Patents

Nike, Inc assigned patent for message-conveying interlocking gloves

May 7, 2013By 0 Comments
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On May 7, 2013, Nike received a patent for message-conveying interlocking gloves (United States Patent 8,434,164) invented by Timothy Clark, and assigned to Nike, Inc.  The patent is for a pair of gloves, which when interlocked together, convey a message. The palm-side portion of the glove is made of a material to enhance gripping. The patent, filed in [...]

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Process for filing a Utility Patent

May 1, 2013By 0 Comments
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The process of filing a utility patent can be a frustrating and daunting task. The USPTO reports the average patent application pendency is 24.6 months. Believe it or not, that is actually a reasonable time period. The 2+ yr processing period, doesn’t take into account possible provisional applications, which are essentially place holders in the [...]

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Starting a new business? Remember to protect your most valuable assets!

April 5, 2013By 0 Comments
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Planning on starting up a new business? Did you know that the most valuable asset to your business is likely the intellectual property (IP) you have?  Do you have a name, a process, or something else so unique that it’s worth protecting? When starting up your business, be sure to identify potential IP assets that [...]

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New patent granted for airbag system worn in apparel

March 28, 2013By 0 Comments
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On March 26, 2013 the USPTO granted a patent to assignee Hovding Sverige AB, for a “System and method for protecting a bodypart.” The patent discloses ways of protecting the head and neck from damage in instances of abnormal movement such as a fall or a collision. Specifically, the invention relates to a protective apparel or garment, [...]

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Jelli awarded patent for “Social Broadcasting User Experience”

March 26, 2013By 0 Comments
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Jelli, the social radio platform, has been awarded a patent on it’s concept of user-controlled broadcasting.   The patent, entitled: Social Broadcasting User Experience, describes a variety of methods where the participating audience is able to select and personalize their broadcast music experience. The abstract of the patent describes it as: “A method of providing user participation in [...]

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Apple patent application describes mechanism for protecting devices from impact!

March 22, 2013By 0 Comments
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Yesterday, the USPTO published an Apple patent application for an electronic device.  If manufactured, the device would allow for protection of the fragile components of a mobile device in the event it falls or is dropped.   The patent application, titled: Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device, describes several ways of protecting a device that may accidentally fall from a counter-top, users [...]

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Patent basics

March 22, 2013By 0 Comments
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Patents are property rights granted by the US Government for new, useful, and nonobvious inventions.   Once obtained, patent rights provide the inventor the right to exclude others from using, making, selling or offering for sale or importing the invention in the US for a limited period of time.  In exchange for this monopoly, the inventor must [...]

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