A closer look at U.S. granted foreign origin patents with origins in the seven major foreign nations: Japan, Canada, Italy, China, India, Russia, and Brazil.
Over the past two years, Russia has made some significant advancements in the patent law arena. After gaining independence, Russia enacted new patent law in the early 1990s. However, these laws remained antiquated and left Russia behind until 2008 when it finally became compliant under the TRIPS Agreement (The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights). TRIPS is an international agreement of the World Trade Organization. The Agreement covers a wide variety of covered types of intellectual property, and sets general guidelines for protecting the rights of copyright, trademark, and patent holders. In 2013 and 2014, Russia made two major developments in its patent law.
With the increase of women taking STEM courses, there is still a lack of gender equality in the STEM workforce, particularly intellectual property law.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has recently submitted a series of patent applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that focus on electronic content lenses. The company is known for its personal care and pharmaceutical products, but has lately directed its attention on innovations related to eye care. The list of J&J’s patents includes lense technology which would create a theromchromic shield that protects the eye from excessive sunlight. Another patent for contact lenses would utilize crystal elements, which would refract light and improve overall vision for the user. Two other patents related to eye care are design to prevent dry eye: one is a punctal plug that blocks drainage of the tear duct; the other is a fatty acid composition
When you come up with a new idea or method of doing something, amid all the excitement, you should think first about how to protect your new idea. That is what Dr. Nate Story did when he came up with his idea for the ZipGrow Tower. By protecting his invention, he was able to see his product come to fruition like never before.