An item’s shape and ornamentation often is patented to restrict competition, rather than to protect genuine innovation.
Congress is contemplating legislation that could eliminate the current structure and provide a pathway for cable and satellite companies to force viewers to pay additional fees for local viewing access.
Consumers are paying more to cover the costs of patents that should be, logically, free of charge.
The patent system has been under assault from patent assertion entities that use and abuse the legal system with intimidation tactics to rake in financial settlements.
The cost of these breaches takes money away from credit unions that they would return to their members in the form of lower rates, rebates and higher interest for checking and savings accounts.
At any given moment, there are about 5,000 planes flying in American skies.
Last week’s eye-popping news that Facebook will acquire free texting service What’s App for $19 billion is just the latest example of the creative disruption reshaping U.S. wireless.
The stakes have never been higher for the United States and its space program.
Whatever you think about Solyndra, the government actually got it right when it comes to the next generation of solar technology.
In 2013, more than 40 billion apps have been downloaded.