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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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Number of Patent Applications for Cannabis Grows

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A recent Forbes article notes that nearly 1500 utility and plant patent applications have been filed since 1942.  Half of those applications were filed in the last 25 years and there are 500 active patent applications for cannabis related products.  The data shows that about half of these applications have been approved.  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



Solar System Has a New Ninth Planet

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Pluto may be out of the picture but scientists say that our solar system has a new ninth planet called Planet X.  This planet is approximately the same size of Neptune and orbits the sun once every 15,000 years.

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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



3D Printers to Begin Printing in Graphene

Posted on September 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In 2010, two scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of a new material.  Six years earlier they used adhesive to lift a layer of carbon from a block of graphite and then placed it layer on a silicon wafer, creating "graphene."  Graphene is essentially a two dimensional layer of carbon having amazing physical properties. It is 200 times stronger than steel and carries 1000 times the electrical current of copper having the same density, yet it is transparent and flexible.  

In 2014, the Chinese built the world's largest 3D printer in the hopes of constructing buildings out of a graphene and fiberglass matrix of sorts.  Others are expected to follow suit, revolutioning the world of 3D printing.  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE