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Focused beams of sound could direct music or speech to a single person in a crowd. Two inventors have staked competing claims to a potential audio revolution.
A new breed of entrepreneurs is out to reinvent invention by uniting far-flung innovators and freeing them from normal corporate constraints.
The proliferation of junk e-mail is threatening to overwhelm the Internet. Software companies are rushing to build defenses-but will the new technologies do more harm than good?
A single global patent system could simplify the international patent process. Will the United States sign on?
Which of the competing electronic-payment devices will we choose?
Welcome to the workspace of Dean Kamen, one of the world’s most prolific inventors. On a tour of his lab, Kamen explains how he comes up with tomorrow’s brilliant ideas.
PayPal’s fraud-busting technology makes it easy for people to pay one another over the Internet–and may give credit card companies a run for their money.
Trademark is the ignored middle child of intellectual property. But branding an idea is crucial.
Energy: Now you can buy your electric power online.
Lessons from the battle over Cape Wind.