Happy Birthday, Sliced Bread!

This month marks the 90th anniversary of the very first sliced bread patents.

By the late 1920’s the majority of bread baking was done in factories. The result was an incredibly soft bread loaf, which in turn, was incredibly difficult to slice at home with a traditional bread knife, yet factory slicing would result in the bread being stale before it was even sold.

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Osram, Nichia to enter into a new cross-licensing Patent agreement

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Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH, a subsidiary of Osram GmbH, has announced that it will enter into a new cross-licensing agreement with Japan’s Nichia Corp  (www.nichia.co.jp).

Announcing the collaboration at Light+Building 2018 show in Frankfurt, Germany, Aldo Kamper, CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH and Hiroyoshi Ogawa, president of Nichia Corp, agreed that a lot had happened in the industry since 2010, when the companies last signed a licensing agreement.

According to Kamper, Nichia and Osram have collectively spent more than €2.5bn in research and development since 2011 “to further advance LED and laser technology…”. 

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AI & IP: the problematic junctions

 

Unless you have been living in some remote cave the last few years, you must have noticed that there’s been a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI) lately. That’s not to say that you can’t find a Wi-Fi connection in a cave (It turns out you can), but amongst the hot topics last year, AI surely was up there with the likes of global warming, North Korea and the happenings of the Trump White House.

AI Talent attracts top dollar

2017 happened to be the year in which we learned that Tech companies across Silicon Valley and elsewhere were doling out upwards of US$300,000+ a year for top AI talent and machine learning “experts”, and that the pool of knowledge included University professors who seemingly abandoned their teaching roles for a piece of Silicon Valley. 

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European Commission opens the way for some Member States to move forward on a unitary patent

After a request for a single European patent by 12 EU member states not too long ago, the European Commission has formally proposed unitary patent protection for these member states.

Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, said that the purpose was to establish a unitary right for the founding member states with the hope that eventually all member states will show an interest and join the initiative. More

USPTO addresses backlog

The United States Patent and Trade Marks Office (USPTO) has announced a scheme that is targeted at reducing the reduce the backlog of unexamined patent applications pending before the USPTO. Under the program known as  ” the Project Exchange”, which will take effect with the publication of the Federal Register notice in the coming weeks, any applicant with more than one application, filed prior to the inception of the program, currently pending at the USPTO can receive expedited review of one application in exchange for withdrawing an unexamined application. It is anticipated that this will give applicants with multiple filings greater control over the priority in which their applications are examined and enable priority applications to be examined on an expedited basis.

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