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Patentscope database training by WIPO

[ST Photo from Asiaone Business report shows local inventors and their inventions including NTU’s SCBE Associate Chair and Professor Mary Chan]

A recent Straits Times reported that statistics from IPOS (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore) indicate growing number of inventions by local talent. “Over the past decade, Ipos has seen a 78 per cent jump in the number of patents filed by locals: from 641 in 2004 to 1,143 last year.” [see full report here: http://business.asiaone.com/news/creative-technologies]

Are you interested in finding out how to use patent database analysis tools to find out more information like this? Sign up for free webinars this week conducted by WIPO on the topic: The PATENTSCOPE search system: analysis & translation tools:

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM Singapore time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/427965046

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Singapore time
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/472376254

Free for all patents?


Does a patent with an open source philosophy self-contradict? In a recent article entitled “Making inventions free for all” Tesla chairman, Elon Musk, “wants to continue to patent but let the public use technology at will” (Life! Motoring 28 Jun 2014). Read more in the source article here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-13/musk-applies-contrarian-style-to-patents-to-boost-tesla.html. You can also read Elon Musks’ own comments at the Tesla blog at: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you.

Share your patent searching story

What’s in this room? Links to useful free patent databases, Guides to searching patent databases, Links to Library Talk “Making sure your idea is unique” (pdf).

Need help searching? Want to share your patents search tips?
Email your subject librarians: Rama: ramakrishnan@ntu.edu.sg and Venki: venki@ntu.edu.sg

Please visit the room at: http://blogs.ntu.edu.sg/library-resources/mechanical/mae-eid. Sharing is a good way to learn effectively, we welcome your contributions and feedback.

Patent superpowers to negotiate common rules

The Nikkei Weekly reported in an article on 12 Mar 2012 that “Japan, U.S., Europe, China and South Korea will discuss standardizing their rules on patents, aiming to break down a barrier to corporate globalization. The five economies joining the talks, scheduled in June 2012, account for more than 80% of the world’s patent applications.”

NTU Library provides full text access to the Nikkei Weekly via Factiva and LexisNexis database, read the article.

Steve Job’s patent pictorial

The New York Times interactive has an interesting visual of more than 300 patents that list Steven Job’s as the principal or one of the inventors in their online interactive feature available at this link: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/24/technology/steve-jobs-patents.html. These patents covered the product ‘look and feel’ not just the utility aspect suggesting that Job’s had a hand in mutiple areas of product development. Some of the lesser known designs include staircases, building exteriors and unreleased-to-consumer iMACs.