FluMist Flop: CDC Finds Inventive Vaccine Ineffective

Posted by Robb Evans on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Flu season is just around the corner, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics have withdrawn their recommendations for the FluMist, leaving thousands of children and adults with only one option: the shot. In anticipation of the 2016-17 flu season, manufacturers had originally planned on the distribution of approximately 170 million doses of the vaccine, 14 million of which would be made in the popular nasal spray form; However, in May the U.S. Influenza Va…

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Bank of America Cuts Carbon with Innovative Initiative

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:22 PM

Business is booming for Bank of America, and CEO Brian Moynihan and other top executives are putting their "financial capital...intellectual capital, and...partnerships to work to help create a better future for all of us." Now one of the world's largest financial institutions, Bank of America is taking the necessary steps to cut its carbon footprint in half.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), carbon dioxide accounts for nearly 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and a recent study…

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Patent Litigation: Out with the Old, In with the New

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Patent litigation may be on the decline, but it certainly hasn't disappeared.  According to Unified Patents' 1st Half 2016 Patent Dispute Report,  the number of patent cases has decreased in the last half-year, totaling just over 2,000 from January-June 2016.  However, industry leaders all over the world are still stuck battling it out over patent after patent, and it seems that as soon as one case closes, another opens.  Here's a look at some of the more recent suits:Fitness and device manufacturers Fitbit…

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 Sales Are On Fire...Literally

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:33 AM

In an announcement made last Friday, Samsung Electronics Co. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urged consumers to turn off and turn in their Galaxy Note7 smartphones.  The Korean-based tech company launched the latest version of its smartphone back in August, after which more than two dozen fires involving the device's lithium-ion batteries were reported. Samsung quickly responded with a voluntary global recall of the device, stating that, "The safety and satisfaction of our customers i…

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"The Trolls," A Comedy about Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:14 PM

If you can't beat them.  Troll them.  Or so says Lex Lybrand with his new movie The Trolls, a comedy about patent trolls.  Set to release this October, the film follows a small Austin startup on its rise to success and its eventual fight against the patent troll that takes it all away.Inspired by comedian Adam Carolla’s recent battle with non-practicing entity Personal Audio LLC, director Lex Lybrand hopes to educate and incite others to stand up and fight back. “Patent trolls are an ugly, stinky zit on the…

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Get the Facts on Flossing: Patents, History & The Great Debate

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:58 PM

To floss, or not to floss?  That is the question.  At least, it is now thanks to a recent report published by the Associated Press.  Early last month, the popular news organization found that there was little scientific evidence that flossing aids in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease, spawning an epic dental debate.   For centuries now, dentists have promoted floss as a key weapon against plaque buildup, a staple of oral hygiene.  Levi Spear Parmly, a dentist in New Orleans during the early 18…

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Uber Accelerates with Self-Driving Cars, Auto Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Uber is hitting the streets of the Steel City with an innovative new fleet of self-driving cars.  The ride-sharing company recently announced that its Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh will officially launch a new line of vehicles next month, each equipped with unique sensors, cameras, scanners and GPS technology that make it possible to operate without a driver.    The autonomous Volvos hitting the road next month aren't completely without human supervision, though.  At least, not yet.  During t…

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Mylan Pharmaceuticals Under Fire for EpiPen Price Jump

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Mylan Pharmaceuticals is catching a lot of heat after raising the price of its EpiPen by over 400% in the last few years.  Since acquiring the injectable allergy medicine in 2007, the list price for a two-pack of EpiPens has jumped from roughly $100 to just over $600.    Mylan CEO, Heather Bresch, recently told CNBC that the reason for the high EpiPen prices is due to the current healthcare system and the recent influx of high deductible insurance policies.  In the interview, Bresch also noted that the Ep…

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KFC Invents with Innovative ‘Extra Crispy’ Campaign

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Kentucky Fried Chicken has always been a strong competitor in the fast-food market, but its more recent focus on innovation has definitely kept it in the spotlight.  Just this week, the fast-food chain announced a unique new promotion for its Extra Crispy Chicken: Extra Crispy chicken-scented sunscreen.  Sound strange?  This unique invention may have started as an odd marketing gimmick, but when doors opened on Monday morning, participating restaurants quickly dispensed more than 3,000 bottles of the SPF 30…

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The Force is Strong with This Disney Parks Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Star Wars enthusiasts are celebrating the development of Disney's latest attraction which is anticipated to be "the largest-ever single-themed land expansion at Disneyland Resort."  The official groundbreaking of Star Wars Land took place back in April, and while an official opening date has yet to be announced, details regarding the new project continue to surface. For example, Disney recently filed a patent for an "Audience Interaction Projection System," rumored to be a possible focus-point of the upcomi…

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Next Gen Smartphone Rumors Make Big Splash

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Apple fans everywhere are eager to get their hands on the new iPhone 7, set to release on September 23rd.   The new device is rumored to be sleeker and smarter than ever before with unique new features like stereo speakers and dual rear cameras.  Even more exciting than that, a few of the tech company's most recent patents also hint at the possibility of a waterproof element.Shortly following last year's launch of the iPhone 6S, questions regarding the device's water resistant capabilities began to arise.  …

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New Facebook Formula Sinks Suspicious Posts

Posted by Robb Evans on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Last we wrote, Facebook was focusing in on its advertising, continuing on its path to becoming one of the largest global platforms for app marketing.  Now, the social media giant is reworking its newsfeed formula to ensure that its users only have access to the most informative stories. According to the company itself, Facebook had an average of 1.13 billion daily users during the month of June, 1.03 billion of which were logging in on the mobile app.  On average, people now spend about 50 minutes of their …

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Gold Medal Cupping Patents & Practices

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Day four of the Rio Olympics is well underway, and athletes in all countries and sports are giving their all in an effort to take home the gold.  This year, one thing several of the competitors seem to have in common is their recovery strategy post-game, one in particular that leaves them covered in purple welts. Michael Phelps is just one of this year's most-popular athletes who seems to have adopted the ancient art of cupping.  The gold medal swimmer was photographed with circular bruises on his back shor…

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Pharma Patents & The Battle of Brand V. Generic

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 4:24 PM

With a number of big brand-name drugs slated to lose patents this year, generic manufacturers are eager to push their products to market... And consumers are just as eager to get their hands on them. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, U.S. prescription drug spending reached over $450 billion in 2015 and is expected to continue to rise in the coming years.  However, the U.S. has also seen a significant shift from brand-name prescription drugs to generics, which have resulted in…

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Youth, Patents & Play: Young Inventors Make History

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6:51 PM

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father," or at least that's what author, toy-maker and creativity expert Roger Von Oech claims.  For centuries, young inventors have been playing with their own ideas, bringing new and innovative solutions to the table, sometimes on a global scale.  Did you know that the popsicle was actually invented by an 11-year-old? Or that 15-year-old Louis Braille is responsible for creating the universal reading and writing system for the visually i…

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