Import-export tax law to get tough on evaders.... "Lawmakers yesterday pored over several amendments to the Import-Export Tax Law which seek to give more teeth against tax evasion, boost exports and streamline administration. Truong Quang Duoc, deputy chairman of the National Assembly, who chaired the discussions yesterday, said that the amendments would be passed in the current session if consensus was reached."
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
'Smart' nanoparticles to battle cancer.... "An experimental cancer treatment developed by University of Wyoming scientists may destroy tumors more effectively by using synthesized 'smart' particles that target and kill cancer cells before they can detect and disable their assassins. "
QC: A secret sensor on the job.... "Agent QC, a subsidiary of US-based Sensor Wireless, says its system can be used in the packaged food, beverage handling and perishable goods industries, among others. 'The system of sensors was developed for plant engineers who need to instantly identify, measure and track how their perishable and fragile goods fare in the plant and during transport,' company spokesperson Dallas Kelly told FoodProductionDaily.com. 'What we have done is to provide a real time link for companies wishing to monitor how their products are handled during transportation,' Kelly said. 'It is the final black hole that exists within supply chains where companies have no way of telling where and when damage is occurring to their shipments.' "
Allstream Signs Agreement with Hospital Logistics for RFID Solution.... "Allstream, one of Canada's business communication solutions providers, announced an agreement with Hospital Logistics Inc. (HLI) to provide a supply chain management solution using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Hospital Logistics Inc. is a Toronto, Ontario-based company that provides supply chain management solutions to hospitals across the Greater Toronto Area. As part of the agreement, in the first phase, Allstream will provide a web-hosted RFID solution for HLI's supply chain management system for real-time access and use within their warehouse facilities. The solution will enable Hospital Logistics Inc. to review scanned RFID tag information and be alerted to order discrepancies before products leave the warehouse. Allstream will program RFID tags that will be associated with each order to ensure that the medical and surgical supply inventory has been accurately delivered to HLI's customers, as well as providing real-time information to warehouse staff for any discrepancies. In the next phase, the solution will be expanded to include an inventory management tracking system for HLI's external suppliers."
U.S. to Take Airbus-Aid Spat to WTO.... "The U.S. will take its case against Airbus subsidies to the World Trade Organization despite months of talks with the European Union, in what would likely be the most-expensive case ever brought before the global trade body. The U.S. Trade Representative office said it will ask the global trade enforcer today to appoint a panel to decide the fate of billions of dollars of government aid doled out on each side of the Atlantic to the two aircraft makers."
Monday, May 30, 2005
Hustle gets entry-level law jobs... "The numbers say demand for new lawyers is steady, but local graduates say it takes hustle and perseverance to land that first entry-level job. About 89 percent of the nation's new attorneys will find jobs this year, according to the National Association for Law Placement."
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Ultralow-power systems designed for the long haul.... "What if users could never recharge - or even replace - the system battery? This scenario faces designers of systems deployed in a remote field installation where replenishing the battery is not an option. A wireless-sensor network, often called a smart-sensor, or dust, network, is one such application: The average current consumption of each independent node is around 1 A."
Featured Speakers at the 2005 Solar World Congress.... "After an absence of 14 years, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) will hold its biennial SOLAR WORLD CONGRESS in the United States. Since 1991 this international gathering of the world's top solar professionals has taken place in many different countries, but not in the United States. The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) will host the Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA on August 8-12, 2005 The Congress will feature two themes: Solar Energy: Bringing Water to the World and the History of Solar Energy."
"New tariffs laid out in the revised Import-Export Law match the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) which Vietnam has committed to, said National Assembly deputies supporting the amendments. Under the revised law, export taxes will be calculated based on the price of goods sales at border gates under signed contracts. Real domestic prices which importers have to pay at border gates under signed contracts would be used to calculate import tariffs. However, many deputies propose that the law should include regulations to prevent fraudulent calculation of tax and tariff rates in which goods prices in contracts are artificially elevated or lowered in relation to market prices."
Lowry Computer Products Announces Alien Technology(R) Qualification for RFID Labels.... "Lowry Computer Products, Inc., a provider of RFID-EPC, wireless, bar code and data collection solutions, announced that it has completed Alien Technology's RFID label qualification process for Alien - EPC Class 1 UHF RFID tags. Alien Technology Corporation is a provider of high-volume, low-cost RFID products for case and pallet tagging. Lowry's label conversion facility is now a qualified label converter for Alien's EPC Class-1 UHF Squiggle(TM) and 'I' design tags. Alien's Squiggle antenna design provides a low-cost foundation for supply chain labeling solutions. Both Squiggle and I tags are 96-bit high performance solutions that meet a wide range of retail and government based supply chain applications."
Job market up in San Diego "It's not quite the heyday of the dot-com boom era when engineers were offered BMWs as bonuses and employers shelled out thousands of stock options, but the high-tech job market in San Diego appears to be approaching levels it hasn't seen in five years. Though hard data on high-tech employment is a bit sketchy, since many small firms fly under the radar of government data collectors, anecdotal evidence abounds that the information technology job market is heating up."
