Members of the US House of Representatives have reintroduced a bill that aims to introduce changes designed to deter patent holders and non-practicing entities (NPE) from targeting businesses and end-consumers with frivolous infringement lawsuits. Get more on the bill after the break!
IHS Engineering360 is an online portal designed for engineers and technicians looking for industry data and reports and engineering parts under one roof. The website features an active news section, a marketplace for engineers, a standards document repository, a reference library and a community section offering forums and blogs. Patent searchers looking to invalidate prior art references may find this resource useful. Get more on IHS Engineering360 after the break!
Patent database and analytical solutions provider IFI Claims has published a report based on an analysis of 2014 US Patent and Trademark Office data. In addition to highlighting notable trends in the granted U.S utility patents, the company has also released a list of the 50 companies that received the highest number of patent grants in the year 2014 by the USPTO. Get the lowdown on the report after the break!
PatentClassifier, a new, free patent classification search tool, has been launched. The search tool is designed to suggest the patent classes closest to the phrases or words used to describe a particular patent. Get a low down on it after the jump!
Subscription based patent search and analysis platform AcclaimIP has rolled out new updates pertaining to assignee names and data export options that are designed to streamline the patent search process and make it easier for users to export the right data. Get more details after the jump!
The holidays may be right around the corner, but patent database vendors and patent authorities are still busy updating their search systems and websites with interesting new features to improve your user experience and efficiency while utilizing their tools. Let’s take a quick look at updates from the past three months (since our last round-up in September) to major subscription patent search systems, including PatBase, Orbit, and Thomson Innovation, as well as free patent search tools like Espacenet and the USPTO website.
Learn about the new semantic search form that will be added to Orbit, free Chinese patent file histories available on Espacenet, and a new version of the USPTO website, after the jump!
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It has been quite a while since we checked in on the status of the European Unitary Patent, and we thought it was time for an update. For the uninitiated, the European Unitary Patent is part of the Unitary Patent Package. Here, I will shed some light on questions such as what is the Unitary Patent Package, what are the benefits of the Unitary Patent, when will the Unitary Patent finally see the light of day, and what are the Unitary Patent’s Impacts on the EPO?