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Patent applications in Europe reached record high in 2021

Patent applications in Europe reached record high in 2021

The rate of new inventions has continued to increase with the European Patent Office (EPO) receiving 188,600 applications in 2021, a 4.5% increase on the previous year and the highest number to date. The number of patent applications –  an early indicator of companies’ investments in research and development – increased in nine of the top ten most patent-active fields of technology, with digital communication and computer technology posting the strongest growth. More…

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Global Patent Data Coverage in
PatBase

Global patent data coverage in PatBase

Minesoft is continuously investing in broadening the coverage and quality of the patent data available within our web-based solutions to provide our users with the most comprehensive set of data available. Our full text coverage has been further expanded to 83 collections, with the addition of:

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Trending Innovations in Dental Tech

A dental services report conducted by Healthwatch England has illustrated the difficulties that are experienced by people trying to access dental services in the UK. Waiting list time has been exacerbated by pandemic pressures, with some people waiting anywhere between a few months to three years to get an NHS appointment. A further NHS study has explored the other reasons that people may face reduced access to oral healthcare: 27% of respondents avoid dental treatments altogether due to the costs and 23% of respondents only visit the dentist when they require treatment due to fear of the dentist. 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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World Creativity & Innovation Day
2022: A look into the innovations
paving the way for the future

The UN has designated April 21 as “World Creativity and Innovation Day”. It has been established as a day of observance to encourage the use of creativity and innovation as a primary tool in problem solving regarding “all aspects of human development”.

The main goal of this of this day is to encourage both individuals and countries alike to utilise a holistic and creative-centric approach in their efforts to tackle sustainability and human development issues. The UN explained that creativity is important as it “can provide solutions to some of the most pressing problems such as poverty eradication and the elimination of hunger.”

Take a look at the following innovations which are paving the way for the future, with creativity at the forefront of their solutions:

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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…

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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…