Inspiration for this week’s report came from an unusual source: My neighbor. We were chatting over the fence on Tuesday, and he mentioned how much he did not like his new credit card.
Most people take for granted the things they want to buy will be on a shelf in a store waiting for them. Or, they will appear on their doorstep within a day or two after clicking the “Complete Purchase” button in the online store.
I love covering technology. I love meeting new people. I love learning new things.
In the past two weeks, in addition to the grants of some intriguing patents highlighted below, I caught a thread of an argument about the relevance of patent protection. Instead of encouraging innovation, patents discourage it.
Pure genius! I witnessed it.
During the offseason we have spent considerable time looking at the M2M industry’s farm system. So there’s only one thing really left to do and that’s to look at the major league players to round out the Fall League for the CW 100.
A good friend of mine recently asked me why I write about patents. Part of my answer was the ability to “connect the dots” between the present and the past.
I can’t help but chuckle every time I hear people say we are becoming a society that is addicted to our mobile devices. The reason I snicker is that there is no “becoming” in any of this.
Whatever your personal opinion may be regarding the sanctioning by the FAA (Federal Aviation Admin.) of the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in U.S. airspace beginning next year, from a pure technological perspective, improvements for its use continue to appear in the patent grants each week. One example is Patent 8,708,277 (“Method and Apparatus for Automated Launch, Retrieval and Servicing of a Hovering Aircraft”) awarded this week to Aerovel Corp.