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Apple's Hot New Patent Is for a Paper Bag

Maybe coming to a store near you

(Newser) - For those concerned that the latest iPhone wasn't revolutionary enough , the latest Apple patent application to make headlines would seem to indicate that Tim Cook and Co. are truly getting back to basics: It's made out of paper, has handles, and you can put stuff in it. Or,... More »

Disney Gets Patent to Take Pictures of People's Feet

It could track theme park guests by their shoes

(Newser) - Disney has received a patent to take pictures of visitors' feet at its theme parks, the Los Angeles Times reports. Specifically, the patent titled System and method using foot recognition to create a customized guest experience would scan guests shoes when they enter the park then track them as the... More »

Missing Patent for Wright Bros' 'Flying Machine' Found in Cave

The 'holy grail' of lost documents hadn't been seen in decades

(Newser) - Missing for decades, the Wright brothers' patent for their "Flying Machine" was found last month in a manila envelope among 15-foot-high stacks of patent files in a limestone cave outside a small Kansas city. The Washington Post has a fascinating story on how the "holy grail" of missing... More »

Facebook to Learn New Slang Before the Cool Kids

It filed a patent for a 'social glossary' last month

(Newser) - Facebook just patented something that could help all the parents on Facebook finally understand what their kids are saying, Business Insider reports. The social media company was granted a patent for a "social glossary" in February, and the patent filing was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office... More »

Razor Wars Get Hairy: Gillette Sues Dollar Shave Club

Gillette accuses online service of patent infringement

(Newser) - For nearly 120 years , Gillette has comfortably assumed dominance in the US shaving market. But now it's taking on an online upstart in the courts: The company filed a suit Thursday against Dollar Shave Club, trying to stop the subscription service from selling razors Gillette says infringe on a... More »

Apple Loses Patent Suit That Could Cost Close to $1B

Jury decided tech giant's iPhones violated University of Wisconsin patent

(Newser) - Apple lost phase one Tuesday of a lawsuit against it by a patent enforcement group that Business Insider once called one of the "most fearsome patent trolls" around—a loss that could cost up to $862 million in damages, Reuters reports. A US District Court jury decided Apple had... More »

Google Patent Would Protect You From Spoilers

System would flag potentially ruinous posts on social media

(Newser) - Google has received a patent designed to ease the pain of a modern malady: the spoiler. As Quartz reports, the system would sniff out potentially painful posts from people in your social network and warn you about them. You could then block those posts if you so choose. For it... More »

Steve Jobs Has 141 Patents —Since Dying

His name keeps coming up on new inventions

(Newser) - The MIT Technology Review unearths a stat that it thinks is a pretty good indicator of Steve Jobs' legacy: The Apple founder has received 141 patents since his death in 2011. An example of one of these post-death patents is the glass-cube design outside the Apple Store in Manhattan. The... More »

Inventor Has Been Waiting 43 Years for His Patent

Gilbert Hyatt made millions off microprocessor claim

(Newser) - It's been 43 years since Gilbert Hyatt applied for a patent on a machinery-control system, and 35 years since he sought a patent related to liquid crystal displays. It takes an average of about two years to get patent approval—but Hyatt hasn't received it on either invention,... More »

Bill Gates' New Idea Would Bring Textbooks to Life

Proposed tech automatically generates video from text

(Newser) - Bill Gates—and nine others—have filed a patent for an idea that promises to make "dry" textbooks less boring. "Autogenerating Video From Text" proposes to do exactly what it says on the label: a device or program that can read and analyze text, then automatically generate video... More »

Boston University Sues Apple Over 1997 Patent

It asks court to stop sales on iPads, iPhones, and MacBook Air

(Newser) - Boston University is asking a court to stop the sales of the iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air, claiming that all those products infringe on a patent filed by one of its professors back in 1997. The patent covers a method of generating blue lasers in a cheap, compact fashion... More »

Coming Soon: Caffeine-Infused ...Toothbrush?

Colgate applies for chemical-releasing brush patent

(Newser) - Who needs a morning coffee when your toothbrush releases a dose of caffeine? Colgate has applied for a patent on a brush that could do just that. The application describes "a toothbrush that releases a chemical into the mouth during use," but it won't stop at caffeine,... More »

Monsanto Defeats Farmer in Soybean Patent Case

Supreme Court rules farmers can't grow second crop from patented seeds

(Newser) - Sometimes Goliath beats David—or Vernon, as the case may be. Seventy-six-year-old farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman has lost his Supreme Court battle with Monsanto over his use of patented soybean seeds, the New York Times reports. The court upheld an $84,000 lawsuit brought against Bowman by the agribusiness giant... More »

India Squashes Novartis Cancer Drug Patent

High court move likely to keep drugs cheap in developing world

(Newser) - A major Supreme Court decision in India could be good news for patients in developing countries, activists say. The court ruled that Novartis couldn't have a new patent for a tuneup to an existing cancer drug, since it's not a new medicine, the AP reports. "Patents will... More »

Future iPhone May Land Safely When Dropped

Apple seeks patent to make sure phones re-orient in mid-air

(Newser) - Ever cracked your cell phone by dropping it on a hard surface? You may be pleased to know that Apple has submitted a patent for a device that would flip over falling iPhones so they land without breaking the screen, the Telegraph reports. First revealed on Appleinsider , the mechanism would... More »

Apple Files Patent for Possible 'SmartWatch'

'Wearable accessory device' patent describes flexible display for wrist

(Newser) - The "iWatch" gossip watch is continuing to tick down. Apple filed a patent application today outlining a flexible screen with a "slap-wrap" bracelet you can wear on your wrist, described as a "wearable accessory device," reports Mashable . Among the possibilities described for the device: "a... More »

Farmer, 75, Takes on Monsanto

Soybean seed case hits Supreme Court this week

(Newser) - Vernon Hugh Bowman, a 75-year-old Indiana farmer, is taking on agribusiness heavyweight Monsanto in a case hitting the Supreme Court tomorrow. Monsanto says Bowman, who has been using Monsanto's soybean seeds happily for years, is infringing its patents when he plants a second crop of soybeans each year. The... More »

Google, Apple, Facebook Team Up on Kodak Patents

12-company group buys digital photography patents for $525M

(Newser) - Add "patent fire sales" to the list of things that breed strange bedfellows. A 12-company consortium that includes Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon has snapped up $525 million worth of patents on digital photography from bankrupt Eastman Kodak, reports Bloomberg . Longtime Kodak rival Fujifilm and Blackberry maker RIM also... More »

Court to Apple: Sorry, No Ban on Samsung Gadgets

Plus: South Korean firm nixes Europe injunctions

(Newser) - A victory for Samsung in its long-running feud with Apple : A judge has refused to ban 26 of the South Korean firm's smartphones, as Apple wanted. A jury this summer found that Samsung had knowingly infringed on Apple's patents, but that's not sufficient grounds for a ban,... More »

Nokia Tries to Ban Most BlackBerries

After winning patent case in Swedish court

(Newser) - Nokia has asked a California judge for an order banning the sale of any BlackBerry phone with wireless LAN capabilities—which is basically all of them, ComputerWorld reports. A Swedish arbiter has ruled that RIM has breached its contract over the use of Nokia's wireless patents, Nokia announced today,... More »

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