New Inventions

New inventions are thought up all the time but very few of them are ever produced and sold. Capitalizing on a new invention requires a bit of know-how. In this section we'll examine how new inventions become new products.

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How do copyrights and patents differ?

Because the definitions of ideas, expression, production and publication can get fuzzy, the difference between copyrights and patents might be a little confusing to some.


Is the Age of Laundry-folding Robots Nearly Upon Us?

It's not quite a robot butler, but two companies hope their real-life appliances will cross one tedious laundry chore off your list.

Moth Eye Structure Inspires Glare-resistant Screen Coating

Scientists have created a nano-sized anti-reflection film inspired by moths' eyes, potentially making electronic screens easier to read in bright sunlight.

How Shrimp Shells Help Wounds Heal Faster

With antimicrobial resistance a worldwide threat, researchers develop a new antibacterial dressing using the shells of crustaceans.

Powered Exoskeleton Prevents Elderly Folks From Falling

Nearly every second, an elderly person falls in the U.S. A lightweight exoskeleton designed to kick in when a senior trips or slips could remedy this common problem.

Mobile MIT Robot Can 3-D Print Entire Building Structure in Hours

MIT has created a system capable of 3-D printing the basic structure of an entire building, cutting time and money costs — with an eye on Antarctica, and even Mars.

Newly Created Transparent Wood Could Change How We Build

Swedish researchers have figured out how to take the color out of wood and make it 85 percent transparent. It's part of a trend of new see-through materials.

Whey to Go: Behold the Power of Cheese, Literally

Dairy waste product gets second life as biogas in — where else? — France.

When should you contact a patent attorney?

Got a great idea? Want to make sure no one else steals it and profits from it? Call a patent attorney as soon as you can -- after you do a little homework, that is.

What exactly is a patent?

If you think you're on the brink of inventing the next big thing, you might need to protect your design and get a patent. But what does a patent do?

What is a provisional patent?

Even though it's not even really an application, filing a provisional patent application can give you a head start as you begin the process of protecting your invention.