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Saturday, 26 April 2008

SpinClip

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Resealable soft drink can -- patentable? Why not! Considering the fact that it solves a technological problem that has existed up to the present date, and no one has yet to device a solution that could reseal the soft drink in its initial packaging.

I read with amusement that Willi Weber, Michael Schumacher's agent, has patented a soft drink can design that can reseal after the seal has been opened. This potentially means reuse of soft drink cans for infinite applications, i.e. storing coins, other drinks, etc. Up to the present date most "recycling" of soft drink cans involved melting the cans into aluminum ingots and churning them into sheets.

Further Reading:

  • Wheels24.co.za, "Schumi agent patents invention" [link]
  • Automobilsportblog, "Willi Weber geht fremd" [link]
  • Flensburg online, "Spinclip: Wiederverschlie├čbare Getr├Ąnkedose" [link]

    Does it pass the tests of novelty and obviousness? I think, it does.
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    Monday, 21 April 2008

    Good way to Promote An IP Firm

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    Raj, a patent agent, is quite technologically savvy. So much so that at this point of writing, he has 20 videos uploaded into YouTube under the username "RajPatent". This is one of his videos, and I can only say that this patent attorney with offices in both USA and India is someone that I would like to emulate one day.

    Enjoy. The talk is called "How To Draft Strong Patent Claims".

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    Saturday, 19 April 2008

    Asustek sues IBM

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    Asustek has filed a patent infringement suit alleging that IBM has infringed its patents related to storage-area networking equipment and server products. Asustek is seeking undisclosed monetary damages for alleged infringement of three (3) patents.

    Via ComputerWorld.
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    Tuesday, 8 April 2008

    Netac and PNY Settlement

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    China Daily reports that Shenzhen-based Netac Technology Co Ltd, has reached a settlement with "PNY Technologies Inc, a market leader in the US computer storage retail market" after a two year lawsuit. The compromise solution was to ink a licensing contract allowing PNY to make use of Netac’s patent.

    Netac's China patent bears the reference number ZL 99117225.6 and was approved as US patent 6,829,672.

    The figure in the settlement agreement was not revealed in the report. It was however reported that
    Netac has 336 patents globally, of which 245 are invention patents. It licenses 32 patents across the world, including the Chinese mainland, the US, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.


    Here are some links for readers of this blog.

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