Saturday, April 30, 2005

DOJ, Court TV, Film & Television Industries Present Anti-IP Theft Program

As seen on i-newswire.com:
"Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today joined Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan to discuss the importance of protecting intellectual property ( IP ) with over 120 Los Angeles-area high school students during the filming of Activate Your Mind: Protect Your Ideas, a movie and television IP theft-prevention program sponsored by Court TV and the Motion Picture Association of America ( MPAA ), in cooperation with the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Screen Actors Guild. The Attorney General spoke on the importance of promoting creativity in America, protecting creative works from theft, and the impact of stealing the creative works of others."

World Bank loan aids agriculture

As seen on news.xinhuanet.com:
"The World Bank has approved a loan of US$100 million to help China improve the efficiency and speed of its agriculture industry's technological development, the bank announced on Friday. The Agricultural Technology Transfer Project is aimed at developing and testing innovative models of agricultural technology to generate additional farm income."

IP licensing activity up at FL universities

As seen on tampabay.bizjournals.com:
"Patents issued to Florida's university system are up 7 percent from 2003 to 2004, a survey conducted by the Technology Transfer Office at Florida State University. The survey looked at patents issued by 12 Florida universities and their economic impact. Results are scheduled to be released at the 2nd Annual Florida Tech Transfer Conference, May 18-19, in Orlando at the Hilton Walt Disney World."

Friday, April 29, 2005

Committee Print Regarding Patent Quality Improvement

As seen on uspto.gov:
Statement before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Immersion and Radica sign licensing deal

As seen gamesindustry.biz:
"Touch feedback technology developer Immersion Corporation has agreed [to] a patent licensing deal with the US and UK subsidiaries of peripheral manufacturer Radica. The deal includes 'rights to advanced vibro-tactile, spinning mass gaming technologies', and will see Radica's Gamester brand touch feedback products for PS1, PS2, Xbox and GameCube bearing Immersion's Feel The Game TouchSense Technology logo."

PatentCafe Adds Patent Portfolio Management Tool

As seen on emediawire.com:
"PatentCafe has introduced ICO - Portfolio Manager, the add-on module for the company's ICO - Suite of patent research and intellectual property management solutions for enterprise - www.IAMcafe.com."

Chinas 3G Standard Blooms

As seen on redherring.com :
"Most industry watchers speculate that barring any disasters with the ongoing trials, China's State Council will issue 3G licenses, including at least one specifically for TD-SCDMA, no later than early 2006. But for Spreadtrum and the other 15 companies that make up the TD-SCDMA Industry Association (TDIA), the announcement couldn't come too early."

ASE and FlipChip Sign Licensing Agreement

As seen on tmcnet.com:
"Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) (TAIEX: 2311) (NYSE: ASX), the world's largest semiconductor packaging and test company, and FlipChip International, LLC (FCI), the global leader in flip chip bumping and wafer level packaging technology, today announced they have signed an expanded technology licensing agreement. Under the agreement, ASE will expand its manufacturing capabilities through the worldwide implementation of FCI's wafer bumping technology and UltraCSP(TM) wafer level packaging technology."

TRC sets landmark for telecommunications users

As seen on ameinfo.com:
"For the first time in Jordan, and starting today, all operators will be able to provide fixed voice services, including international services, to customers throughout Jordan. The announcement was made by TRC and comes as a result of the TRC's fixed services liberalization initiative. The TRC's action will enable 26 existing telecommunications licensees to provide a broad range of telecommunications services, including domestic and international fixed voice services."

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

ND Governor signs renewable energy legislative package

As seen on caprep.com:
"Gov. John Hoeven signed a comprehensive legislative package last Friday designed to accelerate production of wind energy and biofuels, as well as to enhance the transmission infrastructure necessary to get both renewable and conventional energy to market. The plan also builds on the Governor's Counter-cyclical Ethanol Production Incentive, passed last legislative session, by making $4.6 million available for new and existing plants in the next biennium."

The Lowdown on Patent Shakedowns

As seen on fool.com
"The rise of the patent terrorists A new term has been showing up more lately: patent terrorism. The harsh term refers to a legal entity that owns a patent or patents but neither develops products based on them or even retains the original inventor(s). Often, these organizations purchased the patents or swallowed companies that were going under to acquire the ideas, which is called patent trolling. These companies then scour the marketplace for other companies that may be doing business in areas related to the owned patents, and follow through with litigation to demand payment of license fees or royalties, or both."

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Technopark looks to the future

As seen on swissinfo.org:
"The head of Zurich's technology park says the future of the Swiss economy lies in the creation of new and innovative companies. Lesley Spiegel told swissinfo that promoting start-ups and developing groundbreaking technologies was also essential for preventing a brain drain from Switzerland."

Monday, April 25, 2005

Study shows funding for Oklahoma Arts Council stimulates state's economy

As seen on paulsvalleydailydemocrat.com:
"Economic activity from public funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council has stimulated an average of $270.2 million a year for the State of Oklahoma, according to an economic impact study by the Center for Economic and Business Development at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in Weatherford. The report analyzed employment, output, income, tax and population impacts covering a seven-year period through 2010. The report represents the combined economic impacts of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the arts events supported by the Council, and the non-profit organizations receiving support from the agency."

