Abstract: The federal government spends approximately one third of its annual research and development budget1 for intramural R&D to meet mission requirements in over 700 government laboratories (including Federally Funded Research and Development Centers). The technology and expertise generated by this endeavor may have application beyond the immediate goals or intent of federally funded R&D. These applications can result from technology transfer, a process by which technology developed in one organization, in one area, or for one purpose is applied in another organization, in another area, or for another purpose. It is a way for the results of the federal R&D enterprise to be used to meet other national needs, including the economic growth that flows from new commercialization in the private sector; the government’s requirements for products and processes to operate effectively and efficiently; and the demand for increased goods and services at the state and local level.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
An online discussion of available or prototype technology that might make the underground mining environment safer will take place from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at three Web sites - http://www.nttc.edu/minesafety or http://www.coalimpoundment.org. The sessions are sponsored by Wheeling Jesuit University's National Technology Transfer Center, one of whose leading figures is Davitt McAteer, a longtime advocate of miner safety who served as head of the federal Mine Safety & Health Administration during the Clinton Administration. "It's time to redouble our efforts to bring this technology to underground miners," said an e-mail Wednesday from the center. The session is geared to manufacturers but also is open to the public, it added.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
NEC Corporation (Nasdaq: NIPNY) announced that it has concluded an agreement with SouthWest NanTechologies, Inc. (SWeNT(TM), note 1), by which it grants SWeNT(TM) a non-exclusive license under basic patents owned by NEC covering the carbon nanotube discovered by Dr. Sumio Iijima, a senior research fellow at NEC, in 1991. SWeNT(TM) manufactures and supplies carbon nanotube materials for a wde variety of aplications worldwide employing its proprietary CoMoCAT(TM) process (note 2) that was invented independently at the University of Oklahoma in the U.S. Anticipating a rapid increase in demand for carbon nanotube materials in a wide variety of fields and applications, SWeNT(TM) has recognized the necessity to acquire a license from NEC under its basic patents in order to expand its business and has signed an agreement with NEC.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Bob Suh, chief technology strategist at Accenture, doesn't believe the U.S. has an innovation problem. "We have an adoption problem in the U.S.," Suh said. Speaking at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, Suh shared Accenture's recent survey of CIOs, which showed that the U.S. is falling behind China and Europe with regard to investing in new technology. "China and some European companies are leapfrogging the U.S. with SOA and Web services," he said. U.S. companies are making safe bets, wrapping and fortifying legacy systems rather than building fresh systems from the ground up. "Nobody gets fired for window dressing a legacy system, but they get fired for technology project failures," Suh explained. U.S. CIOs are more prone to think about 18 to 24 month development ordeals, hundreds of people dedicated to a project and millions of dollars, rather than plowing new ground with SOA and Web services that is ultimately less painful or intrusive.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Registration Deadline for USPTO’s Chicago Regional Independent Inventors Conference July 28-29 at Northwestern University’s School of Law is Extended to 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 27... For more details on the two-day program and to register .
An outstanding roster of speakers and experts from the USPTO and the private sector will participate. They include Dr. Forrest Bird, whose invention of the “Baby Bird” respirator has saved millions of infants’ lives over the years. Dr. Bird was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1996. Product development and marketing is always a popular topic at the independent inventors conferences. Louis Foreman the CEO of Enventys, a product design and manufacturing firm, will cover that important subject in Chicago. Foreman is also the executive producer of “Everyday Edisons”, a new series that begins airing on public broadcasting stations this fall. The program features independent inventors and follows the development, packaging and marketing of their inventions.
Commissioner for Patents John Doll will lead the USPTO contingent attending the conference. Seasoned patent and trademark examiners will be on hand throughout the two days conducting workshops and holding one on one meetings with attendees. Both novice and experienced inventors will find the conference informative and helpful.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Alien Technology, a manufacturer of RFID tags, readers and hardware, is looking to raise in the neighborhood of $88.1 million with an IPO scheduled for July 27, according to Nasdaq's July 24 Web site listing. Alien Technology, based in Morgan Hill, Calif., initially filed for an IPO (initial public offering) with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 13. The company expects to release 9 million shares at about $11 each during its initial offering later the week of July 24.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
EchoStar Communications Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite-TV provider, sued fiber-optic equipment maker Finisar Corp., asking a court to rule it doesn’t infringe a patent for a system to organize satellite-data transmissions. EchoStar, based in Douglas County, claimed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, that Finisar may file its own suit over the patent.