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Changes to USDA Grant Program Target Solar Energy.... "Now into its third year, a new USDA grant program helps farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses make the commitment to install renewable energy and energy efficiency systems. But the deadline for this years applications is fast approaching on June 27, and submissions for solar energy projects have had the poorest showing of all technologies. In response, the USDA enacted new rule changes to the program in hopes to reverse the trend. Section 9006, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments program, provides up to 25 percent of project costs with a total of $23 million in funding for grants and loan guarantees. Section 9006 was created in the 2002 Farm Bill and is in its third year. The program provides for rural economic development, clean energy and energy security and may be reauthorized and increased in the next Farm Bill, expected to be passed in 2007."
Oryx Technology Corp. Announces Year-End Fiscal 2005 Results.... "Oryx (OTCBB:ORYX), a technology licensing, investment and management services company, announced a net loss of $187,000, or $0.07 per share, on revenues of $127,000 for its fourth quarter ended February 28, 2005. This compares to a net loss of $140,000, or $0.05 per share, on revenues of $136,000 for the fourth quarter ended February 29, 2004. The net loss for the fourth quarter ended February 28, 2005 includes a $96,000 loss on investments, consisting of Oryx's pro-rata share of losses incurred by its portfolio company, S2 Technologies. The net loss for the fourth quarter ended February 29, 2004 includes a $48,000 net loss on investments, consisting of $177,000 for Oryx's pro-rata share of losses incurred by its portfolio company, S2 Technologies, partially offset by $129,000 received from another portfolio company, NetConversions, as repayment for a loan. "
IBM, HDS renew vows.... "IBM and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced that they have reached a joint technology licensing agreement relating to one another's mainframe systems, storage and software. The goal of the deal is to bring new levels of interoperability to customers connecting HDS storage to IBM zSeries mainframes. "
"The Chambers of Commerce of Ireland (CCI) today signed a technology-transfer deal that will see it become the European anchor for a major transnational network of small business clusters aimed at assisting early-stage technology firms to go global."
Friday, May 27, 2005
"Duke engineers develop new 3-D cardiac imaging probe.... Biomedical engineers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have created new three-dimensional ultrasound cardiac imaging probe. Inserted inside the esophagus, the probe creates a picture of the whole heart in the time it takes for current ultrasound technology to image a single heart cross section. "
"Rush to Market in Nanosensors, But Most Aren't 'Nano'.... Nanosensors have been pushed forward as a key early nanotechnology application, with boosters projecting billions of dollars in market opportunity. Sensors happen to be among the simplest electronic devices one can make from nanomaterials, yielding an abundance of development activity. But of 66 companies claiming to offer nanosensors, only 13 actually harness the size-dependent properties of anomaterials, according to a new report from Lux Research entitled 'Putting he 'Nano' in Nanosensors.' "
"First Solar, LLC announced that is has completed a long term agreement with a major international insurance company to fund the estimated future costs of reclaiming and recycling First Solar modules at the end of their use. The agreement, referred to as a Reclamation and Recycling Reimbursement Policy, assures owners of First Solar modules that, at the end of solar module use,funds will be available to pay the estimated costs of transporting First Solar modules to a recycling center and recycling them into new products."
Bush finds NIST nominee.... "President Bush intends to nominate a White House science and technology policy official to become director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Bush's nominee is William Jeffrey, senior director for homeland and national security and assistant director for space and aeronautics in the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy."
Thursday, May 26, 2005
"New hydrogen sensor faster, more sensitive.... The same kind of chemical coating used to shed rainwater from aircraft and automobile windows also dramatically enhances the sensitivity and reaction time of hydrogen sensors. Hydrogen sensor technology is a critical component for safety and other practical concerns in the proposed hydrogen economy. For example, hydrogen sensors will detect leaks from hydrogen-powered cars and fueling stations long before the gas becomes an explosive hazard."
"Alien Technology Corp., a vendor of radio-frequency identification technology, reported that it has acquired Quatrotec, a technology provider and systems integrator for commercial aviation and other transportation markets. Financial details of the deal weren't disclosed. Quatrotec will provide Alien with a clearer path into the aviation market. Alien, for example, makes industry-specific hardware, patent pending, for tracking baggage using RFID. Heading the newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary is Robert McKinley, VP of business development for transportation markets, who joined Alien in January. At San Francisco International Airport, Quatrotec is working with the Transportation Security Administration on a $1 million project to integrate RFID readers into about 60 computerized scanners that can detect explosives in checked baggage."
"Sensor prevents shut-eye in digital snaps.... Digital images featuring someone in mid-blink could be banished forever using an image-analysis system for cameras developed in Japan. Masahide Kaneko and colleagues at the University of Electro-Communications, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, developed the system, which can even eliminate blinking from group photographs, they say. Digital cameras can cause people to inadvertently blink at the vital moment by emitting several pre-photo flashes. These are meant to prevent red eye by making the subject's irises contract, but they can also dazzle the target and make them to shut their eyes when the picture is captured. "
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Panel 1 members included Dan Long, Senior Patent Attorney, BAE Systems; Kristina Burgard, Attorney, Sepracor; Allen XUE, Patent Agent and IP Manager, Nuvera Fuel Cells; James Cullen, IP Counsel, Cell Signalling Technology; Ashsik Mithal, Waddington North America, Patent Agent and IP Manager; and Steven Markiewicz, Legal Counsel, PC Connection. Other Panel 2 members included Chris Dahl, Dahl Legal Counsel; Doug Adams, Founder and CEO, SOLX; and Fred Hammond, Partner, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP.
