Detail from an <a href="http://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2013048839&recNum=1&tab=PCTDocuments&maxRec=943&office=&prevFilter=&sortOption=Pub+Date+Desc&queryString=ALLNAMES%3A%28mata%29">application</a> for a patent on a steak.
"It's an un-obvious chunk of meat that has been sitting there — a little diamond surrounded by a bunch of coal," Steve Price told me last year. "I'd love to tell you more. We just can't."
Today, Price told me everything. More to the point, he emailed me this link:
The fashion industry's latest hope for protecting its designs may hang on a slimming pair of yoga pants.
Yoga-apparel maker Lululemon Athletica Inc. is accusing fashion house Calvin Klein Inc. of infringing on design patents for its popular $98 "Astro Pant" in a legal battle that could provide new ammunition for the industry to wield against copycats while bolstering Lululemon's dominant position in high-end yoga apparel.