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Thomson Reuters publishes list of top global innovators

November 16, 2011 8:03 am | by R&D Editors | News | Comments

The 100 top innovators have been ranked this week by the Thomson Reuters’ intellectual property (IP) consulting arm. The U.S. continues to lead this list with a large share of innovators, and Asia and Europe place second and third, respectively. However, China is not yet ranked because of its practices regarding protecting IP and commercializing products globally.

Crocus and IBM sign tech development and patent agreements

October 7, 2011 1:44 pm | News | Comments

A new set of agreements between magnetic memory developer Crocus and IBM will provide mutual access to patents that will enable the companies to collaborate and integrate magnetic technology into semiconductor products.

Non-compete agreements create ‘career detours’

October 5, 2011 1:55 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Technology firms frequently require workers to sign non-compete agreements, which typically bar their employees from joining rival companies for one to two years. A new study of more than 1,000 engineers, conducted by an MIT professor, shows that these agreements come with a high cost for employees.


Obama signs patent reform legislation

September 16, 2011 11:12 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a major overhaul of the U.S. patent system, a measure designed to ease the way for inventors to bring their products to market. Passed in a rare display of congressional bipartisanship, the America Invents Act is the first significant change in patent law since 1952. It has been hailed as a milestone that would spur innovation and create jobs.

Ziptronix, Sony sign licensing agreement

September 6, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

Ziptronix Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Corporation for the use of Ziptronix's patents regarding oxide bonding technology for backside illumination imaging sensors.

In making innovation happen, does place matter?

May 20, 2011 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Do scientists' job locations have any impact on the way their work spreads? According to a study co-authored by an MIT economist, yes, it does, even in the Internet age. Frequent job and location switches, for example, can increase citation frequency for published works. But what happens with patents is entirely different.

IBM, Samsung sign patent cross-license deal

February 8, 2011 3:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM and Samsung Electronics Co. announced this week they have signed a patent cross-license agreement, which means each will license its respective patent portfolios to the other. In 2010, IBM was the top producer of new patents in the U.S., while South Korea's Samsung was also among the top 10.

Rush for patents is choking U.S. stem cell research

February 1, 2011 6:59 am | by Kerry Sheridan (AFP) | News | Comments

Cures for paralysis, blindness and diabetes could all be in reach with embryonic stem cell research, but the pursuit of medical progress is being choked by the U.S. rush to secure patents, experts say.


Records broken in patent totals for 2010

January 10, 2011 12:26 pm | News | Comments

2010 patent grants hit an all-time high, 31% over 2009. Once again, IBM tops the list as the first company to break 5,000 patents in a single year, and it did so handily. Other notable filers include Apple, Qualcomm, NEC, and SAP, all of which saw 70+% gains in patents this year.

How Patent Vulnerability Impacts Valuation

February 8, 2010 9:28 am | by David Wanetick | Application Notes

Patent valuation is one of the trickiest tasks a company can face, according to patent law expert David Wanetick with The Business Development Academy, who has written a primer on how valuation—and vulnerability—can affected by many factors.

Another Tool in the Toolbox

September 29, 2009 9:18 am | by Larisa Brass, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Articles | Comments

Private funding for technology maturation will help enable better commercialization of governmental scientific research. However compelling the technology, a gap often exists between government-funded research and its transfer to the marketplace. As a research project nears completion, federal dollars often dry up before an invention has progressed enough to spin out as a commercial product. Enter technology maturation funds, the means by which many promising technologies make needed advances toward becoming commercial products.  

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

April 14, 2004 11:09 am | Articles | Comments

Issues surrounding a research organization's IP have changed with the timessecurity and protection have become more difficult as industries have evolved from primarily manufacturing to knowledge-based economies.

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