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Is Standardization Progress? An EU Patent

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

With the push for reform of the patent system in the United States, news regarding a unified patent system for the European Union garners a mixed response.

UT-Arlington Alumnus Still Seeks Invention's Approval Four Years Later | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Alumnus Michael Vickers is in a race that started four and a half years ago and right now, he's unsure if he's first. ...

Rod Kurtz

Ask Rod, Episode 25: Where Can I Find Good Part-Time Employees? | Rod Kurtz | Posted 01.26.2012 | Small Business

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz explains where to find quality talent and why you may not need a patent for your invention. Plus, Lauren does her best Mary...

My Tax Dollars Pay for This? U.S. Commerce Secretary Threatens India as Favor to Special Interest

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

How would you feel if a Chinese diplomat attempted to exert influence over an American court case involving a Chinese company's bogus attempt to shut ...

Supreme Court To Reign in Patents -- Again

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

As a devout conservative, one of the things I despise the most are judicially activist courts. Unfortunately for me, my legal field is dominated by a...

Jolting Congress on Patents

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pat Choate

Independent American inventors are becoming an endangered species. The numbers tell the story. In 1980, independent American inventors received 16 pe...

The 2010 Elections, Reflections, Lessons and Taking Stock

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

It's hard to develop a public narrative and a legislative record as a champion of the underdog when you spend so much time pandering to giant corporate interests.

Eight Of America's Most Secretive Companies

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The need for secrecy in business has led to a shadow industry known as industrial espionage. The practices of "spying" used to be physical. A spy woul...

Brazil Should Lead on Access to Essential Medicines

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

In the set of developing countries, Brazil is relatively privileged. It can stand up to the U.S. and get away with it. Some poor country in Africa might not be able to do the same -- privilege creates responsibility.

How to Invest in Life Sciences

Angela Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

No area of investing has greater potential pay-offs than companies in the life sciences sector. Who doesn't want to contribute to a cure for Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease?

Cashing in on IP

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Smart organizations are realizing that IP exploitation is an enabler. It empowers companies to transform often idle holdings into a significant source of income generation.


Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The greatest stockpile of unused, cutting-edge technology in the world is sitting in a warehouse in Northern Virginia gathering dust, author Pat Choat...

Protecting A Business Idea: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.04.2011 | Small Business

It happens to almost every aspiring entrepreneur. You have a brilliant idea for a groundbreaking business, an innovative product or a better-than-the-...

Redefining Innovation's True Reward: Amassing Intellectual Property and Value Creation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

What is the ultimate goal of process-driven innovation? Open a bottle of Coca-Cola, and read its performance reports to get a true taste of the answer.

Kudlow Kowtows to Corporate Interest, Abandons Conservative Principles

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel B. Ravicher

Nothing annoys me more than supposed conservatives in the media advocating for enhanced government intervention. Case in point -- Larry Kudlow.

Gene Patenting Produces Profits, Not Cures

Harriet A. Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Harriet A. Washington

Why is the industry permitted to pursue profits unchecked by considerations of health or affordability?

The Expanding Twilight Zone of Abstract Uncertainty

Brian Kahin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

It has become clear that business method patents -- which might have seemed like a great idea in those go-go years -- are deeply problematic.

When the Refs Don't Make Clear Calls: The Supreme Court and the Unclear Path for Innovators

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Not being a soccer fan myself, I cannot fully appreciate the various tweets, articles and quips on the calls made by the referees during the 2010 Worl...

The Academy and Fashion -- An Unlikely Pair Teaches Us About Innovation

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

In the rush to protect our ideas we often overlook the fact that the value of some ideas are most fully realized when they are shared, not kept secret.

Gene Patent Decision Emancipates Personalized Medicine

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Daniel B. Ravicher

Right now, 20 percent of all human genes are patented.

Don't Protect Patent Lying

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel B. Ravicher

There is no rational explanation for Senators Leahy, Sessions, Schumer, Hatch, Kyl and Kaufman's sudden rush to overturn a 150-year-old law that protects citizens against companies making false claims.

Oprah Production Company In Patent-Infringement Lawsuit: Do Online Book Excerpts Violate A Patent?

Boston Herald | Donna Goodison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Oprah Winfrey's production company wants a federal judge to force a prominent Boston law firm to provide information about one of its former attorneys...

Patents: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Darren Dahl | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

On July 31, 1790, President George Washington awarded the first U.S. patent to Vermont resident Samuel Hopkins for his process of making potash, a fer...

Stealing Ideas From Inventors

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pat Choate

All of us know how the big Wall Street banks made a mess of Main Street. Now the banks are sticking it to the little guy in another way -- in the world of patents and intellectual property.

The Weirdest Patents In The World (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Grace Kiser and Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The American patent system has long been criticized for being inefficient and for hindering innovation. But, for all its disadvantages, our patent pro...