Reuters: Google sues Sonos, escalating wireless speaker battle amid trade panel probe

Reuters: Google sues Sonos, escalating wireless speaker battle amid trade panel probe. “Google filed a lawsuit accusing home speaker maker Sonos Inc (SONO.O) of infringing five of its patents, escalating tensions between the partners that have already led to a U.S. International Trade Commission probe.”

Asia Times: US declares a vaccine war on the world

Asia Times: US declares a vaccine war on the world. “The United States and the UK were the only two holdouts in the World Health Assembly from the declaration that vaccines and medicines for Covid-19 should be available as public goods, and not under exclusive patent rights. The United States explicitly dissociated itself from the call for a patent pool, talking instead of ‘the critical role that intellectual property plays” – in other words, patents for vaccines and medicines.’

USPTO: USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

USPTO: USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies. “The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform, Patents 4 Partnerships, to provide the public with a user-friendly, searchable repository of patents and published patent applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic that are indicated as available for licensing.”

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Tool to Track IP Policy Information in Member States during COVID-19 Pandemic. “WIPO today launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19 related intellectual property (IP) policy changes or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in their response to the global pandemic.”

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): WIPO Launches New Search Facility For PATENTSCOPE Database to Support COVID-19 Innovation Efforts

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): WIPO Launches New Search Facility For PATENTSCOPE Database to Support COVID-19 Innovation Efforts. “The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today launched a new search functionality for its global patent database, PATENTSCOPE, to facilitate the location and retrieval of information contained in published patent documents that may be useful for innovators developing new technologies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The WIPO COVID-19 search facility of PATENTSCOPE will provide scientists, engineers, public health policymakers, industry actors and members of the general public with an easily accessible source of intelligence for improving the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases such as the novel coronavirus.”

PubChem Blog: Integration of WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE data with PubChem

PubChem Blog: Integration of WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE data with PubChem. “The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization that aims to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. WIPO provided PubChem with more than 16 million chemical structures searchable in its patent database called PATENTSCOPE.”

USPTO: USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub, a new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system

USPTO: USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub, a new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system. “Today, as part of Women’s History Month, the USPTO has officially launched the Expanding Innovation Hub (‘the Hub’), an online platform available on the USPTO website that provides resources for inventors and practitioners to encourage greater participation in the patent system.”

Techdirt: Former Refrigerator Manufacturer Says Companies Using Open Source, Royalty-Free Video Technology Must Pay To License 2,000 Patents

Techdirt: Former Refrigerator Manufacturer Says Companies Using Open Source, Royalty-Free Video Technology Must Pay To License 2,000 Patents. “As Wikipedia explains in painful detail, there are two main patent pools demanding payment from companies that use HEVC in their devices. For one of the pools, the patent list is 164 pages long.”

World Intellectual Property Review: Wikimedia, Internet Archive want patent infringement claims kicked out

World Intellectual Property Review: Wikimedia, Internet Archive want patent infringement claims kicked out. “The Wikimedia Foundation and the global online library Internet Archive are seeking a declaration in a California court that their websites do not infringe several predictive text-related patents held by software developer WordLogic.”

Search Engine Journal: Latest Google Patents of Interest – February 25, 2020

Search Engine Journal: Latest Google Patents of Interest – February 25, 2020. “Hey there! Welcome back to another week in the land of Google Patents. Each week, we take a few of the more interesting patents that were awarded to Google and highlight them for the geeks among us. There’s a few this week that stood out to me… and even a few good laughs along the way.”

World Trademark Review: USPTO urged to halt applicant email requirement following revolt by trademark attorneys

World Trademark Review: USPTO urged to halt applicant email requirement following revolt by trademark attorneys. “The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is facing a backlash from users following an announcement that all trademark applicants and registrants will need to provide an email address that will be publicly viewable. With concerns around the privacy implications and a potential rise in scams, a group of attorneys have penned a letter to the registry urging a rethink.”

Engadget: US opens investigation into Google amid Sonos patent suit

Engadget: US opens investigation into Google amid Sonos patent suit. “It’s been about a month since Sonos sued Google for allegedly violating some of its patents behind syncing wireless speakers, and now the US government is getting involved. The US International Trade Commission today announced that it had voted to investigate whether Google and its parent company Alphabet have imported patent-infringing products into the country. To be clear, this doesn’t mean the US government has decided that Google has violated Sonos’ patents — but whether or not those patents were violated should fall under the scope of this investigation.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Search Patent Update – January 29, 2020

Search Engine Journal: Google Search Patent Update – January 29, 2020. “In this new weekly series, we’ll be looking at some recently granted Google Search Patents. When it comes to search and SEO, there’s no easy way to know what’s in the black box that is Google. Patent filings can at least give us a glimpse.”

Chicago Business Journal: Facebook secures patent to track users’ TV viewing with microphones, cameras, GPS

Chicago Business Journal: Facebook secures patent to track users’ TV viewing with microphones, cameras, GPS. “Facebook Inc. on Tuesday secured a patent to track what users watch on TV and streaming services and correlate it with the rest of their user data, in some cases using a device’s microphone, camera or GPS to capture audio, images, video or location data that reveals what the user is watching.”

European Patent Office: European Patent Office launches new Espacenet, improving access to world’s largest free collection of patent documents

European Patent Office: European Patent Office launches new Espacenet, improving access to world’s largest free collection of patent documents. “The European Patent Office (EPO) has today released the new Espacenet, a substantially revised and improved version of the Office’s patent information search tool. New Espacenet’s state-of-the-art features and enhanced functionality will make it even easier for users to conduct patent searches and access over 110 million patent documents from all over the world free-of-charge.”