October 22, 2020 – Tune into this week’s educational and entertaining episode. We speak to Dr. Steven LeBoeuf of Valencell, the inventor who helped create the market for wearable bio-metric sensors. His workable solutions are accurate for broad use. Prior to his work, wearable sensors were limited to hospitals and other situations where the user was fairly immobile. He solved the problem, got several patents on it, and built a company that licenses the technology for health, medical and consumer uses. He ended up in a fight with Apple and others. Steven explains the difficulties he faced and still faces today. https://valencell.com/
We also speak with Tom Waugh of Seamless Pole, Inc.
Tom Waugh figured out how to make large metal power poles in 60 seconds apiece, a very small fraction of what they were taking previously. Poles created with his method were also more aesthetic and stronger. He patented his technology and entered into talks with a large utility company that expressed interest in licensing. Rather than license, they decided to just take the technology and use the PTAB against Tom. View the complaint:
These real-world stories highlight the problems with the current PTAB system in protecting patent rights. Out guest panelists also help dispel some of the myths about PTAB, e.g. Myth – PTAB corrects mistakenly issued patents. https://www.usinventor.org/6704-ptab-myths-and-facts/
We also cover a range of topics in our Q&A session, such as: “Should Inventors hold off on introducing any product because of how easy it would be to copy. What would be a good strategy?”