Comments from the departing attendees were positive: it was very informative, well produced, and the lunch was very good. The effect of the event for each of the participants - both producers and attendees - and whether the firm's goals were met remain to be seen.
"Biomarker Technologies acquired technology from researchers at Louisiana State University -- who had run out of grant money -- and created a new company for its development. Called RCP Diagnostics, the new business is scheduled to begin a pilot study within four to six months for a simple blood test designed to detect if a woman has cervical, ovarian, uterine, liver or any estrogen-related cancer."
"In an effort to boost earnings from faculty inventions, the University of Pennsylvania is making the most sweeping changes in a decade in its program to market them. In reshaping its tech-transfer strategy - already the area's most prolific in licensing patents - Penn has joined Drexel University and others in forming a 194-acre Keystone Innovation Zone in Philadelphia's University City section. The state created the designation last year to encourage start-up technology companies to locate in university districts in hopes they will breed vibrant, high-wage communities of researchers, entrepreneurs and venture-capital financiers of the kind seen around select universities such as Stanford. When the KIZ program fully unfolds next year, start-ups will get state-tax credits they can sell to larger, profitable companies to raise money."
"Polimaster Ltd. reports that it filed a complaint May 9 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against RAE Systems Inc. The litigation alleges that RAE Systems misappropriated and misused technological and proprietary information developed by Polimaster to manufacture the GammaRAE II handheld radiation detection unit. Under a 2003 license agreement, Polimaster had been providing RAE Systems with confidential information, proprietary components, and intellectual property, enabling RAE Systems to manufacture and sell radiation detection units under its brand name. In 2005, Polimaster charges that RAE Systems suddenly announced its plan to sell analogous radiation detection units outside of the framework of its license agreement with Polimaster...."
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
"Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced the selection of 83 applicants in 29 states that will receive approximately $15.4 million in grants and loans for business development and job creation. The funds support President Bush's efforts to create jobs and improve economic opportunities in rural areas. 'Small businesses are the backbone of our rural economy, their entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to their community is helping to create jobs and bring economic stability to rural communities across our nation,' said Johanns. 'These loans and grants will provide the infusion of much needed investment financing for more rural businesses to flourish.' "
"Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN - News) has been awarded a $16.5 million U.S. Army contract to provide the electro- optic/infrared/- laser designator (EO/IR/LD) payload for use on the Army's Extended Range Multi-Purpose (ERMP) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) is responsible for the ERMP multi-sensor payload, which will be manufactured and managed by its Precision Attack and Surveillance Systems (PASS) business area based in McKinney, Texas."
"Via Licensing Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of terms for a multi-party license to patents essential for the implementation of the TV-Anytime Phase 1 interactive television standard (TVA-1 standard). The TVA-1 standard was developed by the TV-Anytime Forum, www.tv-anytime.org, and is published by ETSI as: TS 102 822. The TVA-1 standard addresses the means by which consumers will be able to search, select, and acquire broadcast and online audiovisual content in a world of mobile devices and set-top boxes with mass storage capabilities, currently referred to as personal video recorders (PVRs)."
Monday, May 23, 2005
"There is an explosion coming. It will happen without making a sound. It will devastate more companies and transform more industries than any physical explosion ever could. It is the coming explosion of information. While much of this digital information will come from the entertainment industry in the form of digitized movies, music and video, the business environment is undergoing a parallel and equal explosion of content. Where is all this information coming from and what can companies do to get ready for the future of information? "
"The ZigBee low-power,low-cost wireless networking standard is making it practical to embed wireless communications into everyday appliances. Its proponents say the standard will foster rich new markets for home and building automation, energy conservation, and even homeland security. While the ZigBee v1.0 specification has finally been ratified, the protocol isn't a one-size-fits-all blueprint for companies wishing to tap into this market. At its most basic level, ZigBee ensures interoperability with other standard-compliant products. The deeper application, architectural, and platform issues developers must weigh are as wide ranging as the potential applications themselves."
"The mission of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council is to promote proven research and transfer that technology to producers. 'We find out what's working,' he said. 'We don't endorse or help promote research. If it's proven, we'll promote the transfer.' The PTTC holds 155 to 170 workshops a year nationwide on a variety of topics. Kiker recently hosted a workshop in Midland on horizontal drilling that was attended by 100 people. Over 80 Permian Basin wells are horizontal, he pointed out."
Sunday, May 22, 2005
"A robot's sensitivity to touch could be vastly improved by an array of polymer-based tactile sensors that has been combined with a robust signal-processing algorithm to classify surface textures. The work, performed by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an essential step in the development of robots that can identify and manipulate objects in unstructured environments. "
"The Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University are working on a system of sensors called 'digital skins' that will feed information back to researchers. The institute's Scott Bainbridge says eventually a system of autonomous centres will be established on the reef to monitor conditions like temperature and water run-off. 'They are able to work by themselves, they're also smart in that they're able to react to certain events,' he said. 'They send information back in real time to a central processing unit, these things are all put together into a visualisation unit so you can see in real time what's happening and they're then used to drive models to predict what's going to happen.'"
