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Australia: New IP Report  
May 2017

IP Australia marked World Intellectual Property Day by releasing the 2017 edition of its flagship publication, the Australian Intellectual Property Report. The figures in this year’s report suggest more entrepreneurs and businesses are protecting their IP in Australia, with Australians filing 15 per cent more patents in 2016 compared with 2015. This increase came despite a 1 per cent drop in total patent applications filed in Australia last year.

Microsoft and Oracle sued  
May 2017

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) and Saint Matthew Research (SMR) recently filed lawsuits against Microsoft and Oracle alleging the infringement of database patents. The UTRF exists to commercialize intellectual property arising from research at the University of Tennessee; SMR is a California-based limited liability company with an exclusive license to the patents at issue. In separate complaints filed in US District Court in the Eastern District of Tennessee, the plaintiffs claim that Microsoft and Oracle are violating "the groundbreaking work of several of The University of Tennessee's faculty in the fields of parallel processing and high performance database design."

Porsche Patents Rear Diffuser  
May 2017

Porsche’s patent tells of a “rear-end diffuser arrangement for a motor vehicle that has at least one flap mounted on a body part of the motor vehicle so as to be movable by at least one drive device in such a way that the flap is movable from a retracted state into a deployed state and vice versa.

New Apple Patent
May 2017

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
May 2017

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
Apr 2017

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.