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10 Amazing Inventions by Teens (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions) - ODDEE

10 Amazing Inventions by Teens (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions) - ODDEE | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
If you think youth is all about selfies and games, you'll be surprised by these ten young inventors and their amazing creations. (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions)

Via Kenneth Weene
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Fantastic innovation from the more youthful among us. I especially love the I-Pack, a portable IV drip created by an.... eight-year-old.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, August 24, 2014 8:55 AM

Some great ideas from some great kids -- start your day feeling good and take a look.

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Will 3D printing turn Lego into an intellectual property publisher?

Will 3D printing turn Lego into an intellectual property publisher? | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
If 3D printing becomes common, what model of a modern company should Lego itself use? Maybe it's the modern record company, which doesn't actually create physical products anymore.
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Really interesting - Lego needs to keep ahead of the modern toy construction game, and it seems to be making hearty attempts to do so, which is a good sign. As technology changes and the consumer moves on, manufacturers need to be forward thinking rather than following the crowd.

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T-Shirt Hell :: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

T-Shirt Hell :: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
Copyright Infringement (Oh I do love this t-shirt.
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This t-shirt does make me smile. I have put some thought into whether it actually is copyright infringement but am not convinced it would be. Any thoughts?

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10 Amazing Inventions by Teens (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions) - ODDEE

10 Amazing Inventions by Teens (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions) - ODDEE | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
If you think youth is all about selfies and games, you'll be surprised by these ten young inventors and their amazing creations. (young inventors, hot car death, new inventions)

Via Kenneth Weene
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Fantastic innovation from the more youthful among us. I especially love the I-Pack, a portable IV drip created by an.... eight-year-old.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, August 24, 2014 8:55 AM

Some great ideas from some great kids -- start your day feeling good and take a look.

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Ellis IP Ltd - Director Michael Ellis ruminates: “Does the monkey...

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You've heard about the monkey selfie, right? This is one step on from the Ellen deGeneres most retweeted selfie, but repeats the question: who owns copyright on a photo? Ellis IP director Michael Ellis concludes the matter once and for all...

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The Bizarre State of Copyright - YouTube

In which Hank discusses what intellectual property is, and how copyright is increasingly being policed by dumb robots that don't have very much to do with th...
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This is a highly amusing and quickfire guide to, and critique of, copyright and YouTube's Content ID technology. Pretty much says it all!

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Ikea makes fan site remove adverts

Ikea makes fan site remove adverts | Ellis IP | Scoop.it

Swedish giant Ikea has made a fan site featuring ideas for customising the firm's furniture remove all adverts.

The founder of IkeaHackers.net said she had been issued with a "cease and desist" letter in March, in which Ikea had said the site's name had infringed upon its intellectual property rights.

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The founder of IkeaHackers.net said: "I am a person, not a corporation... COuld they not have talked to me like normal people do without issuing a C&D?" Well, no. Ikea is a massive corporation, and you have apparently attempted to make money out of their trademark. Another case of IP ignorance...?

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Photographers Shouldn't Be Upset Over Amazon's White-Background Patent - Mashable

Photographers Shouldn't Be Upset Over Amazon's White-Background Patent - Mashable | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
Photographers Shouldn't Be Upset Over Amazon's White-Background Patent
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Amazon recently won a patent for perhaps the most commonly used photography technique around: snapping a picture of an object against a white background.
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Shooting pics in front of a white background is, indeed, so common that it's no wonder photographers were up in arms about Amazon patenting the technique. However, as this article makes clear, the patent is more specific than that, and covers what sort of lighting is used, and at what angle, etc. The big question still remains: Why? Why, Amazon, why?

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Why It's So Hard to Get the Law to Protect a Good Joke (Guest Column)

Why It's So Hard to Get the Law to Protect a Good Joke (Guest Column) | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
Through the years, comedians have noted how difficult it is to suppress joke thievery. “You have a better chance of stopping a serial killer than a serial thief in comedy,” offered standup comedian David Brenner. Noted comedian Bill Cosby opined, “If we could protect our jokes, I'd be a retired billionaire in Europe somewhere — and what I just said is original.” Renowned Vaudeville and Broadway comedian, W. C. Fields, took a different approach.
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The question of how comedians protect their material is a very relevant one, and I know many comedians are sensitive about having their work "appropriated". I'm not sure this article offers any answers on how jokes, and the delivery of them, can be protected in law, but this is an interesting collection of case studies, anyway.

