Before we do the rundown of the patentsphere this week we would be remiss in not pointing out three important patent phenomena fading to black as 2014 comes to a close and something new coming to Way Better Patents.
Each week Coming Soon™ Digests include a section called Featured Inventions that highlights patents by inventors and companies in each state. Patents are overwhelming when you are bombarded with 6,000+ a week. Featured Inventions and the location-based pages that show inventors and patent owners help you gain insight on the inventive activity in your neighborhood. This week we pulled a few out — fracking from Colorado; a way to inscribe ebooks from California; new LED light configurations from North Carolina and a round output modifier to address new requirements to limit the capacity of a gun magazine. It's a new month so it's a good time to check out the Coming Soon™ Digests too.
USPTO sent an email with the subject line, "Patent Pro Bono Program Expansion to Benefit Inventors Nationwide" from the USPTO Director’s Forum Blog. The goal of the program, "Helping small businesses and independent inventors with limited resources" is admirable, enlisting patent attorneys is also admirable. We think that independent inventors and small firms, the creators of most new jobs in the US, need all the help they can get. Time for some digging around to see how this program works.
Here's an animated visual look at the geography and topology of inventors in 2014 through October. The animated map shows the weekly year-to-date heat map of the location of assignees on granted patents around the United States. Follow the link below to see them in action side-by-side.
Here's an animated visual look at the geography and topology of inventors in 2014 through October. The animated map shows the weekly year-to-date heat map of the location of inventors granted patents around the United States, all inventors not just the First Named Inventor. There is a lot more invention going on around the US than indicated by first named inventors alone. Have a look at the year to date maps in the Map Room.
How Do People Get New Ideas?
Inventors, artists, musicians, writers, scientists — or anyone and everyone, really — all have in common the need to solve problems. Problem-solving can take many forms, with perhaps the two ends of the spectrum being applying known solutions and developing a new approach through creativity. How does creativity happen? Can it be learned or systematized? Isaac Asimov offers insights in a previously unpublished essay, now made available at the MIT Technology Review. It joins Way Better Patents Book Club.
As the late, great Marvin Gaye asks, What's going on? Way Better Patents took a look at the progress on the transition to the Cooperative Patent Classification system for its presentation at the Patent Information Users Group North East Conference. We looked at the 40,000+ patents granted since March that have CPC data. The link below takes you to the presentation and supporting material.