AI's Next Brain Wave

As seen on informationweek.com:
"A new generation of researchers hopes to rekindle interest in AI. Faster and cheaper computer processing power, memory, and storage, and the rise of statistical techniques for analyzing speech, handwriting, and the structure of written texts, are helping spur new developments, as is the willingness of today's practitioners to trade perfection for practical solutions to everyday problems. Researchers are building AI-inspired user interfaces, systems that can perform calculations or suggest passages of text in anticipation of what users will need, and software that tries to mirror people's memories to help them find information amid digital clutter. Much of the research employs Bayesian statistics, a branch of mathematics that tries to factor in common beliefs and discount surprising results in the face of contrary historical knowledge. Some of the new AI research also falls into an emerging niche of computer science: the intersection of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction."

Honeywell Signs Licensing, Distribution and Development Agreement For Specialty Films With Sigdopack

As seen on i-Newswire.com:
"Under terms of the deal, Honeywell has licensed its Capran- Medallion(TM) and OxyShield(R) film technology and trademarks to Sigdopack for Central and South America. Capran(R) Medallion(TM) and OxyShield(R) are biaxially oriented nylon 6 films, commonly known as biaxially oriented polyamide, or BOPA. Sigdopack also becomes the exclusive distributor in Central and South America of Honeywell's BOPA products. Capran(R) Medallion(TM) is used in the packaging of goods ranging from processed meats and cheeses to pet foods to liquid cleaners. OxyShield(R) is an oxygen barrier film used in applications including packaging oxygen-sensitive, shelf-stable foods for human consumption or pet foods that need packaging that is resistant to odors, aromas, oils and greases."

RFP: License Plate Reader-Based Travel-Time Data Collection Concept Test

As seen on itsa.org:
"The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is seeking the services of a ualified firm to conduct a License Plate Reader-Based Travel-Time Data Collection Concept Test in the Honolulu area (Island of Oahu). The Contractor shall be responsible for providing HDOT with processed data (real-time segment travel imes from a Contractor provided Travel-Time Processor) via a standardized and documented interface. Sealed Proposals will be received at the Contracts Office, quDepartment of Transportation, 869 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, until 4:30 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time (HST), on May 18, 2005."

Sunday, April 24, 2005

PSU data fusion software is brain for new chemical weapon sensor

As seen on physorg.com:
"By combining three different chemical vapor detectors with data fusion software developed at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), researchers have developed a prototype system to reduce the number of false alarms from trace chemical weapon sensors. "

Flexpoint Sensor Systems Completes Private Placement

As seen on tmcnet.com:
"Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:FLXT) a supplier of proprietary sensor technology for automotive, medical, and industrial industries, announced today it has completed its recently announced private placement."

USDA APPOINTS SCOT BLEHM TO HEAD RURAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN NEBRASKA

As seen on i-newswire:
"Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the appointment of Scot Blehm as the Nebraska State Director for USDA Rural Development. 'Scot Blehm brings to the Bush Administration team a grassroots understanding of the community and economic development needs of rural Nebraska,' said Johanns. 'His background in agriculture and rural issues will serve the residents of Nebraska well.' "

Saturday, April 23, 2005

NIST Forum on Urban Search & Rescue Robot Performance Standards

As seen on nist.gov:
On May 13, 2005, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security are sponsoring a public forum on urban search and resue robot performance standards for robot and accessory vendors, emergency responders, researchers, program managers, technology developers.

New Gas Sensors Patterned With Conducting Polymer

As seen on sciencedaily.com:
"An improved method for depositing nanoporous, conducting polymer films on miniaturized device features has been demonstrated by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Described in the April 6 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the method may be useful as a general technique for reproducibly fabricating microdevices such as sensors for detecting toxic chemicals. Unlike most polymers, conducting polymers have the electrical and optical properties of metals or semiconductors. These materials are of increasing interest in microelectronics because they are inexpensive, flexible and easy to synthesize."

Bright future ahead for solar energy

As seen on nj.com:
"Buoyed by help from New Jersey regulators and a favorable business climate,solar energy has become an emerging energy market, officials and solar installers said Thursday. Long considered a noncommercially viable specialty source of electricity, the state Board of Public Utilities recently announced it will require 20 percent of the state's power to come from renewable resources by 2020. "

Friday, April 22, 2005

Specialist staff in demand as firms seek expert advisers

As seen on yomiuri.co.jp:
"The environment surrounding Japanese companies is changing drastically as they find themselves faced with the possibilities of sudden merger and acquisition challenges, conflicts involving patents or assorted scandals. To protect themselves, many companies have started to strengthen their capabilities in judicial, accounting and intellectual property fields by contributing financially to employees studying for qualifications in these areas, or by hiring people with such qualifications."

Electronic textiles to help battlefield medics

As seen on The United States Army Home Page:
"Medics on the not-so-distant battlefield may get assistance with the triage of injured Soldiers from a new system called Warfighter Physiological Status Monitoring. WPSM allows remote triage of injured Soldiers using leading-edge technology, like electronic textiles. 'The medic will remotely know who's been injured and who he should go to first versus what we do now (which) is have the medic run to and find an injured Soldier, not knowing if another individual is in worse shape just 20 yards to the left,' said Col. Beau Freund of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass. "

NASA technology could help bring new jobs to NE Ohio

As seen on cleveland.com:
"Technology developed and researched at the NASA Glenn Research Center will be a building block for a new company that could bring high-technology manufacturing jobs to Ohio. H&P SmartPower, an 'embryonic' company introduced at The City Club of Cleveland Wednesday, plans to use Stirling engine technology -- which NASA has used in space exploration -- as part of its remote energy generation units. These long-lasting, no-maintenance energy sources could be used, for example, to power a cell phone tower in a remote location. Stirling engines convert external heat into mechanical power."

