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Someday, Your Facebook Friends May Determine Whether You Get a Loan
Facebook

Someday, Your Facebook Friends May Determine Whether You Get a Loan

Facebook's latest patent suggests lenders could approve or deny loans based on a user's social connections.
Kia Kokalitcheva
Low-Cost Patent Search Options for Inventors on a Budget
Patents

Low-Cost Patent Search Options for Inventors on a Budget

Inventors routinely believe they were the first to think of their great idea. They are not routinely correct.
Kedma Ough
5 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual Products
Patents

5 Apple Patents We Hope Will Be Used to Make Actual Products

From biometric-tracking headphones to water-resistant electronic parts, we'd be into a lot of these products. Get on it, Apple.
Laura Entis
What Google Is Really Doing by Giving Away Patents
Patents

What Google Is Really Doing by Giving Away Patents

How the tech giant's plan will and won't help startups.
Are Standard Equity Stakes in Spinoffs Misguided?
Equity

Are Standard Equity Stakes in Spinoffs Misguided?

Universities may be missing out on owning a share of their strongest spinoffs.
Scott Shane
Have an Invention? Here's How to Make It Into an Actual Product. (Infographic)
Manufacturing

Have an Invention? Here's How to Make It Into an Actual Product. (Infographic)

As the creator of a new product, you need to know the costs so you can weigh the risks and the rewards.
Laura Entis
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Google Patent Appeal Over Street View
Legal Issues

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Google Patent Appeal Over Street View

The tech giant will indeed need to defend claims that its Street View mapping software violates patents held by someone else.
Trademarks: The First Line of Defense Protecting Your Brand (Infographic)
Infographics

Trademarks: The First Line of Defense Protecting Your Brand (Infographic)

From Apple to Coca-Cola to Yves Saint Laurent, a look at the big business behind those little images, symbols and words that make up a company's brand.
Catherine Clifford
BlackBerry Settles Patent Dispute With Ryan Seacrest's Company
Legal Issues

BlackBerry Settles Patent Dispute With Ryan Seacrest's Company

The dispute was over the sale of smartphone keyboards of a certain size.
How Patents Proliferated in the U.S. and Around the Globe (Infographic)
Patents

How Patents Proliferated in the U.S. and Around the Globe (Infographic)

Our nation's advanced patent system is very different the one adopted in 1790.
Laura Entis
Why Google Might Be Getting Into the Teddy Bear Business
Google

Why Google Might Be Getting Into the Teddy Bear Business

Imagine a Google-made stuffed robot listening, watching, sensing your every move.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
What You Need to Know to Protect Your Big Idea
Legal Advice

What You Need to Know to Protect Your Big Idea

Trademarks, patents and copyrights are esoteric legal matters of huge importance to entrepreneurs.
Charley Moore
Heads Up: Amazon Wants Delivery Drones to Find You Wherever You Are
Drones

Heads Up: Amazon Wants Delivery Drones to Find You Wherever You Are

The tech giant recently filed a patent explaining its drone delivery plans
Nina Zipkin
The No. 1 Mistake Product Developers Make
Business Ideas

The No. 1 Mistake Product Developers Make

You may have just come up with a great idea, but it doesn't mean squat if you fall into this trap.
Stephen Key