Posts Tagged: innovation


Ethical, legal questions arise as scientists work to teach robots to feel pain

One way we use robots is the navigation of dangerous situations, in which robots perform tasks that would put a human worker at high risk of injury …
By Megan Ray Nichols
10 months ago 21

Case Study: How to reward and remunerate inventors in China?

Whether to compensate inventors and how to compensate inventors for their innovative work have been important topics in some countries such as Germany, Japan and China. The …
By Xiunan Jin
10 months ago 1

Is it Time To Amend 101?

Rather than the drastic measure of abolishing § 101, such as that proposed by previous USPTO Director Kappos, we think that a simple change to § 101 that removes the confusing …

Autonomous robots report shows half of use cases are outside of self-driving car sector

To get a better idea of the scope of the autonomous robot market, intellectual property analysis firm Innography recently released a trends report focusing on the autonomous …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 1

Invention Harvesting: Best Practices for Turning Aspiration into Action

Invention harvesting can be leveraged in the context of active development projects to ensure that valuable project-related intellectual property (IP) is duly protected. Significantly, invention harvesting also …
By Carlo Cotrone
11 months ago 0

Causes and Consequences of Productivity Growth Declines

While all economic views of productivity growth may have a grain of truth, I argue that all of these theories of productivity growth are fundamentally wrong. The …
By Neal Solomon
11 months ago 14

In Defense of Patents: Retaining value and relevance of patents in periods of rapid innovation

Innovation, whether in the technical or biological fields, occurs at a pace today that likely exceeds any period in history. This is due in part to the …
By Kevin McLintock
11 months ago 0

Property Rights Key to Bayh-Dole Act’s Success

The focus of the political advocates pushing march-in may be lower drug costs. But the long-term costs of ripping apart IP rights are far higher and more …
By James Edwards
1 year ago 5

Inventing to Solve Problems

Sometimes inventors get so caught up in the creation aspect of inventing that they fail to stop and ask whether they should be investing the time, money …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

2016 Rio Olympics will see plenty of U.S. innovations from Nike, Comcast and Cisco

One way in which innovation has already touched the games before it has even begun is in the figure of the famed Olympic torch, which travels the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

How head impacts challenge the NFL to improve helmet innovation

The harder and more unbreakable the helmet the better it is to protect from a cosmetic standpoint, but the more likely the helmet will transfer the power …

The Last VCR: The final punctuation on the rise and fall of old-school home video

Reports from Japanese media indicate that Osaka-based Funai Electric (TYO:6839) will cease production of videocassette recorders (VCRs) by the end of the month. The company cited a …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 3

2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will feature innovations for athletes, spectators alike

In major American sports, players, spectators and referees alike are all interested in making sure that fouls are called properly and that athletes are always abiding by …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

NASA releases 56 patents to public domain, creates searchable database portal for commercial spin-offs

NASA released 56 formerly-patented technologies to the public domain so that they can be used by commercial enterprises prior to their expiration. Patents released by NASA into the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Evolution of Tech: Willis Carrier helps us beat the summer heat with the invention of air conditioning

In 1902, shortly after joining the Buffalo Forge Company, Willis Carrier had a momentary insight while standing on a train station in Pittsburgh, which would lead him to …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 3