Researchers Find Innovative Way to Engineer Liver

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 5:12 PM

According to the American Liver Foundation, there are approximately thirty million people currently suffering from some form of liver disease, yet little is known about it compared to other chronic diseases.  Right now, there are roughly sixteen thousand people on the national waiting list for liver transplants, most of whom will unfortunately never get one. Researchers at MIT, Rockefeller University and Boston University are hoping to help change these statistics with their recent discovery of a new way to…

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Controversy Brews Over EPO-Issued Plant & Animal Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:20 PM

German brewers and agriculturalists are up in arms after the European Patent Office granted big brewing companies Carlsberg and Heineken two new patents related to barley.  The two companies first came together last year, successfully patenting specific strains of barley derived by random mutation.  The new strains allegedly help simplify the brewing process, save energy and improve the beer's overall taste. Though patents on "essentially biological processes" are prohibited under European patent law, those…

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Food Industry Patents & Innovation

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 8:09 AM

Patents in the food industry may seem few and far between, but there are tons of inventive companies and restaurants dedicated to discovering the next big thing. From chocolate to smart utensils to unique food-safety practices, these innovative products & services are transforming the food industry one bite at a time:Florida-based company Legal Lean is manufacturing a new form of “snortable chocolate” called Coco Loko.  The controversial product hit U.S. shelves earlier this year and is being marketed a…

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Forbes Ranks World's Most Innovative Companies 2016

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:34 PM

Innovation is everywhere these days.  Regardless of size, age or industry, companies of all kinds are shifting their focus to innovation both in how they operate and the products and services they provide.  Each year, Forbes puts together a list of the world's most innovative companies.  Here's a quick look at a few of the top contenders: On its 2016 Most Innovative Companies list, Forbes ranked Tesla number one.  Founded in 2003, with cars on the road in more than 30 countries, Tesla is constantly striving…

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Canadian Supreme Court Stands Firm in “Bombshell” Decisions

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Canada’s Supreme Court is attracting a lot of attention in recent months, following a couple of “bombshell” decisions related to intellectual property and other rights.Last week, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled in favor of the popular drug company AstraZeneca, dismissing the “Promise Doctrine” policy previously used in Canada to overturn patents.  The Promise Doctrine, first instituted back in 2005, required pharmaceutical companies to essentially predict the use of a patented drug at the time of filing. I…

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Fidget Spinners and Due Diligence

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM

By David Miller Modern life is defined by patents—virtually every object with which we interact has been shaped in response to someone’s claim to one technology or another. Nonetheless, patent law is complex and occasionally arcane, so people frequently struggle to understand patents in the context of their favorite devices.  The need for appropriate levels of due diligence seems so obvious, yet many people reach the wrong conclusions based on inadequate due diligence. Your clients might not care about fi…

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Clean Chemistry Water Treatment Technology & Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 5:16 PM

Colorado clean tech company, Clean Chemistry, recently received three patents covering its innovative water treatment processes, specifically its “formulae, synthesis methods and use of unique oxidant chemistries.”  The patents are related to the use of reactive oxygen species (ROS) to reduce and remove contaminants from a large variety of water sources, providing clean water in any number of industrial settings. While most conventional water treatment methods can leave behind toxins, damage equipment and c…

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Attention All Shoppers: These Patents Are A Big Deal

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Last year, Walmart nabbed itself a patent for self-driving shopping carts, a technology that could easily revolutionize the way people shop.  Forget exerting yourself trying to yank a cart from the chain.  These smart-carts would come stocked with detachable motors, sensors and control circuits that would allow a customer to select a cart from a collective area using their mobile device.  Ideally the carts would also come equipped with a navigational system that could help guide customers through the store,…

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Can You Feel It? Emotion-Based Patents & Technology

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Emotions have long fueled our actions as human beings and have more recently become a big focus for businesses looking to connect with the right demographic.  Whether it’s in tailoring advertisements to people of a particular mindset, keeping us engaged via social media or helping monitor a driver’s safety out on the road, companies all over the globe are using emotion-based technology to their advantage.  Check out a few of these unique applications:    In 2012, Microsoft was issued a patent for “targeting…

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Silicon Valley Accused of Lifting Patent Troll Plot from Austin Filmmaker

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Two years ago, indie filmmaker Lex Lybrand set out to make a movie that “explores the pitfalls of start-up culture” and draws attention to the non-practicing entities “using decades-old loopholes in intellectual property / patent law to game our system and bleed inventors & entrepreneurs dry.”  The Trolls, a comedy about patent trolls, 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 battle…

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ASU Ranked Top 30 in University Patents 2016

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 2:40 PM

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI), with the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), recently released its list of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016.  The report, now in its fifth year of publication, helps demonstrate the importance of patents when it comes to making advances in university research, technology and innovation.  Among the top 50 schools ranked were: Washington University, University of Central Florida, and Duke University.  Arizona State cam…

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Brexit & the U.K. General Election 2017

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:47 AM

Last June, more than 30 million U.K. citizens cast their vote in a nationwide referendum, resulting in Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union.  Now, Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting to uphold that decision, after calling for an early snap election in April.  Despite a decreasing approval rating, Prime Minister May is standing behind the majority decision to exit the EU, stating that Brexit will happen “whether people like it or not” and calling it “a great national mission,” an opportu…

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Success & Innovation in the Workplace

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Innovation has become a crucial component for companies in all industries- a key to sustaining growth and financial success in today’s competitive marketplace.  In a recent report on the role of innovation in business, PwC found that more than half of all CEOs surveyed considered innovation and operational effectiveness to be equally important to the success of their organization, and a “prerequisite for survival.”  But what drives innovation in the workplace?  In 2015, Google conducted a study that examine…

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Supreme Court Unanimous in Patent Venue Decision

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Tech companies, especially, are rejoicing after a Supreme Court ruling on Monday placed strict limitations on where patent lawsuits can be filed.  TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC addressed the issue of patent venues after decades without change, after Kraft sued TC Heartland in Delaware back in 2014 for the alleged infringement of its patents related to “liquid water enhancers.”  Despite the fact that Heartland "is not registered to do business in Delaware, has no local presence in Delaware,…

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Innovative Clean Energy Startups Could be the Winds of Change

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM

The U.S. may be falling behind when it comes to clean energy innovation, but a new report shows that the global offshore wind turbine market could reach $58 billion by 2025.  The report, published by Transparency Market Research, predicts a broad expansion of offshore wind power generation over the next eight years, and forecasts the global offshore wind turbines market to grow at a CAGR of 7.7% during that time.  Europe and Asia Pacific currently dominate the market, however, the U.S. isn't completely out …

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