Washable Keyboard Solves Dirty Problem

The key to having a successful and profitable invention is solving a problem.  As we all know, a certain amount of…filth…tends to build up on computer keyboards no matter how careful we are.  Product developers at Logitech have come up with an idea to keep computer keyboards from getting too nasty.   The idea is … Continue reading

Counterfeit Drugs And Trademark Law

All around the world the problem of counterfeit medication is growing in magnitude.  For some time it has been known that a substantial proportion of anti-malarial medication is fake.  It is thought that the widespread use of counterfeit malaria medications has contributed to the rise of drug-resistant malaria.  Recently, counterfeiting has expanded to other drug … Continue reading

Prior Art Search? There’s An App For That

OK there’s not really an app for that, but here’s the next best thing:  The folks at Google have once again provided a tool that may redefine the experience of independent inventors and small companies looking to find prior art.  This week, Google added a “find prior art” button to its already highly useful patent … Continue reading

Patent Basics: what is patentable?

The federal statute that governs what is patentable is, 35 U.S.C. Section 101 which reads: “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent…”  According to the USPTO’s website that includes “practically everything that is made by man [or … Continue reading

What’s The Difference Between A Trade Mark And A Service Mark

A common question that comes up when trying to protect a brand name or logo relates to the difference between trademarks and service marks.  To what extent is there a difference, and what are the rules for filing each?   The short answer is that there is really no difference between a trade mark application … Continue reading

New Phone Case Invention Pushes Gamers Buttons

For many traditional gamers, smartphone games are unsatisfying.  They’re missing something…buttons.  But a new invention that recently debuted on Kickstarter may be poised to take the mobile gaming world by storm.  The Coco controller from Milkshake labs is “a case that turns your phone into a true handheld gaming platform.”  Currently there are 31 games … Continue reading