"There is no global public body that governs the frequencies used for RFID. In principle, every country can set its own rules, but some standards have been made regarding RFID technology. EPCGlobal is the standard that is most likely going to form the basis of a Worldwide standard. The standard proposed by EPCGlobal includes privacy-related guidelines for the use of RFID-based EPC (Electronic Product Code). They include the requirement to give consumers clear notice of the presence of EPC and to inform them of the choice that they have to discard, disable or remove EPC tags."
Saturday, May 21, 2005
"The challenge is tapping that current data source and feeding it to enterprise applications so it can be used to help guide broader business decisions. 'Existing sensor systems don't take information about a line and what's been produced and get it back to the enterprise so you can understand how the business is running,' Breidenbach says. 'The Sensors and Actuators business unit is about providing hardware, software and services to deliver that kind of information.' To that end, IBM is focusing its product development resources on middleware that handles everything from device management and data filtering to business-process integration and data analysis."
"SEMICONDUCTOR industry leader Xilinx is to relocate a major research and development function to Edinburgh Technopole, the science and technology park on the Bush Estate. The move, due to be completed by October this year, will create an additional 25 jobs to complement the existing 32 at the company's European Intellectual Property Development Centre, currently based at Mortonhall."
"What Can China Do? A final question: Is there anything China can do to make things better? Open up its import markets? Cool down export growth? Revalue the currency? Sadly, the answer is ... no, not really. Despite common complaints in the press about market access and intellectual property rights, the fact is that over the past decade the mainland has undertaken one of the world's most rapid and widespread market liberalizations. In 1990, annual import value was just over 10% of GDP; by last year, the ratio had rocketed to 35%."
Friday, May 20, 2005
"The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) today released the report, The National Nanotechnology Initiative at Five Years: Assessment and Recommendations of the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel. The report is PCAST's first assessment of the Federal Government's nanotechnology research efforts in its role as the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel (NNAP). President Bush designated PCAST as the NNAP by Executive Order in July 2004, thereby fulfilling the requirement in the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 (the Act) to name an outside advisory body. The Act calls upon the NNAP to report on the Federal nanotechnology program at least every two years."
"Bulldog Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: BLLD), a leading provider of wireless sensor networks and solutions that monitor, track and secure assets in the supply chain, today announced that on May 9, 2005, it signed a nationwide partnership agreement which will enable them to provide their data and location services on the nation-wide wireless CDMA network. "
"TelosB Mote Platform, TPR2400, is an IEEE 802.15.4 compliant device for wireless mesh networking featuring TI MSP430 microcontroller. It provides integrated processor radio solution including USB interface, 2.4 GHz radio, onboard antenna, sensor interfaces, and optional preinstalled environmental sensor suite. IEEE 802.15.4 radio support allows for communications with other 802.15.4 radios."
"The new building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is nearing completion. The scientific agenda has been solidified, corporate partners identified and a formal organizational and governance structure adopted. Barely four years after Gov. George Pataki announced an ambitious proposal to create jobs and jump-start the New York State economy through the creation of high- technology 'centers of excellence,' UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences is well on its way toward fulfilling its dual mission of improving health care while facilitating economic development in Upstate New York."
Thursday, May 19, 2005
"Using the limited-time-offer approach, between June 1 and Aug. 31 Intermec will sell groups of its patents through four 'portfolio families' to makers of RFID tags, readers, and printers. There is a membership fee, and royalty fees between 2.5% to 7.5%. Intermec previously sold each patent individually. Specific prices weren't disclosed. While it has been possible for vendors to design and manufacture prior generations of RFID tags without infringing on Intermec's intellectual property, that might be difficult with the new Gen 2 RFID tags coming onto the market. Intermec owns patents for data encryption and increased read capabilities, which are unique capabilities of the Gen 2 tags."
"Edward Gramlich, a member of the Federal Reserve Board since 1997, announced that he plans to leave the central bank this summer and return to academia. Gramlich, 65, submitted his resignation, effective Aug. 31, in a letter to President Bush. Gramlich said he will not attend the Aug. 9 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the group that sets interest rate policy in the United States."
"The country's largest jail system has launched a pilot project with Alanco Technologies to track inmates using the technology, also known as RFID. The first phase will involve setting up an RFID system in the 1,800-inmate east facility of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, Calif., by fall 2005. If it succeeds, and funding can be obtained, the county will spread the system throughout its prison facilities. "
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
"Scientists are planning to install sensors in the Boca Grande Pass to detect the slightest trace of red tide. When the sensors detect red tide, a receiver inside the island's lighthouse sends a signal to scientists who can then warn the public. An engineer from Mote Marine Laboratory installed the receiver inside the lighthouse Tuesday and the sensors will be installed on channel markers in Boca Grande Pass on Wednesday. Once the sensors are installed, the system will be operable."
"Smaller, faster computers, bullet proof t-shirts and itty-bitty robots, such are the promises of nanotechnology and the cylinder-shaped collection of carbon molecules known as nanotubes. But in order for these exciting technologies to hit the marketplace (who wouldn't want an itty-bitty robot), scientists must understand how these miracle-molecules perform under all sorts of conditions. For, without nanoscience, there would be no nanotechnology. "
"Stephenson County officials are concerned proposed state legislation could significantly reduce the amount of revenue the county would receive from establishing power-generating wind farms in this area, according to County Zoning Administrator Terry Groves. Officials say the proposed legislation - House Bill 1421 - may include a sizable renewable energy property tax credit for wind farm companies seeking to locate in Illinois. The effect of such a law would be that a county with wind farms would receive much less property tax revenue from the wind farm companies, Groves said."
