Mar 24, 2015

Panasonic to open patents to speed development of 'Internet of Things'

Panasonic Corp. will make about 50 of its patents available for royalty-free use in the development of the “Internet of Things” — what the tech industry calls the network of interconnected devices — its North American subsidiary announced Monday. The Japanese electronics company said ...

Oct 10, 2014

Asia's innovation challenge

by Edward Jung

The West should pay attention to Asia's experiments with creative ways to finance innovation, such as China's intellectual property exchanges and Malaysia's intellectual-property loan programs.

Jul 20, 2014

Switzerland tops innovation rankings for fourth year

Switzerland has claimed the top spot on the Global Innovation Index for the fourth straight year while Sub-Saharan Africa “posted significant regional improvement.” The annual rankings, which this year focused on the role people play in the innovation process, found that Switzerland and other ...

Jun 21, 2014

Nintendo loses Wii patents suit in U.K.

Royal Philips NV has won a U.K. court ruling in a global battle over patents for recognizing hand gestures and motion on Nintendo Co.’s Wii gaming devices. Judge Colin Birss said a Nintendo unit infringed two Philips patents in the ruling Friday. Nintendo, the ...

Apr 24, 2014

Apple loses iPod patent battle in high court

The Intellectual Property High Court on Thursday ordered Apple Inc. of the United States to pay some ¥330 million in damages to a Japanese inventor for infringing on a patent involving its iPod music player. The ruling follows a Tokyo District Court order last ...

Mar 12, 2014

Japan aims to cut patent exam lengths in half

The government is aiming to reduce patent examinations from the current average length of nearly 2½ years to about 14 months, which would be the shortest period in the world, by fiscal 2023. The move, announced Tuesday, is part of an initiative to make ...

Cashing in on ideas

Jul 25, 2004

Cashing in on ideas

by Masami Ito

Thomas Edison’s electricity, Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, the Wright Brothers’ creaky biplane, H.G. Wells’ time machine (OK, that last one hasn’t happened yet), but through these world-changing discoveries, our daily lives have been made easier. Flick a switch and light banishes the darkness, pick ...