Oktoberfest and patents

The legendary Munich’s annual Oktoberfest is approaching: an outstanding event able to bring over 6 million visitors in just a couple of weeks.

Since we are always looking for links between IP and the most various fields, it may be interesting to talk about an aspect that hardly anybody knows, that is the relation between Oktoberfest and patents and the pioneering role that this celebration plays in new technology.

So, for our “Patents world” section this week we took inspiration from this very interesting and amusing video developed by the EPO (European Patent Office):


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Transportation technology: Google driverless car

One of the sectors who are experiencing great development is the automotive sector. Transportation technology, in fact, is going fast and towards always more innovative solutions applyed to passenger vehicles and mobility in general.

One of these transportation technologies is part of the so called “next-generation transportation” which aims to be integrated safely into our system: driverless cars.

In order to discover a little bit more about this innovation, we would like to introduce the following video part of the series “Science of innovation”, produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

This is certainly one of the most exciting innovations in transportation technology.

Consideration of the potential danger which represents the simple action of driving a car, inspired Sebastian Thrun (Google VP and Fellow, founder of Google X and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab) to build a different and safer type of car by using artificial intelligence.

Google’s driverless car gather information from multiple sources and devices (such as two video cameras, a radar, GPS, etc.) connected to a general computer that process all the information and controls the vehicle. (more…)

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The QR code inventors

Thanks to their immediacy and to the large penetration of smartphones, QR codes have become very popular and one of the best way to share information, besides they have become one of the best tools for promotion, advertising and sales.

Japanese Masahiro Hara andTakayuki Nagaya are the QR code inventors and winners of the Popular Prize at the last European Inventor Award 2014.

They talk about their revolutionary invention in the following video, developed by the EPO (European Patent Office):



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European Inventors: inflatable bike helmet

Altough the European Inventor Award ceremony concluded last 17th of June, and while we wait the next inventor’s nomination for 2015 edition of the so called “Oscars of technology”, we are going to present for “Patents world” section one of the finalists under the “Small and medium enterprises” category.

The invention is actually really helpful for everyday life in the city, for example, where more and more we use a healthier and sustainable way of transportation: the bicycle. Two Swedish industrial designers, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, invented the inflatable bike helmet: a protective headgear that is both functional and fashionable.

This revolutionary solution (named HÖvding) looks like a scarf or collar; it transforms itself into an helmet only if a crush is produced: the airbag inflates in a few seconds and covers the head.
But, how does it work?


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