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Patented Improvements in Perpetual Motion

The “magical” lifting power of buoyancy seems to have charmed and entranced both inventors and patent examiners confronted with physically impossible energy-creating machines. A surprising number of “buoyancy and gravity prime movers” have found their way into patents officially granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apparently, buoyancy’s magic has charmed more than one Read More »

Penalizing Collaborative Product Development – a critical glance at the Federal Circuit’s recent decision, Hamilton Beach Products v. Sunbeam (Fed. Cir. Aug. 14, 2013)

Hamilton Beach invented and introduced a new “portable slow cooker” that became quite popular with its customers, and then Sunbeam came out with its own version. The key to success was a system that clamped the lid in place so that the slow cooker wouldn’t leak and spill food out when the item was being Read More »

Patent Quality – what is it?

There has been a lot of talk about improving the “quality” of the patents that the US Patent and Trademark Office issues, but not much about what the term “patent quality” really means. As with any product, quality should mean that the item is sufficiently strong and durable so that it does what the owner Read More »