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Top 10 Inventions of 2007

The year 2007 saw a number of groundbreaking inventions from many sectors. Medical technology, personal communication, sports safety, energy saving breakthroughs, and other gadgetry saw huge advances throughout the year. However, some inventions simply outshine the rest of the pack...

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Solution to Our Oil Addiction?

What is old becomes new again with a high-power microwave John Gerbich Inventor Frank Pringle might have begun the end of an era of wasted energy with the introduction of his new “Hawk” microwave. Do not let the name fool...

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Disappearing Car Door

This is an interesting invention - the disappearing car door. While the cost is not disclosed on the site, I doubt it's a modification that can be made economically at this point in time. However, if you're looking for that...

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Patent Trolls Eat Microsoft’s Dinner

A ruling was just confirmed that orders Microsoft to pay well over $140 million dollars for the violation of a patent owned by Z4 Technologies. The patent, which may seem a little general, essentially covers asking a user for two...

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Commercializing New Ideas

Hollywood and popular literature tend to glorify the selfless inventor who innovates out of benevolence for mankind, with no care for personal gain. However, without the ability to commercialize new ideas, many of the world’s most cherished inventions might not...

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5 Steps to Evaluating a Patent Idea

There’s nothing like the enthusiasm one feels during a proverbial “I’ve got it!” moment. However, it helps to have basic criteria for defining whether your idea is truly worth patenting or even patentable. Here are five steps you should follow...

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How to Conduct a Patent Search Online

For an inventor, conducting a patent search is one of the most important steps in preparing to patent an invention. It is fundamental in determining the similarity of your idea to the ideas of past innovators and in ensuring you...

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Documenting New Ideas

Documenting new ideas is not just good practice. It may be absolutely critical if you intend on getting a patent and then enforcing it. This is because patent laws in the United States are based on the “first to invent...

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Information on Patents

There are many misconceptions about what a patent is and is not. Many believe that patents can “protect an idea” in the sense of preventing people from acting on a concept you thought of. Others believe that mailing yourself notes...

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Information About the Patent Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is the governmental agency in charge of granting patents to inventors. As USPTO.gov states, For over 200 years, the basic role of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has remained the...

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