It’s the start of a new year and along with it come the “New Year Resolutions”, perhaps including being more productive at work… From increasing efficiency to ensuring you have all the necessary tools at your disposal, here are some of Minesoft’s top tips to boost productivity in 2022. More…
Throughout the year, Minesoft is committed to supporting local and national charities, helping to fund essential research and reach the most vulnerable people in our society. This year we are proud to have supported the Alzheimer’s Society, the Poppy Factory, the Vineyard Community and the Royal Overseas League. More…
Each year, inventors are inspired by the festive period and come up with an array of novel ideas to celebrate the holidays. Many inventors will decide to protect their creations and their intellectual property by applying for a patent, which will sometimes in turn allow them to commercialise the said invention. So, let’s dive into some of the finest festive patents! More…
Pfizer signs deal allowing generics to produce COVID pill
On the 16th of November, Pfizer announced a deal with international public health group Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) that will allow generic drug manufacturers to produce and supply its experimental antiviral COVID-19 pill. The licensing agreement will authorise the MPP to grant sub-licenses to qualified drug companies in 95 low and middle-income countries, giving residents access to affordable life-saving treatment. More…
Our oceans are vital to humans’ survival, the balance of ecosystems and the future of our planet. For decades, climate change, pollution, and unsustainable fishing has put widespread and severe pressure on oceans and marine life. This in turn has a knock-on effect causing marine fisheries to diminish, with some species being hunted to near extinction, bleaching of coral reefs, rising sea levels, falling pH levels and the proliferation of toxic algae. However, it is not all doom and gloom. Ocean conservation efforts have intensified over recent years with the development and adoption of disruptive technologies to help preserve marine life and reverse or curb these longstanding threats.
Bioinformatics & Digital Health patents: A rapidly changing landscape
A recent study by IP firm Mewburn Ellis found the number of patents and applications published within the bioinformatics and digital health sectors has risen significantly over the last 10 years. This surge in computer-assisted healthcare IP protection, particularly in the US and China, suggests organisations need to adapt their IP strategies and ensure their inventions are protected within this rapidly evolving patent landscape.
The real-world effect of diversity of inventors in Biomedicine
Over the years studies have shown that more patents are awarded to men than women. Although the gender gap is narrowing it has been reported that only 16.2% of biomedical patents are held by women. Some studies on this topic claim that health and medicine-related innovations more often address men’s health and our society could be missing out on important medications, devices, and technologies that could benefit women’s health. Recent studies highlight the importance of diversity of inventors and the impact this has on the development of diverse innovative solutions that would benefit society as a whole.
Spaceflight company, OrbitX, joins the LOT network
The Philippines’ first commercial spaceflight company, Orbital Exploration Technologies (or OrbitX) is developing the country’s first suborbital launch vehicles; powered by renewable, low-fuel made from waste plastics. The space travel start-up is aiming to launch their first rockets between 2023 and 2024.
The start-up was founded by Dexter Baño Jr. in 2019. The same year that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Philippine Space Act, which has paved the way for the setting up of a new Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).
In a bid to make video games more inclusive to people with disabilities, Electronic Arts (EA) has announced a Patent Pledge. The Pledge will give competitors and developers free access to its accessibility-related patents and technology without fear of being sued for infringement. Around 15% of the global population have a disability, making this decision by EA a welcome move to make video games more accessible to all.