Leaders des multinationales en termes de brevets voir le site interactif: Patent Power 2014

November 20, 2014

Leaders des multinationales en termes de brevets voir le site interactif: Patent Power 2014 http://bit.ly/1vtfZsr via @IEEESpectrum

Description: Each scorecard below is an interactive table containing the top 20 companies in each industry segment.


Study analyzes patent data and scientific literature for clues to the next decade’s biggest breakthroughs

November 11, 2014

Communiqué de presse:  http://thomsonreuters.com/press-releases/062014/Thomson-Reuters-Predicts-Innovations-2025

Les prédictions: http://sciencewatch.com/tags/2025

Article de survol des lois sur les secrets de commerce aux États-Unis

November 11, 2014


Extrait du Inventor’s Eye du USPTO Automne 2014: des brevets de baseball

November 7, 2014

U.S. Patent Number 4,910,814

Patents Pick-5
America’s Pastime Patents
Cooling weather, changing leaves, and the start of holiday preparations – for many, these signs of the changing season are first in mind when autumn arrives.

But for me, the fall means something else. The crack of the bat, a 98 mph heater in the crucial 9th inning, and the champions of so many memorable World Series, including the 1979 Pirates, the 1983 Orioles, and the 1988 Dodgers. Along with all the memories and fun, baseball would also be less enjoyable without proper equipment to keep the players safe. And guess what, there are patents for all of that!

Note: This article is part of an ongoing series detailing some of the Inventors Eye staff’s favorite patents. For each article, the writer selects their five favorite patents under a given theme. This list is from Management and Program Analyst Bruce Mihalick.

Baseball Cleats
U.S. Patent No. 1,867,219

This invention by George W. Harper of McNeil, Arkansas, was patented on July 12, 1932. While spiked shoes had been in use for quite some time, Harper’s baseball cleats changed the way sports footwear was designed. His innovation, was not only essential to running and the protection of a player’s foot, but also provided the traction necessary for stopping while being safer for defending players. As we all know, Ty Cobb had other (infamous) uses for the metal spike cleat prior to Harper’s invention.

Armor for Base-Ball Players
U.S. Patent No. 925,851

Having received a patent for this chest protector on July 7, 1908, former White Sox catcher Billy Sullivan was one of the few professional baseball players who actually invented equipment for the game he played and loved. I like this invention for obvious reasons: imagine unsuccessfully trying to catch a 95 mph fastball with no chest protection . . . ouch!

Fielder’s Glove
U.S. Patent No. 1,426,824

Other than the ball itself, a glove (or mitt) is the most basic and essential piece of equipment a baseball player needs. Most every kid who has played the game from little league on up has that favorite glove that they took months to break in just right. While players had been using gloves at least 50 years earlier, William L. Doak of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned a patent for this fielder’s glove on August 22, 1922. Doak’s glove uniquely employed a net between the thumb and the index fingers, an important innovation in glove design that is still used today.

Improvement in Masks (Catcher’s Mask)
U.S. Patent No. 200,358

Before the invention of this mask, which has been said to resemble a very sturdy birdcage, baseball catchers played bare faced. Even today, with all the refinements and improvements that have been made to face mask technology, catchers are injured more than any other player besides pitchers. Imagine trying to catch a curve, slider, or fastball and you miss and take it squarely on the mouth, or your nose, or in the eye! First introduced by Harvard University’s baseball team, this innovation was patented by Frederick W. Thayer, the team’s manager, on February 12, 1878.

Adjustable Batting Tee
U.S. Patent No. 2,616,692

Batting tees have been a training aid for many years and are key to helping youngsters learn the game of baseball. However, one of the primary challenges with many tees is that they are not height adjustable. This invention, patented by Roy C. Bird from Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 4, 1952, helped players set the tee’s height to find their correct swing plane. What better way to learn and develop hand-eye coordination and proper swing mechanics? No doubt this invention has been used by many a little leaguer dreaming of being the next Bryce Harper!

Bruce Mihalick : Office of Innovation Development

Article: Intellectual property considerations for medical devices

October 14, 2014

De l’European IPR Helpdesk: Intellectual property considerations for medical devices

Un programme de maitrise en ligne de droit US des brevets

October 1, 2014
University of New Hampshire School of Law





Dear Adam Mizera,


To intellectual property professionals and academics around the world, the name “Franklin Pierce” means world-class IP education and entrepreneurship. Launched in the fall of 2010, the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property builds on the pioneering IP work with which the school has been associated since 1973.


The University of New Hampshire School of Law is pleased to announce a Master degree and LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property are now available in two new formats, designed for professionals around the globe.


The Master degree is appropriate for engineers, scientists, or business professional who seek specialized training in patent law.


The LL.M. degree is appropriate for domestic and international attorneys who seek specialization in patent law.


In addition to enrolling in our residential program here in the United States, students now have the option of enrolling in a limited residential program or online program.Our limited residential program allows an individual to enroll in August for 1 semester (4 months) and then finish the balance of the program online. Our online program allows individuals, who cannot travel abroad, the ability to complete the program completely online. Students who pursue any one of these options will earn the same University of New Hampshire School of Law degree. For more information on these programs please see the following url: http://law.unh.edu/academics/graduate-programs/ip


We would appreciate it if you could please forward this information to those individuals whom you think may be interested in acquiring a specialized patent law degree. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at: graduateprograms@law.unh.edu.




