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A giant in our EV World passes. We continue our series on the benefits of shifting from cars to bicycles. William Tahil provides us with translation of interview with Vincent Bolloré. A123 Systems declares bankruptcy, while Honda crosses the one million hybrids build threshold.
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WRITING MY FIRST PATENT

I have always envied someone who was smart enough to come up with something ‘novel’ and ‘useful’ that could be patented as did Stan Ovshinsky. Not being an engineer or especially technically inclined, I never thought about patenting anything. That changed in the past couple of weeks as I began the quest for ‘angel’ funding for our ePEDALER business concept and was told that aspects of the project were potentially patentable. That led me to start looking at what constitutes a patentable item according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. There are three types of patent classes: utility, design and the newest, plants. The utility classification can include a ‘process’, especially one that finds a ‘novel’ new use for an existing technology. Based on that definition and with the help of a couple of engineers with a number of patents already to their name, I wrote my first ‘provisional patent’ on a key aspect of ePEDALER that is ultimately intended to help reduce the upfront costs of an electric-assist bicycle, not only enabling more individuals to switch from their cars to e-bikes, improving their level of fitness and health, but also be monetarily incentivized to do so. Now I have 12 months to turn it into a real patent, so the race is on.

BICYCLING TO HEALTH & FITNESS

America, we have a problem. We’re too damned fat! Check the infograph on page 5 or just step on your bathroom scale; and I count myself among the culprits, though I am doing something about it: walking vigorously on my treadmill two miles every morning and riding my electric bike when the task calls for it instead of taking the truck.

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