patents

1:09pm

Wed June 18, 2014
Sports

Washington Redskins name loses patent protection

Keith Allison via Flickr

The U.S. Patent Office has canceled the trademark of the Washington Redskins professional football team, ruling that it is offensive to Native Americans. 

It was efforts from the Oneida Indian Nation that put the name back in the spotlight.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled Wednesday the Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and will no longer be protected. Patent law disallows the use of offensive names as trademarks.

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7:06am

Thu December 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

Sand, salt, beet juice?

New York State Thruway Authority truck with 2,000 gallons of beet-brine mixture
Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

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 to drive.

So what are road crews trying now? Beet juice.

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.

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8:00am

Tue September 24, 2013
Technology

Software patents spark conversation about viability and protection

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.     

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6:20am

Fri February 1, 2013
Technology

Rochester remains strong center for patents; Albany rising

A patent for a flying machine from 1869.
U.S. National Archives via Flickr

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.

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