Step Aside Science-Fiction, Sony's 3D Visor is for Real.

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 3:00 AM


It’s a movie-lover’s dream come true.  Sony is now the inventor and producer of a head-mounted 3D visor capable of enhancing users’ movie and gaming experiences.  Not only does it feature 5.1 surround sound in the integrated headphones, but it creates a movie theatre-like experience through two 1280x720 0.7-inch high definition OLED panels.  Mounted in front of each eye, these panels give the user a similar experience to watching a 750inch screen from 60 feet away.…

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New Patents Keep Apple Going Forward

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 3:00 AM


If you haven’t heard the latest Apple news, CEO Steve Jobs has officially handed over the reigns.   It’s a historic shift that may or may not have a dramatic effect on the company and its successful line of products. Jobs, however, is confident about the future, saying, “I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it.”Proof of that may be in two of Apple’s most recent patent applications for new technologies designed to keep iphone, ipad, a…

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Inventors of Smart CCTV Keeping an Eye on Crime

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM


Researchers over at Kingston University in London are on their way to producing a smart CCTV system that can detect, track, and record crime.  The technology works by teaching a computer to recognize “trigger events,” specific types of criminal behavior, like someone holding a gun. Comprised of multiple cameras, this system has the ability to record a full history of criminal events, tracking and following suspicious behavior and deleting other “regular” footage. Worri…

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Industrial Robot Inventor Dies at 99

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 3:00 AM


George Devol, maker of the revolutionary mechanical arm, died last week at age 99.  A primarily self-taught inventor, Devol created a robotic arm that could be programmed to repeat tasks such as lifting and grasping in the early 1950s. It was the first of its kind, and in 1961, Devol received a patent for his new technology, which he named Universal Automation (now known as Unimation).  General Motors was the first to put this equipment into effect on their assembly line, replacing factory wo…

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Angry Birds Launched into Patent Lawsuit

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 3:00 AM


 The Texas-based licensing company, Lodsys, has set out on a lawsuit spree against mobile app developers big and small.  Most recently added to their list is Rovio, popularly known as the creators of Angry Birds. Created in 2009, the addictive puzzle game quickly gained recognition, as millions of people took on the mission to get the angry birds’ eggs back from the enemy pigs.  Using a catapult to launch these cartoon birds into action, the object of the game is to destroy the pig…

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Patent Number 8,000,000 is in Sight

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM


Patent number 8,000,000 was issued recently to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.  The innovative visual prosthetics company received the historic patent for a device that uses electrical stimulation of the retina to produce visual perception of patterns of light.  Upon FDA approval, this apparatus will deliver breakthrough treatment for people with blindness due to retinal degeneration, a previously untreatable condition.This is big news for the USPTO, having issued 1,000,000 patents in only the…

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Patents Passed on Your Birthday - A USPTO Calendar of Events

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 3:00 AM


Do you ever wonder what happened in the IP world on your birthday?  The USPTO has a fun website in their Kids Pages that will let you know just that.  This calendar of famous, and not-so-famous, patents will give you some insight as to what was happening on your big day!Here are some examples of patents and trademarks registered on my own family members’ birthdays:March 5: George Westinghouse, JR. patented the steam air brake in 1872March 19: Phineas Quimby issued a patent in 1850 for a stee…

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Microsoft Receives Patent for Dual-Screen Phone

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10:51 AM


Recently, Microsoft has caused some excitement with its new patent for a dual-screen smart phone.  This creation has everybody talking, though some are looking back to the similar, and not long failed, Courier.  Microsoft’s original Courier booklet was announced in 2009 to be the next stage in PC evolution.  Its dual-hinged 7” touch-screens and 3 mega-pixel camera had the public eager to write, flick, and draw in a whole new way.  Before the project was ready for the las…

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An Uptown Girl's Patent Appears to Have Speed for Takeoff

Posted by Robb Evans on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 5:23 AM


Six Degrees of Christie BrinkleyAs we all may have noticed at some point there is a list of references cited adorning the face of every US patent.  Utilizing these lists of references cited, patents can be connected to other patents through the references cited on their own face, as well as the instances where the patent is cited on a subsequent patent’s face.   By connecting patents in this manner a network begins to form and begs the question: How many steps would it take to connect a…

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Data Storage Patent Linked to Bloody Apparatus

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 5:20 AM


Six Degrees of the Floppy Disk As we all may have noticed at some point there is a list of references cited adorning the face of every US patent.  Utilizing these lists of references cited, patents can be connected to other patents through the references cited on their own face, as well as the instances where the patent is cited on a subsequent patent’s face.   By connecting patents in this manner a network begins to form and begs the question: How many steps would it take to conne…

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Can I Patent My Good Memory? I Think So, But I Don't Remember.

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 4:30 AM


I recently read a short excerpt about memory implants and it piqued my interest so I decided to read the full article.  The thought of being able to improve memory with an implant sounded intriguing and promising, especially for persons suffering from stroke, dementia or other injuries/diseases that affect cortical structures.  The memory implant was developed by scientists at Wake Forest University and the University of Southern California. The memory implant is actually a cortical neural prosthe…

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Apple Computer Patent Linked to Innovative Credit Card

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 6:01 AM


Six Degrees of the Steve Wozniak As we all may have noticed at some point there is a list of references cited adorning the face of every US patent.  Utilizing these lists of references cited, patents can be connected to other patents through the references cited on their own face, as well as the instances where the patent is cited on a subsequent patent’s face.   By connecting patents in this manner a network begins to form and begs the question: How many steps would it take to con…

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Start Looking on the Astroturf if You Want to Find Studs

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 6:26 AM


Six Degrees of AstroturfAs we all may have noticed at some point there is a list of references cited adorning the face of every US patent.  Utilizing these lists of references cited, patents can be connected to other patents through the references cited on their own face, as well as the instances where the patent is cited on a subsequent patent’s face.   By connecting patents in this manner a network begins to form and begs the question: How many steps would it take to connect any paten…

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Big Blue is Still Big -- IBM's Patent Activity

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 2:30 AM


What is IBM up to?IBM is a large multinational corporation with an even larger patent portfolio. In 2010 they filed over 1500 patent applications and were granted over 5,000 patents. It’s hard to perform a search in any electrical field without coming across at least one reference from IBM. So what is this conglomerate up to?Let’s take a look at a few recent granted US patents:US7950008B2 - Software installation in multiple operating systemsThis relates to installing and the use of software that…

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Patent to Connect the Human Wrist to the Future of Cooking

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 2:54 AM


As we all may have noticed at some point there is a list of references cited adorning the face of every US patent.  Utilizing these lists of references cited, patents can be connected to other patents through the references cited on their own face, as well as the instances where the patent is cited on a subsequent patent’s face.   By connecting patents in this manner a network begins to form and begs the question: How many steps would it take to connect any patent with any other patent?…

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