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Mike Lloyd

Mike Lloyd


Mike first developed an interest in patent data when working as a research scientist, and deepened this interest when working as an IP manager which led to his role at Griffith Hack. Mike has published in the areas of chemical engineering, patent management, the value of patents and the use of patent data in in a wide range of publications and forums, including the international journals Les Nouvelles, and Managing Intellectual Property.

This is an update of a blog first published in August 2014. Since then our terminology has changed from Automated Search Reports to online Cluster Searching but the results below would still apply. 

 

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3D printing is regarded as an up and coming technology by many at the moment. So many be surprised that we are coming up to the 30th anniversary of what is widely regarded as the key 'godfather' patent of 3D printing, namely US4575330 Apparatus for production of three-dimensional objects by stereolithography.

The '330 patent was filed by Chuck Hull in 1984, allegedly after working on coatings for tables. One night he was experimenting and noticed that by shining a ultraviolet light into a vat of liquid photopolymers, it was possible to create a 3D solid model - so claimed to be the invention of 3D printing. Since then the preferred substrate for 3D printing has moved to powders, but the principle of using the photo beam to solidify the substrate. 

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Netscape founder and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen has famously said "Software will eat the world", and this has led some to wonder if the same is being borne out in patent filing behavior, i.e. if the majority of patents filed are for software patents. But is this the case? What does the data say? 

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Apple has been sued for infringement of a former Siemens patent, now assigned to patent assertion entity TLI Communications.  According to PatentlyApple.com, the inventor Dr Mattes while working at Siemens: 

recognized that mobile telephony and digital photography, each then in their infancy, would likely become more and more popular. Dr. Mattes recognized that mobile telephones could be integrated with digital cameras, resulting in a proliferation of the quantity of digital images that could and would be taken.

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Even among people that may not use Apple products, Steve Jobs will probably be regarded as one of the world's greatest innovators. While Apple did not invent all of the key elements of the Apple breakthrough products, Apple under the leadership of Jobs either introduced or were the first to successfully commercialise on a mass scale: 

  • The graphical user interface for PCs
  • Digital music players
  • Buying music and video over the internet (iTunes)
  • Touch screen based smartphones
  • Smart phones with built in GPS and accelerometer systems
  • App stores
  • Tablet computers - while to to some an oversized smart phone, Apple were smart enough to realise that the larger screen size could create an entirely new product category - And that being able to make phone calls on it was not important

Others have claimed Apple and Jobs also reinvented retailing with the Apple store, but premium retailing of technology was around before the Apples store, for example Bang & Olufson stores of the 1990s. 

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Back in May 2013 we published a blog on five patents that have changed US patent law. But patent law is a moving target, and the US Supreme court, perhaps in response to public pressure around so called 'patent trolls' has recently taken on a new series of cases. There is no obligation for the Surpreme Court to take on any case, and in general ultimate courts of appeal such as the US Supreme Court only agree to hear and rule on cases if they think there is an important point of law to be settled, or an injustice to be rectified.  

The three cases being considered by the US Supreme Court are:

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The US Supreme Court has just refused to hear the case of Soverain v. Newegg

In this case, Non Practicing Entity (NPE) Soverain had sued e-commerce provider Newegg (among others) claiming infringement of its patents US5715314, US5909492 and US7272639. The case initially went to the Federal Court in 2010, with infringement found against Newegg and a 2.5 million judgement awarded. Newegg appealed this to the Federal Circuit, who in January 2013 reversed the earlier judgement on the basis that all claims were obvious in the light of prior art. Soverain futher appealled this to the US Supreme Court, but by refusing to hear this appeal the Supreme Court has essentially confirmed the judgement of the Federal Circuit. 

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Here at Ambercite we watch the interest in our blogs closely, as this is direct feedback that readers are finding our material interesting and relevant, and letting other people know as well.

As the end of 2013 approaches, we thought it be helpful to let readers know which blogs other readers found to be most worth reading, and these are listed below. When compiling this list, I have adjusted the order slightly to take into account that blogs tend to build up interest of time. The title of each blog is hyperllinked to the blog itself.

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Many owners and managers of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups would recognize the critical importance of innovation to keep customers happy and to stay ahead of competitors.  Innovation comes in many forms, but among the most popular forms of innovation is new or improved products. 

There are many sources of ideas for new products - talking to customers, talking to suppliers, your own people, even your competitors. However smart owners and managers also access the wealth of knowledge available within the patent literature.

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Summary

A review of the world's patent literature has identified:  

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