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IBM’s Move a Huge Boost for Open Source Movement

IBM, the largest patent owner in the United States, announced that they are granting access to some of their intellectual property to facilitate development of over 150 standards designed to make software interoperable. IBM anticipates that their move to lift restrictions on numerous patents may act as a catalyst for developing compatibility between future software [...]

Personal Computer?

Microsoft Corporation’s published patent application (U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2007/0157227) may move the personal computer into the world of targeted advertising. Microsoft’s patent application discloses an “advertising framework” that stores content data from various applications and makes this data available to advertisers. Advertisers may then use the framework to target specific computers according to [...]

Alive: U.S. Patent No. 7,246,033 entitled "Pedometer for Pets"

This U.S. Patent issued on July 17, 2007 and discloses a device for measuring the amount of exercise done by a pet, such as a dog or a cat, over time. The device has of a solid state three-axis accelerometer, a signal processing unit, a central processing unit, a memory chip, a display with settable [...]

Alive: Headset Cellular Telephones

United States Patent No. 7,242,765 (“the ’765 patent”) issued on July 10, 2007 for HEADSET CELLULAR TELEPHONES. Bluetooth® technology for cellular phones is a fairly new technology. Through the use of a headset with Bluetooth® capability, a user may communicate with another caller without actually holding his or her cell phone. The headset wirelessly relays [...]

Evel Knievel and Kanye West Agree to Settle Out of Court

In December 2006, famed daredevil Evel Knievel sued rapper Kanye West in a Florida District court for, among other things, trademark infringement and trademark dilution. Knievel claims that West infringed Knievel’s trademarked look in the music video for West’s song “Touch the Sky”. In the video, West wore a red, white and blue jumpsuit similar [...]

Software Patents in the United States

Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, the United States Patent Office refused to grant patents to inventions which used a calculation made by a computer. The Patent Office’s rationale was that patents should not be granted to mathematical algorithms. The Supreme Court upheld this view in Gottschalk v. Benson (1972) and Parker v. Flook (1975). [...]

Alive: U.S. Patent No. 7,242,300 for "Shopping Cart"

This U.S. Patent issued on July 10, 2007 and discloses a method for alerting a cashier in a grocery store that there are goods placed on the bottom tray of a shopping cart. Using radio frequency identification (RFID), the invention has a transponder built into the shopping cart that interacts with a reader located at [...]

Debate Brewing over Patentability of Human Genes

Congress is currently faced with legislation that may preclude anyone from patenting genes. Expert opinion on this legislation has been mixed. Some experts base their arguments on the policy reasons that justify granting a patent: to encourage innovation and discovery by rewarding researchers. These experts opine that patenting genes may increase investments in businesses and [...]

Rights to the "Zhirinovsky" Mark For Sale in Russia

Who is Zhirinovsky? Vladimir Zhirinovsky is the founder and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vice-Chairman of the State Duma, and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. For 77 million rubles, approximately three million dollars, you can buy the right to the “Zhirinovsky” mark to stick on a [...]

Apple Planning iPhone Nano?

According to a U.S. patent application published on July 5, 2007, Apple is attempting to patent an iPod-like device with a clickwheel that displays numbers. According to a Reuters report, an analyst at JP Morgan believes that the device will be a smaller, and likely less expensive, derivative of the iPhone. The device described in [...]