"SYS Technologies, (AMEX: SYS), a provider of real time information technology solutions to industrial and U.S. government customers, has announced that the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has adopted the SYS-led Geographic Objects-1 Application Implementation Specification (GO-1). OGC is the international standards body whose focus is to ensure that geospatial products and services comply to OGC's open interface specifications to enable users to freely exchange and apply geospatial information, applications and services across networks, different platforms and products. "
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
"The United States Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce-China jointly announced they have agreed to cooperate in monitoring China's enforcement of intellectual property rights laws. 'China must protect intellectual property-based products in accordance with the accession commitments it made to the World Trade Organization,' said Thomas Donohue, Chamber President and CEO. The two chambers, representing tens of thousands of American companies in the U.S. and China, unveiled plans for an index which will measure the effectiveness of China's IPR enforcement measures. The results will be published periodically during the year."
"Lieutenant Governor Bruce Johnson praised the efforts of the Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) program as it celebrates its 20th anniversary of service to Ohio's small business community. "Small businesses play a vital role in Ohio's economy," said Lt. Governor Johnson, who also serves as state development director. "The network of Small Business Development Centers throughout the state ensures that small business owners get the assistance they need to keep their business running strongly." "
"Wyse Technology announced that Tarkan Maner has joined Wyse as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development. In this role, Mr. Maner will oversee and direct all strategic marketing and business development activities for Wyse worldwide, including product management, brand development and management, direct marketing, partner and channel marketing, advertising and public relations. In addition, Mr. Maner will be responsible for creating new business opportunities and growth for Wyse through strategic business alliances and OEM initiatives."
"Chipworks Inc., ('Chipworks') announced a new organizational structure designed to cultivate close customer relationships and nurture a more intimate understanding of customers' needs for competitive technical intelligence and patent licensing support. The lines of business - Patent Intelligence and Technical Intelligence - reflect the two distinct customer bases that Chipworks serves."
"Competitive Technologies, Inc. announced today that it is evaluating its options for filing a stay of a decision of the U.S.District Court for the District of Connecticut. The decision relates to the required preliminary reinstatement of two former employees. The U.S. Department of Labor issued the preliminary reinstatement prior to a trial examining the full facts of the matter."
Monday, May 16, 2005
"Ever since Nepal joined the world trade regime, WTO, on April 23 last year, no concrete steps have yet been taken to develop its competitive strength in multilateral trading system. Neither has the government made any attempt to fulfill its commitment in the WTO, nor have the private sectors developed their confidence. The process of introducing and amending more than 37 laws has been disturbed due to political instability in the Kingdom. Thus, a number of questions could be asked as to how the country could benefit after it gained the WTO membership."
"The Henry Luce Foundation has announced the award of a five-year grant of $420,000 to Williams College in support of a proposed 'Curricular Initiative for Renewable Energy and Resource Sustainability.' The initiative will use the college campus as a laboratory to explore the practical complexities of capturing renewable energy and the compromises involved in managing energy use, architecture and sustainability."
"'The question is whether there should be laws to protect the rights of players. If so, what body of law? Should it be intellectual property law? Or property law? What is a digital piano? Is it a piano? Or is it a piece of art? These are just very complicated questions.' In an effort to answer at least some of those questions - and make a few bucks in the process - Sony Corp. last month said it would begin brokering the buying and selling of virtual items for its 'EverQuest 2' game, taking a cut of each transaction."
Sunday, May 15, 2005
"The London Development Agency, the Mayor of London's agency for business and jobs, has awarded the British Library £1 million to transform its Business & Intellectual Property Centre from a successful pilot project to a permanent resource, with a major online service."
"The Vermont House overwhelmingly approved S.52, a renewable energy bill that takes the first steps toward Vermont gaining control of its own energy future through the use of clean, local energy. It's quite refreshing that our Legislature had the foresight to pass this forward-looking bill. Now the House Energy Committee is discussing a bill allowing for dry cask storage of nuclear waste at Vermont Yankee. This bill actually has the potential for much greater consequences in regard to what direction Vermont takes for its future energy needs. The main idea of the bill is very simple - charge Vermont Yankee for storing nuclear fuel waste along the Connecticut River, and use that money to significantly expand the use of renewable, clean, safe energy sources based in Vermont."
"Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi expressed deep appreciation to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and to the UN General Assembly on the confirmation yesterday (11 May) of his appointment to lead the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for the next four years, beginning on 1 September 2005."
Saturday, May 14, 2005
"Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company yesterday issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for renewable energy and/or renewable energy credits (RECs). The two companies, which are the utility subsidiaries of Sierra Pacific Resources, are seeking renewable proposals totaling about 200 MW of wind, geothermal, hydro and biomass energy, plus 70 MW of solar energy."
"The selection process is underway for the appointment of a WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Dr. Supachai Panichpakdi, whose term expires on 31 August 2005. By the closing date for nominations, on 31 December 2004, the four candidates listed below had been nominated by their respective governments. The selection process will conclude with a decision by the WTO General Council no later than 31 May 2005."
