Archinect - News 2015-11-27T06:50:23-05:00 Newly patented space elevator could take astronauts 12 miles up into the stratosphere Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T12:30:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canadian space and defense company Thoth Technology is attempting to make reaching the stratosphere as simple as riding an elevator up a tower about 23 times taller than the world&rsquo;s tallest building. The Thoth space elevator patent, approved by the US patent office on July 21, specifies that the tower could be built on any &ldquo;planetary surface,&rdquo; (i.e. not just Earth), a sign that Thoth is thinking pretty far ahead. [...] the top of the tower will serve as a rocket launch site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In slightly more <em>recent-technology</em> elevator news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower</a></li></ul> Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store? Archinect 2014-07-16T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The trademark effort was reportedly spurred by copycat competitors seeking to emulate the Steve Jobs-inspired minimalism (and massive business success) of Apple&rsquo;s retail store. Alleged store copycat Microsoft, by the way, has its own trademark on its not-at-all-inspired-by-Apple retail stores...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Microsoft's trademark layout</em></p><p>Of course, it isn&rsquo;t just dueling technology giants trademarking their retail layouts. The term of art for this kind of intellectual property protection is &ldquo;trade dress,&rdquo; and it has long been a staple of the retail world.</p> Apple patents Shanghai Apple Store's glass cylinder entryway; Steve Jobs co-credited as inventor Archinect 2013-10-01T13:36:00-04:00 >2013-10-01T13:36:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like the flagship Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York, the Shanghai cylinder is made almost entirely out of huge monolithic glass slabs, with only connecting joints fashioned out of metal. The Chinese build is more complex, however, as the specifications required the glass pieces required be curved to form arcs. These panels were then joined to create a circle and ultimately a cylinder.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents Archinect 2013-07-23T20:52:00-04:00 >2013-07-23T20:52:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s holding back 3D printing, the technology that&rsquo;s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing company Shapeways.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Thomas Edison's patent for the construction of all-concrete houses Archinect 2013-07-08T15:42:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T18:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Edison&rsquo;s idea: a house that could be built with one pour of cement. The process could eliminate not only the traditional work of erecting walls and roof but also much of the labor involved in finishing the interiors. Given the right mold, &ldquo;stairs, mantels, ornamental ceilings, and other interior decorations and fixtures&rdquo; would all be formed by the same giant piece of concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Houston court awards home design firm $1.3 million in architectural copyright case Archinect 2013-05-21T17:11:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T17:13:18-04:00 <img src="" width="307" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The jury in the United States District Court in Houston found that Frontier committed copyright infringement by constructing and marketing nineteen houses that infringed Hewlett&rsquo;s copyrighted designs. Frontier&rsquo;s owner, Ronald Wayne Bopp, was also held personally liable for Frontier&rsquo;s activities. The amount of the judgment was based on the amount of profits Frontier earned from the sales of houses that infringed Hewlett&rsquo;s copyrights.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Design Law & Charity Archinect 2013-02-15T18:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-20T09:48:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A few weeks ago <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we reported</a> that the USPTO granted trademark protection to Apple for aspects of its retail store designs (Reg. No. <a href=";state=4007:952rgh.3.1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4277914</a> &amp; <a href=";state=4007:952rgh.3.1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4277913</a>).</p> <p> <em>Image above, Reg. No. 4277913 (claiming color)</em><br><em>Image below, Reg. No. 4277914 (not claiming color)</em><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> While most architectural works don&rsquo;t have the notoriety and consumer association necessary to obtain federal trademark protection, architects have long relied on copyright and design patents to protect their creations.&nbsp; Since 1990 when &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural works</a>&rdquo; were first incorporated into our federal copyright regime, much has been written about its use and impact.&nbsp; Yet few architects have stopped to consider the role of design patents.</p> <p> But design patents aren&rsquo;t new.&nbsp; Architects in the US have relied on them for over a century to protect new, original, and ornamental designs for any article of manufacture.&nbsp; For example, Frank Lloyd Wright was granted numerous design patents on everything from <a href=";zoom=4&amp;dq=ininventor%253Afrank%2520wright&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">chairs</a> to <a href=";zoom=4&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">desk</a> and <a href=";zoom=4&amp;dq=ininventor%253Afrank%2520wright&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home</a> designs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Design ...</em></p> Apple trademarks design of its retail stores Archinect 2013-01-31T13:25:00-05:00 >2013-02-05T09:30:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple's request last week for trademarks on the minimalist design and layout of its retail outlets, the office's records show. The description of the trademarks includes "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade" and, within the store, an "oblong table with stools...set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archive of Affinities, a collection of architectural patent applications Archinect 2012-05-02T18:35:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T18:46:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="825" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archive of Affinities</a> is a very interesting new(ish?) Tumblr documenting architectural patent applications.</p>