Thursday, March 31, 2005

Colorado refocuses on technology transfer's potential

As seen on denver.bizjournals.com:
"Economic development officials in Colorado are hopeful that 'technology transfer' will create new opportunities in a sector that suffered heavy job losses in recent years because of consolidation and offshoring. But while leaders of technology-transfer initiatives say Colorado's universities have come a long way in recent years, others say the state still has a huge reservoir of untapped potential."

NASA Selects Small Business T2 Phase 2 Projects

As seen on biz.yahoo.com/prnews:
"NASA has selected 27 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research proposals for Phase 2 contract negotiations. The STTR projects total approximately $16 million and directly support NASA's Vision for Space Exploration. The contracts will be awarded to 24 small, high-technology firms in 15 states. The goals of NASA's STTR program are to stimulate technological innovation; increase the use of small business, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, in meeting federal research and development needs; and to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federally-funded research. The STTR program requires a collaborative research effort between small business and research institutions."

Dr. Richmond Wolf to Chair Arrowhead Research Corp's Board

As seen on businesswire.com:
"Arrowhead Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ARWR) (NASDAQ:ARWRW) announced that Dr. Richmond Wolf, Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), has agreed to join Arrowhead as Chairman of the Advisory Board. In addition, Dr. Wolf will serve as a key consultant to the Company, assisting Arrowhead and its subsidiaries with technology development and identifying strategic opportunities. As the Director of the Caltech Office of Technology Transfer, Dr. Wolf is responsible for the management and licensing of the intellectual property developed at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), portfolios [that] include over 2000 issued and pending patents."

Transmeta to re-organise

As seen on theregister.co.uk:
"A near doubling in Transmeta's technology licensing revenue during its fourth quarter proved insufficient to stem the chip maker's losses, it reported Tuesday. And the company held out the prospect of radical changes to its organisation."

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Ericsson, Sendo fight over licensing of patents

As seen on newratings.com:
"Mobile telecommunication network provider Ericsson (ERCB.ETR) filed a legal suit to stop the sale of Sendo mobile phones, claiming that the UK-based handset producer had infringed on the Swedish company's key GSM patents. Ericsson also seeks damages of an undisclosed amount for the damages suffered by it due to the UK company's actions. Kasim Alfalahi, vice-president of patent licensing at the Swedish group said that the company believes that Sendo is using Ericsson's patented technology without signing a licensing agreement. Meanwhile, Sendo has accused Ericsson and other large companies owning telecommunications technology patents of attempting to restrict competition. The UK company has filed a complaint with the European Competition Commission alleging that Ericsson was licensing its patents to third parties on unfair terms."

Dendritic NanoTech Appoints Dow Chem Licensing Mgr to BOD

As seen on mysan.de:
"Dendritic NanoTechnologies Inc. (DNT), a technology company that is a leading developer and provider of advanced dendritic polymers, or 'dendrimers,' has appointed Michael Pirc, a chemical engineer and licensing manager for The Dow Chemical Company, to the company's Board of Directors. Dendrimers are nanostructures with specific, precise and predictable physical properties that make them especially useful for targeting diseases and delivering drugs to fight them."

Monday, March 28, 2005

Einstein's legacy shared with the world

As seen on israel21c.org:
"Israel's Hebrew University is sharing a rare treasure with the rest of the world - the legacy of perhaps mankind's greatest scientist, Albert Einstein. In his will, Einstein left all of his intellectual property, including his literary estate and personal papers, to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. And ever since his death in 1955, the university has taken on the role of the preservers of Einstein's legacy with the utmost seriousness and awareness of its global responsibility."

Cable Modem Case Heads to the Supreme Court

As seen on pcworld.com:
"A group of ISPs this week will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to require broadband cable providers to share their networks with competitors, just as incumbent U.S. telecommunications carriers were required to share their DSL networks during the past five years. U.S. broadband customers would have more choices of providers, and the new competition could drive down prices if the Supreme Court rejects a U.S. Federal Communications Commission attempt to classify cable modem service as an unregulated information service, say the ISPs pushing for cable-sharing rules."

