An Important Question to Ask When Providing Sight to One Billion People

So you have come up with a great invention that can help not only millions but billions of the worlds poor see. How are you able to keep costs down while scaling up on production?

This is the question professor Josh Silver is grasping the answer to. Back in 1985, when discussing with a colleague about the possibility of producing glasses, that can be adjusted without the need for the expensive machinery or the obstetrician altogether. This conversation sparked Mr. Silver’s quest to help the poor of the world see.

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.

Patent Reform: How Can We Fix This?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been in the news lately regarding reform and how we can overhaul the process for patents to ensure that it is fostering innovation and not stifling it.

As it is today, the US patent and trademark office issues patents that have terms that are too broad and vague, give patents for too long, and require too much effort to understand. The way things are working now it is all too easy for patent trolls to take advantage of a patent for monetary gain than it is for inventors to get the protection they need and deserve.

New Moves for an Old Can

Why get up and throw trash in the can, when you can toss trash anywhere and the can moves to you? The Smart Trash Can does just that, with help from a sensor and computer, the can knows where your trash will fall and moves by itself to catch the trash before it hits the ground. A Japanese engineer, Minoru Kurata, created the Smart Trash Can that uses a wall-mounted sensor to pick up the direction of the thrown trash.

Pest Trap 2.0

Two UK designers, Jimmy Loizeau and James Auger, created domestic robots to put on a dark show. These designers suggest that instead of watching reality TV, you can watch the circle of life and death with their Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots. Designed to be aesthetic looking furniture more than stereotypical robots.

Lock Down and Keep Your Trademark Active

Make sure you are informed about all of the maintenance steps to keep your trademark active and alive in the USPTO database. You will not receive a call, email or any notice if your trademark is out of maintenance. Ensure that you make the proper filings and pay the proper fees and keep your hard earned registered trademark active.

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.

Inventor Creates in Wife’s Memory

An inventor from Minnesota is using his loss of a loved one to drive his invention for “Easy Caulk.”

Greg Amundson along with his kids and wife June started to create his invention for “Easy Caulk.” They wanted to take the mess out of traditional caulk guns and provide a product from the USA. They also wanted it to be environmentally friendly.

Protecting Plants with Patents

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.

Spied on By My Cell

Just when you thought you were unplugged, little do you know you’re being stalked!

Even if you are sure you powered down your phone for the night, Android spyware can use your phone to record your voice, and your camera to take video or pictures without your knowledge.

According to research from AVG a well known app for scanning phones and computers for viruses and malware, uncovered this malware and named it Android/PowerOffHijack.A.

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.