Wealth of Ideas Newsletter

The Patent Reform Act of 2005

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, October 2005

Beneath the usual intellectual property headlines of big lawsuits and settlements, a major change in the patent law is quietly making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 2795, or "the Patent Reform Act of 2005", as it has become known, seeks to make major changes to some fundamental aspects of U.S. patent law.


Patents Get a Bad Rap

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, August 2005

Recently, the news came out that Microsoft wanted to patent “smilies”. Also known as emoticons, these are the little textual representations of facial expressions (such as :- ) ) that many of us use in emails, web forums, and text messaging to add a little personality to our correspondence. The anti-Microsoft contingent ran with this latest example of Bill Gates seemingly trying to take over the minutiae of our daily lives.


The Most Wonderful Thing about Tigger...

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, July 2005

On June 24, 2005, 82-year-old Paul Winchell died at his home in Moorpark, California. Older readers will remember Winchell as the TV ventriloquist whose dummies included Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff; younger readers will remember him as the voice of Gargamel the Wizard in the “Smurfs” cartoon; and just about everybody will remember him as the voice of Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons.


Common Patent Misconceptions

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, April 2005

Prospective inventors often have ideas about patents that aren’t quite true – such as the belief that a patent, once obtained, will be easy to license to a large company, thereby making the inventor fabulously rich. Unfortunately, it isn’t necessarily so. It is difficult for an individual inventor to license his patent, and few inventors succeed.

Read on for a few of the other major misconceptions concerning patents.