Clean Chemistry Water Treatment Technology & Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 5:16 PM

Colorado clean tech company, Clean Chemistry, recently received three patents covering its innovative water treatment processes, specifically its “formulae, synthesis methods and use of unique oxidant chemistries.”  The patents are related to the use of reactive oxygen species (ROS) to reduce and remove contaminants from a large variety of water sources, providing clean water in any number of industrial settings. While most conventional water treatment methods can leave behind toxins, damage equipment and c…

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Attention All Shoppers: These Patents Are A Big Deal

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Last year, Walmart nabbed itself a patent for self-driving shopping carts, a technology that could easily revolutionize the way people shop.  Forget exerting yourself trying to yank a cart from the chain.  These smart-carts would come stocked with detachable motors, sensors and control circuits that would allow a customer to select a cart from a collective area using their mobile device.  Ideally the carts would also come equipped with a navigational system that could help guide customers through the store,…

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Can You Feel It? Emotion-Based Patents & Technology

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Emotions have long fueled our actions as human beings and have more recently become a big focus for businesses looking to connect with the right demographic.  Whether it’s in tailoring advertisements to people of a particular mindset, keeping us engaged via social media or helping monitor a driver’s safety out on the road, companies all over the globe are using emotion-based technology to their advantage.  Check out a few of these unique applications:    In 2012, Microsoft was issued a patent for “targeting…

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Silicon Valley Accused of Lifting Patent Troll Plot from Austin Filmmaker

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Two years ago, indie filmmaker Lex Lybrand set out to make a movie that “explores the pitfalls of start-up culture” and draws attention to the non-practicing entities “using decades-old loopholes in intellectual property / patent law to game our system and bleed inventors & entrepreneurs dry.”  The Trolls, a comedy about patent trolls, follows a small Austin startup on its rise to success, and its eventual fight against the patent troll that takes it all away.  Inspired by comedian Adam Carolla’s battle…

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ASU Ranked Top 30 in University Patents 2016

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 2:40 PM

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI), with the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), recently released its list of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016.  The report, now in its fifth year of publication, helps demonstrate the importance of patents when it comes to making advances in university research, technology and innovation.  Among the top 50 schools ranked were: Washington University, University of Central Florida, and Duke University.  Arizona State cam…

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Brexit & the U.K. General Election 2017

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:47 AM

Last June, more than 30 million U.K. citizens cast their vote in a nationwide referendum, resulting in Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union.  Now, Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting to uphold that decision, after calling for an early snap election in April.  Despite a decreasing approval rating, Prime Minister May is standing behind the majority decision to exit the EU, stating that Brexit will happen “whether people like it or not” and calling it “a great national mission,” an opportu…

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Success & Innovation in the Workplace

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Innovation has become a crucial component for companies in all industries- a key to sustaining growth and financial success in today’s competitive marketplace.  In a recent report on the role of innovation in business, PwC found that more than half of all CEOs surveyed considered innovation and operational effectiveness to be equally important to the success of their organization, and a “prerequisite for survival.”  But what drives innovation in the workplace?  In 2015, Google conducted a study that examine…

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Supreme Court Unanimous in Patent Venue Decision

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Tech companies, especially, are rejoicing after a Supreme Court ruling on Monday placed strict limitations on where patent lawsuits can be filed.  TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC addressed the issue of patent venues after decades without change, after Kraft sued TC Heartland in Delaware back in 2014 for the alleged infringement of its patents related to “liquid water enhancers.”  Despite the fact that Heartland "is not registered to do business in Delaware, has no local presence in Delaware,…

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Innovative Clean Energy Startups Could be the Winds of Change

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM

The U.S. may be falling behind when it comes to clean energy innovation, but a new report shows that the global offshore wind turbine market could reach $58 billion by 2025.  The report, published by Transparency Market Research, predicts a broad expansion of offshore wind power generation over the next eight years, and forecasts the global offshore wind turbines market to grow at a CAGR of 7.7% during that time.  Europe and Asia Pacific currently dominate the market, however, the U.S. isn't completely out …

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GoDaddy Wins Twice in RPost Patent Case

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:51 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals is standing behind domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy in its recent patent battle with RPost Communications Ltd.RPost first claimed that GoDaddy's email marketing product infringed on a number of patents related to basic email functions years ago, and threatened to take the Scottdale-based company to court.  Rather than sit back and wait, however, GoDaddy decided to fight back, filing a lawsuit of its own against RPost in 2014.  The order, signed by Senior Judge James…

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Begin with the End in Mind at Global Patent Solutions

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:26 PM

By David MillerHave you heard the joke about patent prosecution being like a taxi ride? According to the punchline, you don’t know what the ride will cost until it is over. There is an element of truth to this because you can’t predict how the USPTO examiner will react to your claims or arguments. Let’s discuss a few strategies to improve the predictability of examination, and contribute to faster examinations and higher allowance rates.  This blog post is too short to discuss solutions for every issue that…

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U.S. Slows in Clean Energy Innovation 

Posted by Robb Evans on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Despite the Obama administration's best efforts to increase energy efficiency and address the issues of climate change, the U.S. is falling behind when it comes to clean energy innovation, and cleantech patent growth in the U.S. seems to be on a downslope.  A recent report by the Washington, D.C.-based research group Brookings Institution revealed that the number of U.S. patents in related fields has decreased from 35,000 in 2015 to roughly 32,000 a year later. Over the last few years, the number of U.S. cl…

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Future Smartphone Patents Point to Innovation

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:28 PM

The future of smartphones is seeming pretty spectacular these days, with an endless number of patents covering unique features like flexible OLEDs, iris recognition software and even self-healing displays.  Here's a quick look at what's in the pipeline: Samsung has been working on developing devices with flexible displays now for years and is finally expected to have its first foldable phone ready for launch sometime this year.  Right now, all patents seem to be pointing at the release of the Galaxy X, rumo…

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UC Berkeley Appeals CRISPR Case Loss, Wins Big with EPO

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:24 PM

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced its intent to grant the University of California a broad patent for its CRISPR-Cas9 technology.The CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technique has been a hot topic for patent people everywhere ever since Jennifer Doudna of U.C. Berkeley, in collaboration with Emmanuelle Charpentier of the University of Vienna, and Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard both filed a patent covering numerous uses for the technology back in 2012.  Zhang's application w…

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Earth Day 2017 Celebrating Science, Innovation & the Environment

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:40 AM

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd, and this year people from all over the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. to celebrate science and our environment at the first ever March for Science.  Together, with the help of dozens of partners, Earth Day Network and the March for Science are organizing an event to help show an appreciation for the science that shapes our communities and world.  The event page reminds visitors that, "Science serves all of us...protects our air and water, preserves our plan…

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