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Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum…

Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum…

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According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Technology Trends report, 50 per cent of all patents for AI – the replication of human intelligence by machines for use in industries such as transport and healthcare, for instance – have been published since 2013, adding up to more than 170,000 different patented ideas. This followed on from an initial boom in AI scientific publications, which began in 2001. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry told journalists in Geneva the surge in patenting was “striking”, noting that AI research began in the 1950s. “But there has been a quantum leap since about 2013, so we’re dealing with what is happening right now in a very fast-moving field,” he insisted. ‘Machine learning’ is the dominant AI application By number, patent applicatio
Recycling Innovation: Old Patents Offer New Value

Recycling Innovation: Old Patents Offer New Value

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Why should a company research old patents and published applications in an environment of new manufacturing technologies and design techniques?  There are several reasons.  First, a company can learn what others have developed and written (“disclosed”) in their patents and patent applications.  As an aside, patents start out as patent applications, are published (in most cases) and then some survive the process, called prosecution, to become a granted patent.  In either case, the public can review these documents.  Second, researching old patents will give the company intelligence as to possible competitors through licensing information that is often recorded in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The company may decide to
Google wants to sneak in your bedroom, patents relevant tec…

Google wants to sneak in your bedroom, patents relevant tec…

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Patent details Smart-home technologies for eavesdropping Google has filed a couple of patents describing smart-home technologies that could analyze your lifestyle and behavior at home. The idea is just the same, but instead of looking at what you're doing on the internet, the envisioned devices would look at your activity at home. Then, it would use this information to deliver ads according to your likes, dislikes, and other life choices. Patent #1 ...
Google patents ‘virtual reality footwear’ designed to make …

Google patents ‘virtual reality footwear’ designed to make …

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An image from Google's patent application for "augmented and/or virtual reality footwear." Screenshot by Abrar Al-Heeti Have you ever put on a virtual reality headset but hesitated to walk around because you might smack into a wall? If so, Google may have a fix for you.The search giant filed a patent application, published last week, that details "motorized footwear" for "augmented and/or virtual reality." Donning the roller-skate-like shoes will allow a person to move as if walking, motion that can be linked to movement in the virtual environment he or she is experiencing. In the physical world, however, the m
Google’s New Patents Aim to Make Your Home a Data Mine

Google’s New Patents Aim to Make Your Home a Data Mine

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If this sounds invasive, it’s important to recognize this is already happening, just online. Google and Facebook both record and analyze user behavior, use it to sort people into categories, then target them with ads and other content. Facebook likely knows your race and religion, while Google uses your emails and search history to sort you into ad-ready brackets. Netflix infers all types of data on users based on what they watch, then serves back hyper specific movie and TV categories. This patent simply expands the areas in which your behavior is already mined and recorded from your phone and laptop to your bedroom.  And your children’s bedrooms. The second patent proposes a smart home system that would help run the household, using sensors and cameras to restrict kids’ behavior. P
Chinese Firms Apply for More AI Patents Than Any Other Coun…

Chinese Firms Apply for More AI Patents Than Any Other Coun…

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Chinese Firms Apply for More AI Patents Than Any Other Country (Yicai Global) Nov. 14 -- China has applied for more than 76,876 patents in the artificial intelligence sector to date, ranking it above any other nation in terms of volume. The United States comes in second with 67,276 applications, the Patent Protection Association of China said in a report on Nov. 12. Though China has made more applications, it still has fewer high quality, high-value patents than world leader US and Japan, the report added. The annual growth rate of Chinese AI patent applications is also highest in the world, according to the report. Companies looking to secure high-value intellectual property typically apply for an internationa...
Race is on for autonomous vehicle patents

Race is on for autonomous vehicle patents

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Connected cars are expected to account for over 80% of on-road vehicles by 2040. Automakers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), semiconductor companies, and electronics as well as telecom equipment manufacturers are competing neck-to-neck to acquire patents that leverage the Internet of things (IOT), cloud computing, remote resource utilisation and data streams necessary for connected and autonomous cars.This is according to a new white paper by market intelligence firm Netscribes, which utilises its in-house technology research skills to provide an overview of the innovation in the automotive IOT space and the key companies driving the shift towards connected and autonomous cars.To understand the patent landscape, it conducted a basic patent search in the domain of c...
The War of Patents

The War of Patents

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Why Intellectual Property is Most Valuable Asset for your Business!! In today’s knowledge-based economy, your ideas are some of your most valuable business assets. Whether you’re an inventor or an entrepreneur, it’s essential to understand various forms of intellectual property (IP) like patent & trademarks, copyright and industrial design, to save your precious business assets. Preferably, every enterprise that involve in inventive activities need to consult patent databases to search existing technologies, identify licensing partners in case a technology already exists and avoid duplication of research activities. However, it’s important to acquire IP because a failure to do so can put businesses at risk. “Before launching a product, businesses should assure tha