Friday, June 29, 2012

Innovation: Social Irresponsibility: Energy, cost of carbon

Check out the workings for markets in Carbon...

Cap n trade, tax and trade, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

  • Australia does Carbon Tax and shift.
  • Texas sets up a Carbon Exchange.
  • California has a huge lift in the prices of Carbon allocations (CCA) because of the down time of a nuclear power plant.

Overall, the price per ton of carbon is now at between $8 and $23.

Anything above free, is probably a very good thing for the true costs of energy.

SustainZine: Social Irresponsibility: Energy, cost of carbon

Coming soon to an eBook store near you: Social Responsibility by the 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cree News: Cree and SemiLEDs End Patent Litigation

Cree News: Cree and SemiLEDs End Patent Litigation:

It looks like Cree has won this round. The settlement says that SemiLEDs won't sell in the USA and will pay a one-time infringement settlement. Infringement suit and counter suit are all settled.

This stops the infringed LED imports into the USA. It is unclear how this related to trade around the world.

One would expect Cree to jump a bit in trade, up 6-8% over a couple days. SemiLEDs (Symbol: LEDS) really jumped, up 8% today and about the same the previous day(s), but it is really erratic. Semi is only an $83m company vs. $3B market cap for Cree. Just a little bit different in size.

So, it seems that both company's are happy to have this legal wrangling settled and move on with their businesses.

Want to know more about the patents in question. Visit

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Patent wars: Apple wins injunction against sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab in US | Digital Trends

Patent wars: Apple wins injunction against sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab in US | Digital Trends:

Apple wins the injunction (USA) to stop Samsung from selling the old Galaxy. Picture is perfect, serious arm wrestling going on here in the USA and globally.

This is a Design Patent infringement. It really looks like the iPad. The other ongoing lawsuits are about design patents.

As Google and Microsoft build their arsenal of patents, there will only be room for a few players in this market. Those without big pockets, that are full of money and patents, will never be able to compete.

Buy popcorn and sit back to watch the battles rage and the positioning of the armies.:-)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

IP Creates Jobs for America | BIOtechNow

IP Creates Jobs for America | BIOtechNow: "In May, the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) was proud to unveil the results of our state intellectual property (IP) jobs research, which has been a year in the making. The study, IP Creates Jobs for America, provides real, tangible evidence that the economic benefits of IP are broad and far-reaching."

Go here for the original GIPC report and the interactive US Map.

Key points related to IP Job creation and value generation:

  • Jobs created: 914k
  • Output: $75B
  • Exports: 75.3%
  • Avg Wage: $44k

Interesting is the number of IP jobs created in some state. Of course, CA, FL, NY, MA and TX. But the Great Lakes area has a LOT of innovation as well.

This is some really great information for those who are IP proponents! (And those who question the value of IP to have more to think about.)

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Msft does more patents for their slate... msPad...

Microsoft has a user interface patent working for their mobile devices (and more) that are related to visual controls. Read about it here ms patent. This is really good for those of us that speak mostly with hand jestures, especially while driving!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Apple vs. Samsung Patent War Fails to Block U.S. Launch of Galaxy S3 - iTech Post

Apple vs. Samsung Patent War Fails to Block U.S. Launch of Galaxy S3 - iTech Post:

The Smart Phone war is just beginning.

With the consolidation from Google (Motorola wireless)...

Microsoft (AOL patents)...

It's gonna be tough for other payers to survive in the Smartphone and ?related? markets.
RIMM (Blackberry) and Nokia are really starting to struggle. I wonder how much of that is patent starvation.

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