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Who will drink from the #StanleyCup this year? A patent for people who want to live the experience #StanleyCupMomentsJune 3, 2015
La recherche de coût pour un item/service la plus populaire aux États-Unis selon Google? – La recherche de coût d’un brevetMay 1, 2015
(Au Canada c’est un passeport)
Excerpt from the report (https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-Special-301-Report-FINAL.pdf )on Canada
Canada remains on the Watch List in 2015, as a number of IPR and related issues remain. Regarding Canada’s implementation of its 2012 Copyright Modernization Act, provisions aimed at addressing copyright piracy over the Internet came into force in January 2015, and Canada completed its ratification of the WIPO Internet Treaties in August 2014. The United States continues to urge Canada to fully implement its WIPO Internet Treaties commitments and to continue to address the challenges of copyright piracy in the digital age. Regarding border enforcement issues, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act became law in December 2014. The new law provides authority to Canadian customs officials to detain pirated and counterfeit goods being imported and exported at the border. The United States is disappointed that the new law does not apply to pirated and counterfeit goods in customs transit control or customs transshipment control in Canada. The United States urges Canada to provide its customs officials with full ex officio authority to improve its ability to address the serious problem of pirated and counterfeit goods entering our highly integrated supply chains. With respect to pharmaceuticals, the United States continues to have serious concerns about the availability of rights of appeal in Canada’s administrative process for reviewing regulatory approval of pharmaceutical products. The United States also continues to have serious concerns about the lack of clarity and the impact of the heightened utility requirements for patents that Canadian courts have applied recently. In these cases, courts have invalidated several valuable patents held by U.S. pharmaceutical companies on utility grounds, by interpreting the “promise” of the patent and finding that insufficient information was provided in the application to substantiate that promise. These recent decisions, which have affected products that have been in the market and benefiting patients for years, have led to uncertainty for patent holders and applicants, including with respect to how to effectively meet this standard. This unpredictability also undermines incentives for investments in the pharmaceutical sector. The United States closely monitors developments on these issues and looks forward to continuing to work with Canada to address these and other IPR issues, including through the TPP negotiations.
Excerpts from 2015 Budget-Action plan:
“Intellectual property is a valuable strategic asset for businesses competing in local
and global markets. The Government has a strong record of taking action to ensure
Canada’s intellectual property framework provides robust, balanced protection for
consumers and rights holders. The 2012 Copyright Modernization Act updated
Canada’s copyright laws for the digital age; the Combatting Counterfeit Products Act
implemented new measures to address the serious problem of counterfeit goods;
and Economic Action Plan 2014 harmonized Canada’s intellectual property
administration framework with international norms, helping innovative Canadian
businesses access international markets, lowering costs and reducing the regulatory
burden and red tape.
Building on these measures, Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to further
modernize Canada’s intellectual property framework to keep pace with
internationally recognized best practices. The Government will propose
amendments to the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act and Industrial Design Act to provide
intellectual property agents with a statutory privilege for confidential
communications with clients, enhancing Canada as a place in which to invent and
market inventions. This measure will bring Canada’s framework in line with other
common law countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Amendments will also be proposed to modernize administrative practices and
increase clarity and legal certainty for businesses. For example, proposed
amendments would provide the Canadian Intellectual Property Office with the
ability to extend key deadlines in cases of force majeure events such as floods or
Un rapport conjoint de la Commission européenne et l’OECD
Voir: World Corporate Top R&D Investors: Innovation and IP bundles (March 2015)
Avec des statistiques du genre: Composition of patenting companies’ trademark portfolio, 2010-12/ A3.1 Top 4 trademark classes associated with patented technologies, USPTO
It all started with beaver fur, black velvet and chicken wire.
That’s what Chester Greenwood, an inventive 15-year-old, gave his grandmother to sew together to help him ice skate longer in the Maine winter.
After three years of improvements, he patented the contraption as the “Champion Ear Protector,” or “ear-mufflers,” on March 13, 1877.
