Twenty years of tinkering and persistence. Then a lucrative licensing deal.

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Determination, dilligence and a mid-life layoff were all he needed to make his invention the biggest-selling snow shovel in the U.S. and Canada. Howie Rosenshine was a fifty-year old software engineer when his employer of 22 years, Sun Microsystems, was bought out by Oracle. It wasn’t long before the layoffs began. That’s when Rosenshine was …

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Avoiding Infringement is a Subtractive Process

How do we avoid infringing others’ patents while obtaining the strongest patent possible for our own invention? When we focus on protecting our intellectual property, we sometimes fail to consider the possibility of infringing on someone else’s patent. A common belief among inventors is that The US Patent and Trademark Office protects inventors from infringing. …

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Patent Granted! Convert a snowboard to a skateboard/longboard.

Congratulations to our client Roberto Smith for his snowboard-longboard conversion kit, U.S. Patent No. 10427026.  Convert a snowboard to a skateboard or longboard, or convert your skateboard into a snowboard. This kit converts a snowboard to a long skateboard (“longboard”) by use of added trucks and structural supports. It combines the properties of a snowboard …

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The Patent Behind an “Impossible” Food

Image courtesy Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com Last week at lunch, my colleague ordered an “Impossible Burger.” It took about two bites to understand why they called it “Impossible,” because this burger looked, tasted and went down like meat. It was, however, not meat. My colleague slid the dish over to me for a meat-eater’s opinion. I took a …

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The 2002 U.S. Patent for Psychological Warfare

This past weekend, the New York Times reported that American diplomats suffered “sonic delusions” and possible brain damage during mysterious sonic attacks in 2016 in Havana, Cuba and Guangzhou, China. The “microwave weapon” attacks caused the medical evacuation of 21 American diplomats in 2017, as well as the expulsion by President Trump of Cuban diplomats …

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