patents

Abe Lincoln Holds The Only (And Weirdest) Presidential Patent

Hey, happy Lincoln’s birthday! Abe would have been 206 today, and the US Patent and Trademark Office took the chance to remind us of a strange and oft-forgotten fact: The United States’ 16th president is the only one to ever hold a patent. And a very interesting patent, at that.


That Plastic Thing Inside Your Pizza Box Was Invented 30 Years Ago

If you’re one of the seven billion humans on this planet who enjoys getting pizza delivered to your door, you have a piece of plastic to thank. A piece of plastic? Yes, that circular plastic thing that goes in the middle of a pie to prevent the pizza from sticking to the top of the pizza box. It’s called a pizza saver. And it was invented 30 years ago on February 10, 1983, when Carmela Vitale got her patent issued for that piece of plastic.


A Bizarre Statistical Fact About Patents In San Francisco

I have discovered something extremely strange about San Francisco. It has to do with how many patents the city has produced in the past 25 years.


Prisoners In China Can Get Out Of Jail In Exchange For Patents

China absolutely dominates the rest of the world when it comes to the number of patents it produces. This is partly due to a government that encourages inventors with everything from cash gifts, tenured jobs at universities and early release from prison. Wait, what?


10 Bizarre And Horrifying Sex Patents [NSFW]

Depending on who you talk to, the future of sex may be teledildonics. Or virtual reality. Or painfully hot fleshlights. But the one thing almost everyone can agree upon? The future of sex is not a pump-action dildo you strap to your chin. Nor is it any of these other bizarre, terrifying, and wonderfully weird sex-improving patent hopefuls.


Toyota Made Over 5600 Of Its Fuel Cell Patents Available Royalty-Free

In an effort to help spread the adoption and further the development of the hydrogen fuel cell technology the company developed for its FCV concept vehicle — now known as the Mirai — Toyota has announced that it’s making approximately 5680 fuel cell patents available for royalty-free use.


Report: Bose Is Going To Return To The Apple Store

Less than two months after Bose saw its products ignominiously booted from Apple’s physical and online stores, rumours are suggesting a triumphant return for Bose’s high-end audio equipment, now the two firms have finished squabbling.


Apple Patents Method To Make iPhones Fall Like A Cat

Apple can’t stop dreaming up with ways to keep its glass screens from cracking. The latest attempt comes in the form of a pretty bombastic patent, which was just approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Basically, it would make your iPhone fall like a cat.


Startups Can Now Buy Insurance Against Patent Trolls

Probably the worst thing about America’s very broken patent system is the existence of patent trolls: companies that own intellectual property for the sole purpose of using it to sue other, actually productive, firms.


America's Long, Weird Search For The Perfect Voting Machine

Millions of Americans will vote today, and for the first time in years, many of them will use paper ballots. For a nation that’s produced some of the most advanced machines in the world, we’ve had a hell of a time figuring out one of the most important.