Yahoo! News - Sony Ordered to Halt PlayStation Sales

As seen on news.yahoo.com:
"Sony Corp (news - web sites). (6758.T) said it was ordered by a U.S. court to halt sales of its blockbuster PlayStation consoles in the United States and pay $90 million in damages to a California tech company, Immersion Corp. (Nasdaq:IMMR - news), whose shares jumped more then 5 percent."

Patent Business Methods - Spring 2004 Partnership Meeting

As seen on uspto.gov:
"As part of the March 2000 business method action plan, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces the Spring 2005 business methods customer partnership meeting to be hosted by the director and managers of the Business Methods workgroup. The partnership meeting will be held on Wednesday May 4, 2005, from 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. at the USPTO MADISON AUDITORIUM, Concourse Level, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22313. Members of the public are invited to attend the partnership meeting. The partnership meeting is an opportunity for an informal discussion on topics such as public pair, quality initiatives, determination of statutory subject matter, and other topics specific to business methods. While public attendees will have the opportunity to provide their individual input, group consensus advice will not be sought."

Researchers discover molecule that causes secondary stroke

As seen on eurekalert.org:
"Scientists at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have discovered the cause of a deadly type of secondary stroke known as cerebral vasospasm. A constriction of the blood vessels in the brain, cerebral vasospasm usually occurs three to 10 days following a massive brain bleed known as hemorrhagic stroke. Sixty percent of patients who survive the initial stroke develop vasospasm, and 40 percent of them die from it."

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Staying healthy by dressing smart

As seen on istresults.cordis.lu:
"The Wearable Health Care System (WEALTHY) IST project just completed 30 months of research and development to prototype technologies at the heart of smart fabrics. Smart fabrics incorporate functional fibres and yarns into the weave, allowing researchers to develop many useful sensors for a wide variety of applications. Intelligent use of microelectronics allows scientists and engineers to extract useful data from very simple inputs. For example, the WEALTHY project integrated temperature sensors in the armpit and shoulder of their garment to register core and skin temperature."

Palm/Handspring Creators Venture Into The Brain

As seen on internetnews.com:
"The founders of Palm and Handspring launched a new company Thursday to help unlock the secrets of the brain and apply them to computer science. Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky are spearheading Numenta, along with co-founder Dileep George, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, who will now serve as the principal engineer for the company. The name stems from 'mentis,' the Latin word for 'mind.' The firm said it is dedicated to developing a new type of computer memory system modeled after the human neocortex, the portion of the brain involved in conscious thought, spatial reasoning and sensory perception. But instead of fashioning Numenta as an application developer, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture will focus on the development of software tools and support services, as well as IP licensing."

Friday, March 25, 2005

Pictometry Used in Capture of Atlanta Courthouse Shootings Suspect

As seen on pictometry.com:
"Pictometry International Corp., provider of a patented information system that captures georeferenced, digital aerial oblique and orthogonal images as well as related software, announced today that Gwinnett County, GA Police have confirmed that the company's software and imagery were used by the county's Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit to provide visual information used in the apprehension of suspect Brian G. Nichols in Gwinnett County, GA on Saturday, March 12, 2005."

Thursday, March 24, 2005

New trade rep's challenge

As seen on washingtontimes.com:
"President Bush has laid out a bold agenda for Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, his nominee for U.S. trade representative. The president urged Mr. Portman to 'continue to vigorously enforce the trade laws on the books so that American businesses and workers are competing on a level playing field.' Maybe the president was thinking of Brazil when he said that. It certainly made me think of the country that is flagrantly failing to crack down on intellectual property piracy. Intellectual property piracy has become a major problem for U.S. corporations and jobs. The U.S. Customs Service estimates counterfeiting costs the U.S. more than $200 billion every year and has cost 750,000 U.S. jobs."

GT Equipment Technologies Calls for U.S. Solar Tax Credit

As seen on RenewableEnergyAccess.com:
"GT Equipment Technologies, Inc., the only worldwide company that designs, manufactures and installs turn-key fabrication lines for all three stages of the photovoltaic manufacturing chain, has written to four members of the United States Senate, including the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, urging them to support a renewable energy tax credit of 10% to 15% for residential solar (photovoltaic) in the comprehensive energy legislation pending before Congress."

