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USPTO Issues 10 Millionth Patent

Posted on June 30, 2018 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Patent No. 10,000,000 was issued on June 19, 2018 to inventor Joseph Marron and the Raytheon Company  for a “Coherent LADAR Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection.” The device is designed to improve laser detection and ranging (LADAR).

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Be Wary of Bluffing an IP Action in the UK

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

"Threatening" a potential infringer for acts performed in the UK will now be govered by a new Intellectual Property Unjustified Threats Act. The act took effect on October 1, 2017 and outlines "permitted communications" between potential adversaries in patent, trademark and designs.  It should be noted that the act will not apply to copyright infringements, assertions of passing off or trade secret actions.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE


Google Applies for Vision Enhancement Device Injected Directly into the Eye

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Google has recently submitted a patent for a device injected directly into the eye. The device contains storage, sensors, a radio,  abattery and an electronic lens and is powered wirelessly from an “energy harvesting antenna.”

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How do we Protect Intellectual Property Law in Space?

Posted on March 5, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

There is a lack of certainty when it comes to intellectual property rights in outer space.  Space Law is generally uniform in its application while intellectual property law varies from country to country. What happens when a patent is infringed in outer space? Currently, nothing as patent laws apply only within the territory of the granting country. And because the standards of copyright infringement vary from country to country there is an additional uncertainty of what artistic expression is protectable in space.  This is an area of the law that will require attention as our presence in space grows.  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE



Can Software Be Patented? The Patent Landscape post Alice v. CLS

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1)

The recent US Supreme Court decision of Alice v. CLS Bank has specificed a Section 101 framework in which software patents must now be examined.  The court has enumerated two questions that must be asked in a software patent:

1. Does the claim merely cover an “abstract idea”?

2. Is there an (additional) “inventive concept” that turns this idea into a patentable application of the abstraction?

This decision does not elliminate the possibility of software patents but certainly leaves their patentability uncertain and open to challenge.


The recent case of Motio Inc. vs. Avnet Inc. has provided one example of how to circumvent this issue.  In that case the court found the that the "inventive concept" was an "automated agent" eligible for patent protection.

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Canadian Company Secures Patent for Space Elevator

Posted on October 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Thoth Technology of Ontario, Canada recently secured a patent for a space elevator.  The device would extend 12 miles above the earth's surface, allowing materials to be transported to and from space.  The company estimates that an elevator of this nature could save more than 30 percent of the fuel of a conventional rocket.

 

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Does a 3D Printed Organ Constitute a Human Organism Under Patent Law?

Posted on October 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

As 3D printing technology improves, the potential for printing human organs is becoming a reality... but are human tissues and organs patentable under the law?  The America Invents Act (AIA) clearly prohibits the patenting of any claim "directed to or encompassing a human organism."  The question becomes whether a 3D printing of tissues and/or organs constitues a human organism. In the past, patents have issued for organisms that are "non-naturally occurring" such as a bacterium that breaks down crude oil.  As technology improves this is sure to be a uncertain area of the law.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE



NASA to Release More Patents

Posted on October 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

NASA recently released seven key patents, allowing the private sector to borrow this technology for a term of years.  These patents include a new self-healing alloy, an amorphous robot capable of navigating rugged terrain, a glove with an exo-skeleton allowing the user to lift great weights, and a biometric password system based on the user's heartbeat.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE



NASA Developing its First Warp Drive

Posted on September 16, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

NASA has been wrestling with the time constraints of space travel for years but recently a physicist by the name of Miguel Alcubierre came up a concept that may make deep space travel a reality.  Alcubierre's theory involves a "space bubble" that can travel faster than the speed of light while the ship inside remains stationary.  This bubble contracts spacetime in front of the ship and expands it behind it. The energy required to create this bubble would be enormous; however, Sonny White of NASA’s Johnson Space Center believes that these energy requirements would be greatly reduced if the ring is formed in the shape of a donut.  Prototype warp engines are now being built and recent testing suggests that the warp speed travel might actually be feasible.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE



Newly Patented Devices Uses Heat & Ionized Air to Protect Against Shockwaves

Posted on August 15, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A newly patented devices suggest the use of heat and ionized air to protect troops against the shockwaves generated by explosions.  The patent suggests placement of arc generators on the exterior of vehicles along with a sensor to detect an inbound sock wave.  The generators woudl create a large arc of electricity to heat and ionize the air, deflecting the shock wave.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE