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Vincent Look

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 […]