Stories by Harry McCracken

Gadget patents that could be game-changers

Gadget patents can change the world, as everyone from Alexander Graham Bell to Steve Jobs has proved. Some of our favorite gadget-related patents, however, are for technologies and products that haven't changed much of anything - at least not yet.

Could a patent kill your favorite gadget?

Good news for the BlackBerry-addicted among us: Research in Motion has reached a US$612.5 million dollar settlement with NTP, the tiny company whose patents threatened to render RIM's insanely popular e-mail handheld a digital outlaw.