CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1991 |
For the first nine years of his life, Brent Weir has been trapped by his own body. Deprived of sufficient oxygen at birth, which severely damaged the parts of his brain controlling his limbs and speech, Brent has spent most of his life in a wheelchair, his only communication with the outside world being smiles and screams and cries. But because of the electronic and computer wizardry of R.J. Cooper, an inventor and computer programmer who volunteers his time at R.H.
April 20, 2006 |
A company that offered to help U.S. inventors turn ideas into profitable products was ordered to repay consumers $26 million and stop using bogus claims to recruit customers, the Federal Trade Commission said. The FTC sued Davison & Associates Inc., accusing the firm of making false claims in ads to sign up inventors by boasting of relationships with manufacturers.
March 18, 1998 |
I, like just about everyone else in America, occasionally come up with an idea that I'd love to turn into a billion-dollar product. I've never done it, but some people with great ideas have, taking the time to develop their product, file for a patent and bring it to market. It's not an easy process. Aside from having a great idea, you have to go through a search process to make sure that no one else has come up with it before.
November 15, 1990 |
Gilbert Hyatt, the lone La Palma inventor who emerged from obscurity in August with an apparently far-reaching patent on the microprocessor, said Wednesday that Intel and Motorola had decided not to contest that patent claim. As a result, Hyatt could be entitled to millions of dollars in license payments.
August 7, 1994 |
It was a bleak February night and struggling inventor Scott McGregor was losing faith. The rent was owing, investors were nowhere to be found and food was running low. So he gathered his family of nine together and asked the big question. Should he get a job, any job, to keep them off welfare? Or should he pursue his dream of hitting it big with a cellular phone innovation? "Keep going," they said.
June 12, 1992 |
In a second victory for inventor Robert Kearns, a jury ruled Thursday that Chrysler Corp. should pay $11.3 million for infringing his patent for an intermittent windshield wiper. Kearns, 64, won the patent infringement case against Chrysler last December. A federal jury found then that Chrysler infringed on four patents for intermittent wiper systems designed by Kearns. However, in Thursday's decision, the jury ruled that Chrysler's infringement was not willful and ordered the No.
April 21, 1988 |
A man who said the MGM Grand Hotel fire in Las Vegas inspired him to invent a portable smoke alarm for travelers won a $3.32-million verdict Wednesday from two companies that promised to help develop the device, but then marketed their own detector. The verdict, returned after a five-week trial in Los Angeles federal court, protects Fred W. Stilwell's contractual rights to an invention that sold 4,000 units in its first two months on the market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1988 |
In the clean, orderly workshop where he has tinkered since World War II, Vic Chatten has invented a contraption that he thinks is going to make the Los Angeles Harbor Department very happy. It will not increase revenues, nor will it ease the workload or improve efficiency. But it will make the pigeons go away. He calls it "the bird barrier."
September 9, 1992 |
Visiting his sick mother at a hospital four years ago, Robert Markus watched in disbelief as nurses wrestled the aching patient onto a cold, hard bedpan. "It was a god-awful thing to see," Markus said. "Bedpans are the only things left in a hospital that haven't changed since the 19th Century. I thought, 'There's got to be something better.' " So the 70-year-old retired restaurateur and a partner went to work in a garage and developed an electric-powered, inflatable bedpan.
December 6, 1989 |
The American toy industry, once an entrepreneurial mix of clever marketing and lighthearted creativity, is not what it used to be. It's more careful, more self-contained and more secretive. And although annual sales last year were at a record $13 billion, the field seems to be dominated by a few large companies. Despite a boom in the number of children under the age of 12, the industry is in the midst of a shakeout.