A recent unanimous Supreme Court decision determined that genes cannot be patented. That seems like an obvious concept, but the issue is that the gene was difficult and expensive to isolate from the chromosomes in which it resides. On top of the initial expense, the possible inventions that could spring out of this innovation may be very lucrative, so the company who isolated the gene attempted to file the patents, but was rejected. In this case, the gene is a very strong indicator of breast and ovarian cancer - although it is a groundbreaking, innovative, and brilliant discovery (to paraphrase Justice Thomas), it is still a naturally occurring material and is, therefore, not patentable. This decision makes the findings unprotected and opens the doors for other companies or researchers to run with the recent discovery and possibly find ways to build on it.
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Posted by Elaine Spitz on Jun 28, 2013 11:00:00 PM
This is a very short video - safe for work - be sure to turn on your speakers.
As I was reading Chris Brogan's (Human Business Works) recent article about change and fear, the paragraph that struck me was this one: "Before Netflix, Blockbuster was a sure thing. Before Zipcar, you owned a car, borrowed a car, or rented a car. AirBNB has changed hospitality options. Square gives everyone the ability to be a credit card merchant when that wasn’t true as recently as a few years ago without a lot of hassle." I was a loyal Blockbuster customer until Netflix made renting movies so easy. Once Hulu entered the scene with their free online TV shows, the computer became my central source of entertainment. It was only about 50 years ago that my family sat around a single small black and white TV that had only three channels of entertainment. Big changes.
Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 28, 2013 3:07:00 PM
From the desk of Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. Google+
There are many reasons why disruptive technology, such as the Cerasis Rater web-based transportation management software aid in tackling holistic freight costs. Much like packaging, and protecting your invaluable company products is a part of doing business, often, the next step is shipping your products via full truckload, small package, or less-than-truckload. Like packaging, you want to make sure that when you look at investing in transportation, no matter how you do it, you have to look at all the cost factors, not just the price you see from a carrier. Does the carrier get your product to the customer in time often enough? Do they have enough insurance to cover you in case of a damaged freight situation, and finally, what is the freight cost to actually ship that?
We’ve written about the extraordinary air pollution in Southeast Asia before. Our biggest interest has been in alerting U.S. manufacturers that smog and soot will degrade their products, especially when shipping and storing into atmospheres like China. Atmospheric pollution can quickly rob the whole life of their hard-earned products and hence, damage their company’s reputation for making quality product. Liberty offers our Intercept Packaging to combat this problem.
Topics: air quality
Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 23, 2013 10:07:00 PM
We were energized during our time as exhibitors at EASTEC 2013 in Springfield, MA, last week. Building 3 of the facility was abuzz with innovation. Interested attendees, asking all the right questions, flooded the floor for all three days, including representatives from small and large manufacturers, local and international companies. The show truly lived up to it's tagline "human ingenuity, manufacturing brilliance". If you're involved in industry in the Northeast, or want to be, we recommend you get involved with EASTEC, sponsored by SME.
Forgers have been around since there have been things to forge; currency and art being the most sensationalized examples, but commercial goods make up the overwhelming bulk of forgeries. Recently, these types of forgeries have moved more into the mainstream and been accepted as part of modern culture. I find it compelling that we now willingly turn a blind eye to some forgeries (like the designer shoes pictured) because they appear as novelties, but we ignore the fact that billions of dollars (in merchandise and fake money as well as lost relics and works of art) are lost. Perhaps it is like a game: the forger vs. the world, with the goal to fool the masses.
Posted by Elaine Spitz on Apr 15, 2013 3:15:00 PM
For some of us it is that glorious beginning to a season where we are anxious to see how our team’s off season acquisitions will fare against the rest of the big league. Others of us wallow in self-pity at Wrigley Field… either way I have always been captivated by the number of baseballs used during the course of an MLB.
Posted by Elaine Spitz on Apr 12, 2013 10:20:00 AM
From guest poster, Chris Iannucci: When I first began collecting coins and other collectibles about 10 years ago, I never gave much thought to proper storage and preservation. I just bought what I liked, and kept most items in a display case so I could view them from time to time or share them with friends or family. This gave me much enjoyment over the years.
Sulfur Dioxide Is the Major Problem with Atmospheric Pollution According To Study
“moderate volcanic eruptions are the main drivers of stratospheric aerosol variability from 2000 to 2010….” . - University of Colorado study, from an IEEE Magazine article