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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2011
Louis August Scholz, a self-employed patent attorney and inventor who had worked in photography on the Manhattan Project during World War II, died April 20 of complications from a fall at his Sykesville home. He was 92 and died at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Born in Baltimore and raised in Rockdale near Randallstown, he was a 1935 Catonsville High School graduate and earned a degree in mathematics and physics at what is now Loyola University Maryland. As a young man, he exhibited an invention, a fluorometer, at the Central Enoch Pratt Free Library . Mr. Scholz worked at the Social Security Administration and the old Monitor Controller Co. on South Gay Street.
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BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2010
Baltimore-based 180s Inc., whose flagship product are ear warmers that wrap around the head, is accusing a national retailer of stealing the patented design in a similar product it is selling in its stores. 180s filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore against Brookstone Inc., a New Hampshire-based company. The Baltimore company is claiming that Brookstone's "Luxe" earmuffs infringe upon several of its patented designs. 180s is seeking monetary damages against Brookstone for allegedly violating the patents.
NEWS
By Steven L. Salzberg | November 9, 2010
A battle is under way over who owns our genes. Each of us has about 25,000 of them, stored in every cell in our body. Our genes are 99 percent identical from one individual to the next. The small differences in the remaining 1 percent of our DNA account for all the remarkable diversity in the human race. Thanks to advances in biotechnology, in the not-too-distant future we'll be able to carry our DNA sequences around with us, perhaps stored on a mini-flash drive or on our smartphones.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2010
Marie K. Razulis, a retired chemist, died of heart disease April 10 at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. She was 89 and lived in the Fairhaven Retirement Community. Born Marie Kuulei Goo-On in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of parents who lived in Hawaii. Her ancestry was Chinese, Hawaiian and Portuguese. Her father took a job in Washington as a government translator and she spent her childhood in Falls Church, Va. As a child, she demonstrated artistic talent and played the piano.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - As Apple Inc.'s iPhone faces stiffer competition in the lucrative market for smart phones, the company is going after one of its main rivals with patent lawsuits claiming theft of touch screen technology and other features. The complaints cover a slew of models made by Taiwanese phone maker HTC Corp., including the Nexus One, G1 and myTouch 3G - all using the free, rival Android mobile operating software from Google Inc. Non-Android phones include HTC's Touch series. Patent cases can take months or years to resolve.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2009
Nokia Corp. is broadening a legal dispute it already has with Apple Inc. over the iPhone, saying almost all of the company's other products also violate the Finnish phone maker's patents. Nokia said Tuesday that it has filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging Apple's iPhone, iPods and computers all violate Nokia's intellectual property rights. At issue are key features found in Apple products, including aspects of user interface, cameras, antenna and power management technologies, Nokia said.
NEWS
By William F. Shughart II | December 21, 2009
O . - Would you spend countless hours developing a novel business method if you knew you couldn't protect it with a patent? Most of us wouldn't. Yet before the U.S. Supreme Court is a case that could have severe consequences for the incentives that fuel such job-creating innovations. While a ruling in Bilski and Warsaw v. Kappos isn't expected until next spring, let's hope the court doesn't fall prey to the arguments of Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig and other supporters of the "open source" movement in computer software.
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