patents

Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments

Game tech startup Skillz today launched a service that allows brands to easily sponsor and host mobile e-sports tournaments for any game titles that they like, as long as they are already part of the

Knotch has patented its color-based feedback system

Knotch promises marketers a better way to collect user feedback about the effectiveness of their sponsored content. Now it’s announcing that it has received a design patent for its approach. Ba

Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services

Incredible design and manufacturing capabilities are available to almost anyone right now, thanks to 3D printing services and the designers/makers who populate those services’ marketplaces with desi

Intellectual property strategies for startups

Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most startups. Obtaining intellectual property protection, such as patents, can minimize competition and act as a defensive mechanism

Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents

As of June 22, 2016, there were 492 published patent families directed to the theme of blockchain and 192 relating to bitcoin. Patent applications filed over the last 18 months are not in these statis

Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the w

A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy

In the year 2000, the music business was still strong. Record companies produced albums and shipped these physical objects to the stores that sold them. The internet was slowly becoming a system of ma

Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

Pop quiz, hot shot: You're a delivery drone with a flight duration of 20 minutes with your current payload, but because of delays (use your imagination) you're never going to make it in time. What do

The changing trade secret and patent equilibrium

It is no secret that trade secrets are essential to the success of many businesses. Nearly all of us are aware of examples of highly treasured trade secrets, such as the recipe for Coca-Cola, the form

As the smartphone wars reheat, the threat of chilling innovation looms

Bill Gates recently penned an open letter to the 2016 presidential candidates, imploring them to support something he hopes “every candidate will agree on in November: America’s unparalleled capac

Why patent trolls won’t give up

In Return of the Jedi, Yoda tells Luke "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.” Luckily for me, this didn’t apply to the patent world. I spe

Xiaomi inks Microsoft patent deal and agrees to pre-install Office apps on its phones

Xiaomi is moving closer to launching its smartphones in the U.S. market. Today the Chinese company announced a partnership with Microsoft that includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement an

Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself

What makes Tesla unique? How about everything. Mention patents to most people and their eyes glaze over. Worse, they think of patent “trolls” that some say are harming American businesses. But eve

Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on

As a former patent examiner, I recognize that the patent system, in its purest form, should protect and incentivize innovation through a limited-term contract, offering exclusive monopoly rights cover

Faraday Future gets its first patent

Faraday Future has its first U.S. patent in hand for a smaller, more powerful inverter. So it's definitely not as sexy as the Batmobile-like concept car the company brought to its splashy debut at CES

How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls

Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), pose a major threat to American businesses. A study published by the Boston University School of Law revealed that more than six

What Are My Patents Worth?

We enter 2016 with some mixed signals regarding the value of patents for technology companies. Many are preaching a death of patent rights and are questioning whether to invest in patents. Will patent

Keep An Eye On Sidecar’s Patents

A day after the news broke that General Motors was picking up assets from failed Uber competitor Sidecar, today the startup's CEO finally confirmed the details directly in a blog post and provided a f

Jawbone Files Countersuit Against Fitbit In “Frivolous” Patent Infringement Case

The war continues apace in the world of wearable fitness trackers. Jawbone — which makes fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets — has filed a counterclaim against Fitbit in a p

Apple Wins Again In Ongoing Patent Litigation With Samsung

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled Samsung should have been barred from retailing products that infringe on Apple's patents. Apple had been denied an injunction against Samsung by a lower court
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