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Recently a branch of the Brookings Institution's (a think tank) has called for a National Innovation Foundation to arrest the United States' declining role in worldwide research and development. The U.S. share of worldwide R&D spending fell from 43% in 1986 to 37% in 2003. The U.S. lead in...
A five-year-old boy has followed in the footsteps of his cartoon inventor heroes by patenting his idea for a new double-headed broom.Wallace and Gromit fan Sam Houghton is believed to be the youngest person in the UK to register a patent, having had his lightbulb moment at the age of just three.He...
Last week the US Patent and Trademark Office issued Minerva Industries a patent on "a mobile entertainment and communication device." Reading the patent, you’ll realize it describes a now common smartphone configuration. The patent itself address a mobile phone with removable storage, an internet...
India has the potential to become a major producer of everything from new cars to engineered vegetables over the next five years, but likely won’t unless the country develops a bit of respect for other peoples rights. India's corporations have grown rapidly over the last decade and this has been...
When it’s Verizon of course! Having undone Vonage, Verizon is now taking aim at the cable guys with a VOIP patent suit filed against cable operators. We should all applaud and encourage Verizon to enforce its rights especially since they’ve proven that it can't earn a living selling standard...
Self-professed patent reformer IBM grabbed a patent Tuesday for a Variable Rate Toll System, which raises tolls as congestion increases. 'Congestion pricing of traffic is emerging as a completely new services market for IBM,' said Jamie Houghton, IBM's Global Leader for Road Charging. Many people...
Zhongyi Electronic Ltd., which is a major Chinese font and input method provider, is suing U.S.-based Microsoft for intellectual property rights (IPR) violations.The case brought by the Beijing-based company involves Microsoft's use of Zhengma, a system that allows Internet users to type Chinese...
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering Quanta v. LG, which could determine the future direction of patent law.In Quanta v. LG, LG Electronics and Intel settled a group of disputes over patents on microchips by giving Intel only a limited license. It made sense for Intel to buy freedom from suit...