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December 16, 2016

how the 5 top tech companies are fighting the big data patent war


on what product did amazon received its highest number of patents

"Amazon list of patent application it is currently working on"

AMAZON PATENT GRANTS showed a consistent rise from 2009 onwards  as its patent activity has rocketed as it pushes beyond core ecommerce into cloud services, hardware, B&M retail, and so on. Amazon’s annual patent applications more than quadrupled from 2009 to 2013.

In November 2016, Amazon received  patents for  41 products, among which were 1)Wearable Device Tracker 2)Music playlists for geographical regions.3)Dynamic reconstruction of application state upon application re-launch.4)Device-stylus haptic communication system.and 5)Generating robotic grasping instructions for inventory items.Techniques for mobile device charging using robotic devices.
As the chart from CBinsights shows Amazon’s top patents grants shows a shift to represent a change of its focus from core e-commerce competencies like product recommendation to developing its Kindle line and other consumer devices (red) as well as delivery drones (orange). As AWS has risen in prominence, the frequency of cybersecurity keywords has also spiked (light blue).Amazon is known for its drive to maximize efficiencyvin its warehouses and fulfillment centers, often leveraging automation (e.g. with its acquisition of Kiva Systems). 

For automating Amazon's shipping process,the company has applied for a number of robotic packaging and inventory management systems.The company also applied for a patent describing the identification and tracking of user-picked items from a “materials handling facility.”.Interpreted in the context of Amazon Go, this research could be used to track each shopper’s shopping cart in an automated store

August 14, 2016

The lesser known history of Patent wars:Orginal Creators who faded into history

1)The number of patents in US 2010 numbers  was 315,000, in 2010 which rose to 577,000 in 2012.  By the time of apple and Samsung patent  went to war over the iPhone features,the typical wait for a patent decision rose from 25 months in 2000 to 33 months in 2012. One of the most controversial patent was the example of amazon’s buy now with 1 click button on few know that Amazon has patent on that feature "buy with 1 click" which means that no company or eCommerce firm can copy and use its feature unless it  pays a license fee to Amazon. One of the biggest companies that uses this feature and even pays a license fee to amazon is apple, which licensed it in 2000, for use in iTunes and app store 

2.) Similarly Alexander Graham bell and Elisha Grey fought for a decade on who had the rights to be called as an inventor of telephone. Both Grey and bell filed their patents to USTPO .On the same day, however Bell’s was the 5th application of the day, while Grey’s was thirty ninth.. The USTPO ignored the fact that “ Gray’s application required to be put on hold as to compare with Bell’s patent application. Despite over six hundred filed over the case, and what was an obvious oversight , the courts sided with Graham bell and he became the original founding father of “ Telephone “

3. The Wright brothers spend a decade defending their Patent that controlled the method of flight. This famous case brought against them by aviation pioneer Glen Curtis lasted over 4 years , however during the world war I, the US needed planes to go to war and ultimately forced its industry to pool its talent and create cross licensing agreements
4. Similarly the inventor of Laser, Gordon Gould was unfamiliar with the process of filings patents. By the time he applied for one,his ideas were already patented by physicist Charles Townes.Meanwhile Gould  spend next 30 years fighting in case against Charles to get legal rights for LASER.. This was so expensive that he ultimately spent 80% of his royalties in court costs

January 9, 2016

top 10 technology brands with highest patents to its name

More than 300,000 utility patents were issued by the —United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2013 out which which 6788 patents was issued to IBM . The no 2 brand with highest patents to its name was Samsung electronics which had 4652 patents to its name
"technology companies having the highest number of patent to its name"

The global  top 10 patent holders :

In 2014 IBM was the first brand to surpass for the first time more than 7000 patents in a year with 7,534 followed by Samsung  which increased its tally to 4952

No  3 was Canon with 4055 patents to its name (Representative patent: "Focus Detection Apparatus" (US-8922703)
No 4 was Sony with 3,224  patents to its name (Representative patent: "Extensions to Trigger Parameters Table for Interactive Television" (US-8925016)
No 5 was Microsoft Corporation with 2,829  patents(Representative patent: "Automatic Batching of GUI-based Tasks" (US-8924329)  
no 6 was Toshiba with Patents earned: 2,608, followed by Qualcom with 2,590 and Google with 2566 patents last year (Changing a Rank of a Document by Applying a Rank Transition Function" (US-8924380)

March 22, 2013

Smartphones Research and Development less that Patent War Costs

If you manage to count the number of patent and lawsuits the Tech industry is fighting amongst themselves, probably you might continue to count them.. forever

Apple vs Samsung vs HTC vs RIM vs Microsoft : Its a battle that never shows sounds of ending , no mater how much money goes down fighting these battles.

Why does this happen, what are the kind of odds that one company might win and control 80% of the entire patent the tech industry has ... The chances are well 50: 50.Indeed, according to this Time magazine article, Apple and Google spent more money on patent litigation than research and development last year.

It is no surprise to anyone that Apple and are rivals. The duo have been involved in lawsuits in many different countries worldwide. Although the majority of courts have sided with Apple, the war is far from over. So who is copying whom?

RPX estimates that there are 250,000 active U.S. patents applicable to the smartphone. Assuming an average of 20 claims each, that is 5,000,000 restrictions on smartphone innovation.( RPX : stands for Reduce Patient Litigation costs)

Not surprisingly Smart phone patents account for 16 percent of active patents in the U.S, using RPX estimates.