I'd also be interested in the impact of the patents. There are companies that file many patents that are tiny variations on the same concept (often even with the same title). Unfortunately the statistics on patents issued and patents cited take years to develop and therefore don't satisfy our desire for immediate news. Furthermore, when the statistics do become available, they represent the impact of work that was done years earlier.
Filing a patent application doesn't mean that a patent will be granted.
Having a patent granted doesn't mean that it has any value (patents often describe very narrow, specific, items, so narrow in fact that the patent is irrelevant.)
Just because the USPTO grants a patent doesn't mean that the invention hasn't been patented before by someone else - the USPTO are expert at not finding pior art, and often grant patents for inventions patented earlier (sometimes decades earlier). All this I tell from experience.
why Apple,Google,Microsoft are not on the list? They dont think european market big enough?
And whats up with RIM/Sharp and some near bankruptcy companies on the list? They should focus on their products first before piling up patents.
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