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Patents increasing by the day: A quick stat

A very large percentage of technical information that is generated across the globe reside in the patent databases.

Below chart depicts breakup according to country and application type for major filing countries. Data Source – patentanalysis.com

Patent Count

Data collected through a survey say that there are:

  • 72 million patent documents worldwide
  • appx. 15 million inventions
  • 1,000,000 patent in last 10 years
  • Weekly – More than 10,000 new patents
  • Every 30 seconds a new patent document is added to the vast technical library of patent documents

The statistics clearly indicates:

  • Increase in R & D efforts
  • Increase in patent filing efforts
  • Increase in market coverage through family patent filing

Potential Risks

  • Patent grant rate is bound to go down. According to a study, already the Belgium PTO has a 30% grant rate
  • Risk of reinventing the wheel, if patentability / prior art search not performed thoroughly
  • Large number of patents may get invalidated by other relevant patents thus causing many infringement law suits to become void
  • Need of clearance would increase

Is Microsoft Aging?

Recently, U.S. state of Mississippi settled an antitrust suit with Microsoft Corp for $100 million on Thursday and said businesses, individuals, schools and local government were eligible for a share of the money. Apart from antitrust suit Microsoft was also ordered to pay $521 million to Eolas Technologies, $200 million to a Canadian software firm i4i Ltd and much more to many more companies for patent infringment and offcourse these are all lost battles by Microsoft. Here is the current list of all patent under litigation.

  • US5369702 – TECSEC Incorporated – Distributed cryptographic object method
  • US6374289 – Backweb Technologies, Ltd. – Distributed client-based data caching system
  • US6542814 – Horizon Navigation, Inc. – Methods and apparatus for dynamic point of interest display
  • US6195662 – Juxtacomm Technologies Inc. – System for transforming and exchanging data between distributed heterogeneous computer systems
  • US6405368 – Method for separate compilation of templates
  • US7496854 – Arendi Holding Limited – Method, system and computer readable medium for addressing handling from a computer program
  • US6405368 – Method for separate compilation of templates
  • US7363592 – Tool group manipulations

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