Solar Cell Substrates on NYSTAR Award List

As seen on RenewableEnergyAccess.com:
"Technology funding programs created to help spur industrial growth in a state are including renewable energy research and development in almost every round of awards. New York State Gov. George Pataki announced the latest $2.7 million in state awards to universities, and New York State University at Albany received $750,000 to partner with Daystar Technologies and develop an optimized substrate template for CIGS solar cell applications."

UNM formalizes three tech transfer relationships

As seen on albuquerque.bizjournals.com:
"The technology transfer arm of the University of New Mexico has signed separate memorandums of agreement with three early-stage investment entities. The agreements, says Lisa Kuuttila, president and CEO of UNM's Science and Technology Corp. (STC), will keep the three funds in the loop regarding new investment opportunities derived from university research."

Intermec rejects claims in Symbol's patent infringement litigation

As seen on manufacturing.net:
"Intermec Technologies Corp. reports that Symbol Technologies recently filed a lawsuit in Delaware alleging that Intermec infringed Symbol's wireless communication patents. Intermec says it believes there is no basis for this lawsuit. Symbol reports that its lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, relates to Intermec's alleged infringement of Symbol's patents covering wireless communications technologies. Symbol also has terminated its supplier relationship with Intermec for laser-scan engines. Symbol supplied Intermec with laser scan engines that Intermec embeds in its barcode scanning equipment. Symbol says it now believes it would be inappropriate to carry on such a commercial relationship with Intermec given the outstanding litigation between the two companies."

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

IP Licensing Policies and RFID

As seen on aimglobal.org:
"There have been assertions that Intermec's licensing policies cannot be considered 'reasonable.' Intermec answers this by insisting some of its policies were mandated by EPCglobal's IP policy. While Symbol Technologies and some industry pundits are claiming that Intermec's policies will adversely affect the growth of the RFID market, there have been an equal number of news releases and articles pointing out the fact that Symbol Technologies had previously exercised control of handheld laser scanning without seriously affecting the growth of the bar code market."

Changes in the Cards for Overseas Phone Calls

As seen on themoscowtimes.com:
"Tear up your calling cards and put your mobile on standby. Making direct international phone calls on your land line may again make financial sense once the shakeup of Russia's longdistance telephone market is complete."

RFID's many uses outpace available funds

As seen on washingtontechnology.com:
"Cars paying electronically as they zip through a toll booth might be just the tip of the iceberg of the many ways state and local governments can use radio frequency identification technology. Systems integrators are developing new RFID solutions not only for transportation, but also to improve business processes associated with public safety, criminal justice and motor vehicle administration."

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Honolulu - Workshop on Licensing

As seem pm pacific.bizjournals.com:
"Technology Development Corp. presents on March 31, 2005 - workshop on intellectual property licensing. Presenters: Lawrence J. Udell, executive director of Intellectual Property International Ltd., and James L. Fergason of Fergason Patent Properties LLC. The workshop will show attendees how IP licensing can be an alternative business model for commercializing technology and media-based properties from Hawaii. Manoa Innovation Center, 2800 Woodlawn Drive, 2nd floor conference room. 10-11:30 a.m. No charge. To register, call 539-3794 or e-mail sandyp@htdc.org by March 29."

Lawsuit Challenges Tax-Free Zones

As seen on GlobeSt.com:
"Two State of Minnesota programs aimed at encouraging business development through a variety of tax breaks, including those on property taxes, have been challenged in court and may be headed for a constitutional challenge. A lawsuit claiming the Minnesota JOBZ program and a similar effort aimed at attracting biosciences companies give unfair competitive advantage to selected companies was filed Friday in Ramsey County District Court on behalf of two Minnesota taxpayers."

Romney Appoints Director of Business & Technology

As seen on Boston.com:
"Gov. Mitt Romney [Massachusetts] promoted Renee M. Fry, a former software executive who's worked for his administration since 2003, to director of the Department of Business and Technology."

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Alien Technology Wins U.S. Gov BPA Award

As seen on SDCExec.com:
"Alien Technology today announced the award of a Blanket purchase agreement (BPA) from the Army Contracting Agency (ACA) Information Technology, E-Commerce and Commercial Contracting Center (ITEC4), for passive radio frequency identification (RFID) electronic product code (EPC) -1 tags. According to the ACA ITEC4, RFID EPC-1 technology will provide standardization and interoperability requirements among all Government users of passive RFID EPC-1 tags and components."

