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Inventions

Mobile App Developers at a HIPAA Crossroad

App developers in the health industry are asking for more information and guidance from Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about HIPAA and how it affects the apps they are creating.

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Is Your Secret Out? What are Trade Secrets

trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. Many brands choose to maintain trade secrets in favor of patents or other various methods of protection because trade secrets do not require public disclosure, where a patent does.  Keeping information a trade secret prevents competitors from gaining the knowledge necessary to reproduce the process themselves.      Although there is no federal registration for trade secrets, they are still protected under the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) at the federal level, and by state statute under the adoption of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA).

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141 Patents on the Wall

Late CEO of Apple Steve Jobs has been in the news lately for the large number of posthumous patents that have been won. A total of 141 patents have been awarded to Steve to be specific. The brilliant mind of Jobs are still being realized since his death in 2011.

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Water Gun Settlement is No Laughing Matter

The creator of Nerf toy guns and the Super Soaker water gun has been awarded 72.9 million in royalties from toymaker Hasbro Inc. according to the company’s law firm King & Spalding. Atlanta-based Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson had been in a royalty dispute with Hasbro. According to the representing law firms Hasbro had underpaid royalties for the Nerf line of toys from 2007 to 2012.

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Inventors: Samantha Jagger

Inspiration for UPheels was a combination of things, like ruining shoes at outdoor weddings in the grass; sinking in the grass altogether; a friend suffering a spiral fracture to her ankle when her heel caught in some decking; ruining shoes just walking to work, (when the heels snapped off in the cracks of the pavement). One day Jagger was setting up for a work function which involved assembling what felt like millions of disposable champagne flutes with attachable foot bases. That was when she realized that if she had a base that was big enough and strong enough, it could fit onto the bottom of a stiletto.

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8 Popular Inventions Created By Women

When you think of famous inventors of the past, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison come to mind, but have we forgot the great inventions created by women? Here are a few to add to your memory bank.

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Hoverboard: Wheels Need Not Apply

Arx Pax founders Greg and Jill Henderson created a new way to get around, on a real working hoverboard. While there had been rumors in the past of hoverboard technology, this time it is patent pending. The Hendersons have designed a hoverboard called the Hendo, that uses a magnetic field to lift and propel users via magnetic field technology.

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Super Omniphobic When Wet

Long gone are the days of teflon, when you could slap a chemical coating on something to make it repel water and other materials. Non-Stick is no longer the way to go with repelling products. Nowadays, there are some products that have to repel water and other buildup. So scientists looked at natural repellants like duck feathers, insect wings, and super repellents like the leaves of the lotus plant. When a product is omniphobic it will resist oil and other liquids from saturating the object.

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Inventors: Brian Lithgow and Jayshri Kulkarni

Brian Lithgow is a Senior Lecturer of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering. Brian’s research interests include Neurological, Neurodegenerative and Vestibular diagnostics and modeling particularly related to Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia, Depression and Meniere’s diseases.

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UK Inventor Receives CBE Honour for Work With Young Inventors

Famous inventor Trevor Baylis to be given the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his work with young inventors.

Mr. Baylis’ inventions include the the wind-up radio, that was invented as a way to get critical information to rural areas in Africa back in 1991. He patented his idea however it was slow to launch until a prototype was featured on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World in 1994 and received support from South African president Nelson Mandela. The radio Free Play started to be produced in 1997 and Mr. Baylis was honoured as Officer of the British Empire (OBE) the same year. Mr. Baylis also invented the wind-up torch and around 200 other products for the disabled.

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