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 Image from the patent for Bottega Veneta's "Veneta" handbag. (From: trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com)

Image from the patent for Bottega Veneta's "Veneta" handbag. (From: trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com)

With New York Fashion week coming to an end, we felt that it would be the perfect time to talk about the effects of intellectual property on fashion. Intellectual property is a way for fashion designers to protect their creative ideas, however, it is widely known that it is very difficult to, for instance, patent the design of a product, as it may not be considered "novel." However, the products that are considered to be "novel," such as the Veneta handbag pictured above, can receive patents. These patents only serve to help the designer in cases of counterfeiting. Copyright law and Trademark law also relate to fashion and the linked article details how, along with giving a few example cases of how intellectual property rights have helped famous designers to secure their ideas. 

David Bowie & Intellectual Property

 Image from Whale.to.

Image from Whale.to.

While alive, David Bowie was a man of "creative genius." Not only was he a genius in the creation of music, he was also a genius in the aspect of intellectual property. Bowie predicted the effect that technology would have on music and he also predicted how intellectual property would be affected by "copycats." While alive, and even after his death, intellectual property allowed Bowie to protect his creativity. His creation of Bowie Bonds- essentially a way to ensure protection of his music- also inspired other artists to do the same. All in all, the protection of Bowie's intellectual property allowed him to continue to be creative without fear of thieves. 

Read on for the full article about how Bowie protected his intellectual property!

Uber: The Travel Agent?

 Patent illustration for Uber's version of a travel agent. 

Patent illustration for Uber's version of a travel agent. 

When you travel, do you ever use some sort of travel agent? In a world filled with technology, travel agents must now be up to date and able to perform various tasks that in the past have never been needed before. What better way for a travel agent to stay up to date than for the "travel agent" to be your cellphone? 

Above is the patent illustration that Uber filed depicting how their "travel agent" would function. Essentially, a user could "input their start location, date, and time alongside a destination, and Uber would recommend an itinerary for them." However, "Uber will also organize your transportation as well." 

Read on to learn more about how Uber's "travel agent" would work! 

The Future of Air Flight?

 Patent illustration of the Skreemr Aircraft.

Patent illustration of the Skreemr Aircraft.

Do you travel a lot, but hate how long it takes to actually fly anywhere? This new concept could be perfect for you! The aircraft is called the Skreemr and "a transatlantic journey could take as little as half an hour." As of now, it is just an idea, but the patent illustration is above. The illustration basically describes the types of engines that will be incorporated into the Skreemr. Also, the aircraft would travel faster than the speed of sound! 

Read on to find out more about the Skreemr aircraft! 

 

Drones & Submarines

 Patent Illustration that shows the drone transforming into a submarine. 

Patent Illustration that shows the drone transforming into a submarine. 

The linked article may be a few months old, but the concept is still innovative! Imagine having a drone that can literally transform into a submarine. Here's how it would work: "The remotely piloted drone would detach from the carrier aircraft and fly on its own. When required, the drone would then dive into the water." Check out the patent illustration above to take a look at the detail in which the transformation is depicted. Imagine the endless possibilities if this invention is actually put into use! 

Read on to find out more about the invention!

A Complete Guide To: Light Up Cars

 Patent Illustration for Ford's "Illuminated Body Panels."

Patent Illustration for Ford's "Illuminated Body Panels."

Have you ever dreamed of your car lighting up? Ford may have the answer to your problem! Although the above picture is not the actual patent illustration, it is taken from the patent and the actual illustration can be found in the linked article. Essentially, "What the patent describes is a very clever system for creating large areas of body panel illumination with a minimum of electronics or energy usage. The way the patent describes achieving this is via photoluminenscent coatings — materials similar to the glow-in-the-dark stuff that we all grew up with."

Read on to learn more about the patent and check out the illustration in more detail!

An Apple Car?

 "An illustration of what the displays may look like in the Apple Car."

"An illustration of what the displays may look like in the Apple Car."

Apple is known for their innovation and technology, and for them, the possibility of cars is not an exception. Although Apple creating a car is not news, the linked article shows a list of potential patents with their related illustrations, some of which are newer, and some of which are older. The above illustration is for a possible display in the car. It it called a "programmable tactile touchscreen display and man machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and telematics (2009)." Although similar to some of what we see in newer cars today, it is "more than just a regular touchscreen." Other features will be offered within the touchscreen, making it even  more technologically advanced. 

The other patents and their illustrations that are listed in the article show even more technology that could be incorporated into the car. Some of the other patents include the car potentially being linked with your phone, which could be able to "tell you the cars coordinates." Would you want to drive an Apple car if one were ever produced? 

Do You Enjoy Flying?

 This airbus patent looks as if it could be from "The Jetsons."

This airbus patent looks as if it could be from "The Jetsons."

Are you a person that loves flying or hates flying? If you already dislike it, the patents in the linked article are bound to make your experience even worse. Although some of the included patents are aimed at improving flying conditions, the majority of the patents are for strange new seating patterns that could potentially decrease flight cost. 

The above patent illustration is from Airbus. Imagine having to board your plane if it were laid out in this configuration! Although the idea was patented, it is not very likely that it will ever actually be introduced, as "all aircraft types must pass emergency evacuation tests." 

Although a strange design, think about how this patent could revolutionize the future if it were improved! This is the basis of patents. Patents protect intellectual property that could potentially revolutionize the future and that is why they are so important.

Apple & the Future of Homes

Have you ever sat down and thought about what technology will actually be like in the future? In this new patent from Apple, found in the linked article, there seems to be technology that will make the future easier for all of us. Although Apple does not follow through on every patent, think of a world in which you walk into a room and there are no switches and no wires in the walls. Instead, there is a projector that literally, well, projects a light switch onto the wall. This "switch" will also house controls for other systems, such as the television and the air conditioning/ heating system. Think about how different this would be from what we are used to now!

Also, notice the level of detail in the patent illustration that is attached. Imagine just reading the patent. That could be confusing! Instead, we are given a patent illustration that shows exactly how the system would work. This illustration even depicts decorations in the house! The importance of a patent illustration is shown here. Without one, we would not be able to understand the patent as well as we do. 

The Future of Contacts?

As the future progresses, we see some inventions that were dreamt up and failed (so far), such as the hover board, and some inventions that were never thought up in the past at all, but that could change our lives forever. This article details the patent for a new pair of contact lenses from Google. While we have seen inventions similar to this in some sic-fi movies, "solar powered contact lenses" were not really thought about as the future when we look at movies such as "Back to the Future." 

Not only are these contact lenses solar powered, but they also have many other functions, as listed in the article. For instance, these contacts could have the ability to "monitor body temperature," "scan barcodes," and "authenticate identities when logging into devices." 

This article gives a sense of just how important patents and innovation are in the world that we live in. Without patents, intellectual property would be stolen repeatedly. Without innovation, we would live in a world with no invention and no technology.