Understanding IP law

February 11, 2019

Advice for innovators from innovators. Editor’s note: I asked select entrepreneurs that I’ve met to answer questions about intellectual property (IP) law and their experiences with it. They are at various stages in their careers or the course of a new enterprise, so they come from different perspectives because of their experiences and level of …

Apple applies for another fabric patent

February 8, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently listed a number of newly approved patents for Apple, one of which appears to be a ridged fabric, according to a Fast Company article. A fabric patent for the giant tech company may seem anomalous, but Apple has had other smart-fabric patents approved over the past few years. …

LG introduces a rollable TV

February 7, 2019

LG Electronics has introduced the SIGNATURE TV R, a rollable TV that uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. A recent article in Printed Electronics World states that manufacturers are trying to make large TVs less conspicuous—without sacrificing depth of color and resolution. LG may have accomplished that by creating the R version of the OLED …

Joint venture gets go-ahead for PET/PTA plant

February 6, 2019

Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced recently that its joint venture has received all regulatory clearance required from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the proposed joint asset purchase of M&G USA Corp. and its affiliated debtors. On March 21, 2018, Indorama Ventures, Alpek, and Far Eastern Investment (Holding) …

Flame-retardant apparel market study released

February 5, 2019

According to a new study published by Fact.MR, global flame retardant (FR) apparel sales reached nearly 192 million square meters in 2018, with momentum likely to drive the market to a 6.2 percent year-over-year increase in 2019. The Fact.MR study on the FR apparel market analyzes demand and supply for FR apparel across mining, petrochemical, oil  and gas, power, and automotive and …

Nike presents digitally powered adjustable footwear

February 4, 2019

NIKE has launched a lace-less smart shoe with the new platform, NIKE adapt, the company has announced. NIKE adapt for basketball is designed to be a continually updated performance product that the company ways will create a near-symbiotic relationship between the shoe’s digital app and the opt-in firmware updates. Athletes may update and evolve their shoes …

Apple applies for another fabric patent

February 1, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently listed a number of newly approved patents for Apple, one of which appears to be a ridged fabric, according to a Fast Company article. A fabric patent for the giant tech company may seem anomalous, but Apple has had other smart-fabric patents approved over the past few years. …