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See Your Future with Patents

Reading patents online at the United States Patent and Trademark Office can actually give you a glimpse of the future. One notable example is Apple’s new patent application number 20060197750, filed on April 26, 2005. According to Tech News World, the application covers technology for a new iPod using an on-screen interface, rather than a click wheel.

I did not think anyone other than myself rifled through patents online for fun. Last Saturday, however, I had dinner with a gentleman who markets a new chemical scent eliminator for the hunting industry. I was surprised to find he had no background in chemistry. When I asked him how he came up with the formula, he said it was from reading patents.

If you get a chance, check out some patents online. Who knows, the future you see, may be your own.

Brett Trout

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