Patents

Articles in our Patents section range from amusing wacky patent lists to tips for protecting your invention and success stories from inventors.

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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...

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...

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...