Patent on Playing the Guitar Without Hands

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 2:38 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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Six Degrees of the Roomba - Patent on a Rotten Tomato of an Idea?

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:30 AM


Six Degrees of the Roomba   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 p…

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Toyota Patents: In Control... of their IP

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 2:30 AM


What is Toyota up to? Despite the recent recalls and bad press, Toyota Motors is still prolific in its patenting endeavors. An assignee search of Toyota pulled up over 200,000 references, and an assignee search of Toyota patents that have issued or published since May of 2011 pulled up over 200 references. Let’s take a look at three recently published applications and three recently issued patents. Published Applications: US 2011/0112749 A1 – Published 5-12-2011 - fuel-saving driving d…

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Six Degrees of Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Patent is Tightly Knit

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 2:30 AM


Six Degrees of Mark Zuckerberg  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 pa…

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Tomorrow's Intellectual Property Leaders -- Acting Like Children

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:27 AM


Do you know any young inventors? Would you like to foster their creative minds? My kids are always coming up with ideas so I just signed them up for Camp Invention. It’s a week-long class to promote the spirit of innovation in kids entering grades 1-6. They offer four programs that combine science, technology, engineering and math disguised as fun activities. The classes are offered nationwide during the summer. The “Create” program has several modules. In the first module, Problem Solving…

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Patent on Refrigeration Revolutionized What We Eat

Posted by Robb Evans on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM


Frederick Jones – May 17, 1893 – February 21, 1961 Happy belated birthday to Frederick McKinley Jones! This prolific American inventor is best remembered for creating the first successful mobile refrigeration system and revolutionizing the way Americans eat. Working with associate Joseph Numero, Jones was given a short deadline to design a mechanical refrigeration system that would hold up on the road in the heat of summer. Spoilage was common as meat, dairy, and produce products were all bei…

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Another First for the Wright Brothers: Patents Take Flight in May

Posted by Robb Evans on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 8:29 PM


Celebrating May the Wright WayOn May 22, 1906 the U.S. Patent Office granted Wilbur and Orville Wright patent No. 821,393, for a flying machine. Tested nearly three years earlier on the beach of North Carolina, their design was unlike any other and allowed the brothers to take off on the world’s first powered and controlled flight. It may have only lasted twelve seconds, but it made a wide footprint in flight history. It wasn’t until 1908, however, that the Wright brothers showed off their crea…

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The Godfather's Patent Leads to an Offer You Can Refuse

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 2:10 AM


Six Degrees of the Marlon BrandoAs 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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Fish Stories - The Biggest Patent EVER!

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2:01 AM


Random Patents BlogSometimes while doing a search I come across a patent that catches my eye.   Japanese patent JP2003047381A was one of those patents.  Hiroshi Okamura details an invention to transmit the sound of the fish biting your hook to your ear. I’m not sure I would even know what the sound of a fish biting a hook would sound like… or how to differentiate that from the sound of a fish just nibbling the worm… or the sound of snagging a tree branch for that matt…

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Is Bieber Fever the Next Biotech Buzzword?

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 2:21 AM


Personalized Medicine, pharmacogenomics, lab on a chip; it’s hard to be in the biotechnology fields without being inundated by the newest and greatest buzzwords. But what do these buzzwords mean, and how do they inure themselves into scientific literature (both patent and non-patent)?Let’s take a look at the three buzzwords (or rather, for some, buzz phrases) that are listed above: Personalized Medicine. Just what is this buzzword that keeps popping up all over the place? Personalized medic…

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SIRs as Alternatives to Patents -- What Do YOU Think?

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 2:20 AM


Thank you, SIR, may I have another?Did you know there is an alternative to the patent process?  It’s called an SIR – Statutory Invention Registration.  It is not a patent, but rather, a defensive publication in that it can be used to prevent someone else from getting a patent on your invention.  Like the old saying goes, “If I can’t have it, no one can.”  The catch is, once an invention is registered with the USPTO and published as an SIR, the inventor waive…

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Can I Get a Patent on the Business Process of Continual Upgrades?

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 2:32 AM


“You mean everything I have is already obsolete?   But…but… I just bought this one.”At the rate technology is currently moving, does it feel like we are constantly updating to keep pace? The Buy Back program from Best Buy certainly has us believe that we live in an outdated world.  Welcome to 4G… no… 5G?  No, it’s Bieber 6G Fever!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEaYFgWloBUSharon Osbourne:  What’s a 6G?Ozzy Osbourne:  What the F…

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A Patent for Easier Easter Grass Removal

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM


Easter came and went quickly this year at our house.  It seemed to be over before it even started.  Nontheless, it also seems to have eternal life at our house.  I'm not speaking of the religious aspects of Easter when I talk about eternal life.  I'm talking about how the Easter grass keeps showing up everywhere.  If you have kids, then you know all about Easter grass… the thin green strips of transparent plastic that stuff the bottom of the Easter baskets.  You know how…

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Six Degrees: Patents from Head to Toe...er... From Toe to Head

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5:27 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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Nice Celebration of World Intellectual Property Day

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM


Around the world, April 26th was celebrated as World IP Day. The aims of World IP Day are:to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life;to increase understanding of how protecting IP rights helps promote creativity and innovation;to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe;to encourage respect for the IP rights of others.In Phoenix, we had a nice gathering, organized primarily …

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