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Online feminism meets neurosexism on festival circuit - opinion - 03 June 2014 - New Scientist

Online feminism meets neurosexism on festival circuit - opinion - 03 June 2014 - New Scientist | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
From misogynist trolling to research bias, two literary festivals in the UK have underlined how sexism and feminism alike benefit from science and
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Excellent article - I wish I had been at the Hay Festival to see these women speak. Where does science come in the scheme of sexism? Does defining gender help? Or can it help destroy the myths about differences between men and women? I'm not sure there is a definitive answer but I do know that those who might doubt there is a remaining inequality between men and women should check out Laura Bates Everyday Sexism project. Horrifying stuff.

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Social Media and your business: what you should NOT do

Social Media and your business: what you should NOT do | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
Many articles and videos on the Internet tell you what you should do to succeed in using social media for your business – but there are not many out there that tell you what you should NOT do.
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A clearly written and simple article on what NOT to do on social media. If it just seems like common sense, remember that occasionally even common sense can fall by the wayside...

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Immune children aid malaria fight

Immune children aid malaria fight | Ellis IP | Scoop.it

A group of children in Tanzania who are naturally immune to malaria are helping scientists to develop a new vaccine.

US researchers have found that they produce an antibody that attacks the malaria-causing parasite.

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An incredible breakthrough in the war against a terrible disease. But what causes the children resistant to malaria to produce the antibody? Fascinating stuff.

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Celebrity designers rally round Trunki - Telegraph

Celebrity designers rally round Trunki - Telegraph | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
Sir Terence Conran and Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud ride to Trunki's rescue with Protect Your Design campaign (#ProtectYourDesign calling all creatives to read this important copyright article in @Telegraph today about Trunki
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Designers revolt against the High Court's questionable decision.

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This giant hamster wheel is cleaning up Baltimore Harbor

This giant hamster wheel is cleaning up Baltimore Harbor | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
You still shouldn't just chuck your old boots into the harbor, but it’s pretty cool, right?
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You see a problem, you design a solution. Perfect.

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The wacky inventions you never knew you needed

The wacky inventions you never knew you needed | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
Designer Andrew Tinsley has created the cookie catcher - a nylon pouch that holds your biscuit and collects the soggy bits that drop off during dunking

Via jean-luc scherer
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It's a shame there are no contact details or more information for each of these products because there are several I would dearly love to buy, especially this dog umbrella. Even though I don't have a dog.

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Study creates 'virtual time travel'

Study creates 'virtual time travel' | Ellis IP | Scoop.it

Virtual reality can be used to give the illusion of going "back in time", according to an exploratory study.

In this virtual world, subjects were able to reduce how many people a gunman killed, an event they had unknowingly been part of.

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Wow, this is absolutely fascinating, like something out of a sci-fi novel. How would I feel about being virtually being sent back in time, with the 'ability' to change things? I can think of *plenty* of mistakes I'd like to rectify...

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of ... - Register

Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of ... - Register | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of ...
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Analysis That so-called Macaca nigra monkey selfie isn't in the public domain, no matter what Wikipedia wants you to think.
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The view at The Register reflects that in the Ellis IP office - copyright of the #monkeyselfie in this instance lies with the photographer. Wikimedia is taking a most unsavoury stance with its gloating and obtuse attitude to the law.

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Nintendo uses copyright on best Pokémon fan project. It's super effective

Nintendo uses copyright on best Pokémon fan project. It's super effective | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
Claudia Ng had recently purchased a 3D printer, and one of her first projects was to create the model for a Pokémon-themed planter for a friend. She posted it online, and it quickly went viral. The...
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And it was all going so well... until she started to make money out of it...

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Is posting videos of Premier League goals online a breach of copyright?

