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Science Policy Around the Web - February 17, 2017

By: Thaddeus Davenport, PhD


Decision in the CRISPR-Cas9 Patent Dispute

This week, Heidi Wedford from Nature News reported that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) made a decision on the disputed patents for the gene editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. 845 more words


Ancestry.com Settles Patent Lawsuit for $12.5 Million

DNA Genotek (provider of biological sample collection products) sued Ancestry.com (genealogy research website) for patent infringement.  The lawsuit centred on Ancestry.com’s use of technology in their saliva collecting kits which was protected by a couple of DNA Genotek’s DNA testing US patents. 56 more words


Global Innovation Index Ranks India 43rd out of 45 Countries

‘The Roots of Innovation’ report compiled by the US Chambers of Commerce is an annual International IP Index.  In the latest edition of this report the highest counrty performers were noted as the US (32.6), the UK (32.4), Germany (31.9), Japan (31.3) and Sweden (31).  60 more words


Amazon Files Patent For Parachuting Packages From Drones

Now that Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drones have made their first dropoff, it seems the e-commerce giant wants to make the process even more efficient: Instead of unmanned aerial vehicles landing to set a package on the ground, Amazon has cooked up an idea for fly-by deliveries. 135 more words

Retail Services

Turning Lights on with Your Eyes is Now Possible with Amazon’s Patent

Amazon’s latest patented technology was described in patent no. US 9317113 (filed in 2012 at the USPTO) as “gaze assisted object recognition.”

The technology relies on cameras in your smart phone or glasses that determine the direction of your eye gaze and pinpoint the object (e.g. 67 more words


BlackBerry Ltd sues Nokia over patent infringement, demands royalties for industry-wide standard

BlackBerry Ltd. filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nokia Oyj, demanding royalties on the Finnish company’s mobile network products that use an industry-wide technology standard.

Nokia’s products including its Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers and Liquid Radio software are using technology covered by as many as 11 patents, BlackBerry said in a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. 299 more words

FP Tech Desk

Amazon's plan to turn packages into gliders

Amazon has come up with some wild and crazy patents, but a patent issued today has to rank among the wildest: It calls for turning the packages ejected by its delivery drones into radio-controlled gliders. 142 more words