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Vestas says it will challenge GE’s claims in lawsuit filed over wind turbine patent

Boston, MA-based global digital industrial firm General Electric filed a complaint for patent infringement against Dutch wind turbine company Vestas Wind Systems A/S. GE filed the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 6

Evolution of Industrial Lasers: Persistence of Marshall Jones leads to revolutionary changes in additive manufacturing

The innovative work of Jones that led to his induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame is on display in U.S. Patent No. 4676586, titled Apparatus …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

Chinese solar farms make country a global leader in renewables despite world’s deadliest air quality

The Anhui solar farm is the world’s largest floating farm but its 40 MW capacity is much lower than other large photovoltaic power stations across the world. …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

Slump in Clean Energy Patents Causes Concern

As of late, the spike of clean energy technology innovation is slowing down in the United States, during a time that the Trump administration is aiming to …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
4 months ago 1

Innography report pegs Salesforce.com, Tesla as top innovative firms

This list of top innovators put together by Forbes has been further refined by intellectual property analytics firm Innography to take a more objective, data-based approach in …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 3

Tesla battery patents further proof of Elon Musk’s duplicitous views on patents

Like so many other critics of the patent system, Musk seems to despise all patents except for his own. Of course, Musk never said he avoids patents …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 25

The Pioneers of Electricity: Top 10 Inventors of Electrical Technologies

Electricity may power our modern world but the phenomenon of electric activity has been observed for millennia. Studies into triboelectric charges, or electrostatic charging created by rubbing …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 11

Thomas E. Murray: The Inventor who powered New York City

American inventor and businessman Thomas E. Murray is the pioneer behind many of the foundational elements of the modern day electrical grid, from the design of power …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 5

Keystone XL, Dakota Access prove pipelines have advanced way beyond wooden pipes of 1860s

Nearly 150 years of development in the field has been supported by both the commercial success of the pipeline concept as well as the incredible importance that fossil …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 1

GM and Honda announce joint investment in fuel cell development, marrying two largest patent portfolios in the field

The official announcement released by both GM and Honda notes that both companies enjoy patent portfolios related to fuel cell battery technologies, which are among the world’…
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 0

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

On the menu this week for Other Barks & Bites, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the Lanham Act’s disparagement provision, a six-figure …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 1

Best of CES 2017 includes parental control software, gaming mice and ceiling tiles for wireless charging

One product in each category receives a Best of Innovation award as the most innovative product in its category. Today, we’ll take a stroll through some …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 1

Ford receives record number of U.S. patents during 2016 after consistent increases in R&D

Dearborn, MI-based automaker Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) recently issued a press release, which heralded the 1,442 patents granted to the company by the U.S. Patent and …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 0

21st Century Cures Act passed overwhelmingly by House, major health reform bill moves to Senate

The 21st Century Cures Act has broad bipartisan support having been passed in the U.S. House by an overwhelming 344-77 roll call vote. It also has …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 18

Evo of Tech: B. The insulated gate bipolar transistor has improved U.S. electrical efficiency by 40 percent

Sunday, November 6th marks the 26th anniversary of the first U.S. patent issued to Baliga for which he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 0