Before Mr. Greenwood died in 1937, his company was churning out 400,000 earmuffs annually at its peak — many of them for the U.S. military.
But he didn’t stop with earmuffs. He had more than 100 patents and inventions, including the steel-tooth rake, a teakettle with a special bottom, a pipe vise and an umbrella holder for mail carriers.
Chester Greenwood Day is still celebrated in Maine each December.
USPTO donne d’autres exemples en informatique pour déterminer si une idée est abstraite ou brevetableJanuary 28, 2015
http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/exam/abstract_idea_examples.pdf (avec des exemples plus en informatique)
qui a été ajouté à la page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/exam/interim_guidance_subject_matter_eligibility.jsp
a new U.S. Patent Utility service that allows companies to find underused patents for technology they can put into commercial use
https://uspatentutility.com/ (le site offre des rabais de frais de service pour les startups)
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Just three days before he died in a plane crash outside of Madison, Wis., Otis Redding recorded the number one hit “The Dock of the Bay” about a person that was fed up with a hectic life in Georgia and traveled to the San Francisco Bay to just sit on a dock. There is just something alluring about docks, some element that captivates our attention, draws us in, and triggers some distant emotion that is embedded deeply within. The allure may be tied to the merging aspect of a dock that allows us to move from land to sea, to experience the water from a more intimate perspective. However, I don’t think anyone can really put their finger on exactly what it is, although many have spoken of this allure through song, poetry, paintings and other forms of art. In fact, if you do a GOOGLE search on “poetry about docks” you find more than 1.2 million hits.
So, whether you have left your home in Georgia and are “sittin’ on the dock of the bay watching the tide roll away, watching the ships roll in”, simply “wastin’ time”, hosting a barbeque or securing your boat down for the evening, there are certainly things that are important about your dock. One such matter of importance is that you generally don’t want your experience of the water to include falling into the water as the deck collapses. More specifically, in constructing docks, especially those that are accessible to the public, safety and longevity are of utmost concern. Unlike Darwin’s theory that chaos moves towards order, items that are constructed, such as docks, decks, etc, generally decay or degrade over time due to wear-and-tear, weather stress, use stress, rust, or the like. As a result, a dock that may have originally been constructed in accordance with stringent safety requirements, may deteriorate to a point at which the dock is simply unsafe. To prevent such deterioration, the dock should be periodically maintained. However, it is desirable to construct docks and other items in a manner that maintains the structural integrity and safety with a minimum amount of maintenance or up keep.
One of the developments in industry that addresses this need in the art was the application of aluminum in the construction of docks and decks. Aluminum is truly the ideal structural material for dock systems. Aluminum demonstrates excellent weathering characteristics as a result of its rust prohibiting properties and exceptional structural strength. This combination of properties virtually eliminates maintenance and greatly increases the longevity of a dock or deck. Moreover, when used for decking, aluminum flooring is cool to the touch and splinter free. Thus, aluminum docks never require sanding, sealing, staining or painting.
When building a dock or a deck out of wood, the required building blocks are readily accessible in most large scale home improvement centers such as LOWES or HOME DEPOT. The supply of treated two-by-fours, four-by-fours, six-by-sixes, one-by-six planks, etc., can be easily purchased and cut as necessary to construct the dock or deck. However, to construct a dock or deck out of aluminum components is a different story. Unlike the lumber industry, there are no standard building blocks that are readily available for constructing such a structure out of aluminum. Further, working with aluminum is completely different than working with lumber. Working with aluminum requires different tools and most likely even requires welding. All of these factors have tended to remove aluminum construction from the hands of the typical do-it-yourself handy-man. What is needed in the art is a technology that enables the construction of aluminum structures, such as decks and docks in a manner that is safe, efficient and structurally sound. In addition, it is desirable for such a solution to also include a standard set of components that can be easily inventoried in a supply store without overwhelming the retail companies with larger number of components. Furthermore, it is desirable for such a solution to enable the do-it-yourself handy-man to build a structure out of aluminum.