Ocean Supercluster to Drive Innovation in Canada

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:37 AM

Members of the latest Canadian Supercluster are coming together to address some of the most common challenges faced by one of the world's most important environments: the ocean.  Canada has the longest coastline in the world, stretching 243,042 km, or roughly 151,483 miles, yet it sees less economic benefit from its oceans than most other coastal countries.  In fact, currently, the ocean accounts for only 15-20% of Atlantic Canada's economy. Canada's Ocean Supercluster, a collaboration between industry-lead…

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Food, Family & an Appetite for Odd Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 6:32 PM

Tis the season for friends, family, food and... fantastically odd patents?  In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, we thought we'd take a look at some unique, related patents that may or may not ever reach the market.  Check out a few selections below: This patent for "Pumpkin Powder" was first issued back in the late 1800s, with the intention of providing consumers with a more convenient ingredient for making pies, among other things. Essentially, the patented system centers around removing the pulp…

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Bill Gates to Bring “Smart City” to Arizona

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Bill Gates is no stranger to innovation; in fact, the billionaire has just invested in the development of a new “smart city” in Arizona, intended to serve as a hub for innovation and progressive technology in the greater-Phoenix area.The 24,800 acre development, named Belmont, will allegedly feature the latest and greatest in technology, including: autonomous vehicles, advanced digital networks, data centers and much more.     The former Microsoft CEO has invested $80 million in the project which, following…

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Apple Vs. Samsung: Round Two Slated for 2018

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Late last month, word spread of a potential rematch between Apple and Samsung following a long-winded patent battle related to the iPhone maker’s slide-to-unlock technology.  However, on November 6th,  the Supreme Court denied Samsung’s appeal of its 2016 decision, upholding its previous ruling and awarding Apple $120 million, officially squashing any rumors of a round two. The two will, however, revisit an even bigger suit early next year.  Apple first accused Samsung of "copying the aesthetics of the iPho…

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Patents in Asia Are on the Rise

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:52 AM

Last year, in its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators report, WIPO ranked China number one in patent applications for 2015 with a record-breaking 1,101,864 invention patent filings. Not only did China set a new record by becoming the first office worldwide to receive more than 1 million patent applications, but it also showed the fastest growth in 2015 at 18.7%.  Since then, China has continued to show increasing numbers in tech innovation.   In the business sector, nearly half of all Chinese un…

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This Candy Company is Finding Innovative Ways to Cut Sugar

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 6:40 PM

Retailers everywhere are in for a real treat, as consumers prepare for the Halloween ahead.  According to NPR, candy sales are expected to reach over $4 billion this year, a 4.1% rise from 2016, but as kids and consumers are splurging on sugary snacks, one company is focused on cutting back.Late last year, Nestle announced the development of an innovative new process that would help cut the sugar in its confectionaries by as much as 40%.  Researchers at the Swiss food company have allegedly found a way to s…

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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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