"DexCom Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM) announced that it has received notification from the FDA that its PMA (Pre-Market Approval Application) for the DexCom Short-Term Continuous Glucose Sensor submitted in March 2005 has been accepted as filed and granted expedited review status."
"Despite concerns about how effectively scanners read radio frequency identification tags, officials at the Navy's Ocean Terminal in Norfolk, Va., have embraced RFID technology to process most shipments that pass through the terminal. They still back up the technology, however, using human operators and bar code scanners."
Friday, May 13, 2005
"Dust Networks, a provider of enterprise-class, low-power wireless mesh networking systems, announced that it has been named one of the Red Herring 100 Private Companies of North America."
"Abigail Barrow, Ph.D., Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), will serve as a panelist at the New England -Canada Business Council (NECBC)'s 6th Annual Emerging Technology, Trade & Investment Conference - 'Partnering for Success' - on Friday, June 10, at the World Trade Center in Boston."
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"U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld recently delegated technology transfer authority to U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), allowing it to share technology with academia and industry for the purpose of research and development. While USJFCOM is not a national laboratory, the new authority gives the command many of the same authorities national laboratories use to structure partnerships with industry to exchange personnel and technical data, make technology assessments and collaborate on research and development efforts."
Thursday, May 12, 2005
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** FORUM FOR CORPORATE MANAGEMENT OF IP ** May 24, 2005 - 8:30am-5:00pm ** Sheraton Tara, Nashua NH Hosted by Maine & Asmus Event Overview. A presentation of tips and techniques for better intellectual property management, followed by 2 panel discussions from company representatives and commentators about how they do it and what problems they have! The Forum offers users' and investors' perspectives on the legal and practical aspects for evaluating and obtaining optimal patent, trademark and copyright protection and effectively working with patent and trademark attorneys and law firms. Who should attend? --Executives, Directors, Investors --Company IP administrators, managers --In-house Patent Attorneys & Agents --Company patent & trademark paralegals --Company technologists/inventors Seating is limited. Attendance is $85 per person. CLE credits for the morning session are being requested. Contact Maine & Asmus at 603-886-6100.
Via Licensing Corporation has announced a call for patents that are essential to the practice of the MPEG standard audio bandwidth extension technology known as Spectral Band Replication (SBR). The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently issued an update to the MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) specification, ISO/IEC 13818-7, that references SBR for use with MPEG-2 AAC. Via Licensing wishes to facilitate the orderly adoption of SBR in conjunction with MPEG-2 AAC for applications such as the Japanese digital broadcast market where this combination of technologies is desired.
I.D. Systems, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a United States patent for a fully automated wireless vehicle rental and return system designed to enhance the car rental experience for consumers and increase security, reduce operational costs, and increase revenues for car rental companies. The patented system starts with an automated in-vehicle check-out process. Sensors automatically track and wirelessly transmit vehicle mileage and fuel level, as well as location and status on the rental lot.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
"IPv6 Summit, Inc. announced the premier conference on the New Internet, the Coalition Summit for IPv6 on May 23-26, will highlight how the New Internet (IPv6) is a critical part of the enabling technology for the interoperability of joint allied military and homeland defense operations. The Summit will also feature presentations on new dual-use technology such as TV-over-IP and wireless IPv6-enabled vidcams. Registration and details for the conference, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia, are available online at www.coalitionsummit.com. The opening keynote will be by Dr. Linton Wells (Asst. Sec. of Defense and the DoD CIO). "
"Two labor groups and an inventors' rights organization claimed that the U.S. high-tech industry is making false promises about CAFTA's ability to increase U.S. exports and combat intellectual-property theft. In reality, they argue, the agreement would harm people in both Central America and the United States, including American tech workers. According to the study, the United States already has duty-free access to the bulk of the CAFTA country markets."
"Construction is expected to begin this summer for the almost $5 million facility, which will provide research opportunities for faculty and students and create jobs for the greater central Michigan area. "The central Michigan area and CMU are being recognized as prime areas for dendrimer nanotechnology research and for business development," said Nathan Long, president of CMU Research Corp. "The area is easily accessible, and the costs of doing business are lower than in more expensive metropolitan areas. The wet lab merges efficiency with the best technology, innovation and competition. It blends the intellectual capabilities of CMU with research and business development." "
"A consortium comprising The Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Cincinnati and several medical device firms received $22.8 million from the state of Ohio today to establish an Atrial Fibrillation Innovation Center at the Clinic. A second consortium received $6 million to fund age-related macular degeneration research based at the Clinic's Cole Eye Institute and a third Clinic-led group was awarded $4 million to establish a Clinical Tissue Engineering Center. The new Atrial Fibrillation Innovation Center will be one of the state's Wright Centers of Innovation, which consist of large-scale, world-class research and technology development platforms designed to accelerate the pace of Ohio commercialization. Supported by large grants, the Wright Centers have been created under Ohio's Third Frontier Project, a 10-year, $1.1 billion initiative to expand high-tech capabilities and innovation within the state."
"With Gov. Christine Gregoire's recent signature, what is being called the most progressive renewable energy legislation ever passed in a U.S. state is now a reality. The two new laws reflect a fresh policy approach to promoting renewable energy at the state level and already have the full attention of industry manufacturers who expect the measures to kick-start a new regional market in the U.S."
