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World Oceans Day: Innovations that are saving our oceans

World Oceans Day

 

World Oceans Day, celebrated on the 8th of June each year, aims to raise awareness of the role oceans play in our everyday lives and inspire action to protect them and learn how to sustainably use our marine resources. Our oceans are our planet’s lifeline, they connect, sustain and support mankind. Securing the ocean’s wellbeing will have a positive impact on many global issues including, climate change, poverty, unemployment and more. This year’s World Ocean Day theme is Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean, with this in mind let’s take a look at some innovative initiatives and solutions developed to protect and preserve our oceans. More…

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Why you should invest in a
commercial patent database

If you’re an innovator you should be regularly accessing a patent database as patents are often early indicators of emerging technologies. With almost 8 million patents filed worldwide in 2021, patent searching and analysis can provide actionable insights for businesses, allowing them to make strategic decisions from idea conception to monetisation. But with patent information being freely available on National and Regional patent offices and many free-of-charge patent databases, why should you invest in a commercial patent database? More…

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Patenting innovations in the
metaverse

Facebook’s rebranding to ‘Meta’ last year brought renewed attention to the metaverse, driving innovation in both hardware and software technology spaces. The introduction of Meta may be relatively recent but the development and patenting of metaverse technologies has been ongoing for decades. Although some companies already have vast patent portfolios, due to the size of the metaverse space, there are still plenty of opportunities for innovation and patenting. So, what is the metaverse and what innovations are eligible for patent protection? More…

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The blockchain boom: A cause for
celebration or concern?

Since its conception in 2008, blockchain technology has developed consistently over the years. This is especially true in recent years with a record 9,973 global patents related to blockchain filed in the past year, up from 3,810 two years earlier according to new research carried out by law firm Mathys & Squire*. This fast development has raised growing concerns over the sustainability of blockchain technology due to the amount of energy needed to operate the servers, as well as the significant amount of electronic waste (e-waste) generated. The rush to secure new commercial applications of blockchain has pushed R&D in this space, with a particular focus on new uses for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and attempts to make the technology less carbon intensive. So, what are the environmental concerns that surround blockchain and what can be done to address these? Are there other possible applications for blockchain technology that could help eliminate ethical and sustainability issues in other industries? More…

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World Meteorological Day: Interesting inventions that help us predict the
weather

Every year we celebrate the World Meteorological Day to commemorate the creation of the World Meteorological Organization. Since the first ever weather forecast by Robert FitzRoy in the 19th century, scientists have developed tools and technologies to help better predict the weather. With extreme weather events becoming more and more common due to climate change, it is now more important than ever to be able to predict and be better prepared for these conditions. More…

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Can you patent a Woolly Mammoth? An unclear ethical line in
de-extinction science

In a recent article in the popular science and technology publication Wired, writer Matt Reynolds explores the practical implications of why “You’re (Maybe) Gonna Need a Patent for That Woolly Mammoth”.

The idea that scientists are modifying DNA and racing to bring extinct species back from the dead may conjure up thoughts of worst-case scenarios as depicted in Jurassic Park films. If, like in the films, genetic engineering (cutting and pasting genes in DNA from two organisms to create new genetic material) is successful in resurrecting the woolly mammoth, does the inventiveness of combining two naturally pre-existing genes qualify the new species for patent protection? Or is the new organism protected by nature? More…

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Harnessing the value in patent
citations

With the increasing need for fully global citation analysis for international organisations, the volume and complexity of patent citations makes it a difficult area to efficiently navigate. However, with the right tools it is also an exceptionally valuable one. PatBase and Analytics V3 support innovators and legal professionals across all industries gain competitive and business intelligence by performing accurate patent citations analysis. More…