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Elon Musk Opens Up Tesla Patents

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Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO Elon Musk recently did something that would make most business owners shudder. He opened up his patents to the world in the name of better electric cars for all. As you’ll recall, Tesla produces high-end, sleek electric cars and holds hundreds of patents for cutting-edge electric vehicle technology. But in […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

July 16th, 2014 at 10:44 am

Apple Secures $1 Billion Verdict in Patent Infringement Case Against Samsung

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The biggest legal story over the weekend was the announcement of the verdict in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit, which we previously wrote about in Samsung Ordered to Stop Selling Galaxy Tablet and Galaxy Nexus. The jury decided in favor of Apple, finding that Samsung willingly infringed on several of Apple’s design patents, and awarded […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

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Funding Successful! How To Raise Funds with Kickstarter

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One common mistake made by new product developers is to spend a lot of money before they know there will be a demand for the product. Yet how do you demonstrate demand before spending money on things like design, tooling, patents, trademarks, and the myriad other costs associated with getting a product ready to sell? […]

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Written by Kevin Prince, Reg. Patent Agent

May 21st, 2012 at 5:24 am

Class Action Against Monsanto Dismissed

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A federal court judge has dismissed a class action suit that sought to have agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto’s patents for genetically modified seeds cancelled. As the named plaintiffs, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association claimed that they feared lawsuits from Monsanto if the member farmers planted crops for which Monsanto holds patents, such as […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 1st, 2012 at 11:19 am

Lego Intellectual Property Rights Become International Incident

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In a legal battle over plastic, interconnecting construction blocks, Mega Brands Inc. is asking a federal court in California to invalidate Lego’s trademark. The most recent incarnation of this ongoing dispute between the two companies arose because of an announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that it is clamping down on toy imports. In […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 18th, 2012 at 6:20 am

The Patented Method for Building a Snowman

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Celebrate Innovation Month and Wacky Patent Wednesdays may be over, but the recently granted patent for the method for building a snowman really deserves an honorable mention. Yes, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Ignacio Marc Asperas’s application to patent an “Apparatus for facilitating the construction of a snowman/woman.” And in case you […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am

Wacky Patent Wednesdays: Back to School Edition

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And so the end of the dog days of summer are here and with them come the end of Wacky Patent Wednesdays. We’ve talked about wacky patents related to ice cream, baseball, barbecues, and the beach, so now it’s only appropriate that we have a special back to school edition. First we have a dual-purpose […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 31st, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Wacky Patent Wednesdays: Beach Blanket Bingo Edition

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So far this month, we’ve talked about wacky patents related to ice cream, baseball, and barbecues. It’s about time we head to the beach, don’t you think? First, a confession: the following collection of wacky patents has me a little torn as I can’t quite tell if I find them wacky or downright ingenious. But […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 24th, 2011 at 5:56 am

Wacky Patent Wednesdays: Barbecue Edition

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So far this month, we’ve talked about wacky patents related to ice cream and baseball, and now we’re turning to another of summer’s grandest traditions: the barbecue. Cooking over an open flame goes way, way back of course, and America certainly didn’t invent the barbecue grill—but there have been many patents granted by the United […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 17th, 2011 at 9:55 am

Wacky Patents Wednesday: The Baseball Edition

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Last week we covered some wacky patents related to ice cream, one of summer’s finest treats, so let’s keep the seasonal theme going and explore some baseball-related inventions. Before we get to the stranger patents in the bunch, though, it’s worth noting that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has actually taken time […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 10th, 2011 at 10:03 am