Tedco, Tech Council form tech-transfer partnership

As seen on baltimore.bizjournals.com:
"The nonprofit Tech Council of Maryland and the Maryland Technology Development Corp. (Tedco), an arm of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, will combine federal procurement programs for the first time on June 9 with a showcase at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology. The program will focus on bio- and nanotechnologies."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Photovoltaic technology a multibillion-dollar market worldwide

As seen on allamericanpatriots.com:
"Energy issues are critical to earth's environment. For Earth Day 2005 - April 22 - the Washington File is featuring a series of articles on renewable energy, an increasingly hopeful element in future energy calculations. Washington -- Turning sunlight into energy - solar energy - has been a dream of inventors at least since 1861, when the first sun-powered motor was patented in France. Today, innovation, investment and technology advances have produced solar technologies that generate power and reduce stress on a critical electricity infrastructure. Three of the most important solar-energy technologies are solar thermal, solar-power concentration, and photovoltaics."

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Sensors Detect Speech Without Sound

As seen on abcnews.go.com:
"For years, scientists at the U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, have been investigating ways to improve radio communications among troopers in noisy environments such as inside a rumbling tank or clattering helicopter. Under its Advanced Speech Encoding project, DARPA hopes the answer may lie in refinement of so-called 'non-acoustic sensors,' experimental devices that can pick up a person's voice without a single syllable shouted, spoken or otherwise uttered. One such device, the Tuned Electromagnetic Resonance Collar or TERC, being developed by a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts uses a unique approach to creating speech from an unspoken voice."

Knox group licenses device to enhance renewable energy

As seen on knoxnews.com:
"A device to improve the reliability and efficiency of electricity generated by the sun, the wind and other enewable sources has been licensed to a Knoxville organization that hopes to commercialize it. The Knoxville-based Power Electronics & Magnetics Designers Association, or PEMDA, signed a license agreement Monday with Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, associated with Virginia Polytechnic Institute, to continue development of an electric power conversion inverter."

VC Funding: Good News and Bad News

As seen on bio-itworld.com:
"On the surface, things look promising. Last year, U.S. biotech companies received about $3.98 billion in venture funding - the most since 2000, when $4.17 billion was invested. The 2004 total was about $500 million more than in 2003, and $800 million more than in 2002. All of these numbers come from the MoneyTree Survey conducted annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thomson Venture Economics, and the National Venture Capital Association. The number of deals also climbed back to 2000 levels (325 deals in 2004 vs. 326 in 2000), and the amount invested per deal grew ($12.3 million in 2004 compared to $12.8 million in 2000). What the numbers don't show is that venture capitalists (VCs) weren't as eager to fund basic research or early stage development, the kind of work that is done primarily in young, academic spinoff companies. When money was flowing in the dotcom boom days, these fledgling companies had a far easier time getting funded."

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

GNO Inc. gives Tulane $10K to develop cardiac device

As seen on bizneworleans.com:
"Greater New Orleans, Inc. has granted $10,000 from the organization's Proof of Concept fund to Tulane University School of Medicine to produce and test a steerable oximetric catheter that will accurately place pacemaker leads in a patient's coronary sinus."

White-collar jobs grab MDB's focus

As seen on msnbc.msn.com:
"Birmingham's shift from its blue-collar manufacturing roots to white-collar promise in banking and professional services has not gone unnoticed by officials with the Metropolitan Development Board, and their newest hire reflects their new goal. Michael Shattuck took the reins one week ago as MDB's director of business development, a position created specifically to target white-collar recruitment and retention in the seven-county metro area."

Acacia Tech Licenses Multi-Dimensional Bar Code Technologies

As seen on advancedimagingpro.com:
"Acacia Research Corporation announced today that VData, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that is part of the Acacia Technologies group, a leader in technology licensing, has entered into a license with Nokia Corporation covering a portfolio of patents that apply to certain multi-dimensional bar codes."

Monday, April 18, 2005

Inspectors seize tons of counterfeit food

As seen on iol.co.za: "Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape have become South Africa's counterfeit capitals, where even staple food items, such as rice, baked beans, maize and masala, are being peddled on street corners and at flea markets under false labels, according to government officials and the police. Inspectors from the department of trade and industry (DTI) have caught scores of individuals while uncovering more than 250 cases of fake products since they began operating under the Counterfeit Goods Act about a year ago, according to Lana van Zyl, a director in charge of company and intellectual property investigations at the department."

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Success of state's bioscience effort will depend on leadership

As seen on ljworld.com:
"A large dinner gathering in Kansas City, arranged by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, attracted hundreds of civic leaders, educators, researchers, lawmakers, entrepreneurs and others last week to discuss how the greater Kansas City area can be more effective, taking advantage of its many assets -- primarily the Stowers Institute and the Kansas University Medical Center -- to attract more bioscience activity. 'Biosciences,' in layman's language, is anything that has to do with making food for humans and animals safer, providing better health care for humans and animals and ensuring a cleaner and better environment and a better quality of life for one and all. It seems as if every state in the nation, as well as most economic development bodies, are targeting biosciences as a means of attracting bright young people to a given area and reaping the economic benefits of research and development."

Injunction against Microsoft's upcoming operating system

grabageek.net:
"This injunction could be serious for Microsoft, in connection with a patent infringement case, preventing the software maker from using a networking feature in Longhorn. Alacritech argues that Microsoft's software violates two of its patents relating to scalable networking, US Patent No. 6,427,171 and US Patent No. 6,987,868, both entitled Protocol Processing Stack for use with Intelligent Network Interface Device. The injunction claims that in 1997 Alacritech invented network interface software to speed up data flows across networks. In 1998 it approached Microsoft to see whether the software giant would be interested in licensing the technology."

Claim to End 99% of Illegal Trading

As seen on slyck.com:
"A Finnish based company called Viralg is predicting the end of unauthorised file sharing. The company claims their patented "overwrite" technology can mix files on a P2P network, corrupting downloads and rendering them worthless to play."

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Event brings together researchers, students, engineers

As seen on shreveporttimes.com:
"About 170 researchers from north Louisiana colleges and universities gathered Thursday in Shreveport for what amounted to a science fair for professionals. They presented findings on everything from Alzheimer's disease to gadgets that help disabled people communicate. Some summarized their findings with posters, while others offered talks and multimedia presentations."

Pormetheus Group receives UNH grant

As seen on seacoastonline.com:
"The Industrial Research Center at the University of New Hampshire in Durham has provided a grant to a Dover company that has developed an innovative wound-healing treatment. NHIRC is granting $30,426 to The Prometheus Group, a small medical device company in Dover. As part of the grant agreement, the company will provide a cash match of $15,926 and an in-kind match of $14,500."

Friday, April 15, 2005

Via Licensing Announces Availability of Joint Patent License for IEEE 802.11 Standard

As seen on businesswire.com:
"Via Licensing Corporation is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a joint patent license for patents that are essential for implementation of the IEEE 802.11 family of standards as defined in the patent license agreement. The joint patent license contains a provision that waives royalties for practice of the IEEE 802.11 Standard for the period prior to December 31, 2004 for companies who become licensees on or before June 17, 2005."

Taiwan Seeks To Increase Penalties For T2

As seen on informationweek.com:
"Citing national security and the public interest as reasons for acting, the executive branch of Taiwan's government is seeking to tighten the rules that are intended to control technology transfers off the island, a move that is believed to be targeted at China. Taiwan's Cabinet approved changes this week in a draft law that would increase penalties for the transfer of 'sensitive technology', which includes semiconductor and LCD manufacturing processes, as well as biotechnology and aerospace, among others. Fines levied against companies or individual violators could run as high as $950,000, a three-fold increase. Jail time would be as long as seven years, and more than 10 years for repeat offenders."

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Is Microsoft Downsizing the Tablet PC?

As seen on eweek.com:
"First it was the slate. Then it was the PC-Tablet convertible. Now it's a mini-Tablet that can do everything that a traditional Tablet PC can do, plus store electronic books, that could end up as the new gadget on which Microsoft is betting to further Tablet PC momentum. A prototype of a new device - described by sources as a type of hybrid Tablet PC/eBook - as been making its way around the Microsoft Corp. Redmond campus, according to sources. The mini-Tablet, which measures about six inches by eight inches and features a digitizer, is just one of a number of new Tablet form factors expected to debut in the coming months."

UC tops annual list of universities receiving U.S. patents

As seen on berkeley.com:
"For the 11th consecutive year, the University of California is the leader among the nation's universities in developing new patents, according to a new report by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The report presents a preliminary list of the U.S. universities receiving the most patents for invention (i.e., utility patents) during the 2004 calendar year. Last year, UC recorded a total of 424 patents. The final list is expected in December 2005."

Missouri schools stress ideas, income

As seen on kansascity.com:
"Lagging efforts to transform academic discoveries into economy-boosting breakthroughs are receiving special attention by Missouri officials. University of Missouri technology-transfer specialists have become more aggressive in seeking patents and licensing income, and they are talking about starting an investment fund to back the most promising innovations. Efforts also are under way to start a new Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kansas City campus."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

OMA DRM Patent Holders Revise Terms of MPEG LA License

As seen on home.businesswire.com:
"MPEG LA announced that the initial group of OMA DRM 1.0 essential patent holders have revised the terms of a joint patent portfolio license to be offered by MPEG LA for use of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) DRM 1.0 specification. The group consists of ContentGuard Holdings, Inc., Intertrust Technologies Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., and Sony Corporation. The revisions are responsive to feedback from the market following MPEG LA's announcement of proposed license terms on January 6, 2005. MPEG LA and the OMA DRM 1.0 Patent Portfolio License are not affiliated with the OMA, nor was the OMA DRM 1.0 Patent Portfolio License initiated by the OMA. Rather, the OMA DRM 1.0 Patent Portfolio License has been established by MPEG LA for the convenience of OMA DRM 1.0 adopters as an alternative to negotiating separate licenses with individual patent owners."