Friday, March 18, 2005

NASA Glenn ExPO Offers Partnership Opportunities

As seen on prnewswire.com:
"NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland will hold the 'Glenn ExPO - An Exploration of Partnership Opportunities' at the Renaissance Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland on April 6, 2005."

PSU professor charged with advancing tech transfer

As seen on portland.bizjournals.com:
"Portland State University has named Dan Hammerstrom associate dean for research in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. Hammerstrom is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, whose research interests include biologically inspired computer engineering, intelligent signal processing, and VLSI (very large scale integration) design."

Life-science research: creating jobs, saving lives

As seen on seattletimes.com:
"In Washington, path-breaking health research could be the cutting edge of job creation and economic growth. If so, investment in the research innovations that will revolutionize health care in the 21st century is also investment in Washington's 21st-century economy."

Thursday, March 17, 2005

AcroMetrix & Ambion Enter Licensing Agreement

As seen on biz.yahoo.com:
"AcroMetrix Corporation has signed an agreement with Ambion Diagnostics, a division of Ambion, Inc. to manufacture Armored RNA-based products and distribute them to in vitro diagnostic laboratories and manufacturers. Under this agreement, Ambion Diagnostics will supply AcroMetrix with custom products based upon Armored RNA technology for further development and incorporation into calibrators, validation panels, proficiency panels and single point controls or standards."

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Lowering the Volume in the Software Patent Debate

As seen on technewsworld.com:
"The debate over software patents is getting quite dramatic. For some, more than just lines of code are at stake. Rather, it is nothing less than freedom itself. As in the apocalyptic 'Lord of the Rings trilogy,' the armies prepare for war. The battle cry from Free Software Foundation Europe sounds: 'Join the Fellowship and protect your freedom!' "

Basque engineering firm to install pioneering solar panel factory

As seen on EiTB24.com:
"Guascor's pioneering 13 million-euro solar panel factory, to be built on the Granada industrial estate in the old mining town of Ortuella just outside Bilbao, should be up and running later this year."

Symbol Sues Intermec Over Wi-Fi Patents

As seen on internetnews.com:
"After licensing talks collapsed, Symbol Technologies and Intermec are trading intellectual property lawsuits related to wireless technology. Symbol filed a patent infringement counter-suit against Intermec in U.S. District Court in Delaware on Thursday. The Holtsville, N.Y., company alleges that Intermec infringes Symbol's patents relating to the Wi-Fi (define) standard."

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Lucent closes US shop, ships jobs to India

As seen on Algorum.com:
"Lucent Technologies has laid off 150 workers in Landover, after the company moved the facility's engineering jobs to Bangalore. According to the company, the engineers in Maryland were developing hardware for telecommunications networks. In recent years, the market for such technology has flattened as companies increasingly use the Internet to transfer voice, video and other information."

Abgenix and Genentech Extend Antibody Tech Licensing Agreement

As seen on prnewswire.com:
"Abgenix, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABGX) announced that Genentech, Inc. (NYSE: DNA) has exercised its option to extend its technology licensing agreement with Abgenix for an additional three years. Under the extended agreement, Genentech will have access to Abgenix's proprietary antibody generation technology. As a condition of exercising the option, Genentech has purchased Abgenix common stock representing less than one percent of Abgenix's outstanding common stock through a private placement subject to future registration. Abgenix may also receive future milestone payments and fees as antibody programs advance through the collaboration, as well as future royalties on any products that may be successfully commercialized by Genentech."

Sunday, March 13, 2005

West Texas Nanotechnology Forum

As seen on emediawire.com:
"The Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property of the Texas Tech University System, along with Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, Texas Tech University College of Engineering, Lubbock Regional BioScience Initiative, Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute and Technopolis Xchange, will host a nanotechnology forum in April to showcase the region's most promising available technologies for commercialization."

