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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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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 […]