You soon will be able to go on the Internet and search and download both texts and images of American patents--for free. For starters, the U.S.Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is putting its trademark text on line this month. Patent text and trademark images follow in November. Included will be the full text of the 2 million patents dating back to 1976. They will be fully searchable by keywords not only in the bibliographic and abstract fields--as has been possible since 1995--but also in the patent specification and claims parts. Patent images linked to patent text will be on line by next March, PTO Commissioner Bruce A. Lehman assures Design News. PTO intends eventually to make available for free on the Internet more than 20 million pages of patent and trademark information. PTO's database and other services for inventors can be viewed at the agency's Internet address: www.uspto.gov.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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