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Current Developments in Open Source - symposium

As seen on piercelaw.edu:
Law and Technology: Current Developments in the Open Source & Free Software Movements Saturday March 26, 2005 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Franklin Pierce Law Center 2 White Street, Concord, NH

Friday, March 11, 2005

$91.3 million in grant funding

As seen on tisp.org:
"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced $91.3 million in grant funding to protect and secure areas surrounding critical infrastructure and key resource sites such as chemical facilities, dams, and nuclear plants across the country. The Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP) provides targeted funding through states to local jurisdictions to purchase equipment that will extend the zone of protection beyond the gates of these critical facilities."

Stents take center stage

As seen on redherring.com:
"Medtronic shares rose Monday on news the company will likely become a worthy contender in the drug-delivering stent market. The Minneapolis-based cardiac device company announced positive results in its 1,200-patient stent study at the annual American College of Cardiology conference in Orlando, Florida. Patients who had Medtronic's stent experienced 50 percent less cardiac events, according to the company's findings."

Data is valuable

As seen on redherring.com:
"Data is valuable; data attached to the name of a star athlete is marketable. At least that's what the Major League Baseball Players Association realized before it licensed the rights to player names for use in fantasy baseball games for a bit more than $10 million per year."

VC funding for Nano-Tex

As seen on redherring.com:
"Nano-Tex has closed its first official round of funding, the company announced Tuesday, bringing its total venture investment to $40 million. Though the company had been profitable for two consecutive years, CEO Donn Tice and his team decided last fall to make new investments that would expand the company's footprint worldwide. Between summer 2004 and spring 2005, Nano-Tex will have quadrupled its R&D staff and doubled its investment in sales and marketing, and is also increasing revenues in Europe and Asia."

Thursday, March 10, 2005

AI for your email

As seen on redherring.com:
"Microsoft has not given up on artificial intelligence-adaptive software that attempts to mimic the working of the human mind. In fact the company's 14-person Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group is working on a number of prototypes, including one that will go through your email and decide which messages are important enough to forward to you via mobile phone. The program is part of a larger project developing software that analyzes incoming messages, weighs their relative importance against what the recipient is doing at any given moment, then makes a decision whether to pass them along immediately or wait until a better time."

New Midwest AeA chair looks to boost corridor

As seen on suntimes.com:
"Marty Singer, 53, CEO of Chicago based PCTEL, the Nasdaq-traded maker of software, antennas and test equipment for mobile service providers is adding responsibilities. Singer is the new chairman of the recently reopened Midwest Council of the American Electronics Association, one of the nation's top technology advocacy groups. A seasoned entrepreneur and communications industry veteran with a history of revitalizing tech companies, Singer is the first new chairman of the Midwest Council since it reopened in November. At AeA, Singer aims to turn around the once-prosperous I-88 tech corridor and help smaller tech companies get relief from costly Sarbanes-Oxley compliance."

Colorado's Chinese Connection

As seen on msnbc.msn.com:
"Despite the legal and financial uncertainties of doing business in China, its importance to Colorado as a trading partner has jumped immensely in the past decade."

Hain helps small business owners reach their dreams

As seen on timescommunity.com:
"For Beth Hain, her position as executive director of the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center puts her life and work experience to good use."

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Outsourcing's bad math...

As seen on redherring.com:
"Outsourcing might not be the cost-saving, headache-lifting miracle it's been made out to be. Gartner announced this week that outsourced customer service operations cost 30 percent more than the top quartile of in-house customer service operations. The worldwide market for customer service outsourcing should grow about 45 percent from 2004 to 2007, reaching $12.2 billion, but customer defections and hidden costs like in-house backup support often outweigh the potential savings of 25 to 30 percent, says the research firm."

IP Workshops Underway

As seen on sundaytimes.co.za:
"The Intellectual Property Action Group (Ipact) is conducting a country-wide series of training workshops for prosecutors, with the first of the training sessions getting under way in Polokwane on Monday and Nelspruit on Tuesday. Ipact is supported by the US Embassy, Microsoft South Africa and other industry bodies."

Humboldt State has huge impact

As seen on The Eureka Reporter:
"Humboldt State University's impact on the North Coast economy is conservatively estimated at $216.3 million annually in a new analysis by HSU's Office of the President, in collaboration with the university's Department of Economics and an Arcata think tank."

Moving Jobs Back to U.S.

