patents en Washington Redskins name loses patent protection <p></p><p>The U.S. Patent Office has canceled the trademark of the Washington Redskins professional football team, ruling that it is offensive to Native Americans.&nbsp;</p><p>It was efforts from the Oneida Indian Nation that put the name back in the spotlight.</p><p>The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board <a href=";pty=CAN&amp;eno=199" target="_blank">ruled Wednesday</a> the Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and will no longer be protected. Patent law disallows the use of offensive names as trademarks.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:09:14 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57516 at Washington Redskins name loses patent protection Sand, salt, beet juice? <p></p><p>The winter months can pose a headache for drivers navigating the roads after a snow storm. Plowing can only do so much and too often a slick, hard pack of snow and ice can cover streets making them dangerous&nbsp;to drive.</p><p>So what are road crews trying now? Beet juice.</p><p>It’s not used everywhere, but it is catching on. The New York State Thruway Authority is one of several state agencies pre-treating and treating roads with and mixture of beet juice extract and brine water.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 48997 at Sand, salt, beet juice? Software patents spark conversation about viability and protection <p>It’s taken 13 years, but an upstate New York company, Logical Images, has finally received a patent for the software that runs its visual diagnostic system. The tool is used by physicians to lower the rate of diagnostic errors. Though the company says the patent was vital to their commercial viability and the protection of their product, not everyone thinks software should be patentable. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:00:11 +0000 Kate O'Connell 44618 at Rochester remains strong center for patents; Albany rising <p>Patent activity - an indicator of economic ingenuity - has been on a steady rise for the past three decades, a report by the Brookings Institution has found, but innovation is shifting to high-tech sectors and the highly educated. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:20:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 32696 at Rochester remains strong center for patents; Albany rising