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Arstechnica has today reported that Intellectual Ventures has just successfully asserted two of its patents in litigation against Symantec. These two patents were part of a trio of patents asserted in the same litigation, namely: 

  • US5987610Computer virus screening methods and systems, filed in 1998. This has an AmberScore value (predicted patent importance) of 18.0, which is excellent and much higher than the average AmberScore value of 1.0 for granted US patents. The AmberScope network for this patent can be found here, and this shows how it fits in the centre of a large network.
  • US6073142Automated post office based rule analysis of e-mail messages and other data objects for controlled distribution in network environments, filed in 1997. AmberScore value of 29.6.
  • US646050Distributed content identification system, filed 1999. AmberScore value of 21.1.

While the '050 patent was not found to be infringed, it was found to be valid.

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Smart door locks controlled by smartphones may be the next big thing - but are they the next new thing? We explore this question using our newly developed technique of Cluster Searching, which was able to automatically identify the most similar patents to a shortlist of patents for smart door locks found in a preliminary search - and so augmenting and strengthening this search set. 

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In a very recent white paper, Ambercite and Griffith Hack reported on the patent landscape of fracking using our unique Network Patent Analysis landscaping method. But almost at exactly the same time, the oil services industry was shaken up by the acquisition of industry major Baker Hughes by Halliburton, one of the two leading companies in the industry.

So how does this change the patent landscape?

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While preparing a recent analysis of leading Microsoft (and Google and Apple) patents we came across US patent 8077153, for Precise selection techniques for multi-touch screens.

According to our analysis, this was one of the most important Microsoft patents with an AmberScore value of 8.3, or 8.3 times the average value for US patents filed in the last 20 years. This patents sits in the middle of a crowded network, with 76 forward citation patents, as shown below (please click on this image to see an interactive version of this network).

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The Apple Watch has created a lot of interest since its recent announcement. It appears to comprise several different innovations, with perhaps the most important feature being that it is designed to work in close cooperation with an iPhone. This is a quite a change to say what many people had earlier imagined as a smartwatch, such as the Samsung’s 2009 phone watch. However this does provide more design options as it reduces the requirement for the watch to be all inclusive

But did Apple invent this concept? Did they, in the words of Apple CEO Tim Cook, "invent their own stuff"?

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Fracking has had an enormous impact on energy production in the US, and could potentially do the same in the rest of the world. Production of shale gas from fracking has increased ten-fold from 0.45 trillion cubic feet [12.6 billion cubic metres] in 2005 up to 7.1 tcf [200 bcm] in 2012, and this is expected to double to around 16.7 tcf [470 bcm] in 2040. 

Not surprisingly, this has been mirrored by an increase in patent filings that has matched this increase. 

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What might be the most important patents if Microsoft and Apple cross-licensed each other? In this blog, we apply the concept of Licensing Potential to filter through almost 30,000 patents to identify these patents. 

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We have developed a metric that lets you predict the licensing potential of a patent. The benefit of this metric is that it is possible to efficiently review a large set of results to look for identify the most likely licensee. Below we demonstrate the value by example of a hybrid car case study, as well as a patent sucessfully asserted for more than a billion dollars in damages. 

The use of forward patent citations to predict potential licensing candidates is relatively well-known. Ambercite has also discussed this previously, including extending this to counting the number of forward citation patents owned by target companies, or identifying the most similar patents to the patents being licensed out.

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In previous blogs we have explored:

In this blog we will look at how we can save and share results

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AmberScope has been designed to make search for patents as easy and quick as possible, therefore saving our clients time and money.

In previous blogs we have explored:

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