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Even The Sound Of Darth Vader Breathing Is Trademarked

Darth Vader’s caped getup and face mask is spooky and all, but there’s nothing like the grisly, mechanical sound of his breath. Which is why Lucasfilm keeps a close eye on who uses it — even going so far as to trademark 234 seconds of it with the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Airbus Patents VR Headsets To Make Flying Suck Less

Flying coach sucks — a fact that no quantity of overpriced Wi-Fi or hilariously tiny cans of Coke can change. So Airbus, one of the biggest manufacturers of commercial aircraft, is thinking about using VR to take you out of the experience entirely.


Australian Court Decides That Breast Cancer Mutation Gene Can Be Patented

The Full Bench of the Federal Court of Australia has today decided that a private company is within its rights to hold a patent on a specific mutation in a breast cancer gene, which experts say could lead to a derailment of research and an eventual cure.


Apple Now Has A Design Patent For Its Giant Glass Cube

Apple’s been on a tear to protect the look of its retail experiences, trademarking the design of its stores and patenting its proprietary see-through staircases. Now its glass cube flagship store in Manhattan is officially a patented design in the US, with “Steve P. Jobs” listed as one of the inventors.


Apple's Latest Patent Covers Flexible Displays And Buttons

Forget the home button. It looks like Apple’s planning on squishy displays with buttons underneath, according to the latest patent they’ve been granted.


Apple Patent Helps Find Your Car Even When You Can't Get A Signal

A pair of new Apple patents explain how your phone could help you find your car in the parking lot, even if you’re struggling to get a phone signal and aren’t in range of a GPS satellite.


Google Patents A Less Obvious Tech-On-The-Inside Version Of Glass

Google has come up with a way to make Google Glass (a little) more socially acceptable — by tucking the guts inside to hide the obvious parts out of view.


Apple Patented A Mouse That Would Vibrate At Your Touch

Imagine if your mouse was more like a games controller, providing feedback as you navigated your desktop. Well, Apple’s certainly had that idea — and described it in this recently approved patent for a mouse that reacts to your use.


The NSA Patented Tech That Will Catch You Swapping Sim Cards

Now that it’s been over a year since the Snowden leaks, you might’ve thought that all of the insane NSA revelations had been revealed. Not so! Foreign Policy just published a fascinating and exhaustive list of every patent ever awarded to the spy agency. And one of its latest inventions is all about your SIM card.


Looks Like Samsung's Working On A Round Smartwatch Too

What with Android watches,other Android watches, Tizen watches and fitness-tracker watches, Samsung has tried pretty much everything watch-y. But it’s not over yet. Newly found patents make it look like Samsung is also keen on that round style.


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