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Microsoft
IBM leads in machine learning research with 5400 patents
The company registered 5400 different machine learning patents between 2017 and 2021, beating Microsoft and Google for the top spot.
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Artificial Intelligence
Legal challenge over decision that AI machines cannot be granted patents
A legal challenge is being prepared to overturn the Intellectual Property Office's (IPONZ) decision not to recognise a machine as an inventor.
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Artificial Intelligence
Rage against the machine: Can an AI programme be an inventor?
New Zealand has been caught by a global fight between humans and machines that might define intellectual property rights for the rest of the century.
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Artificial Intelligence
SenSen Networks' AI breakthrough granted new US patent
Enterprise AI software and solution provider, SenSen Networks, has announced it's been granted an additional patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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Artificial Intelligence
How an AI system called DABUS received a patent for its own invention
Move over humans, it’s AI’s turn to take the spotlight in what could be a defining moment for the future of invention.
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Microsoft
HPE, Facebook and Microsoft open up patent books in effort to tackle climate change
As part of the Low-Carbon Patent Pledge, the three companies have made ‘hundreds’ of royalty free patents available.
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Cloud
Seagate opens patents to help fight COVID-19
The company’s data storage innovations are now available as part of the Open COVID-19 Pledge and ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 around the world.
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Cybersecurity
Kaspersky named one of the top 100 global innovators
For the second year, it made the Derwent Top 100 Global Innovator list by Clarivate Analytics, which includes giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google.
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Data
Datrium awarded patents for resiliency and encryption tech
The patents were invented by Datrium’s leaders and engineering team. Many of the same team created the backup deduplication technology at Data Domain.
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Intellectual property
European Patent Office lauds Asia's efforts to protect IP
More than half (53%) of the patent applications received in recent years have come from countries including Singapore, China, Japan, Korea, and the United States.
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Infrastructure
‘Disruptor in software-defined blocks storage’ awarded US patent
Excelero recently announced that it was assigned a US patent for the underlying technology to its NVMesh server SAN solution.
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Storage
AgigA Tech granted patent for Hybrid Non-Volatile RAM in China
Enterprise and data center applications were previously constrained by the higher latency of existing storage solutions such as SSDs.
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Australian Government
Kiwi innovation set to benefit from revamped trans-Tasman patent regime
“A modern regime for regulating patent attorneys ensures New Zealand businesses have optimal access to high quality, reliable advice."
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Storage
Western Digital buys IBM patents, gears up to be leader in data storage
"The patents will augment Western Digital's existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications."
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Music
SenCbuds: The next big thing for earphones?
With the help of patent pending sensor technology, SenCbuds instantly know when they are taken out of the user’s ear, and pause the media accordingly.
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New Zealand
What the TPP means for NZ's tech sector
“We’ve raised these issues in the past because they’re a major concern for our industry. If we wait until the ink is dry on TPP, it’ll be too late."
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Apple
Did Samsung rip off the iPhone? Yup.
"This is a victory for design and those who respect it," says Samsung.
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Disaster Recovery
Victorious Veeam slams Symantec following patent win
Symantec's bid to 'stifle competition' because 'its legacy physical backup products could not compete' fails after Veeam wins three year patent battle
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Government
In the innovative world... patent is a virtue
"This legislation will bring New Zealand patent law into the 21st century with a more consistent, high quality patent examination process."
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Smartphone
Apple and Google call patent war truce
For those managing to keep up with the growing complexity of patent lawsuits, a truce has been called; between warring rivals Apple and Google.
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Smartphone
Lenovo drives smartphone business with NEC mobile patents deal
"A strong patent portfolio is a key element for success in the smartphone business..."
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Government
New dawn for New Zealand patent landscape
Wednesday, August 28 marked the biggest shake up in New Zealand’s Intellectual Property landscape in more than 50 years...
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Government
IT pros welcome passing of Patents Bill
The Institute of IT Professionals welcomes the near unanimous passing of the Patents Bill in Parliament, effectively removing software patents from New Zealand.
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Government
Labour tables alternative patent clause
Opposition Party demands change over current Patents Bill which is "effectively stifling New Zealand's important software sector."