The Legalization Of Cannabis For Broad Recreational Use Has Led To A Flood Of Innovation And Invention Vaporizers seem to grow in quality and shrink in size by the month. Edibles are way beyond the legendary (but low quality) brownies that your dealer used to make. In Washington and Colorado, edibles now include everything from…

Michelle Lee Nominated As Director Of Patent Office On October 16, 2014, the White House announced the nomination of Michelle Lee, a patent attorney, as the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Lee possesses a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and received her JD from Stanford…

New Office To Harmonize Global Patent System The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has created a new office to harmonize the global patent system. The new office is named the Office of International Patent Cooperation. The USPTO’s deputy commissioner stated, “the USPTO had many successful programs fostering international patent cooperation prior to the…

6th SCOTUS Ruling On Patent Law This Term In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States sided with CLS Bank in invalidating patents held by Australia-based Alice Corp. This is the sixth and final SCOTUS ruling on patent law this term. Each ruling was unanimous. Each ruling narrowed patent law. Alice Corp…

“All Your Base Are Belong To Us” A previous blog entry stated that Elon Musk of Tesla Motors has “donated” Tesla’s patent portfolio to the public. Musk titled this blog “All Our Patent Are Belong to You”, an obscure reference turned internet-meme regarding a hilariously poor translation of a nintendo game called Zero Wing. The…

CEO Tesla Motors Recently “Donated” A Portion Of Tesla’s Patents To The Public Elon Musk, the CEO Tesla Motors, recently “donated” a portion of Tesla’s patents to the public. In a blog post on teslamotors.com, located here, Musk stated that Tesla would not initiate a lawsuit against anyone for using these patents in good faith….

Patent number US 8,517,577 B2 The Production Resource Group (PRG) was awarded an interesting patent on braking for moving lights. Specifically, this brake system act in the same manner that a truck’s air brakes work and is applicable to the motors of a moving light. Under ordinary circumstances, when a moving light is de-energized, the…

Martin Professional A/S, the powerhouse in the entertainment lighting industry, was awarded a US patent on a moving light/manual follow spot hybrid titled “Intelligent Light Fixture With Manual Follow Spot Function.” Patent number 8,449,141, with a priority date of Dec 23, 2010, is shown below. This is an interesting design and could be useful for…

Supreme Court issued its opinion in the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. case. The court invalidated Myriad’s patents, stating that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not…

Patent Rules Change On March 16th 2013 The USPTO was flooded with about five times as many applications on the week ending on March 15, 2013. Ordinarily, the Patent Office receives an average of 7,205 applications per week. On this mid-March week, the office received a staggering 34,112 patent applications in anticipation of the new…