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Flight Tracking Technology Finally Patented and Other Patent News

For everyone who ever wondered why we couldn’t track planes in flight, a professor from SUNY Fredonia has answered the call. We’ll get into that in a bit. First, we’ll talk about Blackberry bursting back on the scene with a patent license deal to Timex, a few fun Tesla patents, iRobot’s big court win, and, of course, Apple. Let’s get started.

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Beer's Role in Innovation

Many great—or seemingly great—ideas come to fruition during the course of drinking a beer. When you’re out with the guys (or girls), one or two cold ones could have you rhapsodizing about how you’re going to change the world. This is most likely when self-lowering toilet seats, automatic pet petters, and self-twirling ice cream cones were all dreamed into existence.

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Meet the Winner of the 2017 Lemelson-MIT Prize: Feng Zhang

The Lemelson-MIT committee has announced the 2017 winner of the Lemelson-MIT prize, Feng Zhang. Zhang is an Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and a core member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He received his AB in chemistry and physics and his PhD in chemistry from Stanford University.

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Written by Joe Khurana

How Can Tesla Open All Patents for Use? By Listening to the Voice of the Customer

Even now, years after Elon Musk made the announcement that Tesla would not pursue litigation for anyone who used Tesla patents in good faith, people still don’t know how to react. How could anyone give up that kind of power? Isn’t the point of a patent to enjoy some form of monopoly on the industry?

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Amazon 1-Click Patent Expires and Other Patent News

In patent news this week, most are talking about Amazon’s famed 1-Click patent finally running its course, but other exciting and unusual things happened too. For a complete rundown of Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Qualcomm, and more, just read on.

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Written by Joe Khurana

Your Biggest Innovation Questions: Answered

Have you hit a wall when it comes to innovation? Maybe you’ve created products that you counted on to help you regain your share of the market, only to watch them fall flat with buyers. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re at the top of your game and just want to know how you can keep holding on.

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Microsoft Patents “Opinion” Search Engine and More Patent News

Most of the patent news in the past week has revolved around pharmaceuticals, but we caught a few gems. First, we’ll revisit one of our news pieces from last week, and then we’ll move on to some movement from Microsoft.

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Amazon Drones for Spying and Not Just Delivery, and Other Patent News

Well, another week, another news report about Amazon patents, but we’ll get to that. First, we’ll look at a few standard IP news stories, with a few words from Ford, JP Morgan, and Tesla. Of course, it’s not a news week if Uber’s not included, too. 

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Written by Joe Khurana

Amazon’s 1-Click Patent Expires Soon: What Happens Now?

A lot has happened since Amazon managed to win the race to the patent office with their 1-Click patent twenty years ago. Not just in the world as a whole, but specifically in the world of ecommerce. Now that the patent is set to expire next month, experts wonder just how much that stranglehold on the frictionless purchasing experience benefitted Amazon.

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Scoring Nokia’s 6000+ Available Patents for Quality

One of the foremost names in wireless technology announced this week that they would sell more than 6,000 of their patents. It’s not the first time Nokia has decided to unload some of its intellectual property onto the market, and the same concerns apply this time as did in previous sales. Fortunately, some of the concerns can be addressed with the proper tools.

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