There is a new weapon for fighting terrorism — BEES. The honeybee, Apis mellifera is being used to detect explosives. The Stealthy Insect Sensor Project at the Los Alamos Lab is using Pavlovian techniques (yes, the same as the rewards for the dog) to teach honeybees to signal the presence of certain explosives or chemicals by sticking out their tongues.
At an FTC meeting on patent trolls in December, Mr. Brad Burnham, a managing partner at Union Square Ventures, a firm involved in financing many notable companies like Tumblr, Etsy, Boxee, Meetup, Kickstarter, and Twitter talked about his own unpleasant experience with patent assertion entities noting, "You can't find patents." The transition to the CPC is upon us. Will the CPC make it easier to find patents?
Once again Newegg provides comprehensive understanding on how the patent monetization works.
They systematically sent thousands of letters out saying, "Hey, we own 27,000 patents, and here are some patents we think you infringe." They had a whole licensing group whose job was to monetize these patents, by threatening litigation and in some cases litigating. It didn't actually matter if you did your own analysis and got back to them and said, "Hey guys, we actually think we don't infringe." The response was something to the effect of, well, we have 27,000 patents—and you probably infringe something, so give us a licensing fee.
The America Invents Act gives the Director of USPTO new authority to "provide for prioritization of examination of applications for products, processes, or technologies that are important to the national economy or national competitiveness without recovering the aggregate extra cost of providing such prioritization." How will this work and will the digital natives come to play?
Tire technology helps mitigate increasing fuel costs by improving traction while reducing rolling-resistence. Innovations focused on where the tread meets and interacts with the road is improving fuel efficiency by as much as two miles per gallon. Today we offer an overview of some of the latest tire patents and the vintage inventions that preceded it. Use the Link-O-Matic for a tour of the titans of tires.
One of our occasional posts on business methods patents. Business methods patents covering computer implemented methods are changing the innovative landscape. Here is a new overdraft protection invention. What would Mark Cuban think?