Wayne State's Entrepreneur Day Features Guy Kawasaki and Apprentice-Like Contest

As seen on biz.yahoo.com:
"You won't hear a Donald Trump-inspired 'you're fired' at Wayne State University's entrepreneur day, April 18, 2005. This interactive program for entrepreneurs, however, will combine a daylong conference featuring top-name national speakers with a business plan contest sure to make The Apprentice pale in comparison. E2 Detroit 2005 is designed to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and economic diversity (E2) required for launching start-up companies and creating jobs. The event's two coinciding activities, the E2 Conference and the E2 Adventure contest, will bring together researchers, master's students, Ph.D. candidates, venture capitalists and business leaders interested in creating an entrepreneurial community at Wayne State."

Work safe with European-designed 'smart clothes'

As seen on europa.eu.int :
"Technology can be built into clothing to make it, for example, safer and better suited to certain working environments, such as heavy industry, building trades or other potentially dangerous jobs. These aptly named smart clothes can also monitor vital body functions, such as heart rate, using electronic sensors and specially designed materials. Finnish researchers are at the cutting edge of this new hybrid technology. The Academy of Finland, a funding and science policy-shaping agency, is backing a scheme called the Proactive Computing (PROACT) Research Programme which involves various institutes across the country. One research project in the scheme - Models for Intelligent Garment Design (MeMoGa) - involves the University of Lapland's Textile and Clothing Design Department, Tampere University of Technology's Institute of Fibre Material Science and the University of Kuopio's Department of Physiology."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Microsoft to target IP licensing at start-ups

As seen on computerworld.com: "Expanding its efforts to capitalize from its intellectual property holdings, Microsoft Corp. has set up a group within its licensing business to sell its technologies to start-ups. Inrix Inc. and Ascender Corp., both of which were founded last year, are among the first takers. Inrix is building a traffic information service with exclusively licensed technologies from Microsoft Research, and Ascender has obtained rights to adapt and sell various Windows fonts developed by Microsoft, according to a Microsoft statement. "

Terrorist-proof buildings from new high-tech sensors

As seen on eurekalert.org:
"Scientists have developed a new breed of sensors which can survive incredible levels of pressure and heat and that are helping researchers work out how to make buildings that could survive massive explosions. Professor Julian Jones, of Heriot-Watt University, will reveal the next generation of sensing devices at the Institute of Physics conference Physics 2005 in Warwick, heralding a new range of measurement and safety applications. The three new types of sensor use specially-engineered optical fibres which respond to changes in their environment. They can monitor blast-waves from high explosives, structural safety in tunnels, bridges and buildings, bending in critical aircraft components, and deterioration in weapons stockpiles."

I.B.M. Hopes to Profit by Making Patents Available Free

As seen on nytimes.com:
"I.B.M. is renowned for its rich storehouse of patented inventions. It once again led the research sweepstakes in America last year, collecting 3,248 patents, more than any other company. And it earned more than $1 billion last year from licensing and selling its ideas. So why has I.B.M. shifted course recently, giving away some of the fruits of its research instead of charging others to use it? The answer is self-interest."

Monday, April 11, 2005

Insourcing Patent Work

As seen on rethink(IP) - Insourcing Patent Work:
"Insourcing? Insourcing is sending your work inland rather than overseas. Sadly, other industries have been quicker to grasp this concept than the legal market. For instance, Conference Calls Unlimited (CCU) (in Iowa) is an amazing company who through doing business inland has become a true gem for telephone conferencing services- not by spending millions on advertising, but through providing competitive rates and great customer service (something their big city rivals can't). So why not consider insourcing your work to smaller firms in smaller cities? Having lower overhead and cost of living costs, you'd be surprised how you can - obtain these professional services at a discount of 50 percent or more - right in your own back yard. The real irony is this: the attorneys at smaller firms in smaller metropolitan areas are typically under smaller billable hour requirements (if under a requirement at all). "

Tire sensors required on '08 vehicles

As seen on azcentral.com:
"A light on instrument panels soon will warn motorists when a tire is underinflated. The safety regulation, issued by the government Thursday, has its roots in the Firestone tire recall of 2000. It requires new passenger cars by the 2008 model year to have systems to monitor tire pressure. Automakers most likely will attach tiny sensors to each wheel that will signal if a tire falls 25 percent below the recommended inflation. If any of the four tires is underinflated, the sensor sets off a light."

New RFID Systems Offer Global Interoperability for Worldwide Supply Chain Benefits

As seen on businesswire.com:
"RFID pioneers Intermec Technologies Corp. and Impinj Inc. today announced a technology collaboration designed to bring the business benefits of EPCglobal Generation 2 RFID (radio frequency identification) to industries worldwide. Intermec and Impinj are among the first companies to introduce Generation 2 products. Impinj has announced the availability of Monza(TM), its EPCglobal Generation 2-compliant RFID tag silicon, designed to fully support all features of the Gen 2 specification and to allow customers to obtain maximum system performance. In recent weeks Intermec introduced its IF5 EPCglobal Gen 2-compatible RFID reader, already deployed at global retailer METRO Group, and RFIDeploy(SM), a set of RFID analysis, implementation and testing services. In March, Intermec announced release of its Intellitag(R) Gen 2 technology, next-generation RFID that allows users to take full advantage of the capabilities of Generation 2."

