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The Joys of Winter Patents

By Andre Meyer 09 May 2017

As the cooler seasons come to the Southern Hemisphere it’s time for people to start rugging up. Global warming notwithstanding there’s still enough of a nip in the air to make people start thinking of staying warm. Throughout thousands of years people have been finding solutions to heating up, but

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Easter Patents

By Andre Meyer 17 Apr 2017

People who are “invention-oriented” like to come up with solutions to problems. Another way of saying this is that inventors, at some point, come up with an idea that satisfies a need. But coming up with an idea isn’t enough to keep that idea yours because intellectual property laws, which

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Patents in the World of Cricket

By Andre Meyer 15 Mar 2017

Cricket is one of those sports that are totally associated with a particular culture, but have still managed to find new homes in unexpected places. Baseball, for example is the sport of the USA but has a strong following in Japan. Golf is inarguably Scottish, but it has spread far

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Valentine’s Day Patents

By Andre Meyer 13 Feb 2017

Valentine’s Day has a long and complicated history. It began as a feast day in the Catholic Church. There were, in fact, more than one saint called Valentinus, but the one that’s THE Saint Valentine was born in about 176. His story is that he spent most of the time

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The Hidden Meanings in 3 Famous Logos and Trade marks

By Andre Meyer 13 Jan 2017

There was a time when people didn’t even know what a logo was. The word is actually short for “logotype” and derives, as so many of the fancier English words, from two ancient Greek word, “logos” meaning “word” and “tupein” meaning to “strike” or “to make an impression”. So …

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The Twelve Patents of Christmas

By Andre Meyer 19 Dec 2016

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Christmas has over the centuries attracted inventors and innovators hoping to make it more fun. Christmas patents are dominated by American inventors, but the principles involved in sound patenting apply just as much to Australian patent registration too. Here then, are twelve

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Presidents, Inventions and Their Patents

By Andre Meyer 21 Nov 2016

The vast majority of politicians aren’t generally known for their intellectual accomplishments. It’s not because politicians aren’t very bright – like every other profession, politics comprises individuals who run the gamut of “genius level” to “too stupid to be alive” with average minds making up the majority. However, politicians tend

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Celebrity Patents—OR How Not to Let a Little Thing Like Fame Get in the Way of Being a Smart Inventor with Business Sense

By Andre Meyer 20 Oct 2016

Whether you’re living in Outer Mongolia or in Sydney Australia, every now and then inspiration hits somebody and they think, “Oh! An idea!” And for some reason this idea takes hold of an imagination and it gets developed into some sort of invention that somehow finds its way into a

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Cocaine and Cola Nuts—Trademarking a World Brand

By Andre Meyer 14 Sep 2016

How did a recipe largely comprised of caramel and carbonated sugar water became one of the most recognised and most valuable brands in the world? It’s no secret that the science of marketing is central to the success of the Coca-Cola story and the key image of that marketing is

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The CPAP Machine and Masks — How ResMed Reinvented the Science of Sleep

By Andre Meyer 23 Aug 2016

In an ideal world we’d all get enough sleep, quality sleep. But not all of us do. Sometimes it’s our own fault; we spend way too much time working or playing. Sometimes we’ve made a decision that means that we’ve had to sacrifice some sleep time; like the decision to

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