Debra A. Beauregard

Director of Graduate Programs

University of New Hampshire School of Law

WIPO Pearl launched, a Free Multilingual Terminology Database

September 22, 2014


Selon le site: Through its web-based interface, WIPO Pearl promotes accurate and consistent use of terms across different languages, and makes it easier to search and share scientific and technical knowledge.

Ressource pour faire des recherches de décisions du PTAB du USPTO

August 22, 2014

Recommandé par All Things Pros: http://allthingspros.blogspot.ca/2014/06/ptab-search-decision-database.html

Galerie de brevets de personnes célèbres

July 15, 2014

From Prince’s keytar to Bing Crosby’s sash window: celebrity patents in pictures


(merci à Dan Smith de BRP pour le lien)

Top 300 des organisations qui ont reçu des brevets US en 2013

July 9, 2014


Kit d’enseignement de la PI développé par l’OEB

June 19, 2014


Extrait du site:

Le kit d’enseignement contenant la formation de base à la PI et le kit d’enseignement sur les brevets regroupent tous deux les outils et les informations permettant de dispenser à des étudiants un cours d’une à deux heures sur la PI.

Lancée au début de l’année 2014, la formation de base à la PI se compose de modules couvrant les différents droits de PI, tandis que le kit d’enseignement sur les brevets, dont la dernière mise à jour date de 2011, est consacré au domaine des brevets.

Ces kits s’adressent en particulier aux enseignants en sciences naturelles, ingénierie, commerce et droit.


Technologies vertes: un rapport qui indique les développements en matière de brevets

June 18, 2014

Voir le rapport de l’OMPI “Technologies vertes : nouvelle étude sur la croissance de l’activité en matière de brevets” http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/fr/stories/green_tech.html

Base de données de “dons” de brevets par différentes compagnies comme l’a fait récemment Tesla

June 17, 2014

Voir le lien suivant: http://www.pijip.org/non-sdo-patent-commitments/

Les histoires de 7 inventeurs tués par leurs propres inventions

June 13, 2014

Voir dans: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/photos/7-inventors-killed-by-their-inventions/tragic-irony

Une trentaine de présentations pour comprendre ce qui se passe dans la tête d’examinateurs de l’Office européen des brevets

June 11, 2014

Voir: https://e-courses.epo.org/course/view.php?id=236

Search Matters 2014

The 2014 conference took place in April, when about 40 EPO examiners from a wide range of technical fields described their search strategies and techniques at 26 workshops held over two days. Altogether, Search Matters 2014 comprised 26 workshops and 7 plenary lectures. This e-learning module includes all the plenary lectures and workshops, some of which were recorded and can be watched in their entirety.

Nouvel accès international aux File Wrapper de brevets EPO et SIPO

June 5, 2014

Nouvel accès international aux File Wrapper EPO et SIPO

Le service pourrait s’étendre à d’autres bureaux…

Brevets célèbres de l’histoire du cinéma

April 3, 2014

Des brevets de Disney, Lucasfilms entre autres à voir ici: http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/independent/eye/201404/index.jsp#ieye-article3

Jurisprudence US: définition de la “propriété intellectuelle” dans le contexte d’un règlement/clause de non-concurrence entre 2 compagnies compétitrices

March 23, 2014


Histoire du brevet sur le Colt-arme à feu

February 27, 2014

Extrait du site suivant (mais dont le contenu change à chaque jour): http://financialservicesinc.ubs.com/staticfiles/faw/adobe/all/cashin_comments.pdf

Et voici un lien vers de brevet de Colt: https://www.google.com/patents/USX9430

(Un brevet avec un numéro X prédate le système de numérotation actuel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Patent)

On this day (-1) in 1836, the government of the United States granted a patent on a device that would become the prototypical American weapon. And, by accident, its development would become a prototypical story of American invention.

The patent, of course, was awarded to Samuel Colt for his “single barrel pistol with a six chamber revolving breech.” You and I (as well as Hoppy, Roy and Gene) knew it as a “six shooter.”

Colt’s idea was not entirely unique. Several patents for revolvers had been granted earlier (one of the earliest was for a “12 shooter” but it, like the others, didn’t work well). But Colt, who was 22 when he got the patent, showed his gun was practical (and at the time….it was the only way a man on horseback could get several shots off successfully). Therefore, it seemed like a good idea and Colt found backers who helped him open “The Patent Arms Company” in Paterson, N.J. But despite rave notices for the weapon, sales were slow and the factory closed in 1842. Colt slipped closer to bankruptcy.

Then in 1846, fate took another weird turn. The U.S. was going to war with Mexico. And the Texans they were fighting for, suggested to the American Secretary of War that many of them were very happy with Mr. Colt’s six shooter. So the Secretary of War ordered lots of them.

That left Mr. Colt with several problems. 1) He had no factory. 2) He didn’t have a six-shooter left to his name.

He attacked the second one first. He advertised for samples of his own gun. Gun owners thought the ads meant the revolver was now a collector’s item…..so they refused to sell. Colt was reduced to hiring a gunsmith to work from Colt’s own original diagrams (with suggestions from the famous Texas Ranger – Sam Walker). Finally…..when they had developed a prototype…..Colt needed to hurry things up. So he hired…..who else…..the son of Eli Whitney to implement the concepts of mass production and interchangeable parts. Within a decade the Colt .44 was the gun that was winning the West.

Une histoire de comment un brevet secret a contribué à l’essor de Silicon Valley

February 19, 2014

Voir l’article de IEEE qui donne les détails (avec des intrigues de brevets secrets et de cessions de brevets)

Un lien vers le brevet mentionné dans l’histoire.