Inventor wins $1m in patent scrap over clever champagne opener

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10795728

  • A Kiwi inventor has been awarded more than $1 million in damages after a court ruled an American company copied his patented champagne bottle opener.

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World Patent War

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-03-29/world-patent-war

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Inventor of sea snake wave energy machine wins saltire medal

http://www.scotsman.com/news/inventor-of-sea-snake-wave-energy-machine-wins-saltire-medal-1-2199671#

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Singapore Patenting Cost

http://www.ipos.gov.sg/topNav/svc/form/Patent+Forms+and+Fees.htm

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The new Lytro “Light field camera”

  • …new technology to create photos that can have their focus changed after they have been taken.
  • …there is no need to auto-focus, resulting in virtually no shutter delay.

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Nike running shoe make from knitting machine

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-03-15/is-nikes-flyknit-the-swoosh-of-the-future

  • …a 5.6-ounce running shoe called the Flyknit, made from synthetic yarn ingeniously woven together by a knitting machine.
  • The computer-controlled weaving technology, which knits the entire upper part of the shoe in a single piece that’s then attached to the sole, promises to cut labor costs and production time while also increasing profit margins and opportunities for personalization.

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Aussie inventor settles with Microsoft in patent dispute

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/business-it/aussie-inventor-settles-with-microsoft-in-patent-dispute-20120315-1v5zc.html

  • Ric Richardson, the Australian “man in a van” who has been fighting Microsoft in an eight-year legal battle has settled with the software giant out of court in a deal that could potentially net hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • …the software giant to pay compensation of $US388 million…The verdict was overturned five months later.
  • “I was in it because the right thing needed to be done,” he said.

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Worlds Youngest Female Billionaire Inventor: Sara Blakely Girdle

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/9133744/These-modern-inventions-are-a-load-of-pants.html

  • Blakely, who is 41, invented Spanx. Spanx are pants that banish bulges around your tummy and your bottom.

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