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New data show how states are doing in science

May 16, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

A newly updated, online, interactive state data tool published by the National Science Board is enabling policymakers, educators, and other users to discern trends in education, science and research in each of the 50 states. The tool features 59 state indicators of state performance in education, the scientific workforce, R&D investments and activities, and high-tech business.

Study: New patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnology

April 23, 2014 7:34 am | News | Comments

Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and...

Samsung, Google sign patent agreement

January 27, 2014 9:50 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement...

Researchers patent new antibacterial agent

January 22, 2014 8:54 am | by Rhona Schwartz, Univ. of Washington School of Dentistry | News | Comments

Four Univ. of Washington School of Dentistry faculty members have received a patent for a new...

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New patent mapping system helps find innovation pathways

January 14, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

A patent mapping system that considers how patents cite one another may help researchers better understand the relationships between technologies and how they may come together to spur disruptive new areas of innovation. The system, which also categorizes patents in a new way, was produced by a team of researchers from three universities and an Atlanta-based producer of data-mining software.

Proof: R&D Investment Pays Off

October 11, 2013 11:30 am | by Laura Gaze, Director, PR & Thought Leadership, Intellectual Property & Science, Thomson Reuters | Articles | Comments

Thomson Reuters announced its 2013 Top 100 Global Innovators this week, a list of the who’s who in innovation based on a series of proprietary patent metrics using its Derwent World Patents Index database. The 2013 honorees comprise many of the likely suspects: AT&T, Apple, Google, Ford, L’Oreal and Microsoft, as well as some that aren’t so likely: Alcatel Lucent, Blackberry and Ericsson.

Time for tech transfer law to change?

August 29, 2013 2:56 pm | News | Comments

The law that has helped medical discoveries make the leap from university labs to the marketplace for more than 30 years needs revising, according to Univ. of Michigan doctor has taken another look at the history of Bayh-Dole. He says that the Supreme Court ruling on gene patenting, and modern risks raised by industry/academic interaction, signal a need for change.

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Researchers granted patent for system that fuses human, computer intelligence

August 22, 2013 8:17 am | News | Comments

In complex crisis situations teams of experts must often make difficult decisions within a narrow time frame. However, voluminous amounts of information and the complexity of distributed cognition can hamper the quality and timeliness of decision-making by human teams and lead to catastrophic consequences. A Penn State Univ. team has devised a system that merges human and computer intelligence to support decision-making.

The geography of big ideas

July 8, 2013 7:49 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Scholars have long been interested in tracking “knowledge spillovers,” the way technical and intellectual advances spread among communities of researchers and innovators. And a significant body of work has shown that distance matters when it comes to the dissemination of knowledge: advances are more likely to be noted by those nearby to the advance’s origin.

Apple patents iPhone with wraparound display

March 29, 2013 4:47 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is seeking a patent for an iPhone that has a display that wraps around the edges of the device, expanding the viewable area and eliminating all physical buttons. The patent application reveals that Apple has put some thought into a device that takes advantage of a new generation of displays, which don't have to be flat and rigid like today's liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs.

Patent Wars Spark Big Growth at Research Firm

February 5, 2013 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not exactly like selling picks and shovels during the California gold rush. But the patent wars now raging across corporate America have simultaneously generated a lot of interest in New York-based startup Article One Partners (AOP), whose global network of researchers uncover the "prior art" that enables its clients to shoot down low quality patent lawsuits.

NIST patent could give lab-on-a-chip technology long shelf life

January 9, 2013 11:17 am | News | Comments

Having blood drawn and analyzed to diagnose disease is a process that can take a few days, but what if your doctor could perform this analysis in moments, right before your eyes? That's the promise of "lab-on-a-chip" technology, and researchers are working on a variety of fronts to remove technical roadblocks. A new idea addresses the issue of sensor shelf life, showing how some such chips might be made to last for months or more until needed.

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Kodak to receive $525M from patent sale

December 19, 2012 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

  Eastman Kodak will receive about $525 million from the sale of its digital imaging patents, money the struggling photo pioneer says will help it emerge from bankruptcy protection in the first half of next year. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in January after struggling to adapt to the shift to digital photography.

NIST releases annual report on federal technology transfer

November 28, 2012 4:31 pm | News | Comments

Each year NIST releases a report on technology transfer from federal laboratories, detailing efforts to transfer the results of public investment in research to meet marketplace and other needs. The newest technology transfer report tallies the thousands of patents, cooperative agreements, licenses, and other pathways by which these transfers happened in 2010.

Apple suit vs. Google over patent rates dismissed

November 5, 2012 4:53 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Monday threw out a suit by Apple Inc. claiming that Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility is seeking unreasonably high license fees for the use of patents on wireless technology. The suit is part of a world-spanning battle between Apple and Google, whose Android software powers...

Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers

October 2, 2012 4:00 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A recent review of retractions in medical and biological peer-reviewed journals finds the percentage of studies withdrawn because of fraud or suspected fraud has jumped substantially since the mid-1970s. In 1976, there were fewer than 10 fraud retractions for every 1 million studies published, compared with 96 retractions per million in 2007.

Article: New technology being stymied by copyright law

September 17, 2012 5:08 am | News | Comments

From Napster to iTunes to Pandora, the methods by which the public can obtain and share music have rapidly progressed. Future groundbreaking innovations may need to wait, though, as the next generation of technology is being stymied by the very copyright laws that seek to protect the industry, says Rutgers-Camden University professor Michael Carrier in a new article for a law journal..

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Physicists patent nuclear waste-burning technology

September 14, 2012 5:50 am | News | Comments

University of Texas at Austin physicists have been awarded a U.S. patent for an invention that could someday be used to turn nuclear waste into fuel, thus removing the most dangerous forms of waste from the fuel cycle. The researchers have patented the concept for a novel fusion-fission hybrid nuclear reactor that would use nuclear fusion and fission together to incinerate nuclear waste.

Agilent secures patent for CGH assays

August 23, 2012 11:03 am | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it was awarded a significant patent for comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) methods. CGH methods help researchers study genetics and cancer in both basic and clinical research.

Tech titans face off in court over iPhone, iPad

July 31, 2012 4:57 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

With billions of dollars and control of the U.S. smartphone and computer tablets markets at stake, jury selection began Monday in a closely watched trial between two of the world's leading tech companies over patents. Cupertino-based Apple is demanding $2.5 billion in damages from Samsung Electronics Co., an award that would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date.

New Google data shows Microsoft's piracy problems

May 25, 2012 6:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to recent data released by Google, the search engine giant has logged more than 2.5 million requests in the last 11 months to remove links believed to be violating Microsoft’s copyrights. This exceeded the number of complaints about material produced by entertainment companies pushing for tougher online piracy laws.

How biotech will benefit from new patent laws

May 1, 2012 5:48 pm | News | Comments

Industrial biotechnology companies rely heavily on patents to attract investment to fund R&D. The recent America Invents Act stands to have a significant impact on technology innovators such as biotech firms, and two recently published papers from patent law experts help explain the extent of these shifts.

EOS files patent infringement against Phenix Systems

April 20, 2012 4:00 am | News | Comments

EOS announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Phenix Systems. The lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,753,274 and 6,042,774 through the manufacture, sale, and use of the PXL, PXM, PXS, and PXS Dental product lines from Phenix in the U.S.

Oracle focuses on Google emails in Android trial

April 17, 2012 4:54 am | News | Comments

Google and Oracle faced off in court in San Francisco on Monday, with Oracle intending to rely heavily on Google’s own internal emails to build its case. The dispute hinges on Oracle's allegations that Google's widely used Android software for mobile devices infringes on copyrights and patents that Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems Inc. for $7.3 billion in 2010.

AOL to sell over 800 patents to Microsoft

April 9, 2012 8:32 am | News | Comments

In a reflection of how patents have become a hot commodity in the high-tech industry in the last few years, AOL Inc. has agreed to sell 800 of its patents and license others to Microsoft Corp. for about $1.06 billion in cash. The news sent AOL shares to their highest level in a year.

R & D caucus highlights NSF's tie to innovation

April 2, 2012 5:32 am | News | Comments

Last Friday, the National Science Foundation held a congressional briefing to call attention to its research successes, particularly the process of bringing relevant fundamental research from the laboratory to the marketplace. Particular attention was called to Small Business Innovation Research grant beneficiaries, some of whom shared their success stories at the briefing.

High court throws out human gene patents

March 27, 2012 12:07 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court this week threw out a lower court ruling allowing human genes to be patented. The court overturned patents belonging to Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Study: Sharing patents with competitors may encourage innovation

March 16, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

According to a recent study by a University at Buffalo economist, firms that make a previously patented innovation accessible to competitors increase overall likelihood of improving upon that breakthrough while also raising profits for the original innovator and market welfare. Further, the practice of free-licensing may correspond to an evolutionary step in the study of patents and their effects on innovation.

iPad dispute signals new era in trademark troubles

March 7, 2012 3:24 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Financially troubled Proview Electronics Co., a computer monitor and LED light maker, says it registered the iPad trademark in China and elsewhere more than a decade ago and wants Apple to stop selling or making the popular tablet computers under that name. Whatever the outcome, the dispute highlights the rising stakes of the trademark name game in the increasingly lucrative China consumer market, one that most global companies cannot afford to miss out on regardless of the risks.

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