Special Notice Regarding Patent Searches

As seen on uspto.gov:
"The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently experienced issues with classified searches done internally using the Patent Examiner search tools, EAST and WEST, during the period Saturday, March 26, 2005 through Tuesday, March 29, 2005. Additionally, patent date range searches conducted internally using EAST and WEST during the period Saturday, March 26, 2005 through Saturday, April 2, 2005 experienced issues. These issues also impacted searches done at USPTO's Public Search Facility. The purpose of this message is to confirm that searches conducted on the USPTO Internet using Issued Patents (PatFT - full-text since 1976, full-page images since 1790) and Published Applications (AppFT - published since 15 March 2001) were not impacted by these search problems. However, classified searches and patent date range searches conducted in the Public Search Facility using EAST and WEST during this period were impacted and may need to be redone. The error that resulted in incomplete search results for classified searches was resolved on Tuesday, March 29 at 4 pm. A complete database re-load to correct the problems with patent date range searches was successfully completed and tested the weekend of April 2-3, 2005. If you have any questions regarding the Public Search Facility, please call 571-272-3275."

ICANN Concludes 22nd Meeting With Major Announcements

As seen on biz.yahoo.com:
"Over 600 delegates from 80 countries gathered in Mar del Plata, Argentina, to participate in ICANN's 22nd International Public Meeting. These meetings constitute an essential part of ICANN's global Internet Community consensus-development and outreach efforts. ICANN conducted a series of important workshops on DNS Security, Domain Name Hijacking, the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), and coordinated further discussions on Whois Policy development and Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) implementation."

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Peanut Butter, Hold the Jam

As seen on iol.co.za:
"The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected an effort by JM Smucker to patent its process for making pocket-size peanut butter and jam pastries called 'Uncrustables.'Smucker's peanut butter and jelly pockets are enclosed without a crust using a crimping method that the Orrville, Ohio, company says is one of a kind and should be protected from duplication by federal law.Patent examiners at the US Patent and Trademark Office disagreed, saying the crimped edges are similar to making ravioli or a pie crust."

Acacia Tech Licenses Credit Card Fraud Protection Tech to Petco

As seen on businesswire.com:
"Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:ACTG)(Nasdaq:CBMX) announced that Financial Systems Innovation LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that is part of the Acacia Technologies group, a leader in technology licensing, has entered into a non-exclusive license and settled patent infringement litigation covering a patent that applies to credit card fraud protection technology with Petco Animal Supplies, Inc."

Saturday, April 09, 2005

WiMax, 802.11n Renew Patent Debate

As seen on wi-fiplanet.com: "As interest grows in extending the reach (802.16/WiMax) and speed (802.11n) of wireless networking, so does the intensity of a long-running battle over who will profit from the new technology. An interesting sub-plot to the story of when the proposals become actual IEEE-endorsed protocols is a recently-renewed debate over patents."

Northwest Wisconsin business development conference

As seen on phillipswi.com:
"On April 28-29, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) will be offering a business development conference at the AmericInn in Ashland. Now in its third year, the conference is focusing on an agenda built upon the programs, strategies, and resources that enable both emerging and established businesses to grow. The conference theme is 'Growing Your Business in Northwest Wisconsin.' As with the previous years' conferences, the overriding objective is to offer assistance with finding new ways to improve the overall business climate in northwest Wisconsin."

ITT Wins Contract for Enhanced Night Vision Goggles

As seen on marketwire.com:
"ITT Industries Night Vision (NYSE: ITT) announced a contract award from the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command Acquisition Center, Unique Missions Division, for Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVGs). The contract has a potential estimated value of $560M during a five-year period, and the Army has initially exercised the base award for program year one of $10M. "

Friday, April 08, 2005

MOSAID Sues Infineon for Patent Infringement

As seen on mysan.de:
"MOSAID Technologies Incorporated (TSX:MSD) today announced that it has initiated litigation against Infineon Technologies AG and three of its U.S.-based affiliates for infringement of three of MOSAID's United States patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,657,919 and 6,057,676 and U.S. Reissued Patent No. RE 37,641. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division."

Thursday, April 07, 2005

i-Konect Opens Up RFID Middleware

As seen on rfidjournal.com:
"Software integration firm i-Konect is developing a free, open source RFID middleware platform, called Singularity, designed for end users who want to integrate RFID data into both their enterprise systems and the EPCglobal Network, in order to optimize supply chain management and realize a return on RFID investments."

AVANTE To License and Deploy RFID Cargo Seal

As seen on businesswire.com:
"AVANTE has developed the long-sought solution of intrusion detection by placing active tags (ZONER(TM)) inside the container. ZONER(TM) differs from traditional tags by emitting a burst of 433 MHz signals at several discrete power levels every few seconds. An RF network of readers (RELAYER(TM)) outside the containers constantly monitors the signal changes. Intrusion through any surface on the container will cause a distinct change in the discrete signals received by the monitoring network. Redundancy is built-in to minimize any false alarms that have plagued e-seal technology."

Getting real about RFID

As seen on news.com.com:
"To receive RFID benefits, companies, governments and consumers will need to shift their focus from hardware technology to data management. That shift in innovation will be enabled by the network. It is the effective use of the real-time event data generated by RFID that will improve efficiencies and automate decision making."

