A study analyzes how to improve the European patent
The European Union patent system is inefficient because it is more costly than other similar systems and it creates significant barriers to innovation diffusion within the continent. That is one of the conclusions of a study ...
High-tech boom brings sense of deja vu in San Francisco
When Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey decided to start a new company last year, he bypassed Silicon Valley and set up shop in San Francisco.
25 Tesla, world-record 'split magnet' makes its debut
A custom-built, $2.5 million "split magnet" system with the potential to revolutionize scientific research in a variety of fields has made its debut at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida ...
Japan's 'Sense-Roid' replicates human hug
Japanese inventors have pushed the frontiers of technology with the ultimate companion for lonely singles -- a wired torso-shaped device that you can hug and that hugs you back.
Google doodle pays tribute to guitarist Les Paul
Google paid tribute to US guitar legend Les Paul on Thursday by transforming the celebrated logo on its homepage into a guitar which plays when strummed with a computer mouse.
N.Z. inventor readies 'jetski for the skies'
Whizzing around with your own personal jetpack may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin aims to have his "jetski for the skies" on the market within 18 months.
Weird and wacky: Inventors show off their devices
They say there's a gadget for just about everything. That now includes boots which detect radiation and a kangaroo tail for weary humans who'd like a rest but can't be bothered to sit down.
Got a cool invention idea? Quirky takes your concept and turns it into a real product -- and pays you too
What are you going to do with that can't-miss gadget idea you've had in your head all these years?
Single euro patent battle hits legal buffer
A decades-long battle to allow companies to register patents just once across the single European market suffered a major setback Tuesday with a damaging EU court judgment.
Europe unveils life-enhancing 2011 inventors award shortlist
Glasses that adjust to wearer's eyesight, titanium implants for your teeth or steel fibres allowing architects to twist and bend concrete were among innovations shortlisted Thursday for the 2011 European Inventor ...
Bamboo bikes are export success for Ghana
The sight of tall, green bamboo stalks swaying above the dusty lands of his west African country led Ibrahim Djan Nyampong to an unusual conclusion: bicycles.
Survey reveals potential innovation gap in the US
Invention and innovation are essential to remaining globally competitive, and a new survey shows an untapped group of potential inventors in the U.S. The 2011 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index , announced today, ...
Obama rewards digital camera, microprocessor inventors
US President Barack Obama handed out awards Wednesday to top US scientists and inventors, including the engineer behind the digital camera and the Intel team that designed the first microprocessor.
World's most challenging terrain virtually tested by Buick
It's a technology that would captivate anyone who grew up on video games. What if you could create an exact digital replica of one of the world's most challenging roads and then drive virtual cars on it to ...