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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Reasons You Should Register Your Trademark

By Andre Meyer 21 Jul 2016

Business is all about making money and anyone who tells you otherwise is either deluded or lying. And there are certain fundamental laws and principles of sound business practice that you ignore at your peril. One key principle is that you have to “spend money to make money”, or, in

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By Andre Meyer 23 Jun 2016

Throughout history there have been smart and inventive men and women who have designed solutions to problems. Some of them have been so smart that they’ve even designed solutions to problems that didn’t exist! Nevertheless, our entire civilization is based on the fruits of uncountable hours that talented people have

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The Cochlear Implant — How Science Fiction Became Reality

By Andre Meyer 23 May 2016

Anyone growing up in the 1970s in Australia might be forgiven for spending way too much time watching television. One of the most popular programs of the mid 70s was The Bionic Woman, a spin-off of an equally popular program, The Six Million Dollar Man. Both shows were based on

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The History of the Rubik’s Cube

By Andre Meyer 26 Apr 2016

One of the world’s most popular puzzles began life in a much simpler version than the one we’re used to. In March 1970, Canadian inventor Larry Nichols filed a patent application for a 2 x 2 x 2 cube puzzle made up of a cube of 8 smaller cubes. This

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Ford awarded a patent for its puddle light

By Andre Meyer 14 Nov 2015

Ford was recently awarded US patent 9,178,371 for a puddle light with status display. The background portion of the patent states that it is generally known to provide puddle lights in certain motor vehicles. Such puddle lights illuminate the immediate surroundings of the vehicle in the dark when the vehicle

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