Open-source group to corral licenses

As seen on news.com.com:
"The OSI, a group that bestows official open-source status on licenses, will promote a small number of licenses as preferred options, according to a position paper it adopted on Wednesday. The group hasn't yet decided which of the more than 50 licenses it's so far approved will get the status."

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

1,200 march to urge dropping of IP from US deal

As seen on bangkokpost.com:
"More than 1,200 farmers, slum dwellers and HIV/Aids patients from 30 civic groups staged a six-kilometre walkathon yesterday from a temple in Jomthien to the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel to drive home their demand that intellectual property rights (IPR) be removed from free trade talks with the United States. They were disappointed as the Thai negotiators, led by former ambassador to the US Nitya Pibulsonggram, could not meet their demand. Even getting through to the venue of the third round of free trade area (FTA) negotiations almost resulted in violence until 15 representatives were allowed to voice their concern face-to-face for the first time with the Thai officials."

Black Duck and SpikeSource in Strategic Alliance to Support Open Source Software Usage

As seen on blackducksoftware.com:
"Black Duck Software, a provider of software compliance management solutions, and SpikeSource, an open source IT services company, announced a strategic alliance to provide integrated solutions that enable quicker and easier deployment of open source software by businesses worldwide. Black Duck's protexIP(TM) suite allows intellectual property management and license compliance validation for software built on the SpikeSource Core Stack. Black Duck is also providing a custom version of its innovative protexIP/License Calculator integrated with the Spike Asset Manager (SAM), an open-source cross-platform framework for identifying and reporting on installed open source components. This allows developers to download SAM and probe to see what open source components and versions are currently installed on their computers, and then use the online protexIP/License Calculator to evaluate license compatibility for the identified architecture and component set. This integrated tool is available for use without charge at www.spikesource.com/projects/sam."

Arizona business development show hits airwaves

As seen on paysonroundup.com:
"Providing education about and insight to successful business practices, the Gila Community College Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a new program on TV4. 'BusinessMatters' debuts at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 7 with Judy Miller, director of the SBDC, and Anna Ryan."

Space T2 Forum - Belgium - April 26

As seen on dbs.cordis.lu:
"A space technology transfer forum will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 and 27 April. A number of key decision makers will be invited to attend the event in order to discuss the benefits of space exploration and technology transfer, and will be asked to propose a plan of action that can be put to the European Commission."

Industry Perspectives at Sensors Expo - June 6 - 9

As seen on businesswire.com:
"Sensors Expo & Conference addresses the rapidly growing market of sensors and sensor-integrated technology with more than 50 presentations and interactive workshops over the four-day show period. Attendees will be exposed to innovations in physical sensors, sensor networks, biosensors, MEMS/Nanotechnology, instrumentation and control, intelligent systems, machine-to-machine communication, wireless sensing and IT technology."

MSU invention could improve fuel cell

As seen on montana.edu:
"Called Transient Recognition Control, the invention would not only make fuel cells more responsive but could also add to their longevity. Solid-oxide fuel cells, for example, operate at temperatures reaching 1500 degrees Fahrenheit, and sudden increases in the demand for power create even more heat that can lead to equipment failure, Lee Spangler, MSU's fuel cell research program said. MSU has applied for patents on the invention. Companies interested in licensing the technology should contact Nick Zelver in the MSU Technology Transfer Office at (406) 994-7868 or by email at nzelver@montana.edu by April 18."

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

RFID successful food industry field test

As seen on refrigeratedtrans.com:
"3PL Solutions and Alien Technology have announced early deployment of a breakthrough RFID and sensor-enabled system for cold chain management after successful field testing with Sysco Corp."

Next-Generation RFID Tags Debut

As seen on informationweek.com:
"Impinj Inc. this week will ship radio-frequency identification tags based on the new Gen 2 specification, which can boost read rates up to 1,500 tags per second, five times faster than the current specs. Gen 2-based tags can be rewritten multiple times, and they're hardier: They can avert interference caused by multiple readers. Impinj also is shipping new multiprotocol readers, which can scan tags based on Gen 2 and the Class-0 and Class-1 protocols. Unilever, UPS, and Qualcomm co-founder Andrew Viterbi are investors in the new chips, says William Colleran, Impinj's president and CEO. 'Unilever and UPS will be some of the early testers,' he says, adding that the company already has orders for the new chips and expects to ship several million units a month. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. semiconductors are being used to manufacturer the tags."

Slow patenting process threatens innovation

As seen on star-technical.com :
"The crawling pace of new patent registrations could affect Malaysia's competitiveness in the global marketplace. More than 33,000 patent applications were filed with the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation from 1999 to last year, but only about a quarter have to date been approved for registration. The current situation is at odds with the huge economic opportunities that are arising from innovation and intellectual property ownership, especially in the information technology (IT) industry. The multi-trillion-ringgit global industry generates millions of high-skill, high-wage jobs every year, and billions of ringgit in annual tax revenues for governments worldwide, according to Microsoft Malaysia managing director Butt Wai Choon."

Monday, April 04, 2005

MasterCard & Visa agree to use contactless payment protocol

As seen on contactlessnews.com:
"In another step toward standardizing contactless payments, MasterCard and Visa have agreed to use MasterCard's PayPass ISO/TEC 14443 specifications. The agreement could also mean other credit card companies may join the parade."

