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What is a Provisional Patent

Contestants frequently make the same mistake which annoys me every time.


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When Patents Fail

He lost, the judge saying the Mercedes signal was different enough, but even the judge had to admit his lawyers were lousy.


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More Wacky Patents

Toe Puppets Next show after my pedicure.


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There’s No Such Thing As A Provisional Patent

Technically, there is no such thing as a “provisional patent.”


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Summer’s Most Important Invention: Air Conditioning

On July 17, 1902 in the midst of a steamy summer, Dr.


Why Do Patents Cause More Harm Than Good?

Nearly all of the economic evidence shows that patents tend to do more harm than good.


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Video: The First Software Patent

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard about the controversy around software patents, but you probably don’t know the story of Martin Goetz, who got the very first software patent in 1968.


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Amazon To Ship Products Before You Even Buy Them

Amazon has patented “anticipatory package shipping,” a system that ships products before customers have actually bought them — based on what it predicts they will buy, according to NPR.


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Even The Snowman Has Been Patented

In the patent application Ignacio Marc Asperas from Melville, New York included a warning: “The following is not a joke patent.


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Ridiculous Patents

Jock Gear
Headgear combined with binoculars, a headset, and a fan.