Innovation & Opportunity at Arizona's "New American University"

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Arizona State University is no stranger to innovation.  In 2015, the University ranked number one on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the most innovative schools, celebrating a record-breaking year in patents in 2016. Shortly after, the University was designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for “recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement,” and has since taken every opportunity to contribute to the …

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AR Patents Point to Future of Tech Entertainment

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Augmented-reality smart glasses are all the rage this year, with dozens of companies outlining plans to put their own version of these future-tech specs on the market. If you haven’t heard of Snapchat Spectacles, you may see fans sporting them at this year’s U.S. Open in Wisconsin.  These one-of-a-kind frames, available now through September 10th via vending machines called Snapbots, allow users to record & post video directly to their Snapchat stories- all while providing the same UV protection as norm…

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World's Most Innovative Cities 2016-17

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2:56 PM

Global innovation agency and research firm, 2thinknow, recently released its list of the world's most innovative cities.  Here's a quick look at some of the highest ranked.London- With more than 47,000 digital technology companies and an open-data policy that has led to a number of creative startups, London has very quickly become a global tech & innovation hub.  London's Central Business District is responsible for approximately one third of the city's employment and is home to an ever-increasing techn…

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Retail Patents on Land, in Air and By Sea

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 8:07 AM

Wal-Mart is looking to the skies for its next big development.  According to a recent patent, the world’s largest retailer is toying with the idea of creating a floating warehouse, or “gas-filled aerial transport and launch system,” that would make deliveries to shoppers via drone.  The patent describes a large aerial vehicle that is remote controlled, equipped with multiple launching pads and capable of flying to heights of up to 1,000 feet. It’s an interesting concept for a patent, filed not that long aft…

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Innovative Healthcare Riding on CloudMine

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 5:12 PM

Recent advances in technology have revolutionized the healthcare industry which, according to the Center for Health Workforce Studies, is growing at a remarkable rate- more than twice as fast as the general economy.   Nearly all of the country's hospitals have already implemented the use of electronic health records (EHR) and are experimenting with the use of fitness wearables, telecommunications and even advanced robotics. According to a 2015 report published by market research firm Mordor Intelligence, …

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These Unique Patents Are Putting Safety First

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM

From print-reading panic buttons to self-crumpling cars, these forward-thinking companies are putting safety at the forefront of their technology. Apple recently patented a process that would give iPhone users the ability to call 911 discreetly "when a conventional method may not be practical."  Users can already make an emergency phone call when their device is locked, however, this method would allow them to do so should an attacker be watching.  An iPhone might be programmed using the new technology to c…

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Appeals Court Calls It A Wrap for This Podcasting Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 5:14 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled in favor of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a case involving Personal Audio LLC.  This “podcasting patent troll” has been involved in suits with a number of different organizations for years now, including: CBS, NBC and even comedian Adam Carolla.Early last year, Carolla announced his podcasting network, ACE Broadcasting was being sued by non-practicing entity Personal Audio LLC for allegedly infringing on a patent covering a “system for…

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EV Technology & Innovation Gains Global Political, Corporate Support

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Excitement is building over upcoming deliveries of Tesla's new Model 3.  It's the company's most affordable car available to date, with several patents covering its unique wheel designs and sleek look.  Industry competition and decreasing sales may have temporarily affected Tesla's stock market value, but that could change with the production of the Model 3.  The company is expected to manufacture 5,000 cars per week through the end of 2017 and 10,000 per week by the end of 2018.Volvo is also committing to …

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UC Berkeley Appeals PTAB Ruling on CRISPR

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:50 AM

The University of California has filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. over the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technique. When U.C. Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, in collaboration with Emmanuelle Charpentier of the University of Vienna, and Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard both filed separate patents covering the technology back in 2012, Zhang’s application was approved first; However, Doudna and Charpentier claimed that they had demonstrated…

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Researchers Find Innovative Way to Engineer Liver

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 5:12 PM

According to the American Liver Foundation, there are approximately thirty million people currently suffering from some form of liver disease, yet little is known about it compared to other chronic diseases.  Right now, there are roughly sixteen thousand people on the national waiting list for liver transplants, most of whom will unfortunately never get one. Researchers at MIT, Rockefeller University and Boston University are hoping to help change these statistics with their recent discovery of a new way to…

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Controversy Brews Over EPO-Issued Plant & Animal Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:20 PM

German brewers and agriculturalists are up in arms after the European Patent Office granted big brewing companies Carlsberg and Heineken two new patents related to barley.  The two companies first came together last year, successfully patenting specific strains of barley derived by random mutation.  The new strains allegedly help simplify the brewing process, save energy and improve the beer's overall taste. Though patents on "essentially biological processes" are prohibited under European patent law, those…

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Food Industry Patents & Innovation

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 8:09 AM

Patents in the food industry may seem few and far between, but there are tons of inventive companies and restaurants dedicated to discovering the next big thing. From chocolate to smart utensils to unique food-safety practices, these innovative products & services are transforming the food industry one bite at a time:Florida-based company Legal Lean is manufacturing a new form of “snortable chocolate” called Coco Loko.  The controversial product hit U.S. shelves earlier this year and is being marketed a…

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Forbes Ranks World's Most Innovative Companies 2016

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:34 PM

Innovation is everywhere these days.  Regardless of size, age or industry, companies of all kinds are shifting their focus to innovation both in how they operate and the products and services they provide.  Each year, Forbes puts together a list of the world's most innovative companies.  Here's a quick look at a few of the top contenders: On its 2016 Most Innovative Companies list, Forbes ranked Tesla number one.  Founded in 2003, with cars on the road in more than 30 countries, Tesla is constantly striving…

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Canadian Supreme Court Stands Firm in “Bombshell” Decisions

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Canada’s Supreme Court is attracting a lot of attention in recent months, following a couple of “bombshell” decisions related to intellectual property and other rights.Last week, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled in favor of the popular drug company AstraZeneca, dismissing the “Promise Doctrine” policy previously used in Canada to overturn patents.  The Promise Doctrine, first instituted back in 2005, required pharmaceutical companies to essentially predict the use of a patented drug at the time of filing. I…

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Fidget Spinners and Due Diligence

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM

By David Miller Modern life is defined by patents—virtually every object with which we interact has been shaped in response to someone’s claim to one technology or another. Nonetheless, patent law is complex and occasionally arcane, so people frequently struggle to understand patents in the context of their favorite devices.  The need for appropriate levels of due diligence seems so obvious, yet many people reach the wrong conclusions based on inadequate due diligence. Your clients might not care about fi…

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