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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Apple's Prolific Patent Portfolio -- (Try saying that 5 times fast)

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 3:46 AM


Nokia is suing Apple, Apple is suing HTC, Qualcomm is suing Nokia, Elan is suing Apple, Apple and Motorola are suing each other…it’s hard to keep straight who’s suing whom, but one thing is for sure, Apple is in the middle of it. According to Hoovers, “Apple has an "i" for revolutionary technology. Since its release, the company's iPhone has spurred a revolution in cell phones and mobile computing. It also continues to innovate its core Mac desktop and laptop computers -- all of whi…

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Six Degrees of the iPhone - Patent Search to the 6th Degree

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 3:30 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 Saves RV Vacation!

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 9:27 PM


The item mentioned in patent 4,759,270 would have came in very handy recently.  Let me start the story by saying that we decided to take the RV out for the long holiday.  There was a chance of rain, but we didn’t let that deter us.  We drove out of town, found a great spot and set up the RV.  During the day we hiked, rode bikes, roasted marshmallows, etc.  Then the rain came.  It rained all night long.  It rained HARD all night long.  The next morning we noticed…

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Patents on Beer

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 3:30 AM


 With February having recently come to a close, St. Patrick’s day is only a few weeks away.  A holiday rich in history and religion for the Irish is, in America, a day of drinking, dancing, and celebrating.  March 17th seems to bring out the Irish in everyone, but it wouldn’t be complete without one thing: beer! Some historians speculate that beer may have been made by prehistoric nomads before they could even make bread.  How much they knew about fermentation and whether they came …

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Blog Patents - Assessing Author Authority

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


Since you are reading a blog, we thought that a set of patents discussing blogs might be interesting to you.  Here is one that discusses article influence.US7747630 B2Assessing author authority and blog influenceAMAZON TECH INCAbstract: A facility for determining article influence and author authority based upon cites of the author's articles by other authors is described. Authors post new articles to their blog covering one or more memes, which describe the content of the article. The facility de…

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Google: Search King; Patent and Telecom Contender

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 3:32 AM


Chances are, if you’ve ever used a computer, a smart phone, a PDA, or any electronic device for that matter, you’ve probably heard of Google.  According to Hoovers, “Google operates the leading Internet search engine, offering targeted search results from billions of Web pages. Results are based on a proprietary algorithm -- Google's technology for ranking Web pages is called PageRank. The company generates nearly all of its revenue through ad sales. Advertisers can deliver relevant a…

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Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (the inventor)

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 3:30 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, 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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Patents Light Up the Sky!!

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 7:47 AM


I just got back from an amazing trip to Lake Havasu City, AZ where the Western Pyrotechnics Association puts on their annual Winter Blast Convention.  Which means 20+ hours over four days of the best fireworks you’ve ever seen.  The attendees were showing off their best and newest pyrotechnics.  The sky lit up with hearts, cactus, 3D boxes, apples, pears and circles in the most amazing colors.One of the coolest fireworks of the night was one that seemed to hover in the sky instead of th…

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Marriage Proposal Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM


OK.  It's the day after Valentine's Day.  You had a nice romantic evening with the special someone in your life.  You exchanged gifts, shared some wine, had a nice dinner out, and cuddled up with a nice romantic comedy movie.  But it's over now.  You sealed things at the end of the evening with a nice kiss.  If the kiss was especially wonderful, you may have even submitted a patent for the kiss (see yesterday's blog post).  How romantic.  But now what?Well, if the day…

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Can you Really Patent a Kiss?!?

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 5:01 AM


 Hmmm....  THIS is innovation.  It seems that Harlequin, a leader in certain genres of romance, is at the cutting edge of innovation, having found a way to patent a foundational element of romance: the kiss.  Well... sort of.   Check out their newest contribution to romance:http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/patentyourkiss/48451/I've experienced some great kisses in my lifetime, but I have to admit that the thought never occurred to me to patent any of them.  But then again, I n…

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Happy Birthday to the Patent King

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM


Today is Thomas' Edison's birthday.  This guy should be inspiration to all of us.  Surely a genius, he nonetheless threw a bone to the rest of us to give us hope that we, too, may be possible of attaining great things when he said:"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."Thus was born the notion that if you work hard enough, you just may achieve great things regardless of your innate level of knowledge.  Phew!!  There's hope for me yet.  I won't list his numerous achievements…

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