"Raytheon Company and EADS North America have established a partnership to offer the world's best medium transports for the U.S. Army's Future Cargo Aircraft (FCA) program. Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business and the EADS CASA North America business unit will lead the program capture and execution effort."
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
"China is one step closer to being hit with a WTO complaint after the US moved the country nearer the top of its blacklist of intellectual property-infringing countries. The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) issued its annual Special 301 report at the end of April, naming and shaming countries it says have failed to protect IP belonging to US companies and individuals. The USTR also released the findings of an out-of-cycle review of China's progress on IP enforcement, announcing that it was elevating the country to the Priority Watch List because of serious concerns about its compliance with international commitments under the TRIPs Agreement."
"MyFonts, a subsidiary of Cambridge-based Bitstream Inc. has been granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for MyFonts' system for selecting and distributing fonts in conjunction with its e-commerce system. The patent was awarded for specific technology underlying the MyFonts website that enables users to perform search and e-commerce functions on the site regarding fonts."
"The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center recently hosted its first major event for the life sciences. This is the state-funded office created by Gov. Mitt Romney and others in 2003 to accelerate the process of commercializing research. The center, based in Boston, does not focus solely on the life sciences. But its initial forum, held at the Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, was aimed at harnessing the promising technology of the state's medical schools and teaching hospitals."
"In the wilds of the San Jacinto Mountains, along a steep canyon, scientists are turning 30 acres of pines and hardwoods in California into a futuristic vision of environmental study. Dr. Eric A. Graham, left, and Michael Taggart check data received by sensors in the James Reserve forest, which is home to more than 30 rare and endangered species.They are linking up more than 100 tiny sensors, robots, cameras and computers, which are beginning to paint an unusually detailed portrait of this lush world, home to more than 30 rare and endangered species. Much of the instrumentation is wireless. Devices the size of a deck of cards - known as motes, after dust motes - can measure light, wind speed, rainfall, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure, detecting the presence of a warm body or tracking the progress of a chill wind up the canyon."
Monday, May 09, 2005
"Tokyo-based TechFirm is launching an RFID-based service that lets stores and customers exchange information. By pairing a shopper's RFID-enabled phone with RFID readers in the stores, customers can download and save information about the store - a bookmark of sorts for favorite shops."
"When Rear Adm. Scott Fry retired from the Navy last year, Bahman Atefi knew Fry would be a great hire for Alion Science and Technology Corp. Fry had 32 years on active duty and 20 years in senior management positions, including commander of the Eisenhower Battle Group and executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. His last duty station was commander of the Sixth Fleet. Just one problem: There were no openings at Alion for someone with Fry's expertise and experience. The company hired him anyway. "If you hire the right people, the opportunities will come," said Atefi, chairman and chief executive officer of Alion, a McLean, Va., science and engineering company ranked No. 63 on Washington Technology's 2005 Top 100 with $156.2 million in prime IT contracting revenue. "
Sunday, May 08, 2005
"The Sustainable Energy Coalition announced plans for the Eighth Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO to be held in Washington DC on Tuesday, June 21. Previous EXPOs have attracted more than 2,500 visitors including Members of Congress and their staff, Executive Branch officials, members of the media, and interested members of the public. The event, to be co-hosted with the U.S. Senate's and House of Representatives' Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses, will be presented in the Cannon Caucus Room (room 345) of the House Cannon Office Building from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm."
"Jim and Jean Arwood can thank the sun for reduced, not increased, utility rates this summer and in the future. Through a new rebate program offered by Salt River Project, the Phoenix couple nstalled a photovoltaic system on their east Phoenix home. Solar panels now line their roof. Jim Arwood expects solar electricity to account for about a third to a half of the family's electrical usage depending on the time of year, meaning a savings of $300 to $400 a year in utility bills."
"Via Licensing Corp. believes everyone could use a dip in the patent licensing pool -- especially in the hot consumer electronics market -- to stay fresh and perform at their best. The wholly owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories develops and administers patent licensing programs or 'patent pools' on behalf of technology companies for licensees, aiming to provide streamlined access to patents necessary to implement foundational technologies on which products are built. Direct attention is paid to the consumer electronics market, according to Ron Moore, director of licensing and business development, Via Licensing."
Saturday, May 07, 2005
"Los Alamos National Laboratory, operated by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy, and Carbon Designs, Inc. (CDI), today signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to collaborate on the development of ultra-strong fibers made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). CDI will initially invest $2 million in this joint effort to develop fibers expected to be many times stronger than any current engineering materials. The carbon nanotube is a scientific development stemming from the discovery of soccer-ball shaped carbon molecules in 1985 by the chemistry department at Rice University. These microscopic molecules are usually a few nanometers in diameter, or billionths of a meter; comparatively, a virus is 100 nanometers in size. The current CRADA is one of the largest sponsored research agreements ever signed by the Laboratory. "
"Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a new method for identifying specific proteins in whole cell extracts of microorganisms using traditional peptide mass fingerprinting (PMF). The key to the new method, according to the researchers, is a 'shortcut' for preparing samples that makes PMF faster and more economical. By reducing the cost of protein identification, they believe PMF can become an economical tool for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of microorganisms used in environmental cleanup. The researchers used a dioxin-eating organism to demonstrate the capabilities of their methodology, which they described in an article published in the May 2005 edition of Applied and Environmental Microbiology."
