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Apple’s Latest Patent Is For A Notebook Chassis Powered By Your iPhone Or iPad

Apple's automatic shotgun approach to patent filing means we get all sorts of weird and wonderful insights into the imaginations of the company's designers, who have come up with everything from "sick vapes" to phones made entirely from glass. The most recent patent appears to err on the more conventional side of design, proffering a contraption that combines a phone or tablet with a notebook "shell". Read More >>

patents
Supreme Court Printer Cartridge Case Could Be the Citizens United of Products

It’s an obscure case that hasn’t received a ton of attention as it has made its way to the Supreme Court, but the final verdict could set off a cascade of consequences in the world of consumer products. Read More >>

technology
Smart Wigs & Finger Frames: Some Of The Weird Things Tech Companies Have Patented

If you want a glimpse of the future of tech, the patent filings of the big names are the closest we've got to a crystal ball. Many of the patented ideas never make it into a commercial product, but some do, and it's fun to guess what the next consumer gadget might be based on the weird inventions tech companies protect. Read More >>

science
Should Anyone Really Control Who Gets to Use CRISPR?

Last week, the US Patent and Trademarks office handed down a decision in one of the most high-profile patent cases of the century. In a one sentence ruling, an appeals board granted the rights to the powerful gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, while leaving the door open for rival CRISPR pioneer UC Berkeley to file a new patent to lay claim to those same discoveries. Read More >>

politics
An Insurance Company Just Trademarked the Name ‘Trumpcare’

Ever since Donald Trump announced his plan to run for president, random people have been filing for all kinds of trademarks that include the Trump name. Some are Trump supporters, while others are Trump resistors, but friend or foe, it’s a land grab for intellectual property rights. As you might expect, there are some tremendous entries out there—like the term Trumpcare. Read More >>

inventions
This Website Lists All The Patents Expiring Today So You Can Exploit The Heck Out Of Them

If you've always fancied yourself a bit of a Thomas Edison but can't seem to hit on, you know, an actual idea, this website might be your saviour. ExPatents (with the hilariously easy-to-misread URL patentsexpiringtoday.com) gives you a list of the US patents that expire today, to inspire you to come up with new ways to make use of them. Read More >>

apple
New Apple Patent Shows How That Edge-to-Edge Display Could Work

On Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent that gives credence to those rumours of an edge-to-edge OLED iPhone. For years, users have longed for a phone that’s totally made up of a screen—no bullshit bezel needed—and this looks like one way it could happen. Read More >>

science
Will the Battle Over the Biotech Discovery of the Century Impact Science?

By the time a panel of judges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gets around to deciding who owns the biggest biotechnology innovation of the century, CRISPR-Cas9 may have already lost its heavyweight title as the most precise tool for genetic engineering. Read More >>

science
How the CRISPR Patent Fight Could Shape the Future of Genetic Engineering

On Tuesday, the two feuding parties of the CRISPR gene editing patent fight entered the boxing ring: attorneys for each side made oral arguments before three-judge panel, in a case that not only puts billions of potential dollars at stake, but could define the future of genetic engineering. Read More >>

gaming
Nintendo Patent May Show NX’s Removable Controllers

This image here, taken from a patent filed by Nintendo with the US authorities, appears to confirm the Nintendo NX removable controller rumour we've heard previously, with the paperwork showing a handheld device with, yes, a controller coming away from it. Read More >>

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Samsung Accidentally Invented the Apple Watch

We get it Samsung, it’s hard playing second fiddle to Apple. You owe them a hundreds of millions of pounds from a four-year-old patent lawsuit, because the Samsung Galaxy was a lot like the iPhone. Another time you got a smartwatch to market, and then Apple descended from the clouds of Cupertino to declare to the world that it has revolutionised mobile electronics with the creation of a truly revolutionary smartwatch, and everyone lost their damned minds. That’s a rough life you got there buddy. Read More >>

wtf
Disney Wants to Track Park Visitors By Secretly Photographing Their Shoes Like a Creep

With millions of tourists visiting its theme parks around the world each year, it makes sense that Disney would want to track how visitors move about its attractions to help minimise queues and crowds and also to provide a unique experience for each guest. But does it have to sound so incredibly creepy? Read More >>

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Is the Apple Watch’s Crown Dial Coming to the iPhone and iPad?

The thumbwheel was the signature feature of BlackBerry’s original handsets, and while touchscreens have made them mostly obsolete, the Apple Watch proves there’s still a place for physical dials. But is Apple finally planning to introduce that rotating crown to the iPhone or iPad? A recently published patent suggests that the company might be considering it. Read More >>

cars
Google Patented a Sticky Car Hood That Traps Pedestrians Like Flies

Google loves to brag about how its self-driving cars and their ability to save lives by being really good at not crashing into things. But crashes do still happen, and when they do, Google apparently has a backup plan: human flypaper. Read More >>

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Apple’s Latest Patent Hints at the All-Screen iPhone We Desperately Want

Apple is known for its seamless and aesthetically pleasing design. As smartphone design evolves, however, the iPhone's traditional chunky bottom bezel — where the home button lives — is starting to look mighty antiquated. Though judging by a patent published yesterday, Apple might be planning to leave the bezel behind. Read More >>