A Startup Runs Into A Patent on Picture Menus

By daniel

If you’ve ever seen a picture menu, you’ve seen the supposed ‘invention’ claimed by U.S. Patent 6,585,516. Although it had a complex-sounding title (“Method and system for computerized visual behavior analysis, training, and planning”), the patent simply claimed using picture menus on a computer. Patent troll DietGoal Innovations, LLC, sued over 70 companies for supposedly infringing this ridiculous patent.

DietGoal sued over 70 companies for supposedly infringing its patent on picture menus.

Beginning in 2011, DietGoal began a nationwide litigation campaign, suing restaurants ranging from Dunkin’ Donuts to Sweetgreens. It also attacked media companies like Time and Seventeen Magazine.

Even companies that …read more

Source:: Electronic Freedom Foundation News


Saved by Alice: How a Key Supreme Court Decision Protects Businesses from Bad Patents

By daniel

In 2014’s Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court ruled that an abstract idea does not become eligible for a patent simply by being implemented on a generic computer. Since then, Alice has provided a lifeline for real businesses threatened or sued with bogus patents.

This week, on the third anniversary of Alice, EFF is launching a new series called Saved by Alice where we’ll collect these stories of times when Alice came to the rescue. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing stories of business owners large and small. You’ll meet an app developer who was …read more

Source:: Electronic Freedom Foundation News


Water, Vol. 9, Pages 455: Combined Impact of Acute Exposure to Ammonia and Temperature Stress on the Freshwater Mussel Unio pictorum

By Sebastian Beggel Nitrogen compounds, particularly ammonia, and temperature are suspected major stressors for aquatic organisms, but little is known about their impact on globally declining freshwater mussels (Unionoida). In this study, we tested the combined effects of ammonia and temperature stress on painter’s mussel (Unio pictorum) survival, filtration behavior, hemocyte abundance, hemocyte mortality and glycogen energy status, at concentrations ranging from 0.3 to 9.0 mg·L−1 total ammonia nitrogen (NH4-N) in 96 h acute exposures at two temperatures, 17 °C and 25 °C and a pH of 8.8. The results indicate a low sensitivity of U. pictorum to elevated ammonia concentrations after short-term …read more

Source:: MDPI-Pubications


JFB, Vol. 8, Pages 22: Metal Ion-Loaded Nanofibre Matrices for Calcification Inhibition in Polyurethane Implants

By Charanpreet Singh Pathologic calcification leads to structural deterioration of implant materials via stiffening, stress cracking, and other structural disintegration mechanisms, and the effect can be critical for implants intended for long-term or permanent implantation. This study demonstrates the potential of using specific metal ions (MI)s for inhibiting pathological calcification in polyurethane (PU) implants. The hypothesis of using MIs as anti-calcification agents was based on the natural calcium-antagonist role of Mg2+ ions in human body, and the anti-calcification effect of Fe3+ ions in bio-prosthetic heart valves has previously been confirmed. In vitro calcification results indicated that a protective covering mesh of MI-doped PU …read more

Source:: MDPI-Pubications


Metals, Vol. 7, Pages 231: Electrochemical Behaviour of PACVD TiN-Coated CoCrMo Medical Alloy

By Suzana Jakovljević CoCrMo alloys have been used in hip replacements for many years, and their properties can be enhanced with hard coatings. The TiN layer can be deposited on a CoCrMo alloy to its improve corrosion properties, such as reduction of the release of potentially harmful metal ions from CoCrMo-based surgical implants. In this work, a medical grade CoCrMo alloy was coated with TiN by means of plasma-assisted chemical deposition from the vapor phase (PACVD) technique at 500 °C for 4.5 h. The TiN/substrate interface and thickness of the TiN layer were analysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Corrosion parameters Ecor, Rp, …read more

Source:: MDPI-Pubications


Geosciences, Vol. 7, Pages 44: Mercury Exposure and Health Problems in Urban Artisanal Gold Mining (UAGM) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

By Hasriwiani Abbas Urban artisanal gold mining (UAGM) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, has been run by a number of urban gold workers with gold jewelry manufacture as its core activity. The wastes generated from goldsmiths’ activities were further processed by the gold smelters to recover fine gold particles. Smelting gold doré, amalgamation, and burning out the amalgam were the mercury-based gold process usually applied in their work. While working the gold workers are, therefore, potentially exposed to a source of mercury pollution that may cause health problems because of working without proper protection. The aims of this research are to characterize the …read more

Source:: MDPI-Pubications


An Attack on Net Neutrality Is an Attack on Free Speech

By corynne

Several US senators spoke out this week on the importance of net neutrality to innovation and free speech. They are right. The Internet has become our public square, our newspaper, our megaphone. The Federal Communications Commission is trying to turn it in something more akin to commercial cable TV, and we all have to work together to stop it.

What makes the Internet revolutionary is the ability of every user to create news and culture and participate in conversations with people all across the globe. Mass consumption of entertainment products may be big business and may even help drive …read more

Source:: Electronic Freedom Foundation News


Shooting for the Moon: Creating the Next Generation of Cancer Killers

By Jessica Torres

The last morning of the 2017 BIO International Convention kicked off with a 9:00am oncology panel titled, “Shooting for the Moon: Creating the Next Generation of Cancer Killers”. With the “Cancer Moonshot” calling for the acceleration of oncology research, the biotech industry is racing to create a new generation of cancer killers. Having learned from the successes and challenges of traditional treatment modalities, companies are developing a powerful new wave of cancer-fighting tools.

Aided by the latest genomic and computational technology, innovators in oncology research are developing novel therapies to transcend the limitations of available cancer …read more

Source:: BioTechNow-Events


Expanded Access: New Opportunities for Patients and Sponsors

By Daniel Seaton

Patients with serious or life-threatening conditions may find themselves with no treatment options once approved therapies are exhausted. Faced with this situation, these patients and their physicians may consider the use of an investigational medicine, such as by enrolling in a clinical trial. If no suitable research trial is available for enrollment, access to investigational drugs may be provided through expanded access.

But the process for navigating expanded access requests can be difficult for patients, physicians, and sponsors alike. On Tuesday, a panel of longstanding leaders of the space discussed the current environment for Expanded Access to investigational drugs, at “Modern …read more

Source:: BioTechNow-Events