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Patents, copyrights and the Constitution,
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Congressional power to grant both patents and copyrights is derived from Art. I, Sec. 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, the so-called Intellectual Property Clause. To patent attorneys Art. I, Sec. 8, Clause 8, will forever be known as the Patent Clause. For attorneys specializing in copyright law this clause is known as the Copyright Clause. It is probably best to simply recognize that our founding fathers deemed intellectual property rights so vitally important to the success and stability of our new country that these rights were written into the Constitution, a document not generally known for its length and specificity. More

University of Arizona engineers win patent for protein-based
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University of Arizona (UA) engineers have patented a process that could lead to the next big leap in microelectronics, completely changing the way microchips are made. Pierre Deymier, a professor of materials science and engineering, is one of the UA faculty members who invented the process. More

General Electric acquires University of Minnesota MRI technology
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A new MRI technique developed by University of Minnesota researchers was acquired by General Electric Co. GE Health Care announced it plans to manufacture devices that use technology developed by Steady State Imaging, a group of university researchers. SSI researches and creates MRI technologies including the SWIFT method. The SWIFT method has been in the MRI research spotlight for its potential to capture images of the body where normal MRIs don't typically function, like near the lungs. More

Working toward efficient harvesting of solar energy
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At the University of Michigan College of Engineering (U-M), recent breakthroughs may lead to more effective means for harnessing the power of the sun. Conventional means of collecting solar energy, solar cells for example, have been notoriously inefficient. Now a team of chemical engineers at U-M is exploring new means of exploiting the abundant energy produced by Earth's nearest star. They have discovered a method for utilizing metal nanoparticles, which act much like nanometer-sized light antennae, to help accelerate the production of renewable solar fuels and other chemicals. The university is pursuing patent protection for the intellectual property. More

Using trees to detect contaminants and health threats
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Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a method to detect the presence of soil and groundwater contamination without turning a shovel or touching the water. Instead, they're using trees. The process, called "phytoforensics," takes less time and costs much less than traditional detection methods, says Dr. Joel Burken, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. More

Nano-bead could revolutionize sensor technology
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Researchers at Oregon State University have found a way to use magnetic "nanobeads" to help detect chemical and biological agents, with possible applications in everything from bioterrorism to medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and water and food safety. The sensor tech will be developed into a handheld, portable sensor that provides a whole diagnostic laboratory on a single chip. The research could revolutionize the size, speed and accuracy of chemical detection systems around the world. More

University of Arizona hoping test of lie detection gets it marketed
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New technology developed at the University of Arizona (UA) that tries to determine when people are lying is one step closer to commercialization. The UA signed a partnership agreement between its Department of Homeland Security-funded National Center for Border Security and Immigration and USIS, a private company that does the majority of federal-government background investigations. More

Accelerator's first startup
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Less than a year after launching its one-of-a-kind Medical Accelerator, the University of Utah is graduating its first research-based company from the facility. The company is Catheter Connections, which produces an infection-control device that protects patients from infection during intravenous infusion therapy. The device has the potential to prevent thousands of infections and deaths caused by contaminated IV catheters and IV administration sets in hospitals in the U.S. More

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