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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2019-04-19T06:20:21+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , , |

Tami Galt: the female inventor of collapsible wagon

The world is literally full of inventions of any kind: some technologies are world changing and has important impact on economic and social life and some others technologies are more simple and developed just to make life easier.

To this second category belongs the invention we would like to introduce today for our “Patents world” section: the collapsible wagon or “Fold-It & Go Portable Wagon”, invented by Tami Galt. Let’s see the invention on the following video, developed by David Freeman for PBS Digital Studios:

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2019-04-19T06:20:22+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: |

How to patent a mobile application?

Given the enormous boom of computer applications created for smartphones and tablets, many people get into this new and growing market looking for business success. Certainly, one of the first questions that arise is how to patent a mobile application and consequently we run into many queries about the proper protection of such apps.

That is why we would like to share the most frequent doubts and mistakes we usually find and the answers about it.

Usually, is used the expression “patenting a mobile application” to refer to its protection.

Technically computer applications are not patentable in Europe since the European Patent convention explicitly excludes in its article 52, paragraph 2, the patentability of computer programs.

Patents are used only for the protection of inventions, intending for invention any technical solution to a technical problem. So, it can be deduced that if the mobile application produces a technical effect or it might produce it, then it is patentable.

To determine whether or not an application is patentable is essential to have as an ally a team of professionals such as Protectia. In practice most mobile applications, and computer programs in general, has not technical nature.

Clarified that in Europe most mobile applications are not patentable, we are going to show which could be the best alternatives ways of protecting an application.

The application development itself and its later commercialisation involve different needs which must be considered independently:

  1. The name of mobile applications can be/ must be registered as a trademark.
  2. The application interfaces can also be protected.
  3. Its intellectual authorship can be/ must be also provided.

We are pleased to guide you about each one of these possibilities and we remain at your disposal to clarify, analyse and adapt them to your specific needs.
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2019-04-19T06:20:23+02:00Categories: Patents|Tags: , |

European Inventor Award 2014: Nowinski and 3D brain atlas

The event of the European Inventor Award 2014 is getting closer: next 7th of June, in Berlin, will take place the ceremony which is going to announce the winner of the so called “Oscar of technology”.

For our “Patents world”, we are going to propose a video developed by the EPO (European Patent Office) presenting another of the finalists, competing under the “Lifetime achievement” category: Professor Wieslaw L. Nowinski, inventor of 3D brain atlas for medical use.

Professor Nowinski is the director of the Biomedical Imaging Lab at the institute of Engineering, Biopolis, Singapore. (more…)

2019-04-19T06:20:23+02:00Categories: Patents world|Tags: , |