art. This definition is staggeringly broad, and includes not just USPTO-issued patents, but also peer-reviewed journal articles, documents available on the internet, technical specifications, theses, source code, product descriptions and advertisements, textbooks, and the list goes on. Furthermore, these documents are not limited to those available in English, as documents in other languages are also fair game. Patent examiners certainly have their work cut out for them."

Submission + - The Patent Communication Treaty allows easy filing to all of its member states (

ericjones12398 writes: "The Patent Cooperation Treaty provides a global framework for entities to easily preserve their intellectual property rights in every state signed onto the treaty. Patent cooperation treaty members comprise 146 states, including all large industrialized countries."

Submission + - SEP and FRAND become toxic acronyms in patent litigation (

ericjones12398 writes: "The ITU recently gathered tech heavyweights together to address the surge in litigation involving standards-essential patents (SEPs), and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms placed upon SEPs to ensure rapid adoption of industry standards like 3G or H.264 video codec format. Royalties and injunctive relief dominated the ITU’s agenda."

Submission + - The USPTO's attempts to address an overburdened workforce with little success (

ericjones12398 writes: "This articles is the second of a four-part series examining the USPTO’s role in administering the patent system. In particular, we are interested in some of the more fundamental causes of the troubles discussed in the first. This article will examine human resource limitations and their relationship to issues of patent quality and validity."

Submission + - DNA-swapping process could be crucial for innovative new biotech (

ericjones12398 writes: "A new announcement last month from Monsanto Company could have tremendous impact in both agriculture and patent allocation for genetic modification of seeds for crop growth. In an unprecedented move, Monsanto will provide royalty-free research licenses to academic, public and non-profit institutions (including large-scale farmers) for its 1983 patent on Agrobacterium transformation process, recently released by the US."

Submission + - Intellectual property Huawei's last line of defense (

ericjones12398 writes: "Huawei’s sordid intellectual property past has caught up to them. After nearly a decade of IP property theft accusations from networking gear rivals, last week’s House Intelligence Committee’s report labeled Huawei a security threat and urged U.S. companies to steer clear of the Chinese telecom giant. Now a champion of Chinese patent reform, Huawei may not just be banished from U.S. soil, but forever victimized by its nation’s dirty IP reputation."

Submission + - WIPO battens the hatches against Pirate Party innovation (

ericjones12398 writes: "The United Nations agency devoted to intellectual property has excluded the Pirate Party from attending its meetings. The World Intellectual Property Organization isn't objecting to PPI's goals of innovative intellectual property reform but will delay admission while WIPO considers just what kind of organization the PPI really is."

Submission + - Take a closer look at the USPTO's shortcomings (

ericjones12398 writes: "Government, industry, and academia alike recognize increasing difficulties for the patent system. This article introduces a series examining major operational difficulties faced by the United States Patent and Trademark office, the governmental agency responsible for administering the patent system."

Submission + - To get a patent, an invention must pass two legal tests to check that the idea i (

ericjones12398 writes: "The government issues patents to protect inventor rights and promote the spread innovative knowledge. For the system to work, only new ideas can be patented. In the US, this means that an invention cannot be described in prior art, nor can it be obvious to an individual skilled in the art."
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Submission + - DARPA's new super binoculars improve threat detection (

ericjones12398 writes: "According to a statement from DARPA, "CT2WS was built on the concept that humans are inherently adept at detecting the unusual." Essentially this belief, which has been extensively studied by cognitive scientists, deals with how humans filter extensive amounts of data so that situational awareness can be maintained even in "noise" heavy environments."

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov