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patentspeak from someone from outside the profession: Elon Musk. The entrepreneur's Falcon 9 rocket encountered a 'rapid unscheduled disassembly' which, as James (katpat!) observes, means that it, er, blew up.
- First, somewhat reminiscent of this blog's feature about MIT's Top 50 disruptive companies (on which the AmeriKat commented here), MIT has now listed the Top Technology Failures of 2014 which include feature Aereo's tiny antennae and Google Glass.
- Secondly the French Intellectual Property Bill is continuing its legislative adventure and is tabled for discussion in the National Assembly tomorrow, 20 Tuesday January 2015. Its consideration by the Senate has not yet been scheduled (more here).
- Thirdly, and still in France, internet copyright guard-dog Hadopi's 2015 budget was approved at 6 million Euro back in October, despite criticism that this exceptionally low allocation of funds would not let Hadopi to carry out its duties and also despite criticism that there is insufficient clarity regarding Hadopi, Current reluctance to increase its funding for 2015 may be the way of snuffing it out altogether.
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Information Disclosure Statement and is something to do with United States patent law, this Kat is drawing to the attention of his patent readers a new software tool that they may wish to play with. The link to it comes with an alarmingly brief and uninformative email from former patent lawyer Zeev Fisher, now CEO of Pekama, who writes:
We have now built an automated IDS generator and decided to release it for free, to make the patent paralegals of the world happier. It looks like the standard IDS form but when you start typing in the numbers of patents, patent applications and foreign patent references, the IDS Generator populates the rest of the information (patentee, date, etc.) and fills the form itself. This saves about 70% of the typing time and also serves to validate that the numbers are correct. The form that is generated is the official USPTO form. You can access it here: www.idsgenerator.comThanks for letting us know, Zeev. Readers who have not come across the term IDS might want to note the explanation on Wikipedia, which opens
An information disclosure statement (often abbreviated as IDS) refers to a submission of relevant background art or information to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by an applicant for a patent during the patent prosecution process. There is a duty on all patent applicants to disclose prior art or background information that may be relevant to the patentability of the applicant's invention ... If a patent applicant knowingly or intentionally fails to submit prior art to the USPTO, then any patent that later issues from the patent application may be declared unenforceable. Furthermore, the duty to submit such relevant information to the USPTO lies not only on the applicant or inventor, but also on any patent attorney or other legal staff employed by the applicant.
Art listed on an IDS, on its own, is not automatically considered prior art. "Mere listing of a reference in an information disclosure statement is not taken as an admission that the reference is prior art against the claims."
ialci) is hosting a seminar on “Intellectual property – how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how & intangible capital of luxury & fashion brands” on 10 February 2015 at London's very fashionable Pullman London St Pancras. Further details are available if you click here.