Midnight In The Desert — patents

Personal Audio loses its appeal for podcasting patent

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Personal Audio loses its appeal for podcasting patent

A year after taking up the case, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in its challenge against podcasting patent troll, Personal Audio. The decision is a massive relief for the vibrant and ever-growing medium, which has been operated under the threat of lawsuit for a number of years. It’s also part of the EFF’s larger on-going fight against overly broad tech patents. And the organization doesn’t mince words. Daniel Nazer, who has been working closely on the case, is the EFF’s “Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents.”...

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Google patents computer that can be injected directly into the eyeball 

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Google patents computer that can be injected directly into the eyeball 

Google is working on a computer that can be injected into people’s eyeballs. A new patent filing shows plans for a device that would stick into people’s eyes and correct their sight, but also provide extra powers. Though the technology in the patent may never actually be released, it is another example of Google’s apparent interest in getting computers onto and into people’s eyes. The injectable machine would be put just behind the visible part of the eye, focusing light so that it can correct poor vision. It would also include storage, a radio and lenses, the patent says. It...

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A project to algorithmically generate all "prior art" and obviate the patent system

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A project to algorithmically generate all "prior art" and obviate the patent system

"All Prior Art is a project attempting to algorithmically create and publicly publish all possible new prior art, thereby making the published concepts not patent-able." So far, the project has generated 1,660,000 inventions. 1460392748-9803eaba-cda7-4761-b5c2-a4a15e5a5cf2 An adjustable visual optical element is provided, which may be supported, for example, by an eyeglass. The body comprises about 15 to about 30 weight % monoclinic phase zirconia. A door frame surrounds the suctioning front opening. The resulting fairway wood has a face closing moment of inertia that provides golfers with a feel similar to that of a modern driver or hybrid golf club. 1460392741-c6465b9a-cc5c-4cd3-b124-e64e3799d1a4...

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The U.S. Government Has a Secret System for Stalling Patents

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The U.S. Government Has a Secret System for Stalling Patents

Entrepreneurs and established companies alike depend on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to legally protect their inventions. But the Patent Office has been using a secret system to withhold the approval of some applications. Newly released documents reveal that the office, tasked with evaluating and protecting the rights to intellectual property, has a covert system for delaying controversial or inconvenient patents. It’s a system that attorneys say, if abused, could function as a way to limit or stomp out emerging companies. Before today, the program — named the Sensitive Application Warning System (SAWS) — has been mentioned only anecdotally...

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Silicon Valley Wins! Obama Picks Ex-Google Lawyer to Head Patent Office

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Silicon Valley Wins! Obama Picks Ex-Google Lawyer to Head Patent Office

Silicon Valley just won a major victory in the war over patents. On Thursday, the White House announced that it has nominated former Google patent lawyer Michelle Lee as the next director of the USPTO. Lee, who holds a master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science and a JD from Stanford Law School, has served as acting director of the office since she was appointed deputy director last year. If approved by the Senate, Lee will be the first woman to officially hold the USPTO’s top position, according to The Hill. The nomination could signal the end...

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