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Starting with a search – Open vs Closed Innovation in the Post-COVID era

Starting with a search – Open vs Closed Innovation in the Post-COVID era (Part 2)

Traditionally, companies have used a closed patent strategy designed to protect and prolong the lifecycle of existing technologies from competitors. Patents remain a popular way of safeguarding original work, with almost 188,600 applications received by the EPO in 2021 – a 4.5% increase, showing a significant recovery from the small decline recorded in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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Starting with a search – commercialising your IP in the post-COVID era

Starting with a search – commercialising your IP in the post-COVID era (Part 1)

Intellectual Property (IP) is commonly seen as one of the most important economic assets of any corporate entity or research organisation. It is a form of property, which, like land can be sold, rented, or mortgaged. Therefore, it has the potential to generate revenue for a business – even indirectly – and like land, its value depends on its quality. The four main types of IP are patents, trademarks, designs, and copyright. This article focuses on patents, and their commercialisation since these are of the most economic value to innovative companies.

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Innovative Drone Technologies

Innovative Drone Technologies

 

Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), have grown in popularity in recent years. What was once developed for military purposes has since been adapted to become a mainstream technology in a variety of industries including healthcare, agriculture, delivery, and entertainment.

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Latam: a leading hub for innovations and start-up unicorns

Latam: a leading hub for innovations and start-up unicorns  

 

Since the rise of technology, Latin America (LATAM) has historically not been known for its innovation and has seen its progress advance at a slower pace than the rest of the globe. However, in recent years, these regions have gradually been making a name for themselves as attractive areas for new business development and have positioned themselves as key players, attracting investors from around the world. The technological boom in LATAM fostered innovation hubs around the continent. Cities in Columbia, Brazil, and Mexico have been competing to be named the Silicon Valley of Latin America.  

In the spirit of innovation, take a look at what creations sparked unicorns around these LATAM tech hubs. 

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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

 

October 13th is known as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. The date aims to encourage both citizens and the government to take part in becoming more disaster-resilient communities. As we approach this important date, we investigate the next-generation technology that has been helping cities prepare and tackle climate disasters.

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Renewable battery from crustacean shells

Renewable battery from crustacean shells

 

As the world transitions towards deploying green energy solutions and electric vehicles, batteries are becoming a vital storage tool, necessary to facilitate the energy transition. However, the chemicals used in conventional batteries such as lithium-ion can take hundreds or thousands of years to break down and are often corrosive and flammable. Consumer gadget batteries have been known to catch fire on aircrafts or caused fires in waste and recycling sites. Moving away from fossil fuels isn’t enough, the batteries used for green technology also need to be eco-friendly. To solve this problem, a team of researchers from the University of Maryland’s Center for Materials Innovation, led by Liangbing Hu, have developed a renewable zinc battery that uses an electrolyte extracted from crustacean shells. More…

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Overcoming the language barrier

Overcoming the language barrier

In a world that is becoming increasingly globalised, the ability to cross language barriers is crucial. The advancement made during the 1990s technology boom transformed machine translations, and to this day, continues to be continuously improved. In recognition of the United Nations International Translation Day, we’ve explored the developments made in the field of intralingual machine translation. Let’s take a closer look at the key inventors, inventions and jurisdictions, as well as the trends within this field of innovation and the role machine translations play in intellectual property.

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Transparent solar panels: The future of solar energy?

Transparent solar panels: The future of solar energy?

Energy is the pulse of our day-to-day life and how we create and use it is changing rapidly. One thing is certain, to limit global warming we need to move away from fossil fuels altogether and embrace sustainable energy sources. Solar power technologies have been developing for decades, and modern solar power could now become a viable alternative to fossil fuels, but it doesn’t come without its flaws. Solar panels can only be placed at certain angles on buildings, significantly reducing the amount that can be installed in towns and cities. There are also concerns that solar farms can affect biodiversity and farmland and natural habitats need to be safeguarded. But what if these limitations in built up areas were removed? Scientists have been developing transparent solar panels that could be the answer to these issues...  More…

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Biometric technology: A passwordless future?

Biometric technology: A passwordless future?

Biometric technology has come a long way in recent years. We are using facial and fingerprint recognition more and more in our everyday lives and although technically they can be duped, they are still more secure than traditional security measure like passwords. Biometrics allow accounts to be intrinsically linked to an individual, rather than co-opted by hackers who can guess passwords, making them a promising technology for a world that is increasingly online. With this in mind, could passwords be a thing of the past? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of biometric technology? More…

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Innovations helping to tackle air pollution

Innovations helping to tackle air pollution

 

In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly designated the 7th of September as the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The aim is to stress the importance of and urgent need to raise public awareness and to promote and facilitate actions to improve air quality. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 99% of the world’s population is now breathing polluted air, 7 million people die each year due to air pollution and it is one of the main avoidable causes of death and disease globally. To tackle this, innovators have been developing technologies to help improve the air we breathe. More…