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The AI-mazing Patent Race | Equities.com

The AI-mazing Patent Race | Equities.com

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Artificial Intelligence is transforming the way we live, and the tech giants are racing to stay ahead of the curve.AI-related funding totaled an estimated $15.2 billion in 2017, a 144% increase over the previous year. The U.S. tech industry leads with a 50% share of those investments, even with China swiftly closing the gap in terms of patents and AI research.AI itself isn’t new, but boosted computing power, increased connectivity, and the sheer volume of data has paved the way for the fourth industrial revolution of AI.“The coming era will be looked back upon as the ‘AI era,’ when AI became the defining competitive advantage for corporations, government agencies, and investment professionals,” predicts David Nadler, founder of Kensho Technologies.The Potential of AIArtificial Inte
Chart: The AI-mazing Patent Race

Chart: The AI-mazing Patent Race

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on September 13, 2018 at 11:04 am The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Artificial Intelligence is transforming the way we live, and the tech giants are racing to stay ahead of the curve. AI-related funding totaled an estimated $15.2 billion in 2017, a 144% increase over the previous year. The U.S. tech industry leads with a 50% share of those investments, even with China swiftly closing the gap in terms of patents and AI research. AI itself isn’t new, but boosted computing power, increased connectivity, and the sheer volume of data has paved the way for the fourth industrial revolution of AI. “The coming era will be looked back upon as the ‘AI era,’ when AI became the defining competitive advantage
Google’s Waymo unseats Toyota as automated-driving patent k…

Google’s Waymo unseats Toyota as automated-driving patent k…

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TOKYO -- Google's automated-driving cousin has replaced Toyota Motor as the field's leader in competitive power from patents, Nikkei has found, asserting its place on the cutting edge with artificial intelligence technology as data grows as an auto-sector battleground.Waymo, the U.S.-based unit of Google parent Alphabet, surged to first place in Nikkei's ranking of patent-based competitiveness in the sector as of July's end, nearly tripling its score to 2,815 points from comparable results two years earlier and rising from fifth place. Toyota fell to second with 2,243, followed by General Motors, Ford Motor and Nissan Motor. German components maker Robert Bosch was pushed out of the top five. Nikkei was assisted in the survey by Tokyo-based research firm Patent Result.As cars transform
A Decade Of US Patent Reform Must Be Undone – IPWatchdog.co…

A Decade Of US Patent Reform Must Be Undone – IPWatchdog.co…

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John Thorne of the High-Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA) recently argued  in an OpEd appearing in Law 360 that a decade of patent reform must not be undone. To put this OpEd into perspective, you must first look at who Thorne represents.  The HTIA is a lobbying arm of Google, Amazon, Intel, Cisco, Dell, and others who are affectionately known as the infringer lobby because rather than licensing or buying patent rights from innovators they knowingly and intentionally infringe. Their actions are considered rational business decisions because it is cheaper and more efficient to infringe than pay, hence the term efficient infringement to describe their actions. So, it is hardly surprising that the infringer lobby that has so successfully profited from a scheme of efficient infringement
Fed. Circ. Dissent Slams Alice In Apple, Google Patent Win

Fed. Circ. Dissent Slams Alice In Apple, Google Patent Win

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By Dave Simpson Law360 (July 20, 2018, 9:32 PM EDT) -- In a partial dissent from a decision handing Google, Apple, AOL and Yahoo a win in a patent infringement suit, a Federal Circuit judge on Friday slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice decision, expressing frustration with its definitions of “abstract ideas” and “inventive concepts.”U.S. Circuit Judge S. Jay Plager made clear that he wasn’t faulting the high court’s attempt to define an abstract idea, nor the Federal Circuit for following that formula — which led to a majority opinion affirming a lower court’s decision... To view the full article, register now. Site Search 360 Reports
Ford Ranger Raptor Could Come To U.S. If Patent Filings Are…

Ford Ranger Raptor Could Come To U.S. If Patent Filings Are…

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The Ford Ranger Raptor debuted back in February, just not for the U.S. market. Since then we’ve seen a left-hand drive Ranger Raptor with manufacturer license plates rolling on American soil. We’ve seen coy “what if” messages from Ford about the high-performance truck that allude to a North American presence. Now, the folks at Ranger5g.com may have uncovered definitive proof that a U.S. Spec baby Raptor is coming. Patent filings in Australia are said to show a different Raptor design than what the manufacturer’s Australian website shows. That alone isn’t damning evidence, but the filing also lists a U.S. patent application number for the Ranger Raptor. Now that’s interesting. Read all about the Ranger: The number is 29/634999 and before you go hammeri
Google’s new facial recognition patent uses your social n…

Google’s new facial recognition patent uses your social n…

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Google is making its mark in facial recognition technology. After two successful forays in facial identification patents in August 2017 and January 2018, Google is back with another charter. This time its huge and plans to use machine-learning technology for facial recognition of publicly available personal photos on the internet. It’s no secret that Google can crawl trillions of websites at once. Using this as an advantage, the new patent allows Google to source pictures and identify faces from personal communications, social networks, collaborative apps, blogs and much more! Why is facial recognition gaining importance? The internet is buzzing with people clicking and uploading their images. Whether it be profile pictures or group photographs, images on social networks is all the ra
Are Patent Claims Coming for Your WS2812?

Are Patent Claims Coming for Your WS2812?

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There are some components which are used within our sphere so often as to become ubiquitous, referred to by their part number without the need for a hasty dig through a data sheet to remind oneself just what we are talking about. You can rattle a few of them off, the 555, the 741, the ESP8266, and so on. In the world of LEDs, the part that most immediately springs to mind is the Worldsemi WS2812 addressable LED. This part consists of three LEDs in red, green, and blue, all in the same package with a serial interface allowing a chain of individually addressable multicolour lights to be created. We’ve seen them in all sorts of places, and if you don’t recognise the part number then perhaps you will by one of the names they’re sold under: Neopixel. Yesterday we received an email f
Despite Pledging Openness, Companies Rush to Patent AI Tech

Despite Pledging Openness, Companies Rush to Patent AI Tech

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At Google’s cloud computing conference in San Francisco last week, CEO Sundar Pichai mused on his company’s commitment to openness, and artificial intelligence.“We create open platforms and share our technology because it helps new ideas get out faster,” Pichai said. Then he namechecked TensorFlow, the machine learning software Google developed and uses internally. The company open sourced the code in 2015, and it has since been downloaded more than 15 million times. “We created TensorFlow to make it possible for anyone to use AI,” Pichai said.Such homilies to openness have become standard from the large tech companies competing intensely to develop AI technology. Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft have all, like Google, released as open source software that their own engineers use for mac
Is Blockchain About to Become a Patent War Battleground?

Is Blockchain About to Become a Patent War Battleground?

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Last week, news of at least three major players applying for blockchain-related patents emerged: Bank of America sought to legally protect its blockchain-based system allowing the external validation of data, Barclays filed two patent applications relating to the transfer of digital currency and blockchain data storage, while MasterCard’s application mentioned a form of a public blockchain-based method for linking assets between blockchain and fiat accounts. As blockchain technology continues to be one of the most discussed things in 2018 and a subject for mass adoption, the number of crypto-related patents is steadily growing — and with patent trolls joining the game, a legal war over blockchain might occur in the future. Why do institutions need blockchain patents? A blockchain patent