The Importance of Keeping an Inventors Notebook

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:07 AM


At present, the U.S.A. is a “first to invent” nation.  In other words, the first person to invent the patentable subject matter is supposed to receive the patent, not necessarily the first person to file a patent application, as is the case in the rest of the world.  This may change shortly, but it’s the way things presently work.For example, let’s take a hypothetical example where a certain someone synthesizes “flubber” on March 20, 2005. He/she then files a US…

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The Gene Patent Debate: What's Your Perspective?

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:30 AM


Most of us have heard of the gene patent debates, and the pros and cons for both sides. On the one hand it spurs innovation, but on the other hand it creates an opportunity to put profit and self-interest above the greater public good.  Interestingly, it is theorized that the allowance of patents on what many of us would consider “nature” (i.e. genes, proteins, peptides, organisms, etc.) started with a scientist named Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty, who developed a genetically engineered bacteriu…

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2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 4:30 AM


2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame Every year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office recognizes and celebrates the life-changing advancements in science and the useful arts.  On May 4, at the Smithsonian and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., over 30 living and historical inventors will be honored and inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.Located at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Hall has been honoring the men and women responsible for grea…

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A Proposed Alternative Patent for Ranking Blogs

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 4:29 AM


If you read our previous blog post, you learned about one patent granted for ranking blogs.  However we think there may be another alternative.  I wonder if I can patent the detection method inferred below.- R.E.

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Patent for Ranking Blogs

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 2:42 AM


 So... what determines the blogs that you may choose to read?Continuing our series of blogs on the topic of blog patents, the patent we look at today is regarding the process for ranking blogs.US7421429 B2Generate blog context ranking using track-back weight, context weight and, cumulative comment weightMICROSOFT CORPAbstract: A mechanism of ranking weblog or “blog” items is provided. More particularly, the subject ranking mechanisms can facilitate ranking blog feeds and blog items con…

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Nintendo Wii Saddle Patent -- Yee Haw!!

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 4:27 AM


Nintendo Wii Saddle PatentSaddle up, partners! Nintendo Wii has a patent out there for a new controller concept.  This inflatable cushion is designed to simulate riding a horse right through your own living room.  The proposed device comes equipped with a pocket to dock your Wii remote, so the accelerometers can sense your movement on the seat as you hold the attached wand to represent the reins.Nintendo doesn’t want to limit the new remote to just horseback riding, though.  According t…

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Computer Mouse Patent -- A Bozo of an Idea?

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 4:30 AM


Six Degrees of the Computer MouseAs 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 …

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Facebook's Patent Activity Didn't End with the Winklevoss Twins

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 6:21 AM


If you don’t know what Facebook is, you’re probably not a very cool person.  Ok, maybe that is a bit harsh, but with over 500 million users, Facebook may be the most popular social media network currently out there. According to Hoovers, “When it comes to social networking, it's wise to put your best face forward. Facebook is the latest star of the online social networking craze. Users post photos and information about themselves and connect with one another through online profiles. T…

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Facebook and Us -- Our Own Intellectual Property Challenges

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 4:23 AM


Facebook has patents to protect their IP.  We should have common sense to protect ours.

Tags : Patents, Ip, Facebook, R.e.
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Will More Granted Patents Lead to More Patent Lawsuits?

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM


 219,614.This is the number of patents the USPTO issued in 2010. Do you want some perspective? The 31% increase from 2009 is a jump greater than any previous annual increase while the previous record in 2006, 173,722, is shattered by 27%.  The increase is more dramatic considering that the number of patents filed remains relatively constant over the decade.According to the USPTO, this jump in grants is a result of a concerted effort to eliminate the backlog.  When questioned whether the …

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Is a Patent Search Really Necessary?

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 9:22 AM


When it comes to patentability searches, I'm often asked if they're really necessary.  To some, it may seem redundant or unnecessary to search for patents related to an invention for which an application is being filed with the Patent Office (USPTO), as the USPTO will automatically conduct a search in the course of prosecuting an application.  There is no extra fee for the patent search, as it is already included in the patent application fees.So, if the USPTO already does this as part of the…

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Kids Say the Darndest Patent Ideas

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 6:23 AM


The other day I was telling my 6 year old what I do at my job.  I told him that I did research for patents.  I explained that a person will get a patent when they invent something new. He said that he had several inventions in his head.  The first one he explained to me was a truck with many bottle openers on it.  He estimated 15-20.  It would also include bottle openers on the roof in case you were really tall.  Who knows where kids come up with this stuff. I perform…

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Happy 132 to Patent Office Employee (and Physicist) Albert Einstein!

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 2:24 AM


Happy Birthday to inventor and physicist Albert Einstein! Born on March 14, 1879 in Germany, Einstein grew to use his theory of relativity to model the structure of the universe as a whole. Mesmerized by a magnetic compass he saw when he was five, the Einstein always had the feeling that there was something going on beyond what the eye could see.  As a student, he was at odds with authority figures, but continued to excel at math and science.  He loved building and inventing small models and …

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Six Degrees of Michael Jackson - Patent on the Moonwalk?

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 4:26 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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Patent on How to Identify a Web Page as a Blog

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 3:30 AM


In our continuing series of blog entries focused on patents about blog entries, here is an interesting patent on how to identify a web page that is a blog.  While we, human beings, can probably often identify a Web page that we're looking at as being a blog, the web crawlers and other automated systems had a need to do so in a more systematic way.US7565350 B2Identifying a web page as belonging to a blogMICROSOFT CORPAbstract: A machine learning classifier is used to determine whether a web page belongs…

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