As seen on hattiesburgamerican.com:
"The BearingPoint Inc. software development center slated to open in Hattiesburg in the spring will be the first such center the global company has opened in the United States. University of Southern Mississippi officials who worked in recruiting the company to Hattiesburg say the company's move may be part of a trend of software development companies moving jobs back to American soil and they have plans for Southern Miss to capitalize on it. Based in McLean, Va., the business consulting company will create 275 new software development jobs during the next three years."

Solar Energy's Time to SHINE

As seen on RenewableEnergyAccess.com :
"Industry is rarely stagnant, though sometimes it moves much slower than some people would like. The solar photovoltaic industry in the United States has lagged behind the German and Japanese markets for a few years now, and the Solar Catalyst Group business consortium of Co-op America and the research group Clean Edge have come up with a plan to make U.S. solar shine again."

Konarka Secures NSF Grant to Boost Performance of Power Plastic

As seen on RenewableEnergyAccess.com:
"Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in developing and commercializing power plastics that convert light to energy, today announced it was awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will help fund Konarka's efforts to increase the performance of its light-activated power plastic."

Agriculture Grants Support Bioenergy Plans

As seen on RenewableEnergyAccess.com:
"Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced the availability of $14.3 million in grants that will support the development of value-added agriculture business ventures and support President Bush's energy plan to develop alternative sources of renewable energy."

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Dust Networks Expands SmartMesh Spectrum Support

As seen on smalltimes.com:
"Dust Networks, a Berkeley, Calif., provider of enterprise-class low-power wireless mesh networking systems, announced the addition of IEEE 802.15.4 compliant radio hardware to its SmartMesh wireless sensor networking product line."

New Members Appointed to Patent & TM Advisory Committees

As seen on uspto.gov:
"Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez has appointed three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and an equal number to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Members will serve three-year terms. The boards advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the management of patent and trademark operations. The new members will participate in their first meeting of the TPAC on March 1, and the PPAC on April 18 at USPTO's headquarters in Alexandria, Va."

Techies make war safer for soldiers

As seen on BostonHerald.com:
"Fifteen teams from MIT and West Point recently showed prototypes of devices that would recharge batteries with every step, cool off or heat body armor and allow soldiers to carry wounded comrades while keeping their hands free for firing weapons. The students were vying for a share of a $16,000 prize in the Soldier Design Competition sponsored by MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology."

Monday, March 07, 2005

Winemakers Toast Governor's Support

As seen on southernillinoisan.com:
"Winemakers and vintners around the state are raising their glasses to toast Gov. Rod Blagojevich's continued support for their ever-growing industry. In recent months, the governor has voiced that support in his State of the State address as well as during his two-day swing through Southern Illinois earlier this year. In addition to his promise of continued financial support to help with the more technical aspects of the business, Blagojevich vowed to raise awareness of the industry and earmarked more than $140,000 for a publicity blitz aimed at increasing the industry's allure to tourists. He has promised to serve Illinois wines at state functions as well as proclaim September as wine month in the state."

Making Scientists Gain from Their Creations

As seen on ABS-CBNNEWS.COM:
"Gone are the days when Filipino scientists and researchers engage only in research and development (R&D); when they are not conscious of the business aspects of their projects. With the advent of modern agricultural biotechnology, where organisms are altered or improved to make them suit the modern man's needs, and with the borderless trade, government researchers and scientists are now becoming conscious of protecting their intellectual creation so that they and their respective agencies could take full advantage of their intellectual property (IP) - especially commercially."

Berridge Confident Of Evolving Work Force

As seen on theledger.com:
"Randy Berridge's chief objective hasn't changed since he became president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council in 1996: Bring high-tech businesses and jobs to Central Florida and raise the area's profile as a research center. The FHTCC, now in its ninth year, has generated more than $120 million in applied research within such targeted industries as aviation and aerospace, information technology, medical technologies, microelectronics, optics and simulation. The group also partners with local economic development agencies and supports educational initiatives geared toward building a tech-savvy work force within the corridor - the 23-county region along Interstate 4 stretching from Orlando through Tampa to the Space Coast."

IIMB centre works on international curriculum

As seen on rediff.com:
The N S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning will develop a curriculum on technology transfer aimed at entrepreneurs by the end-March 2006. According to Mathew J Manimala, the chairperson of NSRCEL, this curriculum is being developed jointly by the centre and universities in Italy, UK and Nepal, for submission to the European Union.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Hot New Drama: Nerds Getting Nasty

As seen on fortune.com:
New reality TV show will pit inventors against one another.

