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A brief look at the gender gap between patent owners

What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? Besides being props in Fight Club (a twisted examination of masculinity), they were all invented by women. This riddle also serves as an interesting anecdote since women are not typically associated with inventing things. Tyler Durden, the antagonist in Fight Club, makes this observation: "we're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need." Yes, Tyler-we do need women, and we need them inventing and patenting things.

Where to seek support for intellectual property litigation issues

There are many reasons Kansas and Missouri residents may need support regarding intellectual property concerns, such as copyrights, patents or trade secrets. Intellectual property litigation is an area of law that has evolved alongside developments in technology and global commerce. Some property assets may even be 'ideas,' and problems can arise if disagreements occur regarding who owns a particular idea or whether someone's use of the idea infringes on another party's rights.

Technology and intellectual property litigation, often connected

Progress in technology creates entrepreneurial opportunities in the world of commerce. Entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives may even base their commercial success on innovations brought about by advanced technology. As the world of business has expanded along with technological advancements, so too have disputes about technological intellectual property become more complex, both in and out of the courtroom.

Trademarked scent? Hasbro wants to trademark smell of Play-Doh

Research has proven that scent is a powerful memory trigger. The whiff of a scent can trigger a vivid memory, often linked to a feeling of being transported back in time. Smells are processed by an olfactory bulb, which connects to the amygdala and hippocampus areas of the brain, areas tied to emotion and memory. A popular toy manufacturer wants to capitalize on the powerful link between scent and brand loyalty.

Redbox and Disney battling things out in copyright law dispute

Those in Kansas and Missouri who own copyrights may want to pay close attention to a current dispute between The Walt Disney Co. and a movie rental company. The classic family feature film giant is upset about certain products Redbox provides its customers in kiosks at supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the nation. Disney recently lost a round in the ongoing copyright law battle when a judge denied its request for a preliminary injunction.

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