Toyota’s "unconventional collaboration"
Japanese car maker Toyota this week announced it will
share free of charge almost 6,000 of its patents covering
hydrogen fuel cell technology, reports the
Toyota made the announcement at the International Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it also showcased its
Mirai hydrogen-driven car (right).
The patents cover fuel cell stacks, high-pressure hydrogen
tanks, software control systems and industrial processes for
generating and supplying gas.
Bob Carter, senior vice-president of automotive operations
at Toyota, said in a statement that "unconventional
collaboration" was needed to launch the first generation of
hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
"When good ideas are shared, great things can happen," he
This move follows
Tesla last year sharing its patent portfolio with those
"acting in good faith".
China doubles up
China is planning to double the country’s
number of patent applications in the next five years,
according to the South China Morning Post.
The newspaper reported that the number of patent
applications is expected to reach 14 per 10,000 habitants by
2020, compared with six this year and four in 2013.
The country has prioritised improving its agricultural
technologies, especially in grain production.
call IV a troll
Judge Leonard Stark has declared that lawyers for Symantec
cannot refer to Intellectual Venture as a "patent troll" during
the two companies’ District of Delaware trial
beginning this month,
reports the AmLaw Litigation Daily.
a court order, Judge Stark granted Intellectual Ventures
request to preclude argument and evidence disparaging its
business model and practices, such as referencing purported
"woodshedding", but said Symantec can present argument and
evidence that Intellectual Ventures does not practice the
patents in suit because it is relevant to damages.
The order is similar to one Judge Lucy Koh
gave last year in the GPNE v Apple trial banning the use of
the term "patent troll". Judge Koh gave a more colourful list
of banned phrases, however, including "pirate", "bounty
hunter", "privateer", "bandit", "shakedown", and "playing the
Google takedown requests
The number of DMCA takedown requests that Google received
last year was up 75% on 2013,
reports piracy new site TorrentFreak.
The technology company received 345 million requests in
2014, according to TorrentFreak’s analysis of all
of Google weekly reports for DMCA takedown notices.
The sites hosting the content that received the most
takedown notices were Rapidgator, Uploaded and 4shared. UK
music trade group BPI requested the most takedowns, with 60
million requested links to be taken down.
Bendable iPhone on the way?
The USPTO this week granted Apple a patent on a bendable
reports The Telegraph.
The patent covers "a flexible electronic device" that may
include "a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more
flexible internal components".
The Telegraph reported that the patent application was
originally submitted in 2011. It added that Apple was granted
similar patents for flexible displays in October 2014 and
This is not the first time bendable iPhones have been in the
news. When it released the iPhone 6 Plus last year there were a
number of complaints about the handset bending when being
carried in pockets.
Coke seeks hashtag trade marks
Soft drink company Coca-Cola
wants to trade mark two Twitter hashtags –
#cokecanpics and #smilewithacoke.
Managing IP recently
published an IP Clinic on whether you should try to trade
mark a Twitter hashtag.
Also on the blog this week:
Unhappy new year for the US patent
Now is the time to prepare for the Unitary
Patent and UPC
Guest post: ASIPI’s anniversary
marked in style
The year in damages in the US
In our news and analysis this week:
Unitary Patent fees should be at low end of
scale – CIPA President
Q&A: Catriona Hammer, CIPA president and
senior IP counsel, GE Healthcare
PTAB allows first contested claim
Interview: Sarah Deutsch, Verizon
Covington adds China partner
Alice provides "substantial boost" to PTAB CBM
What US companies need to know about European
Data: A busy month for district court rulings
New INTA president Evans outlines goals for
Record PTAB year ends with 1,681 petitions
New Israeli IP firm launched
Holah joins Bird & Bird
India releases first draft of National IP