Canadian Company Secures Patent for Space Elevator

Thoth Technology of Ontario, Canada recently secured a patent for a space elevator.  The device would extend 12 miles above the earth’s surface, allowing materials to be transported to and from space.  The company estimates that an elevator of this nature could save more than 30 percent of the fuel of a conventional rocket. CLICKContinue reading “Canadian Company Secures Patent for Space Elevator”

Is a 3D Printed Organ a “Human Organism” under Patent Law?

As 3D printing technology improves, the potential for printing human organs is becoming a reality… but are human tissues and organs patentable under the law?  The America Invents Act (AIA) clearly prohibits the patenting of any claim “directed to or encompassing a human organism.”  The question becomes whether a 3D printing of tissues and/or organsContinue reading “Is a 3D Printed Organ a “Human Organism” under Patent Law?”

Google’s Library Project Found to be a Fair Use

Google’s Library Project offers digital versions of books sent to the project by libraries. Google has not secured permission to use these works by the copyright holders; however, only certain portions or “snippets” of each of the works is viewable to the users of the project.  Once a search term is entered, the service providesContinue reading “Google’s Library Project Found to be a Fair Use”

Woman Takes on Coca-Cola in Trademark Dispute and Wins

In 2005, an Australian woman named Annabelle Young wanted to start a tea company. In order to protect her IP she decided to trademark the name HONEST TEA in Australia.  Not too long after her trademark issued,  an American company using the same name brought suit against her claiming global rights in the name.  ThatContinue reading “Woman Takes on Coca-Cola in Trademark Dispute and Wins”

Use Caution when Issuing Take Down Notices: “Copyright Law Does Not Authorize Thoughtless Censorship of Lawful Speech”

A Pennsylvania woman recently faced a copyright infringement suit when she posted a video of her child dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” in 2007.  Universal Music Corp. contacted YouTube after learning of the video and had the posting taken down for a period of several weeks.  The video was later restored after the motherContinue reading “Use Caution when Issuing Take Down Notices: “Copyright Law Does Not Authorize Thoughtless Censorship of Lawful Speech””

3D Printers to Begin Printing in Graphene

In 2010, two scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of a new material.  Six years earlier they used adhesive to lift a layer of carbon from a block of graphite and then placed it layer on a silicon wafer, creating “graphene.”  Graphene is essentially a two dimensional layer of carbon havingContinue reading “3D Printers to Begin Printing in Graphene”

NASA Developing First Warp Drive

NASA has been wrestling with the time constraints of space travel for years but recently a physicist by the name of Miguel Alcubierre came up a concept that may make deep space travel a reality.  Alcubierre’s theory involves a “space bubble” that can travel faster than the speed of light while the ship inside remainsContinue reading “NASA Developing First Warp Drive”

Newly Patented Devices Use Heat and Ionized Air to Protect Against Shock Waves

A newly patented devices suggest the use of heat and ionized air to protect troops against the shock waves generated by explosions.  The patent suggests placement of arc generators on the exterior of vehicles along with a sensor to detect an inbound sock wave.  The generators would create a large arc of electricity to heatContinue reading “Newly Patented Devices Use Heat and Ionized Air to Protect Against Shock Waves”