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Patents vs. Trade Secrets in Space

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SpaceX holds nearly zero patents—an incredible fact considering the breadth of technology the corporate behemoth has produced since just 2002. This is especially peculiar given its sister company, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), had pumped application after application through the PTO since its founding until 2014 when it released several patents to the public. Why, then, would […]

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Flying Saucers – Whether a Man-Made Invention or Out of this World, Either May Catch the attention of the United States Government

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Season 11 of the X-Files is coming to FOX this January 2018, which means more mystery, unexplained phenomena, and UFOs. In honor of Season 11, let’s take a look at one commonly reported UFO – the “flying saucer.”  The term flying saucer and “flying disc” were popularized in the twentieth century and are now part […]

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Is the NASA Technology Transfer Program Right for You?

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Through its Technology Transfer Program, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made its technology available “to promote the commercialization and public availability of Federally-owned inventions to benefit the national economy and the U.S. Public.”  See http://technology.nasa.gov/startup The NASA patent portfolio is available online at  http://technology.nasa.gov/patents Categories of inventions include: -Aeronautics -Communications -Electrical/Electronics -Environment -Health, Medicine, […]

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When Did Donald Trump Decide That He Wanted To MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

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Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump was issued a U.S. Trademark Registration for the slogan “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” on July 14, 2015, Reg. No. 4,773,272 in connection with “Political action committee services, namely, promoting public awareness of political issues” in International Class 035 and “Fundraising in the field of politics” in International Class 036. We […]

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The Baseball Glove that Took the Sting Out

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Even though baseball gloves were being produced in the 19th Century, what many regard as the forerunner to the modern glove was patented in 1922 by William (“Bill”)  L. Doak (U.S. Patent No. 1,426,824).  Mr. Doak’s glove incorporated “a plurality of strands” between the thumb and index finger to form a pocket to catch and […]

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BUILD-A-BEAR BUILDING UP AN IMPRESSIVE PATENT PORTFOLIO

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Smart companies protect their concepts and designs with robust portfolios that include design and utility patents.  Most companies protect the ornamental appearances of functional items via Design Patents and functional qualities via Utility Patents. Sometimes, however, a good collection of design patents can be a powerful mechanism to protect concepts and designs that surround a […]