Primer: Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents

Around 500 BCE the government in Sybaris, the ancient city of Magna Graecia, started granting a one-year patent to any citizen for any “new refinement in luxury.” The Greeks, contributors of so many advances in the arts, philosophy, science, and government were the first who thought about and implemented protection for creators, unsuspected initiators of the intellectual property field. This seemed appropriate for the city which was recognized by its refinement and hedonism, to the…

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Walmart and Amazon file patents that increase workers surveillance

A new Big Brother era may be coming to a store near you and even be part of your work environment soon. This month Walmart was awarded a US patent for a new listening system for its stores that could pick up communications from shoppers and workers alike, raising privacy concerns. According to the filing with the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USTPO), the system would capture sounds in the store, monitoring employees’ performance and…

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Is Your Patent Firm or Attorney Calling You a Genius? Be Wary

The election of a good patent attorney is critical for your invention, your business plans, and your wallet. First of all, some important knowledge: Patent Attorneys are highly specialized business professionals.  On top of a rigorous law degree, bar exam and the acceptance to the state bar association, patent lawyers have a background in science and/or engineering plus a patent bar certification. That means years of education and knowledge on the  STEM (Science Technology, Engineering,…

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