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Why Ford's patent announcement is overhyped

The automotive industry has traditionally adopted a we-invented-it-here culture—desperately holding onto and protecting the technology its created in house. So, Ford’s announcement Thursday that it will open up its portfolio of patents to competitors in an effort to accelerate the development of electric vehicles was met with oohs and aahs—as well as comparisons to Tesla Motors. 436 more words


Ford Opens EV Patent Portfolio -- For A Price

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. Thursday announced that it is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents — a move it says is designed to help accelerate industrywide research and development of electrified vehicles. 319 more words


Supreme Court Holds that Belief Patent Is Invalid Is No Defense to Induced Infringement

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Jeffri A. Kaminski, Venable LLP

The Supreme Court declined to create a new defense this week for defendants in patent infringement cases, holding that a defendant’s belief regarding patent validity is not a defense to a claim of induced infringement under 35 U.S.C. 637 more words

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UPC Updates: UK UPC Taskforce, Italy U-turn & the Belgian Challenge

IPcopy has received a further short update from the UK’s UPC taskforce on the state of play with the unitary patent and UPC. We also note below the updated position of Italy with respect to the unitary patent and the state of the Belgian challenge to the ratification of the UPC Agreement. 631 more words


Can Interviews Improve Patent Quality?

During patent prosecution, a patent applicant can request an interview with the examiner to discuss the pending application. The USPTO thinks that these interviews may improve the quality of patents.   184 more words