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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 create tri-gate FinFETs that […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Time Travel Without Jet Lag

When Boeing introduced its commercial 767 Dreamliner, passengers on long haul flights could observe a marked reduction in fatigue and jet lag. The credit goes to the aircraft’s big windows that reduce motion sickness and the LED lighting that stimulates sunrise and sunset across time zones to ease jet lag effects. Working on more advanced features, UK-based Centre for Process […]

Electronics

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Retail Augments the Virtual World for Customer Delight

2016 was a significant year for the Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) industry. New headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were introduced in the market, taking consumers deeper into the energy zone of immersive innovation. The greater part of virtual reality content was centered on gaming and excitement, and the blended reality substance was constrained. While VR […]

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Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality – which is our Future?

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are two trending technologies of 2017. Nearly all major companies have entered the race for a market share in AR and VR. Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Samsung are some of the leading companies competing to launch AR and VR devices in the market. While gaming is a popular application, several players in the […]

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3D Printed Skin can help Robots Feel

3D Printing or additive manufacturing is sometimes believed to be larger than the Internet and we are just beginning to see its true potential. The technology first became visible in the late 1980’s, at which time it was called Rapid Prototyping (RP). The very first patent application for RP technology was filed by Dr. Kodama, in Japan, in May 1980 […]

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Dancing Drones are Revamping Entertainment

It was a time when mini helicopters were the staples of the movies, not the stage. In 2012, while the audience were enthralled by the performance by Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase they were suddenly transported to a new level of stage presentation. Jonathan Santana & Xander Smith of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi set a new benchmark by awing […]

Telecom

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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 dual connectivity. These together help achieve speeds of around 3Gbps with a latency of […]

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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 Pro version is […]

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5G Impact – Internet Speeds may hasten IoT

Back in the 90’s downloading the latest movies in full HD or live streaming a Manchester United match in a matter of seconds was unimaginable. The concept of mobile phones also was an elitist idea. In just about a decade, 4G has already set a perfect benchmark for futuristic 5G which aims at higher data transfer capacity, lower latency and […]

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Touch Anywhere to Unlock your Smartphone

Ever since biometric locks started getting popular with smartphone users, the concept of number and pattern locks is slowly phasing out. Biometric locks, which include a range of identification methods including face recognition, retinal scan, IRIS and even posture recognition, are making an effort to plug loopholes that expose smart devices to hacker threats. But by far, fingerprint recognition has […]

Pharma & Life Sciences

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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 treat pain. Opiate, an […]

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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 […]

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Patenting Complex Chemical Compounds Made Easy

A person without a chemistry background is often found to wonder how a patent is granted for a chemical compound. As per popular belief, every compound is a mix and match of elements. This makes the world of chemistry a place with little left to research and obtain a worthy patent. But if patents are still being filed in this […]

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Rat Heart Powers Stingray Robot

In matters of the heart, none can beat the interest of researchers. There is a gaping hole separating the demand and supply of artificial hearts for people with heart diseases. While artificial hearts today beat for an average lifespan of five years, there is a growing demand to enhance the stability of these machines and make them mimic real hearts […]

Software

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Facebook Cares About Your Mood

Facebook seems to leave no stone unturned when it comes to attempts to keep its customers glued to the application. A craze among youngsters, Facebook has transcended the barriers of age and time. As of March 2017, there are over 1.94 billion monthly and 1.28 billion daily active Facebook users worldwide. With five new profiles created every second, the customer […]

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Japan Leads H.264 Video Coding Revolution

Continued from H.264 – The leading video coding standard Since the first version of H.264 standard was released in 2003, a large number of H.264 essential patents have already been disclosed to the JVT and to MPEG LA by parties who own them for the purpose of adding it to the MPEG LA’s AVC patent pool. Most companies that disclosed […]

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H.264 – The leading video coding standard

Video coding format plays a quintessential role in storage and transmission of digital video content. From Blue-Ray discs, set top boxes, digital media players, personal computers to mobiles devices, the support for a video coding format is essential for storage and transmission of digital video content. The need for digitally compressing data for transmission and storage has given rise to […]

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From Wal-Mart to Internet Privacy, Blockchain is Foraying Everywhere

When the anonymous founder(s?) of Bitcoin started the blockchain transaction method under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, little did he/they realize that their concept of creating Digital Gold would soon turn into a new exploratory digigraphy for retail major Wal-mart. Wal-mart is expected to conduct a pilot project in the early months of 2017 where it will leverage blockchain technology […]

Patent Wars

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 California and Broad Institute, scientific research in this domain continues to intrigue inventors and […]

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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 without breaking or losing its […]

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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 […]

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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

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Finding Prior Art in the Most Unusual Places

Searching perfect prior art for a patent is an art. A prior art that can invalidate an issued patent or render a patent application not novel is what every prior art searcher aims to find. Searching for prior art not only requires knowledge of the claimed technology but also skill – skill to frame effective search strategies and queries, select […]

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Apple-Samsung war may power Design Patents

For the first time in its history spanning over 120 years, the US Supreme Court is hearing a design patent case of Apple vs. Samsung.  It is a well-known fact that Apple’s design patents have revolutionized the design patent industry and proved the impact and importance of “Solid” and “Broken” lines in the design patent of an article of manufacture. […]

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Why Should You Kill Patents?

Renewing a patent is a major decision that individual patent assignees and companies need to make. Generally, utility patents expire after 20 years from the application filing date if the maintenance fee is not paid, thus no longer protecting it from enforcement. Nearly all patent application owners have limited budgets for patent validations and renewals. Hence, their primary consideration is […]

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Cyclists, Bikers get Airbag Protection

An increase in carbon emissions from vehicles is driving several companies and residential colonies to promote cycling for shorter distances. However, the sheer lack of safety measures when riding on busy roads is deterring cycling enthusiasts from taking up the two-wheeler. Only 1% of all trips in the US are by bicycle. Statistics show that in 2014 more than 50,000 […]