Stacey Vanek Smith
Jun 4, 2013 President Barack Obama is taking steps to rein in 'patent trolls', but some of America's biggest companies use similar tactics.
Apr 16, 2013 McDonald's franchises in Arizona say they want kids to eat a healthy breakfast to help them ace their statewide standardized tests. The promotion also builds customer loyalty.
Mar 18, 2013 Monday is the first day on which patents will be awarded to the first filer of the patent not the first person to come up with an idea. Many worry this will favor applicants with big money behind them.
Jan 14, 2013 Chicken McNuggets have generated huge amount of money for McDonald's. But the credit for their invention may belong to a little known poultry scientist who freely shared his research.
Dec 20, 2012 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has dealt Apple some bitter news.
Dec 11, 2012 Online health site WebMD plans to lay off 14 percent of its staff. Drug companies have curtailed ads because lucrative patents have expired.
Dec 5, 2012 Facebook would like to become that set of shoeboxes in the attic: A place to store all your photographs, even ones you have no intention of sharing with any of your friends. It's called Photo Sync, and Google-Plus already has something like this.
Nov 8, 2012 A new patent for Xbox Kinect might be trying to watch you for copyright owners, and users are getting tired of politics on social media, even though they're still posting about it.
Aug 27, 2012 The court ruling that Samsung infringed on Apple patents has complicated fallout in South Korea, where Samsung's success has been very much a part of the national identity.