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Minesoft Training and Support Available When Working From Home 

In these strange and uncertain times when many have been encouraged to work from home, you can still rely on Minesoft for the online training and support you may need. The Minesoft Support team is working hard to make sure that support continues to be readily available to our customers. Below, you will find several online resources that are always available but may be especially helpful in this period of working from home.  More…

April fool's
April Fool’s! Prank your friends with
these patented items

April 1st, also known as April Fools Day, is associated with the tradition of playing practical jokes on friends. However, according to many online sources the origins of the tradition are unclear. Some claim the tradition comes from the changing of the Julian to Gregorian Calendar in France 1582. Those who were unaware of the change continued to celebrate the new year in the last week of March into April (failing to recognise the New Year’s Day now fell on January 1st), and consequently were teased by their peers. Another theory is that the tradition originates from the ancient Roman festival Hilaria celebrated at the end of March where people dressed up in disguises.   More…

Nuclear Medicine: the past, present
and future of brain cancer imaging

Nuclear Medicine: the past, present and future of brain cancer imaging

All of the greatest, most renowned inventions start with an idea and patents are often the first and only source of these ideas, as most are never published elsewhere. Holding approximately 70% of the world’s technical and scientific information, patent data is a crucial resource for inter-disciplinary research and development. This article uses patent data to explore how particle physics has contributed to medical practices, merging to form the field known as ‘nuclear medicine’. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Innovation Index references PET scanners, particularly, as a prime example of the marriage between particle physics and imaging tools. This article utilizes the example of medical imaging, namely PET scanners, to shed light on the nature and importance of shared data within the technical sphere. More…

world water day
World Water Day: tackling water
scarcity and sanitation issues

UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 aims to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” by 2030. Lack of access to safe drinking water and poor sanitation negatively impacts food security, livelihood choices, and opportunities for education. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water. More…

Disaster borne innovation

One of the signposts of advanced society is disaster preparedness. In a world increasingly affected by changes in the environment, disaster mitigation and relief has never been more important. Many military technologies, originally borne out of necessity, have trickled down into the mainstream population for civilian use, like GPS, EpiPens and duct tape. More…

Minesoft announces more free
PatBase training webinars

From March 2020, Minesoft Support will be running free monthly training webinars on PatBase News, Getting Started With PatBase and PatBase Express: An Introduction.

At the end of every session we will open the floor to take any questions and feedback you may have. The webinars are on a rolling schedule each month, so if you miss a session you can always register to attend the following month. More…

Are we seeing a rising demand for
wearable air purifiers?

People around the world are jumping on the trend of wearing face masks out in public for a multitude of reasons. Face masks are worn as a result of high air pollution in cities, to stop the spreading of viruses, to retain anonymity, as a fashion statement or for a combination of these reasons. There has also been an increase in supplements and skin care products being purchased for the purpose of keeping skin healthy and ageless. Air pollution has a negative effect on both the internal body such as the lungs and on the external body it negatively affects the skin. Wrinkles, aging, and nasty toxins can be emitted from air pollution into the skin which ultimately people are trying to prevent by using face masks, wearable air purifiers and skin products. More…

Plastic waste vs. e-waste: where is the industry investing the big bucks?
What is happening with exported plastic and electronic waste at present?

Many wealthy countries export plastic and electronic waste (e-waste) to less economically developed countries to recycle or dispose of. Until 2018, China was accepting more than half of this exported waste. However, as concern for pollution in China increased, a ban on some types of waste imports was introduced. As a result, waste imports in other countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Poland, and Turkey, have risen significantly. However, the same issues China experienced are leading these countries to return waste to the originating country. More…

Latest IPShare updates deliver
enhanced analysis, exports and user

IPShare combines quality-checked comprehensive data with high-level features. Users can store, review, rank, highlight and organise patent documents and non-patent literature on an easy-to-use and fully web-based platform which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. IPShare has adapted the use of high-quality patent data – once only available in online solutions for high stakes professional searching, legal status monitoring and competitive intelligence tools – into a document management & collaboration tool. Keep reading to find out more about the latest updates to IPShare. More…