Amazon Unlocks Phone with Ear’s Shape Smartphone makers have come up with a variety of methods for unlocking phones such as fingerprint scanning, drawing a specific shape on the screen, or simply entering the trusty passcode. But Amazon has come up with a new way of unlocking a smartphone. The company was recently awarded a…

Last year, Disney opposed electronic musician Deadmau5’s attempt to register his logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, claiming confusing similarity to Disney’s iconic mouse ears. Disney argued that because “both parties marks are comprised of a round head with prominent round mouse ears in silhouette,” consumer confusion was likely. Clearly disagreeing, Deadmau5 tweeted,…

Last year, pop star Rihanna (full name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty) filed a federal trademark application to protect ROBYN for “providing on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines.” The application sailed through prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the PTO published the mark for opposition in November 2014. After requesting additional time to oppose, DC…

Google Patents a Faster Way to Win Any Argument! Google has recently been awarded a patent for a software application that could allow two users to answer a question (or settle an argument) without having to leave a text or phone conversation. The software allows a user to enter a particular keyword followed by a…

In March, The Odyssey, an online newspaper for college students, published an essay titled “Why Girls Love the Dadbod.” Described as “a nice balance between a beer gut and working out,” the term went viral. Good Morning America interviewed the essay’s author, Mackenzie Pearson, TIME published an article titled “Dad Bod Is a Sexist Atrocity,”…

The Importance of Providing Alternative Embodiments in Patent Applications Inventors regularly ask me why I want to know about various alternative embodiments of their invention or optional features that could possibly be used with their invention. Inventors tend to think about their inventions only in the way that they would want to practice the invention…

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