intellectual property

Should Copyright Law Also Cover Hyperlinks?

The US Copyright Office recently proposed a seemingly small addition to copyright law that bears some huge implications. It wants to enable copyright holders to protect unauthorised versions of their work from hyperlinks. You read that right: It could soon be illegal simply to link to certain content.


7 NSA Patents: Cyber Manholes, Super-Shredders And More

The National Security Agency has access to the world’s most incredibly sophisticated spy technology. But did you know that the NSA sometimes patents its own creations?


3D Printing Will Let Us Copy Any Object. Can We Stop It?

3D printing and additive manufacturing may be destined to change how we make and acquire objects forever. But it’s also spurring a shadow revolution — one that focuses on how to stop us from replicating.


One Man Is Resurrecting Forgotten Patents Of Yore With 3D Printing

The charms of the patent office archives — and the hilariously insane inventions they contain — are well-known. But is it possible that a few of those failed entrepreneurs were actually onto something? New York lawyer Martin Galese thinks so — and he’s resurrecting the ghosts of patents past by offering 3D models of them online.


Norwegian Town Builds Artificial Sun To Light Up Five Months Of Darkness

The far north or south isn’t the only place on Earth that spends the winter locked in perpetual darkness. Beginning in September and ending in March, the tiny Norwegian town of Rjukan is cast into a perpetual shadow. But no longer: this month, engineers are completing The Mirror Project, a system that will shed winter light on Rjukan for the first time ever.


Amazon Has A Patent To Sell Used Ebooks

The problem with most ebooks is you can’t exactly give them with a friends or pass them onto your children when you’re done. But Amazon might actually address that with a new patent to sell used ebooks.


Apple's New Patent Adjusts iPad Display Size Based On How Far Away You Are

If you like to hold your iPad right up by next to your eyeballs because you are basically blind, you might someday have some relief. Apple has a new patent that changes the size of the display based on the distance of your face from the screen.


Apple's Latest Patent Basically Prevents Others From Dragging Stuff Around A Lock Screen

Yesterday, Apple was granted yet another patent for slide-to-unlock, and it’s even more general than the first two.


You Might Unlock Google Glasses By Simply Rolling Your Eyes

Google has earned a patent for screen unlock that uses eye-tracking information, meaning when you finally get your hands on a pair of its augmented reality specs, you could access them with an eye roll. Just don’t let your mum see you do that.


Apple Just Got A Patent For A Dimension That Doesn't Even Exist Yet

Apple has just been granted a patent for 5D technology. Wait, what the hell? Has it traveled to the future and come back with something we don’t know about yet? What advanced life forms are the suits in Cupertino communicating with?