New Apple Patent
Apple is working on a new technology that could change the way you think about wireless charging. The U.S Trademark and Trademark Office has recently published an Apple patent application describing a method that could let you charge the iPhone using a WiFi router. So instead of using a regular wireless charging pad, users would be able to power the iPhone using wave signals.
ASML and Zeiss counter-sued Nikon
ASML and Zeiss have counter-sued Nikon over patents used in the manufacture of microchips.
The two companies claim that Nikon, which just days ago accused them of violating its patents on immersion lithography, is itself infringing on patented technology. Both have filed suit in Nikon's home country of Japan.
The suits, which ASML and Zeiss plan to file both on their own and jointly, accuse Nikon of infringing on "more than ten" patents they hold in areas including both lithography and digital cameras.
Big Data Approach to patent value
Patents have long been used by inventors to protect their creations, but for just as long it has been exceedingly difficult to accurately determine the value of patents. Even today, to value a patent in a rigorous manner is expensive, requires the hiring of patent law and economics experts, and takes a long time.
A University of Kansas law professor and his University of Washington co-author have just published a study that offers a new and powerful method to evaluate patents, either individually or grouped together into gigantic portfolios. Their new approach, based on network and big-data analysis, can instantly determine which patents are the most important, whether overall, or by owner, inventor, attorney, patent examiner or technology. Doing so allows the authors to probe for answers to previously unanswerable questions about patent law, and their novel approach to “patent analytics” has the potential to open up a new area of legal study of patents, innovation, economics and policy.