Stack Exchange Teams Up With US Patent Office To Crowd Source Prior Art

The new  America Invents Act came into effect on September 16, it lets ordinary people provide feedback on patent applications. The US Patent Office and the question/answer resource Stack Exchange are teaming up to create AskPatents . AskPatents allows allows anyone to participate in the patent examination process. Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Exchange: "Ask Patents is a collaborative effort, neatly tagged by keywords and classification, and searchable by patent application number. It is inspired by a research project called Peer To Patent, run out of New York Law School. That pilot project, created by Professor Beth Noveck, proved very successful at identifying prior art that the USPTO wouldn’t otherwise have known about. Citizen volunteers and other interested parties will be able to ask about applications that they think are suspicious. Others can answer, identifying possible prior art, and using our upvote/downvote feature to rate any examples of prior art that other people found. The USPTO, complying with the new law, will also provide an online system for submitting prior art. We’re also integrating with Google Patent Search, so every patent application on Google will include a link to discussion on Stack Exchange. Google has also implemented an algorithmic prior art search utility that will be helpful to site participants. On Ask Patents, participants can also ask and answer questions about the nuances of patent law or about specific patent applications. Collectively, we’re building a crowd-sourced worldwide detective agency to track down and obliterate bogus patent applications. Over time, we hope that the Patent Stack Exchange will mitigate the problems caused by rampant patent trolling. It’s not a complete fix, but it’s a good start."

Steve Forbes to Keynote Automate 2013

Steve Forbes, Chairman, Forbes Media, and a former Presidential candidate, will address the impact of the President and his administration on the future of the U.S. economy and business growth during a keynote presentation on Tuesday, January 22 at the Automate 2013 Show and Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

QUAN: iPhone-Controlled Robots Could be the Future of Manufacturing Industry

As Quantum International Corp. (OTCBB: QUAN) works to deliver life-changing robotics innovations to customers, the market is trending toward smaller, more user-friendly robots designed to work alongside humans-not replace them.

New DENSO Robot Video on YouTube

DENSO Robotics announced that a new robot video is now available on its YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/densorobotics and also on the DENSO Robotics website at www.densorobotics.com/applications.php.

iRobot Acquires Evolution Robotics, Inc.

Expands Position as Global Robotic Floor Care Market-Leader

ATI Developing Force/Torque Sensing Technology for NASA

New Engineering to Improve ATI's Products in Extreme Environments

ATI Develops Micro Robotic Tool Changer

QC-001 Provides Flexibility To Extremely Light Payload Robots

Intelligrated continues regional growth initiative with Midwest operation expansion

Intelligrated® (www.intelligrated.com), a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the relocation of its Midwest operations to expanded facilities in Woodridge, Ill.

RMT Robotics Announces Launch of New Layer Picking System

New tooling is capable of layer picking 95% of all consumer goods case configurations

QinetiQ North America to Showcase World-Class Technology Solutions at Modern Day Marine 2012

QinetiQ North America will display its latest survivability, unmanned systems, portable power and sensor technologies for land, air and maritime environments at Modern Day Marine in Quantico, Virginia.

ST Robotics Releases its new Mini-E Series Electric Grippers

Intended for 5- and 6-axis R12 articulated robot arms, ST Robotics' E Series Grippers utilize mini integrated motor/lead screw drives and are available with stand-alone MCUs to accommodate any make of robot.

Rethink Robotics releases Baxter, its Manufacturing robot

Baxter, is six feet tall, 300 pounds, and a robot. For a hulking machine, Baxter is remarkably expressive. A pair of eyes on the screen that serves as a face stare down as the robot picks up plastic components, look concerned when it makes a mistake, and direct its glance at its next task when one is finished. It's cute. But the real point of these expressions is that they let workers nearby know instantly if Baxter is performing appropriately, and they provide clues to what it is about to do next. Even more amazing, when Baxter is done with one task, a fellow worker can simply show the robot how to start another. "Almost anyone, literally, can in very short order be shown how to program it," says Chris Budnick, president of Vanguard Plastics. "It's a matter of a couple of minutes." Baxter is the first of a new generation of smarter, more adaptive industrial robots. Conventional industrial robots are expensive to program, incapable of handling even small deviations in their environment, and so dangerous that they have to be physically separated from human workers by cages. So even as robotics have become commonplace in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries, they remain impractical in many other types of manufacturing. Baxter, however, can be programmed more easily than a Tivo and can deftly respond to a toppled-over part or shifted table. And it is so safe that Baxter's developer, Rethink Robotics, which loaned Baxter to Vanguard Plastics, believes it can work seamlessly alongside its human coworkers.

New Handheld TS3 100 High-Speed Camera

Fastec Imaging, a leading global manufacturer of digital high-speed video cameras, has released the new revolutionary TS3 high-speed camera. For the first time there is a completely portable and handheld high-speed camera that takes hundreds of frames of second in high definition.

GstarCAD is Going to Release GstarCAD MC PRO

Recently, GstarCAD is going to release a professional edition of CAD software --GstarCAD MC PRO. A lot of features were upgraded based on GstarCAD MC. Users can read a DWG format file via GstarCAD MC PRO without any conversion.

GstarCAD MC Free Edition is Available Now

Recently, GstarCAD announced that GstarCAD MC free edition can be downloaded from App Store for users to experience the free mobile CAD software.

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