patenting in the metaverse
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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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Smart homes & telemedicine:
the future of healthcare?

Smart homes & telemedicine: the future of healthcare?

The rapid growth of the aged population has caused an immense increase in the need for personal care, particularly for people with chronic conditions such as dementia or diabetes. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Innovation Index 2019, the number of people living with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 and is rising even more rapidly now in low to middle income countries. More…

Press release
Minesoft appoints Spencer Slaine
as President of North America

photo of Spencer Slaine

London, April 4th, 2022 — Minesoft, a leading global patent search solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Spencer Slaine as President of North America for Minesoft and as a member of the Global Senior Executive Team.

Spencer is an accomplished IP professional and executive who has worked in various roles at several IP service and software organizations over the last seven years. He brings a wealth of IP knowledge and business development expertise to the Minesoft leadership team.

Spencer previously worked for Ipan GmbH, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, where he supported the launch of the company domestically. He then served as Head of Sales for North America for Ipan/Delegate Group, driving significant growth before their acquisition by CPA Global, where he served as a Vice President of Strategic Accounts. Following CPA Global’s acquisition by Clarivate, Spencer was a Director of Product Sales where he worked with industry leading companies to help develop their innovation strategies.

In his new role, Spencer will lead the further expansion of Minesoft’s North American footprint working alongside industry veteran, Tim Campbell, Executive Vice President of Minesoft. Spencer will oversee customer success, sales, and marketing, focusing primarily on new business growth and strategy in North America.

“For over 25 years, Minesoft has been successfully providing mission-critical and best-in-class intellectual properly research and analytics solutions to corporations and law firms around the world. I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to work for such a highly regarded and long-standing organization and to support their goals of continued growth and expansion in the U.S. marketplace. Our top priority is and has always been putting the customer first and supporting their innovation workflow and lifecycle,” said Spencer Slaine, President, North America, Minesoft.

“Minesoft, backed by Warburg Pincus and MLM 2, is expanding and on the look-out for top IP professionals to help our new phase of expansion and growth. We are thrilled to be joined by Spencer Slaine, whose expertise and commitment is exactly the combination we are looking for to join the senior executive team. We look forward to further strengthening the existing Minesoft team across the world,” said Ann Chapman Daniel, Co-Founder, Minesoft.

About Minesoft

Founded in 1996 to develop databases and software solutions for the Information industry, Minesoft specializes in tools and services for retrieving, storing, and distributing patent information throughout the enterprise. Minesoft develops web-based patent search and software solutions offering searchable databases, competitive intelligence tracking, patent analytics and customized corporate knowledge management. Minesoft’s clients include Fortune 500/FTSE 100 type companies around the world, national IP Offices, IP Legal and Patent Attorney firms.

Press contact: Caitlin Kavanagh ([email protected])

blockchain
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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…

woolly mammoth
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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…

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Minesoft acquired by MLM 2 and
Warburg Pincus

Minesoft acquired by MLM2 and Warburg Pincus

The Minesoft team are excited to announce the acquisition of Minesoft by MLM 2 and Warburg Pincus, marking the first acquisition for MLM 2 in building a market-leading IP solutions platform, focused on unlocking the power of intellectual property. More…