Category: patent law

Patent for the Squatty Potty

The Squatty Potty is a special stool that a user places in front of the toilet when it’s ‘time for business’. The user places her feet on the stool to elevate her knees, thereby helping the user assume a squat position when nature calls. The squat position apparently ‘opens everything up for better evacuation’. The stool was invented by a family who was helping one of the family members with her constipation. They have since made millions from their stool.

NIO’s Replaceable Battery Patent

NIO (aka Wallstreet’s second favorite electric vehicle manufacturer) has a patent that covers a removable battery pack that attaches to a chassis of the vehicle. A month ago today, NIO’s stock was $3.63. At the moment it is trading over $13.00. This patent is compatible with NIO’s battery […]

Vaccine Patents? YES

Part of the novelty and improvement here is that the vaccine is made by growing the measles virus in a chick embryo tissue sample instead of monkey-tissue. This avoids the problem of simian viruses that are associated with those vaccines that were developed with monkey-tissue.

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 […]