Should someone be able to get a monopoly on concepts for software? What if those concepts cover the basic pieces of something as important as the Internet? These are the type of questions constantly debated in the software industry, the patent office and the courts. What is generally overlooked, however, ... Read More
It sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? After all, self-driving cars represent innovative progress in technology, and patents are intended “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” U.S. Constitution, ... Read More
At the recent IPAA Seminar for entrepeneurs, various issues of interest to inventors and small companies were discussed by professionals in the field, including data searchers, patent attorneys and examiners.
The key issue of choosing a patent attorney was not discussed with the audience. This was a conscious ... Read More
Of the top eleven active US patent holders, only four are American companies.
But who gets the best return on their innovation rights is less clear.
It is no surprise that many foreign companies are significant US patent holders. The leader in active US patents, Samsung, with 63,434, is now more than ... Read More
For more than a year a man slept in his SUV parked on the upscale Park Slope section of Brooklyn.
The man, call him Gene, a Ph.D. an organic chemist who did his post-doctoral work at Columbia, is named on 44 patents. How he found himself in ... Read More
Mark Cuban is a businessman, investor, TV personality and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. The Cuban fortune came as the result of founding Broadcast.com, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2002 for $5 billion in Yahoo! stock. Over the last five years Cuban ... Read More
The contact lens of the future may do a lot more than just correct your vision.
Earlier this week, Google was awarded a patent for a solar-powered contact lens that is capable of communicating with computers and collecting biological data about the wearer.
The ... Read More