The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office too often grants patents that are overly broad or cover well-established common practices–thwarting innovation and imposing high costs on would-be competitors. So says Dan Ravicher, founder of the New York City-based Public Patent Foundation, who challenges patents by asking the patent office to narrow claims. Here’s where three of his highest-profile fights of 2006 stand.
Embryonic stem cells
Wisconsin Alumni Research
Foundation (WARF), Madison, WI
WARF charges high royalties to biomedical companies.
In October, the patent office agreed to reëxamine the patents.
Data compression method
Forgent Networks, Austin, TX
Forgent is suing major software companies for substantial royalties for using the JPEG photo standard.
In May, the patent office rejected 19 of the patent’s 46 claims.
File sharing between different operating systems
Microsoft, Redmond, WA
The patent makes it difficult for alternative operating systems to work with Windows.
In January, the patent office let an altered version of the patent stand.
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has quit Google
Hinton will be speaking at EmTech Digital on Wednesday.
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