Manilla DoST Secretary Proposes T2 Law

As seen on the Manila Bulletin:
Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Secretary Estrella Alabastro yesterday proposed the enactment of a comprehensive technology transfer law by the government during the 72nd Annual Meet of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) held at the Manila Hotel.

Konarka Secures NSF Grant to Boost Performance of Power Plastic

As seen on tmcnet.com:
... dye-sensitized solar cell technology, including generating more electrical current ... Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. ' The Konarka technology promises good ...

Saturday, March 05, 2005

2004 good year for E-Gov Act implementation

As seen on gcn.com: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is analyzing how to more effectively use technology to enhance crisis management. In a report due Sept. 30, OMB will look at R&D opportunities and how entities can transfer the technology to operational systems. [More...]

NIST Software To Guide Federal 'Buy Green' Drive

As seen on sciencedaily.com: A National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) analysis and decision-making software program will play a key role in selection of biobased products that qualify for a major federal - green - preferential purchase program, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules published in the Federal Register that became effective Feb. 10. [More...]

Maine a Finalist for National Business Award

As seen on mainetoday.com: The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and the Maine Small Business & Technology Development Centers (SBTDC) have been selected as finalists for a United States Small Business Administration (SBA) - best practices - award for the organizations - joint efforts in supporting Maine technology businesses. [More...]

Friday, March 04, 2005

Swiftly Expanding U.S.-China Economic Relations Stir Debate

As seen on allamericanpatriots.com: "'Intellectual property is the problem,' said a U.S. trade official, who asked not to be identified. 'The degree of piracy in China right now ... is so mammoth it will, if not checked, alter the landscape for innovation, alter the way we do business as an economy. So it has to change.' He said China's central government leadership now clearly understands the importance of protecting patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights (IPR). 'Not because they're trying to protect the U.S. film industry or U.S. companies,' he said. 'They realize that for China to become a modern, mature economy they have to have robust protection of intellectual property rights. So they get it -- for purely selfish Chinese reasons.' The problem, however, is that IPR protection is enforced not by the central government but by provincial and municipal governments, he said. Although Shanghai is widely regarded as a leader in IPR enforcement, he added, other provincial and local governments do little or nothing." [More...]

Chattanooga T2 Program Begins March 16

As seen on chattanoogan.com: Chattanooga Technology Council is starting a Technology Transfer Program which will bring new ideas and cutting edge technolgies to the Chattanooga area. A representative from Oak Ridge National Lab will speak at quarterly meetings that will focus on innovative technologies evolving from ORNL's subgroups. The Technology Transfer Program will kick off on March 16 with Dr. Terry Payne presenting 'Looking at Nature with New Eyes: Building the Outstanding 21st Century Laboratory' at the Chattanooga Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. [More...]

Wisconsin Technology award - nominees invited

As seen on duluthsuperior.com: Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has called for nominations for the 2005 Small Business Technology Transfer award. The award, established last year, recognizes and rewards small businesses that show outstanding achievement in moving technological innovation from an idea to a reality. The award will be presented in June during the Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Conference in Milwaukee by the governor. A panel of technology and business experts from around the state will pick a winner, who will get a plaque and $5,000. Applicants must own a small business operating in Wisconsin and be selling a product based on the technological innovation. The technology can be developed out of state. Applicants must clearly describe the technology transfer experience. Nominations must be postmarked by or received via e-mail on March 21. Copies of the nomination package can be found at www.cttinc.org. Contact Preston Schutt at (608) 661-4080 or e-mail pschutt@cttinc.org with questions. The award is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and Center for Technology Transfer.

NTTC Finds Niches for Growth

As seen on wvnstv.com: The National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) considers itself a full-service technology management center. Its mission is to help private-sector businesses commercialize federal technologies, providing them with, among other things, access to federal technology information as well as knowledge management, digital learning services and technology assessment. Those partnerships give taxpayers a bigger bang for their research dollars, program managers say. [More...]

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Procter & Gamble once kept R&D close to the vest.

