WIPO & Pharma Team-Up with Pat-INFORMED Program

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 6:21 PM


Earlier this month, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in partnership with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), signed off on a new initiative to help make medicine patent information more available. The program, named the Patent Information Initiative for Medicines (Pat-INFORMED), aims to create a common online platform or database of key medicine patents & information, accessible to health professionals worldwide.  This information …

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Food for Thought: A Brief Look at Recipe Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 5:45 PM


By David Miller The holiday season is quickly approaching, and many people will gather with friends and family to have a special meal. If you are at a holiday party, desperate to talk about anything other than politics, consider discussing the best IP protection for the unique dishes on the table. After all, recipes are patentable subject matter.Negotiating with your host to patent the potato salad is rather humorous, but keep in mind the scale of the foodservice industry. Restaurants account for $800 bill…

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Clean Meat, Plant Patents & The Future of Food

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:48 AM


In 2013, Dr. Mark Post, a biologist from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, revealed the first lab-grown hamburger at an event in London.  Using muscle stem cells taken from a cow, Post grew 20,000 muscle fibers in a petri dish over a period of three months to create a five-ounce burger that could, in time, revolutionize the meat industry.   Animal agriculture has been proven to be a costly, unsustainable and environmentally degrading practice, among other things, which has spawned a new wave of comp…

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These Innovative Textile Technologies Could Be Lifesaving

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 6:02 AM


Last year, researchers at the Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Facility and NanoBiotechnology Research Lab in Melbourne, Australia were experimenting with a new technology that could be used to design clothes,  blankets, carpets and other textiles capable of cleaning themselves.  Here's what they found: copper and silver-based nanostructures grown directly onto different textiles release “hot electrons” when exposed to light, giving them a “burst of energy” that allows them to break down organic matter.  Reducing …

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Automotive Industry Drives Forward with Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:43 PM


As autonomous vehicles become less a sci-fi fantasy and more a part of our everyday life, car makers are pushing patents to protect their unique designs. From car-to-car communication systems to futuristic fleets of robo-taxis, these patents are giving car & tech-lovers a lot to talk about.  Jaguar Land Rover recently filed a patent for a car equipped with a weather forecasting system that would allow the vehicle to automatically adapt to changing weather conditions.  Should the system sense an upcoming…

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California Considers 100% Clean Energy By 2045

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:07 PM


Earlier this month, California lawmakers met to debate one of the most highly-anticipated clean energy mandates the state has ever seen. The proposed Senate Bill 100, first amended back in May, outlined plans for California to commit to using 100% renewable or carbon neutral energy by 2045.  Despite making it through several rounds of deliberation, the bill seems to have reached a stopping point, at least for now. The San Francisco Bay Area is currently home to more than 72,000 jobs in the clean energy sect…

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But First...Let Me Take A Selfie

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:29 AM


Wildlife photographer David Slater was on a trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia when a monkey stumbled across his camera, left unattended, and took a picture.  Naruto, a then six-year-old crested macaque, snapped a selfie on Slater's camera that would later become the cover of the photographer's book, Wildlife Personalities.  In 2015, PETA sued Slater on behalf of the macaque, stating that he had infringed the animal's copyright by publishing the image in his book. The organization argued that since Naruto took the…

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Football is Back, and Innovation in Sports is on the Rise

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 3:39 PM


Football fans everywhere are rejoicing at the start of the regular season, but that’s not the only exciting thing going on in the world of sports.   Professional sports teams of all types are looking for new and innovative ways to boost business, improve athletic performance and give back to their communities. Some have even created innovation labs to help  mentor and support startups that they feel can contribute something valuable.     The Philadelphia 76ers, for example, help startups admitted to the Si…

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Allergan Strikes Unconventional Deal to Protect Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5:37 PM


Allergan, Plc has struck a deal with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe that will protect its patents on the popular eye medication, Restasis.  “The Tribe, a recognized sovereign tribal government, is filing a motion to dismiss the ongoing inter partes review (IPR) of the RESTASIS® patents based on their sovereign immunity from IPR challenges,” states Allergan’s recent press release.The global pharmaceutical company announced last week that it had transferred patents related to the chronic dry eye medication to t…

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Innovation & Opportunity at Arizona's "New American University"

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6:26 PM


Arizona State University is no stranger to innovation.  In 2015, the University ranked number one on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the most innovative schools, celebrating a record-breaking year in patents in 2016. Shortly after, the University was designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for “recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement,” and has since taken every opportunity to contribute to the …

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AR Patents Point to Future of Tech Entertainment

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 5:50 PM


Augmented-reality smart glasses are all the rage this year, with dozens of companies outlining plans to put their own version of these future-tech specs on the market. If you haven’t heard of Snapchat Spectacles, you may see fans sporting them at this year’s U.S. Open in Wisconsin.  These one-of-a-kind frames, available now through September 10th via vending machines called Snapbots, allow users to record & post video directly to their Snapchat stories- all while providing the same UV protection as norm…

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World's Most Innovative Cities 2016-17

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2:56 PM


Global innovation agency and research firm, 2thinknow, recently released its list of the world's most innovative cities.  Here's a quick look at some of the highest ranked.London- With more than 47,000 digital technology companies and an open-data policy that has led to a number of creative startups, London has very quickly become a global tech & innovation hub.  London's Central Business District is responsible for approximately one third of the city's employment and is home to an ever-increasing techn…

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Retail Patents on Land, in Air and By Sea

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 8:07 AM


Wal-Mart is looking to the skies for its next big development.  According to a recent patent, the world’s largest retailer is toying with the idea of creating a floating warehouse, or “gas-filled aerial transport and launch system,” that would make deliveries to shoppers via drone.  The patent describes a large aerial vehicle that is remote controlled, equipped with multiple launching pads and capable of flying to heights of up to 1,000 feet. It’s an interesting concept for a patent, filed not that long aft…

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Innovative Healthcare Riding on CloudMine

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 5:12 PM


Recent advances in technology have revolutionized the healthcare industry which, according to the Center for Health Workforce Studies, is growing at a remarkable rate- more than twice as fast as the general economy.   Nearly all of the country's hospitals have already implemented the use of electronic health records (EHR) and are experimenting with the use of fitness wearables, telecommunications and even advanced robotics. According to a 2015 report published by market research firm Mordor Intelligence, …

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These Unique Patents Are Putting Safety First

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM


From print-reading panic buttons to self-crumpling cars, these forward-thinking companies are putting safety at the forefront of their technology. Apple recently patented a process that would give iPhone users the ability to call 911 discreetly "when a conventional method may not be practical."  Users can already make an emergency phone call when their device is locked, however, this method would allow them to do so should an attacker be watching.  An iPhone might be programmed using the new technology to c…

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