patents and innovation

Software patents are much maligned today because the only value in them seems to be when they are used by large corporations to fend off patent infringement lawsuits against them. Despite that, the original purpose of the Hiveware patent remains in tact: to protect the downstream Hiveware innovator and developer from invention theft by large corporations. To that end Hiveware has been clearly patented in 17 countries in Europe, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and of course the USA.

hiveware innovation classification

In the May 2012 edition of Wired, Thomas Goetz, the executive editor, classified in “How to Spot the Future”, Wired’s 7 rules for identifying trends, technologies and ideas that will change the world. How does Hiveware fit into Wired’s classification scheme if at all? It fits under number

3. Favor the Liberators

The second flavor of liberation takes on the more subtle approach to turning scarcity to plenty. These liberators turn the advent of powerful software to put fallow infrastructure to work.

Hiveware has the potential of harnessing the exponentially growing home computer’s memory, persistent storage and CPU power. These combined resources have a few exponential inherent trends:

1)                          Their amount is growing 2 x exponentially: once according to Moore’s Law and once from the fact that dependency on servers (clouds, etc.) is increasing which, in effect, turns these computer devices into dumb terminals.

2)                          These resources have already been purchased by their owners.


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United States Patent No. 7, 124,362 – issued October 17, 2006

Australia Patent No. 2002324778 – issued October 2nd, 2008

Philippine Islands Patent No. 1-2004-500256 – issued October 30th, 2008

European Union Patent No. 1 430 409 – issued November 17, 2010






            Great Britain




Canadian Patent No. 2,458,860 – final fee paid March 21, 2011

Indian Patent Application No. 00192/DELNP/2004 – pending examination of granted European patent.

Chinese Patent Application No. 02816585.3 -  no appeal after final rejection April 17, 2011.

Hong Kong Patent No. EP 1 430 409 B1 issued November 17, 2010.

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