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Senator McCain says U.S. national security depends on access to innovation

Senator McCain's remarks related to defense acquisition reform generally, but more specifically related to the need for the Department of Defense to streamline acquisition of new, innovative …
Gene Quinn 29 days ago 4

Deputy Commissioner Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner for Patents

Hirshfeld succeeds Margaret “Peggy” Focarino, who served at the USPTO for 38 years and retired in early July 2015. While there were many highly qualified applicants for the Office …
Gene Quinn 29 days ago 0

Will the Obama Administration continue to seek amendments to the Innovation Act?

As patent reform keeps chugging along in Washington, an important briefing was held on Thursday, July 23rd, between members and staff of the U.S. House of …
Steve Brachmann 29 days ago 14

Google continues to march forward on autonomous vehicle development

Self-driving cars were also the focus of a couple of utility patents we discovered during our most recent survey of Google’s technological innovations. A system for …
Steve Brachmann 30 days ago 2

Aviation industry looks to cut polluting emissions through alternative fuels and batteries

A lot of research and development into alternative fuels for aircraft has focused on biofuels, which has also been an area of focus of automakers. Last January, …
Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 0

Was the Federal Circuit Trying to Save Us from Ourselves in Williamson v. Citrix?

In Williamson v. Citrix, the Federal Circuit overruled its own precedent that there is a “strong” presumption that claim limitations that do not use the term “means” …
Bryan Wheelock 1 month ago 6

The Evolution of Contact Lenses: From Da Vinci to Electronic Lenses

Any story about innovation that starts with Leonardo da Vinci is one worth telling. The fact that the great French philosopher René Descartes also plays a starring …
Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 0

Patent Reform riddled with intended, unintended, and unknown consequences

Most Congressional offices now understand how loser-pay, bonding and joinder stops the flow of capital to innovation startups, how customer stays make defending patent rights impossibly difficult, …

The Evolution of Roller Coasters: From Russian Ice Slides to American Steel Marvels

The development of the roller coaster as a ride for thrill seekers is primarily an American invention but the story of the modern coaster’s development spans …
Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 0

BIO, PhRMA lobby for IPR fix to insulate their patents from challenge

Greenwood and Castellani will have two major problems as they seek relief. First, the IPR provisions do not include a standing requirement, which means that anyone can …
Gene Quinn 1 month ago 7

Design Patents 101 – Protecting Appearance Not Function

Design patents are, in my opinion, an unfortunately overlooked patent. While a single design patent is a weak form of protection, they can be obtained quickly, rather …
Gene Quinn 1 month ago 5

Patent landscape suggests Bluetooth Low Energy tech has largely untapped potential

The two largest patent portfolios related to BLE technologies are owned by Irvine, CA-based fabless semiconductor company Broadcom and South Korean electronics giant Samsung. A market map …
Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 1