New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) Indian Patent office has granted 8,940 patents during April-December 2017, an increase of 40 per cent over the same period previous year, which experts say reflects growing innovation and economic activities in the country.
Facebook has patented a new system that could help it estimate a user's socioeconomic status.
Ford has been granted a patent to develop autonomous police cars which could ultimately have the capability to chase down speeding drivers and give them a ticket.
While petitioners are successful over 60% of the time in getting the PTAB to institute trial on patents in the biotech, chemical, electrical/computer, mechanical, and business method arts, that is not the case for design patents. Since September 2016, the PTAB’s institution rate for petitions filed against design patents has stayed well below 50%. As of December 2017 it was 41%. That number is based on a total of 41 decisions (17 institutions and 24 denials).
Asia became the “epicentre of innovation” in 2017, according to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators report.
Two new patents filed by Sony could provide some hints as to where the company’s virtual reality technology, PlayStation VR, is headed.