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Walmart Patented a Cart That Reads Your Pulse and Temperature

The system’s designed to monitor shoppers’ biometrics throughout the store.
Samantha Cole
10.9.18
WTF

This Incredibly Annoying 'Disruptive' PB&J Looks an Awful Lot Like an Uncrustable

Goes perfectly with a tall glass of juice from your $400 Juicero machine.
Alex Swerdloff
7.14.17
pharmaceutical industry

Increasing Pharma Profits Come from Price Bumps, Not New Drugs

Something is broken.
Michael Byrne
6.17.17
Butts

A Brief History of Butt-Kicking Machines

There have been several over the past century.
Jordan Pearson
2.27.17
NETFLIX

The 11 Stupidest Patents of 2016

The Electronic Frontier Foundation chooses the stupidest patents of the stupidest year.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.31.16
Apple

What Everyone Is Forgetting About the Samsung v. Apple Case

The Supreme Court case is deciding how much the iPhone's rounded corner design is worth. Even though it's almost obsolete.
Charles Duan
10.12.16
porn

The Whole VR Porn Industry Is Talking About These Patent Lawsuits

Always a leader in media innovation, the porn industry is now worried about the prospect of patent trolling over VR.
Lux Alptraum
10.10.16
Culture

Scared of Clowns? I Dare You to Not Look at These Twisted Patents

I scoured Google Patents for the most clownish technologies on the books, because I hate myself.
Brian Anderson
10.5.16
Drugs

How the TPP Could Stifle the Discovery of New Drugs

There’s been a lot of talk about how the trade deal could affect drug prices, but it could also hinder new discoveries.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.23.16
Europe

The European Inventor Award Is Like Eurovision for Hot Patent Talent

Intellectual property has never been so hot.
Etan Smallman
6.14.16
nasa

NASA Releases Patents for Moon Dust Fuel, Bio-Gaming, and Laser Engines

We welcome any opportunity to use the phrases “acid-doped” or “vortex control.”
Becky Ferreira
5.11.16
Features

The Small Town Judge Who Sees a Quarter of the Nation’s Patent Cases

Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap didn’t design this system, but he’s been a willful participant in it.
Kaleigh Rogers
5.5.16
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