Sunday, April 03, 2005

EU may counter U.S. passport rule

As seen on iht.com:
"The EU Commission voiced concern over a U.S. warning that Washington is 'unlikely' to further delay an October deadline after which European travelers must have new high-tech passports to enter the United States. If such an extension is denied, the EU would consider imposing similar restrictions on U.S. visitors to Europe once the deadline expires, the European Commission said."

Battling brain drain in Pennsylvania

As seen on zwire.com:
"To combat Pennsylvania's so-called "brain drain," state officials and leaders of private business and higher education announced the initiation of a program designed to attract technological industries to the area while retaining the minds and bodies of the state's college graduates. Richard Overmoyer, deputy secretary for the state Department of Community and Economic Development's technology investment, presented a $200,000 check to be used toward start-up costs for the Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone."

Licensing Symposium held by Pierce Law Center LES Chapter

As seen here:
Kudos to the Franklin Pierce Law Licensing Executives Society Chapter for an excellent day of presentations by licensing experts from Brookstone, MIT-Office of Sponsored Programs, NIH-Office of Technology Transfer, and Nixon Peabody. Pierce Law Chapter Co-Chairs Bryan Sommese, bsommese@piercelaw.edu Adam Ullman, aullman@piercelaw.edu Daniel Burke, J.D., General Counsel's Office, Brookstone Inc. Carol T. Carr, J.D., Associate Intellectual Property Counsel, MIT-Office of Sponsored Programs, Industrial Negotiations Jamie N. Hage, J.D., Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP, Technology and Intellectual Property Team/Adjunct Professor of Law at Franklin Pierce Law Center Thomas R. Henneberry, J.D., Assistant Director, MIT-Office of Sponsored Programs, Industrial Negotiations Peter Soukas, J.D., Licensing Specialist/ Patent Advisor, NIH-Office of Technology Transfer

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Pentagon Redirects Its Research Dollars

nytimes.com:
"In response to a query from the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Darpa officials acknowledged for the first time a shift in focus. They revealed that within a relatively steady budget for computer science research that rose slightly from $546 million in 2001 to $583 million last year, the portion going to university researchers has fallen from $214 million to $123 million. The agency cited a number of reasons for the decline: increased reliance on corporate research; a need for more classified projects since 9/11; Congress's decision to end controversial projects like Total Information Awareness because of privacy fears; and the shift of some basic research to advanced weapons systems development."

Oxford Biomedica Receives Notice of Allowance

As seen on medicalnewstoday.com:
"Oxford BioMedica announce that they have received a Notice of Allowance from the US Patent Office for a Patent containing broad claims covering modifications to lentiviral vectors that improve safety and efficacy. Oxford BioMedica owns an extensive portfolio of broad patents and patent applications covering many aspects of the composition of matter and use of gene delivery systems based on lentiviral vectors. This patent estate underpins the Company's neurotherapy pipeline of five products and is the subject of recent commercial deals with a number of companies including Merck and Biogen Idec."

Sun Unveils RFID Platform for Manufacturers

As seen on eweek.com:
"The Sun RFID ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) for Manufacturing, released this week at RFID World, is slated to be followed by other RFID (radio-frequency identification) reference architectures from Sun Microsystems Inc. geared to supply chain applications in the pharmaceutical, retail, government and defense markets. Sun's RFID ISA for Manufacturing is targeted mainly at CPG (consumer product goods) makers that are working with Sun's services arm to build WMS (warehouse management systems) with advance shipment notification..."

Senator Corzine unveils plan to create R&D jobs

Newsday.com:
"A day before he was to officially kick off his gubernatorial campaign, Sen. Jon Corzine outlined his plan to create a fund that would support the research and development activity in New Jersey through partnerships among the state's research universities. Corzine's Edison Innovation Fund would be created through a voter-approved bond initiative and reallocation of money being used currently for economic development programs in 16 state agencies. The fund would also rely on private sector investments and federal research funds."

University of Victoria buys tech park

As seen on canada.com:
"The University of Victoria says its acquisition Tuesday of the Vancouver Island Technology Park ensures that jobs, emerging technologies and millions of dollars in economic spinoffs will stay at home and bring others to the region. In the hyper-competitive world of university research and the transfer of technology into private enterprise, the tech park gives UVic a decided edge for its graduating students and a place among Canada's top universities providing high-tech incubator space, said UVic president David Turpin."

Friday, April 01, 2005

Incubating European industry

As seen on esa.int:
"Entrepeneurs with innovative ideas of how to use space technology and systems in non-space sectors can be helped by ESA's European Space Incubator. Started in 2003, it has already helped to create 25 new start-up companies. ESA's Technology Transfer Programme (TTP) developed the European Space Incubator (ESI) to make access to finance, business services and office space easier for European entrepreneurs. It supports selected start-up companies by providing operational services and know-how in a state-of-the-art space environment. ESI is located on the site of ESTEC, the Agency's research and test centre in the Netherlands."

Radio Broadcasting Assn Buys Podcasting

As seen on podcastingnews.com:
"In a surprise move, the Broadcasting Organization of the Greater United States has purchased the rights to the technology underlying podcasting for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, two of the pioneers of podcasting, Dave Winter & Alan Curry, have agreed to join the organization with the title of podcasting evangelists."