Whatever your belief may be about global warming induced by human activity as the cause for the changing weather patterns we are experiencing across the planet, the changes will have ecological, economic and geopolitical impact.
At the end of July, and to be specific, on July 28, the world commemorated the start of World War 1, a war that became a cataclysm setting off so much of the global unrest we experience today.
Earlier in my career, I worked in mid-town Manhattan (the heart of New York City). Every working day, I would commute an hour to and an hour from the city on Metro-North, one of the larger metropolitan train systems in the U.S.
It looks like some of our favorite companies have shaken off the summer doldrums and are back to normal levels of patent grants.
Unicorns are the stuff of legends, and some recent fantasy movies. From creatures that people in medieval times believed were real, to their use as psychological archetypes and advertising props in recent times, what they looked like was unchanging.
This week, we appear to be in the grasp of the Summer Doldrums. I have 103 technology companies on my patent “watch list.”
I’d wager that there is no adult in the world that has not heard the aphorism, “Guilty by association,” or a similar non-English version. Used as either a behavioral warning by parents throughout time, or as a condemnation of a person or company because of their association with some form or wrongdoing or ethical misbehavior, it is decidedly a negative connotation.
It has been a while since I checked Accenture Global Services Ltd. patent activity. To be honest, I was intrigued by the mention of them in the current cover story of Fortune, where the author, Allan Sloan, described them as a “never here” company for U.S. taxpaying purposes.
Great brands are built upon the foundation of good products that sustain their value over the long term.
Recently, I added Spansion Inc. to my patent “watch list” because of some interesting news about the company. It also received four patent grants today.
There seems never to be a dull moment when it comes to patents. Depending on how you look at them, they can be milestones along the road of continuing innovation, or canaries in mines signaling the presence of unseen toxic conditions that will kill off innovative effort.
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.
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.