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July 2012

Silicon Valley Gets New Patent Office

This Monday started off with good news for all those in intellectual property world in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area - the USPTO announced that 3 new regional patent offices are being opened.  In addition to the new satellite office that is opening in Detroit July 13th 2012, the other offices will be located in San Jose, Dallas and Denver. These locations were chosen based on a few key factors, dispersed equally across all time zones, and as hubs of innovation economies (Silicon Valley representing electronics and biotech, Denver representing aerospace, and Dallas representing energy). San Jose emerged to some as the most logical spot, with Silicon Valley being the top recipient of patents having more than 10,000 granted in 2010.

May 2012

IPfolio Exhibiting at TechConnect World!

The headline pretty much says it all....we're thrilled to be attending and exhibiting for the first time at TechConnect World, one of the premiere global innovation and technology transfer events! The 4-day conference and expo runs from June 18th to 21st at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Attendees will range from tech transfer offices, corporate & academic innovators and early stage companies to corporate, government and investment developers.  To quote the even website, this will be "the largest multidisciplinary multi-sector conference and marketplace of vetted innovations, innovators & technology business developers and funders in the world.".

April 2012

Twitter and the Innovator's Patent Agreement

Last week, Twitter took a bold step in announcing the implementation of their IPA (Innovator's Patent Agreement), a policy that has many in the IP management industry shaking their heads, and others applauding. In a statement posted on their blog, Adam Messinger, VP of Engineering explained that moving forward, they will only assert their IP rights for defensive purposes; any offensive use will be strictly limited to direct permission from the inventors on the patent. This seems to be in part a response of support to the developer community's frustration and anger at the manner in which technology is being leveraged in Yahoo's infringement lawsuit against Facebook. Messinger explains that "we sometimes worry that they [patents] may be used to impede the innovation of others", and that under this agreement, the control over the technology flows with the patents and therefore, their inventors.

April 2012

Twitter and the Innovator's Patent Agreement

Last week, Twitter took a bold step in announcing the implementation of their IPA (Innovator's Patent Agreement), a policy that has many in the IP management industry shaking their heads, and others applauding. In a statement posted on their blog, Adam Messinger, VP of Engineering explained that moving forward, they will only assert their IP rights for defensive purposes; any offensive use will be strictly limited to direct permission from the inventors on the patent. This seems to be in part a response of support to the developer community's frustration and anger at the manner in which technology is being leveraged in Yahoo's infringement lawsuit against Facebook. Messinger explains that "we sometimes worry that they [patents] may be used to impede the innovation of others", and that under this agreement, the control over the technology flows with the patents and therefore, their inventors.

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