A different database, one focusing on applications compiled by FAQs.org, lists
German medical-device giant Sanofi-Aventis as the assignee with the
largest increase in patent applications year to year, up 584 percent. The company is already off to fast start in 2013, having just filed
an application for a lockout
feature for an injection device that "includes a time
lock that prevents a user from administering a dose of medicament
prior to a pre-determined time interval."
Renesas took the patent-increase crown in 2011, boosting its
applications from 49 to 584 (up 1092 percent).
FAQs.org lists Yamazaki, a semiconductor/LED/thin-film transistor
inventor from Japan once named the world's most prolific inventor,
with the most individual patent applications in 2012.
is the president and majority shareholder of research company
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) Tokyo.
And while the preponderance of individual patent applications falls
broadly into the electronics, 2012 saw the highest increases in
applications in social media-monitoring and targeting.
The king of patent applications in recent years, however, goes to
Australian inventor Kia
Silverbrook (1,802), ahead of Americans Lowell Wood
(1,190), Roderick Hyde (1,069) and Yamazaki (750).
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.