Friday, August 27, 2010

Speaking of Patents: 125 Years Ago August 29: Gottlieb Daimler "Riding Car" Patent is Filed and the Dawn of the Automobile Era Begins

(Note, I thought I had scheduled this to be published on August 29, but it somehow sneaked out a few days early.)

In any case, Daimler filed for his patent on the Reitwagen (literally, "riding wagon" but normally translated as "riding car" -- it is actually more like a motorcycle) on August 29, 1885, as you can read at the Daimler website -- a patent issued as DRP Nr. 36 423 on August 11, 1886.

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Chuck Squatriglia of Autopia at Wired in The Dawn of the Automobile Era informs us, together with great photographs, that:
"The age of the automobile started exactly 125 years ago when Gottlieb Daimler filed a patent for his revolutionary “riding car,” a two-wheeled machine driven by an internal combustion engine."
As written at the Daimler website, that was preceded by Gottlieb Daimler's April 3, 1885 patent for  a light, heavy-duty 4-stroke combustion engine, and followed in 1886 by the 3-wheel "Patent Car" of Carl Benz and the 4-wheel "car" of Gottlieb Daimler, a "motor carriage".

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Representatives in the U.S. Congress Want to Change the U.S. Constitution for Political Reasons: Would the Founders Agree?

Ben Evans, AP writer, has a nice article which is reproduced inter alia at

discussing some of the various "political" Constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution that some representatives in Congress would like to see. Such politically-tinged amendments, as Evans notes, are surely what the framers of the U.S. Constitution did NOT want to see.

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PatentlyUseful(tm): A Mozilla Firefox Add-On That Saves Time in Researching Patents at the USPTO

PatentlyUseful(tm) For the USPTO is a Mozilla Firefox add-on that saves time in researching patents at the USPTO. It has been downloaded over 3000 times and its reviewers all give it five stars. Check it out.
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Aligning Intellectual Property with Corporate Strategy and Cultivating Corporate Patent Practices: SlideShare Presentation by Naim Khan

The linked SlideShare presentation by Naim Kahn, IP Manager, Primal Fusion Inc., covers Aligning Intellectual Property with Corporate Strategy and Cultivating Corporate Patent Practices. Take a look.

Germany: Economic Recovery Has Raised the Demand for Skilled Workers

Germany has traditionally been a powerful economic force in Europe and in the post-WWII period it imported a mass of foreign workers, primarily from Turkey, to help with the work load.

Coat of arms of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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That necessity is probably again arising as German demographics -- primarily the product of low German birth-rates -- combined with economic recovery, find German employers looking for skilled workers. See Deutsche Welle and Economic recovery raises demand for skilled workers.

Since Germany is now a part of the EU, however, it must be presumed that most of those needed skilled workers must come from within Germany itself or from EU Member States.

See the video, Germany is facing a shortage of skilled workers.

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Proposed German Law Would Limit Employer Use of Social Media Information about Prospective Employees

Semiotics of Social NetworkingImage via WikipediaDavid Lolly at the New York Times reports in German Law Would Limit Facebook’s Use in Hiring on a proposed German law which would limit the use of information on social media websites by employers when recruiting and hiring

The idea that companies could not use publicly available information about a prospective employee seems to this observer to be absurd, largely unenforceable and removed from reality.

Since people who post to social media networks themselves decide what to share with the public, it seems legally shortsighted to put the onus of responsibility on people, firms or companies who have nothing to do with the creation or publication of the information in question. Rather, stricter laws are required to be made in the direction of the social media companies, regulating the manner in which they do business, which, as in the case of Facebook and privacy protection, leaves a lot to be desired.

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Law and the Politics of Sexuality: Did Someone Say Nudity? The Puritan Ethic in America Caught Between the Realities of Modern Life and Technological Advance

The law and politics of sexuality in the USA is something that is hard for outsiders to understand. Many Europeans often shake their heads in puzzlement at what many regard to be immature attitudes in America toward sexuality, accompanied by double standards exercised with regard to things that are regarded in Europe to be a part of normal life.

The Puritan attitude towards nudity is one of them, an attitude which is being strongly forced by the government, as Ira Teinowitz outlines at in his posting FCC Renews Its Battle to Oversee Indecency.

When one compares American Puritan values to the gross and permissible brutality and violence permitted in the media, the broad extent of crime, drugs and antisocial behavior in U.S. society in general, the widespread availability of pornography on the Internet and the increasing technological development and use of things such as X-ray vision for surveillance at airports via "indecent gadgets" which are on their way to becoming ubiquitous, one can only shake one's head in dismay at a culture "shamefully" caught between the realities of modern life and the antiquated Puritan ethic of another era.
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