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SPANX for Stopping By

In honor of Mother’s Day, which admittedly passed last week, I would like to present a patent by one of the richest self-made mothers in the world – Sara T. Blakely. If you don’t know, she is the founder of Spanx, the undergarment and shapewear company. US Patent […]

Theranos Patent for Point of Care System

The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is well known. The company claimed to have technology for testing blood that required only about 1/100 to 1/1,000 of the blood compared to traditional blood tests, while costing far less. https://www.hematology.org/Thehematologist/Op-Ed/6540.aspx, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/15/blood-simpler. Theranos claimed to have a point of care […]

Snapchat’s Ephemeral Message Patent

At SXSW 2019, the founders of Instagram (Systrom and Krieger) mentioned that Instagram developed Snapchat-like features to build what is known as Instagram Stories. Story here. Prior to Instagram Stories, Snapchat was unique in that the content that a user posted and shared could be ‘Ephemeral’ and would […]

Impossible Burger Patent

I recently heard Pat Brown, owner of Impossible Foods Inc. (and inventor of the famous ‘impossible burger’) on my favorite podcast –Freakonomics. Pat, who is a vegan, wants to discontinue the use of animals as a food source. His plant-based Impossible burgers are known for tasting as good […]

Slack Patent

Slack, which bills itself as a ‘collaboration hub for work’ is set to have an initial public offering (IPO) in 2019. People use Slack as a communication tool for projects, events, and team coordination. One of the benefits of using Slack is that it can streamline communication between […]