No time to ride your bike to Starbucks? Ride your “bike” at Starbucks, and charge your iPhone while you sit. Neat, huh? U.S. Patent Application 2014/0194257 by Belgian WeWatt.
First there was hydroponics. Now there is aeroponics. Check out this amazing Garden Tower. My friend’s rocking two different kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, peas, basil, dill and peas…a farmer’s market in the space of a grill. She planted the seeds in tiny cups of mineral wool growth medium and tucked them in. Water is stored in the reservoir below and pumped through the tower every 15 minutes. This is 6 weeks’ growth. It’s got wheels, too, so she can bring it indoors this winter.
It’s patented and of course I had to go look it up…US 8,250,809.
What would you grow if you had one of these?
I realize the law is slow to keep up with technology, but what to do when a monkey takes a photograph? Of itself? Does it own the rights to the photograph? British nature photographer David Slater is suing Wikipedia this week to remove a selfie taken by a macaque monkey using Slater’s camera. Wikipedia has deemed the monkey, and not Slater, the legal author of the photograph, thus not subject to copyright law and in the public domain. Slater, who makes his living selling photographs, seeks $10,000 in lost royalties.
Has the world gone bananas? Can a monkey own a photograph?
How would you have decided if you were Wikipedia?
Sharing this public post from the US PTO’s Facebook page
Here’s something to float your boat.
Today in Patent History: Proving that invention wasn’t just an old buoys club, on July 25, 1876, Emily Tassey received a patent for an apparatus for raising sunken vessels. In the same year, she received three other patents for a dredging machine, the improvement in siphon propeller-pumps, and for propulsion of vessels. The Civil War and the years after the war were a watershed for women inventors in the United States, with more women receiving patents between 1860 and 1865 than in the previous 70 years.
Do you think this was successful?