BuzzFeed News: Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location. “Facebook has filed several patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that uses your location data to predict where you’re going and when you’re going to be offline.”
Washington Post: Step aside Edison, Tesla and Bell. New measurement shows when U.S. inventors were most influential.. “The U.S. patent office has stockpiled the text to more than 10 million patents. But that’s often all they have: an enormous amount of text. Many early patents lack any form of citation or industry specification, which researchers could use to understand the history of American invention. Now a team of economists has created a clever algorithm that processes that text — often the only consistent data we have for many of the country’s most famous inventions — to create a measure of the influential inventors and industries of the past 180 years.”
The Register: The dingo… er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview . “Jie Qi, cofounder of edu-tech electronics biz Chibitronics, marked the launch of patent education site PatentPandas.org with her account of how Google tried to patent her research after inviting her to meet with company executives.”
Lexology: A Quick Guide to DIY Patent Searching. “Researching your field of technology before preparing to file a patent application is a wise move. Something many inventors and potential applicants don’t know is that a number of patent databases are publicly available. Wondering where to start? Read on…”
Los Angeles Times: Who lives with you? Facebook seeks to patent software to figure out profiles of households. “Facebook Inc. is applying to patent software that it could use to create profiles of users’ households by making educated guesses about how many people live in the household, what their relationships to each other are, what interests they share and what electronic devices they use.”
Neowin: Microsoft: we’ve got your back, Linux, here are 60,000 patents to protect you . “Microsoft loves Linux. And it really wants to prove it. In lieu of a wedding ring, the company has decided to show its dedication to open-source software by joining the Open Innovation Network (OIN), a community designed to protect Linux and other open-source software from legal liability. As part of its grand gesture, the company is also planning on making 60,000 of its patents public, and making them available to the OIN.”
AG-IP News: WIPO and IFPMA Launch New Online Patent-Search Resource to Help Health Agencies Procure Medicines. “WIPO and the research-based pharmaceutical industry launched a new online tool designed to help procurement agencies better understand the global patent status of medicines. The Patent Information Initiative for Medicines (Pat-INFORMED) is a unique resource where patent holders provide information about patents covering approved medicines through a free, open access database.” WIPO is the World Intellectual Property Organization, while IFPMA is the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations.