Great stories about patents and other IP
Patents for Universal Studios, Lockheed Martin and more
Feb12

Patents for Universal Studios, Lockheed Martin and more

Utility Patents A utility patent protects how something works and what it does. Central Florida inventors who have recently received utility patents include: Brian H. Thomas , Auburndale; Oludele O. Popoola, Granger, Ind.; Joseph R. Vargas, Garnerville, N.Y.; Steven Seelman, Montclair, N.J.; and Jeffrey P. Anderson, Warsaw, Ind. Pyrolytic carbon implants with porous fixation component and methods of making the same. Assigned to...

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PayPal cuts off payments to UnoTelly Netflix-unblocking service
Feb06

PayPal cuts off payments to UnoTelly Netflix-unblocking service

Move comes after Netflix promises crackdown on people watching content restricted to other countries A Canadian company that helps people watch U.S. Netflix from Canada can no longer accept PayPal after the online payment processor cut off its service. “On February 3rd, 2016, Paypal has severed payment processing agreement unilaterally and without prior warning,” Toronto-based UnoTelly said on its blog Thursday....

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IP: Are USPTO-Promulgated Trial Rules Reliable?
Feb06

IP: Are USPTO-Promulgated Trial Rules Reliable?

Originally appeared in Intellectual Property Magazine on February 3, 2016. —by David Soofian There is no getting around it, America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings are a work in progress. The United States Congress set a broad framework for inter partes review (IPR), post grant review (PGR) and covered business method (CBM) proceedings in the AIA, but left the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with much of the responsibility for...

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New study from Harvard and Stern Business School affirms the value of patents for startups
Feb01

New study from Harvard and Stern Business School affirms the value of patents for startups

A new study of patents and their effects on business claims that the U.S. patent system has significant benefits for start-up businesses.“The Bright Side of Patents” by Joan Farre-Mensa of Harvard Business School, Deepak Hegde, and Alexander Ljungqvist of New York University’s Stern School of Business found that the employment and sales growth of U.S. startups was enhanced by patents. Their research focused on first-time patent...

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New patent subject-matter eligibility test hurts US competitiveness
Jan28

New patent subject-matter eligibility test hurts US competitiveness

The United States has historically been the world leader in providing patent protection for new and emerging technologies. Think about gene sequencing, personalized medicine and computer-implemented technologies that run everything — and America’s dominance in these industries. But due to a series of poorly considered and frequently misapplied Supreme Court decisions, applicants in key technologies such as biotech and software...

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USPTO Patent Focus for Dec. 14: recent local patents awarded
Dec14

USPTO Patent Focus for Dec. 14: recent local patents awarded

The following shows recent patents awarded to people or companies in central Virginia. Listed are the name of patent, the patent number, name of the local inventor and his or her locality, the patent assignee, and a brief description of the patent from an abstract. The information comes from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. *** Direct reduction of iron (DRI) pellet treatments; (U.S. Patent 9,200,339); James Wilkins of North...

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IP: Manufacturers say the innovation statement needs to include tax breaks for intellectual property
Dec07

IP: Manufacturers say the innovation statement needs to include tax breaks for intellectual property

With the federal government about to unveil new policies in the innovation statement today, a new study suggests Australia needs more competitive taxation for intellectual property. The Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council (AAMC) report focuses on “knowledge-rich manufacturing”. Countries must compete with each other to attract investment, both by foreign and domestic companies, it says. Australia is currently ranked 10th in...

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