"Experts told UPI's Wireless World that wireless security networks are using increasingly sophisticated tools to protect Americans from coast to coast. Research continues in the field, where wireless, nano-scale sensors, are being developed for remote monitoring."
Friday, May 06, 2005
"Forbes magazine's May 9 edition ranks the Boise metro area No. 1 on its annual Best Places for Business and Careers list, which rates 150 cities nationwide on their cost of doing business and ability to attract talented workers. It's the second accolade for Boise in as many months. In April, the metro area finished second in Inc. magazine's annual list of 'Best Cities to Do Business in America.'"
"Ronald Katz, who has made an estimated $1 billion behind the power of 52 patents, came before an expectant group of licensing executives on Thursday and described how he figured out that interactive telephone call processing would one day impact hundreds of millions of lives around the world. In what was billed as the first formal speech about his career, Katz recalled the day in the early 1990s when he told the New York Times that he believed his patent portfolio royalties would one day be worth 'in the tens of millions of dollars if not the hundreds of millions.' His prediction was met with skepticism by the newspaper."
"Konarka Technologies, Inc. announced the Company has signed a $1.6 million contract with the United States Army. As part of this new program, Konarka's light-activated power plastic will provide critical power supply to soldier systems and Army support infrastructure."
Thursday, May 05, 2005
"Three Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are receiving federal technology transfer awards today for research to improve cotton cleaning and meat quality and to utilize a byproduct of cheesemaking. The scientists are winners of the 2005 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer. They are being awarded today during a ceremony in Orlando, Fla. FLC is a nationwide network of more than 700 federal laboratories."
"The Intellectual Property Action Group's educational programme to facilitate a better legal understanding of piracy laws will focus on national prosecutors in Cape Town and surrounding districts today. With the support of the US Embassy and Microsoft (SA), IPACT is to host a workshop focusing on trademark law, copyright law as well as the procedures under the Counterfeit Goods Act from a prosecution perspective in their drive to ensure the proper enforcement of intellectual property law in SA."
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
"The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has named GreenUp, National Grid's renewable energy program, to its Top 10 ranking of utility green power programs, the company announced today. Using information provided by utilities, NREL develops 'Top 10' rankings of utility programs in categories including total sales of renewable energy to participants and total number of customer participants. GreenUp ranked as sixth in both categories out of nearly 130 programs in 34 states, according to the NREL."
"George List, director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Studies, co-heads a federally funded project examining a potential high-tech solution to highway congestion. Traffic is tracked through Global Positioning System devices in cars that are connected wirelessly. Drivers participating in the pilot project essentially act as highway probes, receiving continual feedback from in-car computers intoning commands like 'Just ahead, turn right.' The project is one of many 'smart highway' initiatives, which rely on information from technology such as traffic sensors and roadside cameras. This experimental system, with its automatic updates, would be a bit smarter."
"More than 300 licensing executives, attorneys, academicians and scientists from all over North America are among those expected Wednesday through Friday (May 4-6) in the Triangle as the Licensing Executives Society (LES) of the U.S.A. and Canada holds its 2005 Spring Meeting. With most events scheduled for the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, the meeting is being chaired by Allen and Alicia Baum and has taken the theme - Alliances in Action - to highlight the meeting's emphasis on strategies and techniques of successful business alliances."
"Apple removed the books last week from all 104 of its stores after failing in a monthlong attempt to persuade John Wiley & Sons not to release 'iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business,' which is to go on sale within the next six weeks, the publisher said. The book-spurning is only the latest attempt by Apple executives to crack down on writers who publish or distribute unauthorized or secret information about the computer maker. It's a strategy that experts in brand management say is likely to backfire, only adding to the notoriety of Apple's critics and encouraging sales in countless other bookstores."
Monday, May 02, 2005
"Intellectual property critics say the World Intellectual Property Organization ('WIPO') needs to abandon its pro-IP orientation to help the developing world. Until now, WIPO's job has been to promote intellectual property rights and harmonize the world's intellectual property laws. The premise behind WIPO is that intellectual property rights are good for all nations and people. A group of developing countries and NGOs led by Brazil and Argentina aims to change that premise. They want WIPO to adopt a presumption against increased IP rights, allowing 'higher standards of protection . . . only when it is clearly necessary . . . and where the benefits outweigh the costs of protection.' WIPO is seriously considering this proposal, having just concluded a week of discussions in April, with more meetings to be held in June and July, and a vote scheduled in September."
"There are no cubicles for software engineers or humming server farms capturing their keystrokes. There are, however, plenty of lawyers. Mr. Stout, who has practiced patent law for 33 years, is a founder of NTP, whose only assets are a series of wireless e-mail patents granted to Thomas J. Campana Jr., the other founder, and whose only business is extracting licensing fees from companies."
"Intellectual property -- and protecting it -- is without a doubt a critical underpinning of corporate success and entrepreneurism in the U.S. today. Corporations depend on protecting their ideas to advance their business plans in a market unencumbered by unfair competition. "
Sunday, May 01, 2005
"The National Science Foundation has offered five of its prestigious CAREER awards to faculty members at the University of Rochester. The CAREER award is given to promising scientists early in their careers and is selected on the basis of creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education. Each grant provides $520,000 over a five-year period to help the awardees develop their research."