Make way for the next big thing in patents: Taste & Smell Patents
Recently a Seattle researcher received the nobel prize for medicine for discovering that people can remember and identify over 10,000 smells and how proteins in the nose translate specific tastes and smells into information in the brain.
When a person sniffs garbage or perfume, "that activates an array of the receptors, but only those primed to respond to those particular molecules. The brain notes which receptors are activated, and interprets this pattern as the smell." This receptor patterning opens the door for a variety of new patent possibilities
Sampled sounds are protected under intellectual property law. Colors are also protected. Can smells be far behind?
Ah, the sweet smell of a future GPO add-on.
Now I'm wondering if we should develop the first sampled smell library.