Is posting videos of Premier League goals online a breach of copyright? | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
This morning BBC Newsbeat reported an interesting piece of news: the Football Association Premier League (FAPL), which runs the Premier League, ie the leading professional...
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Interesting. In my honest opinion, fans' footage of goals posted online is a form of news reporting, and is therefore defensible. A goal cannot be copyrighted - unless it's a Pele scissor kick! - and the authorities are probably only kicking up a fuss (sorry!) because there are vast sums of money involved in the TV deals. I'd kick this one out of court (sorry again!).

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James Franco Bukowski Biopic Not a Copyright Infringement on Poet's "Ham on ... - The Beverly Hills Courier

James Franco Bukowski Biopic Not a Copyright Infringement on Poet's "Ham on ... - The Beverly Hills Courier | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
James Franco Bukowski Biopic Not a Copyright Infringement on Poet's "Ham on ...
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This should be a cut-and-dried case - just look at the sections of screenplay text and see if they duplicate those in the book - but I guess I'll leave it to the judges to decide... Anyway, it would be a pity for such disagreements to delay the making of the film, which I think would be very popular and entertaining.

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WATCH: Chinese farmer's suitcase-scooter invention in action - Shanghaiist

WATCH: Chinese farmer's suitcase-scooter invention in action - Shanghaiist | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
WATCH: Chinese farmer's suitcase-scooter invention in action
Shanghaiist
The farmer from Changsha who brought us this functional battery-powered suitcase that doubles as a scooter, which he has dubbed the City Cab, takes the baby for a test run.
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Surely only practical if you can fill the suitcase with clothes...?

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Man trademarks Pi, tries to cut out geeky T-shirt designers (Wired UK)

Man trademarks Pi, tries to cut out geeky T-shirt designers (Wired UK) | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
This may be the biggest legal controversy to engulf the mathematical constant pi since that time in 1897 when the Indiana legislature tried to declare it equal to 3.2
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Do you consider the trademarking of the Pi mathematical symbol "asinine asshattery"? (That is my favourite quote ever.) I'm unsure, really, of the strength of designer Ingrisano's legal position. Or, rather, I'm unsure why he was allowed to trademark the Pi symbol. Surely this could cause mayhem for mathematicians throughout the world?

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The silent brand killer

The silent brand killer | Ellis IP | Scoop.it

Turning a product into a household name is the stuff of corporate dreams. Isn't it?

Not necessarily.

Think Hoover, Jacuzzi, Frisbee.

When was the last time you "vacuum-cleanered" the front room, took a dip in a "whirlpool bath", or played in the park with your "flying disc"?

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So, a product loses its distinction and thus its trademark once it has become a generic term, e.g. Hoover, aspirin and jacuzzi... I'll confess, I didn't even know aspirin had been a trademarked term...

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The brave new world of DIY faecal transplant

The brave new world of DIY faecal transplant | Ellis IP | Scoop.it

You would have to be desperate to take a sample of your husband's excrement, liquidise it in a kitchen blender and then insert it into your body, with an off-the-shelf enema kit. This article contains some graphic images and details.

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This is quite the most bizarre and amazing article. As the first paragraph warns, those of a sensitive disposition should maybe look away now. Despite the fact we all produce faeces and it's a perfectly normal byproduct of our lives, it still somehow seems distasteful transplanting such matter INTO someone's body. But read on - it works!

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Mobile brightening Africa's future

Mobile brightening Africa's future | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
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"...The opportunity to build innovative services without tackling the inertia of legacy systems." In other words, bypass bureaucracy and set innovation free.

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Disney decides to 'Let It Go' when it comes to copyright infringement - InsideCounsel

Disney decides to 'Let It Go' when it comes to copyright infringement - InsideCounsel | Ellis IP | Scoop.it
InsideCounsel Disney decides to 'Let It Go' when it comes to copyright infringement InsideCounsel People from all over the world have taken copyrighted content from “Frozen,” like the hit song, and posted images and videos that infringe on Disney's...
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Yep - Disney sees sense. For the record, I have not yet heard "Let It Go"...

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