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Semiconductor

Forget Messy Dining – Food Could Soon Levitate Itself Straight Into Your Mouth

Forks, spoons, knives and those fancy cutleries were once invented for a convenient and hygienic dining experience. Over time they evolved into exquisite pieces adorning dining tables, exhibiting sophistication, luxury and class. But what if dining can be made more convenient and fun? What if you… (Featured image source is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from  https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/32301315311/) *** […]

Honey! I Shrunk the FinFET to Plug Power Leakage

The latest buzz in the semiconductor world of consumers is the use of FinFET transistors in their laptops, smartphones and PDAs. With these devices shrinking in size and customers demanding for better power management, electronics majors have entered into a rat race to improve traditional planar transistors such as MOSFETs. This is in an effort to… (Featured image source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/80486dx2-large.jpg) *** […]

How to Make the Solar Impulse Better?

In March this year, Swiss-based engineer Andre Borschberg and psychiatrist-aeronaut Bertrand Piccard kickstarted their aircraft at the Abu Dhabi airstrip. As the engine vroomed to life, the duo sat back to begin their first journey across the globe in an aircraft without a drop of conventional fuel. All it had was a powerhouse of solar cells. Yes. I am talking […]

Qimonda Supercharges Samsung’s OLED Biz

In a lightning fast turnaround from portfolio acquisition to licensing, WiLAN announced it has licensed Qimonda’s patent portfolio to Samsung barely a week after WiLAN acquired it from Qimonda.  The patent portfolio of Qimonda comprised of more than 7,000 patents and applications related to various semiconductor technologies including DRAM, FLASH memory, semiconductor processes, semiconductor manufacturing, lithography, packaging, semiconductor circuitry and […]

Electronics

iPhone X & its OLED – Going Behind the Screen

Apple’s iPhone X is a first in many aspects of iPhones. But it’s the introduction of an OLED display that brings it into a stronger competitive sphere with Samsung’s AMOLED displays. iRunway’s comprehensive teardown of the iPhone X, with a focus on its OLED display, tells you why the iPhone X is a ruler. In another first, iPhone X has […]

Remembering the Iconic Fitbit Surge As Ionic takes over

On October 1, 2017, Fitbit released its much awaited Ionic smart watch as a competitor to Apple Watch. With this, the iconic Fitbit Surge phased out of Fitbit’s online store. While Fitbit has improvized its smart fitness watch technology with the Blaze and now Ionic, it was Fitbit Surge that took the market by storm. Surge was the debut Fitbit fitness […]

Can street lamps quench the thirst of electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles are paving their way into the consumer market, albeit a little slow owing to the lack of charging stations. However, this might soon change with researchers looking to develop and leverage solar street lamps to double up charging stations for electric vehicles…(Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregondot/6360113457) *** Electric vehicles are paving […]

IoT-Powered Robots Bring Future Into Retail Stores

The next time you walk into an apparel store, you might be greeted by a wide-eyed robot quizzing you on your preferences and displaying suggestions on a touch screen on its chest. (Featured image sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SoftBank_pepper.JPG) *** The next time you walk into an apparel store, you might be greeted by a wide-eyed robot quizzing you on your preferences and displaying […]

Telecom

Fingerprint to Face ID, the Smartphone Bezel is melting away

Screen lock security has become an integral requirement for smartphones. It is no wonder that smartphone concept designers are focusing their R&D efforts in creating futuristic features that can be hidden under a smartphone’s display. The conventional smartphone has a 3D Touch which simulates Home Button presses, while fingerprint recognition incorporates the Touch ID sensor into the display itself. Industry […]

The I-Q battle of 4G LTE

The 4G-LTE market is competitive like never before with the technology evolving towards a connected future where reliable communication systems with very high data speeds and practically zero latency are the need of the hour. Chipmakers are consistently pushing their limits to create devices that can achieve these gigabit speeds… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/computer-smartphone-online-digital-1231889/) *** […]

