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Finding Prior Art in the Most Unusual Places

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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 […]

Apple-Samsung war may power Design Patents

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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. […]

Why Should You Kill Patents?

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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 […]

Cyclists, Bikers get Airbag Protection

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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 […]

Patenting Business & Software Methods: The Beginning

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Until 1998, software related business methods could not foresee a future and were considered as un-patentable subjects. Inventors had to rely on copyrights and trademarks to protect their software related business methods. However, (thankfully!) this belief was laid to rest by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) 1998 decision on State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. […]

A Backpack that helps you Jump to Safety

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Are you working or living in a skyscraper? Then this is a technology you should considering owning in close quarters to help you in emergencies such as fire accidents. There may be situations when not everyone in a building can exit through the fire-exit stairway. At times, the only option could be jumping out of a window, which is not […]

Rio Olympics 2016: A Parade of Exciting Tech Innovations

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The Rio Olympics is considered the most technologically advanced Olympic games till date. The entire globe turned its focus to this fortnight’s event that not just celebrated fantastic athletic competition, but also gave innovators an opportunity to showcase brilliant technologies that enhanced the experience of players, spectators and refereeing officials like never before. From Virtual Reality, Video Reviews, GPS, Underwater […]

Spray Strength On Everything

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The age of shiny, smooth, sparkling vehicles is slowly giving way to rugged, tough looks – at least in the category of heavy vehicles and SUVs. It’s the matt and sturdy finish that these vehicle owners are calling for. And it’s come as no surprise to the once insignificant bedliner service of the automotive industry. This was bound to happen […]

Oracle v. Google – A Struggle between Copyright & Fair Use

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Over the past few years leading up to the trial last week, and even during the trial, several journalists, technologists and IP experts have opined on this case and what’s at stake. The opinions ranged from claiming open source software to be dead to calling the American judicial system of ‘trial by jury’ as stupid. Sarah Jeong, who authored the […]