As seen on LexisNexis, a proprietary database and aggregator: [BYLINE By Kenneth Klee; This article originally appeared in Corporate Dealmaker, which is primarily owned by ALM, the parent company of IP Law & Business.] "Procter & Gamble Company, maker of Tide, Pampers, and many other consumer products, has $50 billion in sales, nearly 300 brands, a presence in 160 countries and-until recently-a culture that was deeply skeptical of ideas that originated outside the company. 'We invented 'not invented here,' ' jokes Jeffrey Weedman, vice president for external business development and global licensing at the 167-year-old company. Those days are over. In recent years Cincinnati-based P&G has taken an approach to intellectual property management that tears down the walls of that fortress mentality. Often described as 'open innovation,' P&G's strategy is now taking hold at a number of leading companies."

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Statement on Union Budget

As seen on businesswireindia.com: Overall the Union budget for 2005-06 appears very positive. The corporate income tax reduction, zero customs duty on items bound under the Information Technology Agreement and removal of customs duty on specified capital goods are welcome moves. The budget proposals have given a much-needed boost to the hardware industry. The proposal for abolition of customs duties will result in the availability of cheaper hardware, as lower costs are passed on to the end user. [More...]

Areva, Westinghouse Chase China Nuclear Deals

As seen on Bloomberg.com: Westinghouse Electric Co., whose designs run half the world's nuclear reactors, is counting on U.S. government help to unseat France's Areva SA as the leader in China's nuclear-power market. Westinghouse, previously shut out of the market by a U.S. export ban, is now vying with Areva for an $8 billion contract to build four Chinese reactors. For Westinghouse, the U.S. unit of state-owned British Nuclear Fuels Plc, the pending Chinese contract is the first opportunity to sell nuclear hardware to China since the U.S. lifted a ban on such exports in 1998. [More...]

Money for virtual reality project

As seen on NorthernLife.ca : Laurentian University's mining innovation branch received $1.7 million from MPP Rick Bartolucci Monday to improve and create virtual reality facilities. The money, which comes from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, will allow the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), to improve virtual reality technology in Red Lake and Sudbury, and provide a mobile facility for other centres. [More...]

Boost to denim garment sector

As seen on Cape Business News: Wesgro, the Western Cape Trade and Investment Promotion Agency announced the news of a R5 million investment that will have a positive impact on the Western Cape's Clothing, Textile and Manufacturing Sector. [More...]

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Health Sciences Group Acquires Open Cell Biotechnologies, Inc. from UTEK

As seen on businesswire.com: Health Sciences Group, Inc. (OTCBB:HESG), an integrated provider of science-based products and ingredients to customers in the nutrition, skin care, food and beverage industries, and UTEK Corporation (AMEX:UTK), a leading technology transfer company, announced that Health Sciences Group has acquired Open Cell Biotechnologies, Inc. ('OCBI'), a wholly-owned subsidiary of UTEK Corporation, in a stock transaction. [More...]

U.S. BioDefense Launches First Patent Search Engine to Model Google Strategy

As seen on primezone.com: U.S. BioDefense (OTCBB:UBDE) has announced the launch of T2X.us. A search engine that findes intellectual property and models the successful business model functionality of search engines like Google (Nasdaq:GOOG), Yahoo (Nasdaq:YHOO), and LookSmart (Nasdaq:LOOK). U.S. BioDefense staff currently uses the search engine to accelerate the identification of stem cell and biodefense intellectual property acquisition programs. Programmers are now updating its T2X search engine for more robustness in preparation for a commercial version launch. [More...]

Patent dispute settlement to benefit University of Rochester

As seen on wstm.com: A patent dispute settlement between two major pharmaceutical companies will lead to 'substantial' royalty payments for the University of Rochester. Merck and Company and GlaxoSmithKline say they have settled their disputes over patents in connection with vaccines that could prevent cervical cancer. The settlement could speed up the development of the vaccines for the human papillomavirus, an infection that causes most cervical cancer. [More...]

NDSU Research Office Hires Communications Coordinator

As seen on in-forum.com: Carol Renner has been named communications coordinator for the Vice President for Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer at North Dakota State University. Renner develops communication strategies that highlight scientific research and technology initiatives at NDSU, serving as liaison to local, state and national media. [More...]