Patent Office gets search help from tech industry heavyweights By Susan MillerOct 08, 2018 A key bottleneck in U.S. innovation is the patent process, which requires the thorough research of prior art, or any information that has bearing on a patent's claim to novelty. Before filing for a patent, applicants search through previously patented innovations and other documentation to be sure their proposal is truly new. Patent examiners likewise research prior art to ensure there is no duplication. When there's no good system for researching prior art that can be scattered across user manuals, conference presentations, websites, pay-walled peer-reviewed journals or temporarily public marketing materia...
By Malathi NayakThe Patent and Trademark Office has teamed up with Cisco Systems Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create an online archive about inventions aimed at boosting U.S. patent quality. The “Prior Art Archive,” hosted by MIT’s Media Lab, is open to patent office examiners and anyone who might want to submit published writing, patents, information about products in commercial use, and other materials, known as prior art, Cisco and MIT said. Agency director Andrei Iancu has focused on improving patent quality since taking the reins last February. Patent examiners search prior art to ensure inventions described in patent applications are novel enough to warrant a patent. “By collecting various non-patent literature in
SAN FRANCISCO – Google may not usurp Microsoft’s office productivity dominance anytime soon, but the raft of updates to its G Suite portfolio rolled out at its Cloud Next event this week aim to build momentum as it woos business users with artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud capabilities. “One of the biggest themes of Google Next this year is the use of machine learning for better customer experience,” said Wayne Kurtzman, a research director at IDC.There are now 4 million businesses paying for G Suite, Google’s collection of productivity and collaboration apps that includes Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Hangouts Chat and Meet.“Since last year we have added more than one million businesses to G Suite, and the momentum we are seeing is across the globe and across companies of all si
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBESAN FRANCISCO â For most tech employees, there is such a thing as a free lunch, but those days could be coming to an end.When Facebook opens a new office in Mountain View, California, this fall, the company will be prohibited by law from offering its employees the free, chef-cooked meals they currently enjoy at the Menlo Park headquarters eight miles away.The city of Mountain View, one of the cities of Silicon Valley and home to Googleâs headquarters, passed the free meals restriction in 2014 â though the rule covers only a particular development where Facebook is readying office space for 2,000 employees.RelatedGoogle offers its employees free meals in an on-site ca
"The plan is to continue to grow in Melbourne with our commercial partners," he said.Though there more than 100 desks in the office, only around 50 of them were currently filled, Mr McDonnel said, with positions currently open to hire more personnel.The compact office, at the Paris end of Collins street, comprises a reception area, desks and collaborative spaces, and is decorated in Google's trademark blue, green, red and yellow. Its various features are named after Melbourne locations, including "The G"; an auditorium built on a set of stairs, backdropped by a living moss wall made to resemble the square grid of the city's blocks.'The G' is backed by a big moss wall bearing the company logo.Photo: SuppliedThe opening of the site was attended by Acting Premier James Merlino, who said Go