May 15, 2006

By Alex Forman

I recently came across the following quote by Dr. Andrew Grove, a founder of Intel Corporation:

"A fundamental rule in technology says that whatever can be done will be done."

To date, I have no reason to doubt his conclusion but only evidence to support it. For example, in the midst of recent news stories regarding high fuel prices and fears of a "bird flu" epidemic, the below technological developments were announced:

Aphios Corporation obtained U.S. Patent No. 7,033,813 on April 25, 2006 for, according to the inventors, "a method of manufacturing an inactivated virus vaccine product" that can be used to create more effective vaccines for AIDS, influenza and other infectious diseases.

Genetic Engineering News Article: LINK
U.S. Patent No. 7,033,813: LINK

AFS Trinity Power Corporation recently filed a patent application for a car, which, according to the inventors, is able to achieve gas mileage of 250 miles per gallon.

EV World Article: LINK
AFS Trinity Power Corporation Website: LINK

Such developments are just a few examples that demonstrate that "whatever can be done will be done."

Alex Forman is an attorney with Ice Miller focusing his efforts on patent prosecution and licensing of intellectual property.


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