Posts Tagged ‘patents’

  • Fast Hand Dryer

    Innovation: Where Do Inventors Live?

    Feb 8, 13 • 372 Views • No Comments

    Hearing about the producer of the high-speed hand dryer, I thought, “Tweaker.” Describing Steve Jobs, Malcolm Gladwell called him a “tweaker.” Like the 19th century inventor who made the spinning wheel spin more smoothly, tweakers......  [read more]

  • shoes, status signals and property rights

    Innovation: More (or Fewer?) Sole Rights

    Sep 8, 12 • 1073 Views • No Comments

    A book that you write is your intellectual property. But what if you design the sole of a shoe? As econlife described last year: “The trademark of designer Christian Louboutin, his red soles are supposed to represent glamour, luxury and hidden status.......  [read more]

  • Friction Free Clicks

    Feb 26, 12 • 431 Views • No Comments

    Which friction minimizing invention received a patent in 1999? Amazon 1-Click. Described by Amazon in their application for patent 5,960,411, the purchaser just hits a button that activates the movement of payment information from “the client......  [read more]

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    An Apple’s Patent

    Nov 22, 11 • 436 Views • No Comments

    This apple has bites rather than bytes but like its namesake it was patented and took years to develop. When its U.S. patent expired in 2008, it had generated close to $6 million for the University of Minnesota and is still producing royalties in......  [read more]

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    Patent Troll Protection

    Aug 17, 11 • 493 Views • No Comments

    We spray “OFF!” for insect protection, divers use shark repellent, and now, Google has purchased Motorola to resist patent trolls. Described in an NPR This American Life podcast, patent trolls purchase multiple patents with the intent of suing any......  [read more]