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Patents: they're the building blocks of innovation. But there are a lot of things a patent can't do. Here's a primer on how (and why) they actually work.

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Building everything from machine parts to human parts, 3D printing is turning the manufacturing industry on its head. A difficult process to imagine, 3D printing builds three-dimensional objects out of “nothing” right before your eyes. The process offers several solid advantages over traditional manufacturing. more...

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Imagine getting a letter demanding $25,000 in back licensing fees from the patent holder of a product you use to produce your own product. “Patent trolls” exploited U.S. businesses to the tune of $29 billion in 2011. Learn how they operate and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim. more...

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You’ve just invented a “killer” mobile app—now what? Should you file for a patent? Get an open-source license? Talk to an attorney? And how long does all of this take? Here’s some information to help make a sound decision. more...

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that human genes cannot be patented, even when isolated from the body. But the Court also found a distinction between naturally occurring DNA segments and synthetic versions that are not naturally occurring. The Court’s ruling marks a significant development that will impact the genetic research and biotechnology industries for years to come.

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With nearly $200 billion in reported sales in 2011, e-commerce sales are expected to continue to grow over the next several years. In 2012, e-commerce sales in the U.S. topped $225 billion, up 16% from 2011, according to a U.S. Commerce Department estimate. more...

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In 2005, Monsanto sought to patent pigs bred using a specific natural selection method. But can you patent a combination of techniques that farmers have been using for years? Could a patent-holder claim ownership of the genetic material in an animal that someone else bred and raised?

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The theft of intellectual property over the Internet is threatening individuals and businesses who produce and distribute IP-protected products and services, destroying jobs and suppressing innovation. Government and intellectual property industries have made it a priority to combat such theft, and have implemented different methods to combat it.

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Major changes to the U.S. patent system go into effect March of 2013, including a transition from a “first-to-invent” to a “first-to-file” system. These changes will have a significant effect on inventors and the process through which U.S. patents are obtained and defended.   more...

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Creating an invention might seem like the final step in becoming an overnight success, but successfully filing for a patent can be a challenge. By maximizing the effectiveness of your filing, you can ensure not only the protection of your invention, but a substantial head start in the marketplace as well. more...

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