05/24/2017

Written By: Roland Casillas
     Web and Blog Editor

Patent No. 3,375,836A

Folding and Automobile-Transportable Camping Tent

Inventors: Lara Domeneghetti

05/15/2017

The Patent Attorney in Popular Culture 

Robert M. Jarvis

Popular culture is filled with lawyers. Prosecutors and defenders are the most commonly seen, with civil litigators following closely behind. Patent attorneys, on the other hand, almost never appear. Still, with enough digging, such characters can be located. Discussed below are the ones I have been able to find. (See article for footnotes).

04/17/2017

Evolution of Music Players

Written By: Roland Casillas
      Web and Blog Editor

With Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival currently taking place, I thought it would be interesting to look into our past and see what portable music devices were used. Here is a brief history of our portable music devices.

First, starting with the Transistor Radios, U.S. Pat. No. 2,892,931, Richard Koch designed a miniature sized transistor radio that could fit inside an ordinary shirt pocket. To make this device commercially acceptable, he had to come up with an acceptable battery life, meaning create circuitry to consume minimal voltage so as to power the device for longer period of time.

Second, the Portable Lightweight Record Player, U.S. Pat. No. 3,218,081, Augusto Gentilini designed a portable record player that would fit inside of a small suitcase. The reason for a reduction in size was because of the altered motor arrangement. This arrangement also limited the vibration caused by the motor due to the connection with a suspended rubber plate and offsetting the weight of the motor by adding an adjustable weight. 

04/03/2017

Patents in Outer Space: An Approach to the Legal Framework of Future Inventions

Juan Felipe Jiménez

Space is a challenge for patent law. From the first Apollo moon mission, to the astronauts on board today’s International Space Station, man has used technology in outer space. But what happens if the technology used on these missions is patented on Earth? Because patent rights are territorial, use of patented technology in outer space is presumptively non-infringing, and accordingly requires no license. As increasingly frequently private commercial actors are exploring space, this lack of patent enforcement has the capacity to distort incentives to invent technology that is primarily designed for use outside the Earth’s boundaries. While some countries have tried to solve this problem by applying their domestic patent law extra-territorially, an international solution is required.

03/14/2017

From Camera Obscura To Camera Futura - How Patents Shaped Two Centuries of Photographic Innovation and Competition

Elliot Brown, Ben Hattenbach, and Ian Washburn

The development of photographic technology has been one of the defining achievements of the last several centuries. About a thousand years ago, the state of the art approach to recording imagery involved what was called a ”camera obscura.” This device was a large box or even a full room with a hole in one side, which was used to project an upside-down image of its surroundings on a screen, enabling one to trace the image onto paper. Less than two hundred years ago, the cutting-edge technology for imaging was the daguerreotype, an expensive and unwieldy process through which a delicate image could be etched onto silver-coated copper plates that had been sensitized in iodine vapor. Today, in contrast, the Internet provides ready access to gigapixel imagery captured by space telescopes of galaxies billions of light years away. Even run of-the-mill consumer equipment offers image-stabilized autofocus lenses and image sensors whose tens of millions of pixels can capture details in near darkness.

02/21/2017

Written By: Roland Casillas
              Web and Blog Editor

Patent No. 4,166,462 A

Self-propelled Shark-proof Cage

Inventors: James M. Ellis

02/13/2017

Written By: Roland Casillas
      Web and Blog Editor

Patent No. 1,809,593 A

Folding Ornament of Expansible Tissue

Inventors: Henry E. Luhrs

Assignee: Beistle Company

02/08/2017

The Failure to Preserve CRISPR-Cas9’s Patentability post Myriad and Alice

Benjamin C. Tuttle

The CRISPR-Cas9 system is a highly versatile genome-editing technology that is derived from bacteria. Heralded as one of the most influential biotechnology discoveries in history, CRISPR-Cas9 is unlike any previous geneediting technology because it utilizes a simple RNA template and a relatively small universal enzyme to accurately, efficiently, and cheaply make genetic modifications in any organism. Developed independently by two leading research groups out of the University of California, Berkeley (“Berkeley”) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”), the ownership of CRISPR-Cas9 technology has lead to a patent dispute, culminating in the recent allowance of an “interference proceeding” by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). The USPTO’s pending decision on this interference proceeding leaves uncertain the propriety of a technology projected to be worth billions. 

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