Patent articles

Google patents contact lenses with embedded camera

Google has filed a patent application with the USPTO for embedding micro cameras into contact lenses, according to TechCrunch. Although the technology can have multiple uses, the one that definitely stands out is the ability to enable users to take…

Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

A June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office reveals that Apple has applied for a trademark for “iWatch” in the Land of the Rising Sun. The device is listed in a category that includes other products like handheld computers…

DNA can no longer be patented, says US Supreme Court

When it comes to ethical debates, the decision to patent human DNA is one of the most controversial. It might seem ridiculous, but for the past three decades the American government has been awarding patents to biotechnology companies, providing them…

Amazon patent outlines an anonymous mobile payment system

Amazon may be preparing to launch an anonymous mobile payment system as evident by a patent application published yesterday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Originally filed for in April 2009, the service would allow people to purchase items…

Microsoft signs Android, Chrome OS patent deal with Foxconn

Hon Hai Precision Industry, commonly known as Foxconn, has joined a list of manufacturers to reach a licensing agreement with Microsoft over patents associated with Android and Chrome OS. Fine details about the arrangement are being kept under wraps for…