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Samsung Patents Hint At Folding Device & Transparent Display

Samsung has now filed for and received two separate patents which may hint at future devices that fold and have transparent displays. As always, it’s worth pointing out that the patented technology in question may never end up being utilized at all. Samsung might find another, more effective way to achieve a similar device as those shown or may abandon the idea altogether. Moreover, neither of these concepts is necessarily new even to Samsung. The company has been filing for folding and transparent displays for quite some time and this may just be an effort to protect against potential copycats when it does finally release a folding phone. Having said that, they are interesting nonetheless and show real potential for what could be on the horizon.

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Patent Protection in Laos

Patent Protection in Laos

All patent applications can be filed in English but they must be translated into Laos within 90 days from the application filing date. Laotian IP law operates under the first-to-file principle, that is, if two people apply for the same invention, the first one to file the application will be awarded the right.

A patentable invention can be a product or a process that gives a new technical solution to a problem, a new method of doing things, the composition of a new product, or a technical improvement on how certain objects work.

Right-holders can apply for either a patent or a petty patent (utility model) and they must be able to demonstrate that the invention is new, involves an inventive step and is capable of industrial application.

Protection lasts for 20 years from the filing date of the patent application and 10 years from the filing date of the petty patent application. Annual fees must be paid in order to maintain the terms of protection.

Registration and fees
Application for a patent can be made directly to MOST. The time from filing a registration to the granting of a patent or petty patent can be relatively long, taking about four to five years for patents, and two to three years for petty patents. While the fees are not specified in IP law, they are estimated at about LAK740,000 (about US$90) for the application process, with annual fees varying between LAK410,000 (about US$50) and LAK9 million (about US$1,100).


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Apple records a new achievement of eye-tracking system

Apple is rumored to be developing a device that one ex-Wall Street analyst thinks will be bigger than the iPhone. We are talking about Apple's AR glasses that are expected to be named Apple Glasses.

The vice chairman of contract manufacturer Quanta, the company that manufacturers the Apple Watch and other Apple devices, says that the wearable could launch by the end of next year. Reportedly, the device has a codename of T2888 and will use the reality Operating System (rOS).

While Apple has not confirmed the existence of such a device, or even that it is working on AR glasses, CEO Tim Cook said last October that current technology is not mature enough for such a product. However, a patent application filed by Apple eight days after Cook's comments reveals a system developed by the company to track a wearer's eyes. The invention is titled "Eye Tracking System," and this system "detects the movement and position of a user's eyes in a head-mounted display." Eye tracking cameras on each side of the user's face (these are NIR, or near-infrared cameras) are used along with NIR light and hot mirrors. The latter bounces infrared light back to its source while allowing visible light to go by.

According to the patent application, the hot mirror sends light into the user's eyes. The IR light reflects from the eyes, to the hot mirror, and then to the eye-tracking cameras. This allows the system to follow the movement of the user's eyes.

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How IP Rights Empower Women

In many parts of the world, women are not treated equal to men under the law. From owning land to obtaining inheritance, women are at a disadvantage. Stronger intellectual property protections can help alleviate this discrepancy. When IP rights are strongly protected, the rights of women are protected as well. For example, the countries with the strongest protection of copyrights also tend to have the highest paid actresses and female artists.

April 26 is commemorated as World IP Day by WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization. This year, World IP Day’s theme “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity” will celebrate women and their role in shaping the future of society.

Elena Panaritis, author of Prosperity Unbound, founder and CEO of Thought 4 Action, explains that practice shows that women become more civically involved in the politics of their community and country, as well as and powerful market players, leaders of innovation and middle class once they are given secure ownership of their property rights. Women's involvement increases over 53% in such countries.

The protection of IP rights restores this financial incentive to create and innovate, by giving owners and content creators exclusive power over their creations. For women, this is of huge importance. Statistics have shown that countries with stronger IP rights tend to have stronger measures of gender equality. “Women in the economy are a powerful force for change and leadership. Intellectual property rights when used correctly can advance entrepreneurship by enabling women who develop innovative ideas and products to secure financing, signal their innovation, and negotiate access to the IPRs held by others. IP systems should recognize and protect creativity in all its forms, including contributions from traditional and indigenous knowledge developed by women,” said Prof. Walter G. Park, of American University and author of the Patent Index.

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