Whenever there is a major spill of oil into water, the two tend to mix into a suspension of tiny droplets, called an emulsion, that is extremely hard to separate—and that can cause severe damage to ecosystems. But MIT researchers have discovered a new, inexpensive way of getting the two fluids apart again.
The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today commemorated the issuance of the 700,000th design patent during a ceremony with United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at Langdon Education Campus in Washington, DC. The patent for the ornamental design for a “Hand-Held Learning Apparatus” was issued to Jason Avery of Berkeley, California and is currently assigned to Emeryville, California-based LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
Apple Awarded $290 Million from Samsung in Patent Case
After 15 months of appeals and an eight-day retrial, a dispute between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. over smartphone patents has come nearly full circle.
A federal jury in San Jose, Calif., Thursday ordered Samsung to pay Apple $290 million in damages for infringing on five Apple patents with 13 Samsung devices.