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Prior Art Archive aims to improve patent process

Prior Art Archive aims to improve patent process

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Imagine you have invented a device that could save millions of lives around the world. But instead of profiting from the invention yourself, you decide to share the design online, to allow others to make their own version at low cost. Two years later, a company applies for a patent on your invention. Once the application is granted, the company not only begins profiting from your device, but launches a lawsuit against you, the inventor, for infringing their patent. This is the danger faced by researchers and developers alike, because the limits of existing content repositories means it is often a struggle for patent examiners to find what they call prior art — evidence that an invention is already known — relating to an application. That means that some applications that should be rejec
Prior Art Archive now searchable in Google Patents

Prior Art Archive now searchable in Google Patents

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Historically, Google is not a litigious company when it comes to patents. The company is now supporting the Prior Art Archive to help patent examiners make better informed decisions on whether to grant an application by making it searchable through Google Patents. The Prior Art Archive, created in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Cisco, and the MIT Media Lab, aims to give patent examiners more information when reviewing claims. Examiners reviewing patent applications should conduct thorough searches of existing technology, reject any attempts to patent existing technology, and develop a clear record of the differences between the patent claims and what came before. The issue is how documentation for technology is often not easily discoverable and could be
Google throws support behind Prior Art Archive

Google throws support behind Prior Art Archive

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Google has shown its support for the newly-launched Prior Art Archive by connecting it with its Google Patents database. Launched yesterday, October 3, the Prior Art Archive was designed to address the problem of low-quality patents which, according to the initiative’s creators, should not have been granted in the first place.   The Prior Art Archive, which was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and technology company Cisco, will help  USPTO examiners identify prior art and obvious technology. In a blog post yesterday, Ian Wetherbee, manager of Google Patents, and Mike Lee, Google’s head of patents, said that applications should have to submit detailed disclosures when describing their inventions. Meanwhile, patent examine
Nerd City Claims that Jake Paul Merch is Made with Clip Art

Nerd City Claims that Jake Paul Merch is Made with Clip Art

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Jake Paul has taken another punch from YouTuber Nerd City, who released a devastating video detailing the potentially illegal practices of the Paul’s. It was not just the way Jake Paul sells his merchandise to children however, the actual merchandise was also attacked by Nerd City. Nerd City claims that the designs featured on Jake Paul’s merchandise are actually clip art images downloaded off of the internet. [Jake Paul’s] merch is filled with clip art. I isolated the graphics in his hideous looking fashion line, reverse image searched them and got a bunch of hits. The video shows clip art designs from a Google image search compared to the design