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Race for Ace Continues in 4G LTE Patentscape

From LTE to LTE-Advanced Pro, the telecom industry has focused on enhancing user experience with high data speeds and reduced latency. LTE-Advanced Pro includes features such as Enhanced Carrier Aggregation, Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), Full Dimension MIMO (FD-MIMO), and aggregation of small and macro cells through… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Connectworld.jpg) *** […]

Gigabit ReaLTE and the Changing  4G/LTE Patentscape

Ever since the 3GPP alliance was formed, it has accelerated the growth of the telecommunications industry, albeit more regulated. The LTE platform has evolved tremendously over the last few years, bringing forth a time where LTE-Advanced and LTE-Advanced Pro standards are in near deployment stages across many countries. While LTE-Advanced supports large-scale adoption of 4G networks, its… (Featured image source: https://pixabay.com/p-1695482/?no_redirect) *** […]

Pharma & Life Sciences

Vaccines to Treat Opiate Addiction

In the second part of this series on Opioids, our blogger analyzes popular medication to treat withdrawal symptoms from opiates, and associated patented medication. Opioids have been used for centuries as a drug for treating pain. However, despite their benefits, many… (Please note, the featured image for this blog post is only for representational purposes and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/yanivba/505065706) *** […]

From Addiction to Wonder Drug, Will Opioids Win this Battle?

Pain treatment is a subject that has garnered ample attention from the medical fraternity since the days of recorded medical history. From the times of Sushruta till the era of IoT, treating pain in its various formats has kept researchers’ interest alive. Opium in its natural and synthetic forms has been used in the past to… (Featured image source: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Garden-Poppy-Raw-Pods-Papaver-Capsules-Opium-87112) *** […]

Is it a must-win for Biogen over Forward Pharma?

Biogen has had a news-breaking start to the year, first with Michael Vounatsos taking over as the CEO of the company; and second, with Vounatsos announcing a payout of $1.25 billion to Forward Pharma to settle a patent licensing agreement. Vounatos has been quoted in the media as saying this will help strengthen Biogen’s intellectual property and protect its drug […]

Protein Sequence Analysis: An Essential Tool for Innovation

“Knowledge of sequences could contribute much to our understanding of living matter.” – Frederick Sanger, Nobel Laureate & biotechnologist Patenting protein sequences has been a subject of much contention. It often carries the burden of being governed by the doctrine of equivalents, despite the fact that there is an increasing number of modified proteins being created by pharmaceutical companies with […]

Software

Fuchsia gives Android the Cut Direct

The ever increasing demand for better processing speed led to the advent of Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) during the 1980s. While General-Purpose Operating Systems (GPOS) provide superior functionality to manage processing of huge amount of data, RTOS provides more responsiveness, determinism, portability, scalability and processing support. RTOS… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://www.pexels.com/photo/office-working-app-computer-97077/) *** […]

Magic Touch of Haptics in the Virtual World

In the last few years, AR and VR technologies have seen a tremendous rise and are further expected to grow exponentially. AR and VR today find wide applications in retail, entertainment, education, medical and automobile industries to name a few. A virtual fitting room will help you… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/touch-god-gift-salvation-1976544/) *** […]

Internet of Everything – Future of Organizational Decision Making

Imagine you walk out of your house and your smart device locks the door behind you, the device automatically unlocks your garage port and opens the car for you to enter and sets your vehicle on ignition. The smart device automatically detects traffic on your way to… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/communication-internet-1927706/) *** […]

Rise of Augmented Reality in Social Networks

Augmented reality is dramatically changing the landscape of social media messaging. While virtual reality requires specialized equipment, augmented reality or AR is far more practical for users. It is changing the way messages are shared by hiding them virtually over a mutually agreed location. Snapchat has specialized… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from howtostartablogonline.net) *** […]

Patent Wars

Redefining Eligibility for Business Method Patents in the US

For those familiar with the patenting of business methods, they know the key role that the case of State Street & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group played in deeming certain business methods patent ineligible. This litigation was heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) where State Street & Trust claimed that their business […]

