2012 Sep 20, 2:27
Welcome news. Glad to hear they’re looking for improvements.
… the USPTO has also worked with Stack Exchange, … to create a new site called Ask Patents. … Examiners or others looking for prior art can post questions about a specific application, and
members of the general public can respond with evidence that an applicant was not the first to invent the subject matter of the application.
2012 Jun 13, 3:08 2012 May 27, 7:18
Star Trek’s hypospray apparently already existed and has been patented since 1960.
2012 Apr 18, 6:19
Specifically Twitter has said that they will only used these assigned patent rights defensively to protect themselves against hostile actions. And further that any company that acquires these
patent rights from Twitter will need the inventor’s consent to use them in an offensive action. Twitter has also provided the inventor with certain rights to license the patent to others for
defensive purposes. You can read the entire set of provisions on GitHub.
2010 Feb 4, 2:01
On the crappy licensing of the H.264 and MPEG codecs in popular video encoding software.
2009 Aug 19, 8:06
"I can conceive of no reality in which the designer behind Fig. 2 of Sony's newly patented emotion-detecting system didn't understand what he'd just created, especially as they perfectly distilled
What TV Comedy Looks Like."
2009 Jul 16, 3:28
"I was up a ladder painting when I got the call from a lady with an American accent from Apple saying she was the head of legal affairs and that they wanted to acknowledge the work that I had
2008 Oct 29, 3:45
Apparently the government routinely suppresses patents when they fear the invention may harm national security. 5002 total patents suppressed at the end of FY07 according to PTO. "...U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office's record of the number of patent applications kept from public scrutiny under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, which allows the government to lock up a patent application on
national security grounds, even if the inventor has no connection to the government."
2008 Aug 28, 10:58
"The patent is really bad, which is all part of the fun: Abstract: The invention consists of the process of reincarnation or rebirth resulting in immortality. Description:  This invention
resulted from my combining Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Newton's Second Law of Physics.  Reincarnation is defined in Webster's Third New Inernational Dictionary as "rebith". Thus my
invention is a process of rebirth or in other words immortality."
2008 Aug 20, 9:48
Apple will or will not license the canvas tag? 'Apple Computer, Inc. ("Apple") believes it has intellectual property rights ("IP Rights") relative to WHATWG's Web Applications 1.0 Working Draft,
dated March 24, 2005, Section 10.1, entitled "Graphics: The bitmap canvas". At this time, Apple reserves all rights in its IP Rights and makes no representations as to Apple's willingness or
unwillingness to license these IP Rights. However, in the event that the Web Applications 1.0 Working Draft, dated March 24, 2005, becomes part of a formalized draft standard at W3C or IETF, for
example, Apple is prepared to address the disclosure/licensing rules of such organizations.'
2008 Aug 3, 12:52
sequelguy posted a photo:
2008 Apr 22, 4:34
Anti-anti GPS. Wait, they need a second positioning scheme to make this work? Lame. "A first signal is transmitted from a portable unit including the receiver to a component of a second positioning
system that is different from the GPS. A second signal is
2007 Dec 5, 1:43
Found my grandfather's patent: Donald Risney, February 13, 1973, BOAT TRANSPORTER. Abstract: A cross piece clamped and tied to the ends of a boat, rotatable about the short axis thereof, and
longitudinally movable about the long axis thereof for lifting
2007 Nov 28, 5:07
Vishu, my ex-office-mate, has left Washington and Microsoft for California and Facebook. Vishu and I shared an office for a while and I really enjoyed it. We were able to distract one another from,
and help each other with work. We'd often bounce ideas off of one another, work related or otherwise. For one such idea I recently received a Microsoft patent cube, a small marble cube inscribed with
my and my invention's name. There are some photos of other people's patent cubes
on flickr. Vishu
would have received one for this idea too since we developed the idea and wrote the document about it together, but they wait a long time to send you the cube and he was gone a few weeks before they
sent it (don't worry, he got the credit and other rewards though).
A week or two after I got my cube Vishu was visiting the Microsoft campus just before moving his family down with him to California. A bunch of us joined him for lunch that day and it sounds like
he's enjoying his new job already. Have fun Vishu!
2006 Nov 8, 12:57
Abstract Media objects, such as images or soundtracks, may be ranked according to a new class of metrics known as "interestingness." These rankings may be based at least in part on the quantity of
user-entered metadata concerning the media object, the nu