5 Patents to Watch
A handful of hot new patents that may change the way business and technology get done.
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Whose patent portfolio is most potent? We rank 150 of the world´s top companies according to the quality and quantity of their patents.
Novel “photonic-band-gap materials” promise to light up the pipes of the telecom network. Their breakthrough? They carry signals through air rather than glass.
The semiconductor pioneer and cofounder of Intel discusses his law, aliens, the environment and his new foundation to fund far-out research.
Declare independence from the electrical grid! Microturbines and fuel cells can generate premium juice 24/7.
Drugs of the near future will be microdevices that search out and destroy germs without the side effects of conventional therapies.
Over 99 percent of computers are inconspicuous: embedded in objects from toys to cars. Open-source software dukes it out with proprietary offerings to provide their operating system.