The Great Indian Reluctance to Patent

The patent system has historically been portrayed by its proponents as neutral and devoid of any moral or ethical values. However, over the years, the arguably neutral patent system has increasingly moral and ethical issues. The idea behind introducing monopoly rights through the patent system was to encourage the inventor to disclose his invention to the public without fear of […]

Universities Tighten IP Leash Around Corporates

Innovation by universities is moving strong and bright under the limelight. This is now empowering universities to exercise their rights to protect their inventions from infringers, and what better way to do so than assert their patent rights. Even since the Bayh-Dole Act came into existence in 1980, universities in the US are on a freedom march, ensuring infringers of […]

Will Digital India Spur Patent Wars?

The Indian government has envisioned a radical departure of taking India from a service-based economy to a product-based economy, with specific focus on connectivity. The Make in India initiative has resulted in garnering huge investments from home-grown companies such as Micromax, Lava, Intex, iBall, Xolo etc. It has also attracted several Chinese manufactures such as Xiaomi to establish production houses […]

Biotechnology

US, China Active Incubators for CRISPR Technologies

CRISPR, the gene editing technique that became popular world over in 2012, is drawing the attention of researchers. This technique of genetic engineering offers revolutionary prospects encouraging researchers to improvise, develop and tame these breakthrough molecular scissors. Amid the high stake patent battle between University of… (Featured image is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/man-dna-spiral-biology-merge-2125123/) *** […]

Artificial Spider Silk Could Revolutionize Clothing & Warfare Apparel

We have built supersonic missiles that fly faster than the speed of sound and travelled all the way to the moon; yet the silken threads created by tiny house spiders to catch their prey remains an astonishing marvel of nature’s engineering. As thin as it seems, a spider web can absorb large amount of energy… (Featured image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mliu92/2835308212) *** […]

Sterile Salmon on your Plate, and You Wouldn’t Know

Biotechnology is going heads-on into unexplored waters. After bioluminescent plants, there’s another surprise in store for the common man. The US Food and Drug Administration, popular as FDA, recently approved a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as its natural counterparts on 25 per cent lesser food, and is sterile. The brainchild of AquaBounty, the AquaAdvantage project involves […]

Rotten Tomatoes Can Light up Your Home

From ketchups to jams, canned products to purees, the tomato is a worldwide product that goes through a gamut of heavy processing. In all this melee, there are tons of tomatoes that are discarded as rotten along with the skin, seeds, stems and leaves of processed food. While most often than not this is used for compost, a team of […]

IP in Action

7 Best Inventions of 2017

As the world took another 365 days journey to come out better and smarter, here’s a look at some of the top inventions that soared high and made it to the list of best inventions of 2017: VR That Can Be Tasted From audio-visual experiences, VR goes beyond and is soon to touch other senses, including taste. You read that […]

Trade Marks Rules, 2017: A friendly initiative by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

In March 2017, The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in India brought into force the much awaited Trade Marks Rules, 2017 overhauling the 2002 rules. While the primary purpose of the modification… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from http://creative-commons-images.com/handwriting/t/trademark.html) *** In March 2017, The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in India brought into force the much awaited […]

TTAB Shows Red Light To Yellow Color As Trademark

Could Pablo Picasso sue Claude Monet for using his signature melancholy blue color? Colors can make people think or feel in a certain way about a product. (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/p-497004/?no_redirect) *** Could Pablo Picasso sue Claude Monet for using his signature melancholy blue color? Colors can make people think or feel in […]

Trademark Win for Taj Mahal Hotel over Copyright

The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai earned its trademark in June 2017, making the 114-year-old building the first in India to earn such a registration. The hotel has been a defining structure of Mumbai’s skyline and has now joined the elite and small club of trademarked properties in the… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taj_Mahal_Hotel_Mumbai_Bombay.jpg) *** […]