Cat Box: Caterpillar's cabs alone have all types of technology from displays to hydraulics to GPS where the company has one of the largest patent porfolios.
No, not for household pets, though maybe that's not a bad idea. The cat licenses here are from Caterpillar, Inc. Licensing intellectual property has become popular in recent years as companies opt to leverage developments by others that have already plowed new ground in technology. Caterpillar has done a lot of heavy lifting in areas as diverse as painting, electronic packaging, emission control, virtual reality, and hydraulics. Cat is hoping to get extra life from the more than 3,000 patents it's developed in recent years. The tiny Technology Licensing group (www.cat.com/products/shared/technology_products/technology_licensing/technology_licensing.html) has spent the last couple of years putting its broad portfolio together, arranging about 50 deals and cross licensing agreements with universities and businesses. Now, the group is ready to aggressively market its broad portfolio of technologies. And as it does so, it joins IBM, Honeywell, and Delphi Automotive. Each of these companyies already has a brisk licensing business.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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