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The Unusual Side of Intellectual Property

The Unusual Side of Intellectual Property

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is a treasure trove of clever – and sometimes unintentionally funny – inventions. Here are some interesting compilations of clever and weird mapping ideas from National Geographic and strange ideas for back to school from the...

Google Eyes New Way To Combat Patent Trolls

Google has announced a new way for patent owners looking to make some cash off their creations to do just that. Starting May 8 and running through May 22, Google will offer an “experimental” program that will allow patent owners to sell individual patents...

President Vetoes ITC Decision In Samsung-Apple Patent Case

Samsung obtained a decision from the United States International Trade Commission barring the import of certain models of Apple iPhones and iPads because they infringed Samsung patents. The President, through a letter from the US trade representative, vetoed the...

Improved Fire Detector from ORNL Could Save More Lives

Standard fire detectors often give false alarms when there is smoke but no fire, such as when food burns. This leads some to remove the batteries or to unplug the detector, which puts lives at risk. Engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have a solution for...

Funny Faces May Soon Replace Passwords In Android Devices

Using face detection to unlock electronic devices isn’t new. The problem with the technology is that it can be fooled using doctored photos, etc. Google proposes to overcome this shortcoming with “facial landmarks.” A recently filed patent describes...

SCOTUS Says No To Human Genes Patents

Should isolated genes (i.e., genes separated from surrounding genetic material) be considered “products of nature” and, therefore, ineligible for patent protection under U.S. law? The Supreme Court, in a recent 9-0 decision, said “yes.” The...
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