carbon dioxide
Blog
Converting excess carbon dioxide into organic molecules

Converting excess carbon dioxide into organic molecules

 

Since the Industrial Revolution, CO2 emissions have been consistently rising with analysts estimating that total global carbon dioxide emissions reached 40.6 billion tonnes in 2022. Scientists and engineers are not only looking for green alternatives to help reduce emissions, but also ways to utilise the excess carbon dioxide available. A team of researchers from Cornell University has used electrochemistry to convert carbon dioxide into a series of organic molecules that are vital to pharmaceutical development. More…

money plant
Blog
Avoid millions in wasted R&D loss in 2023 with Minesoft’s patent solutions!

Avoid millions in wasted R&D loss in 2023 with Minesoft’s patent solutions!

Hit the ground running in 2023 and avoid millions in wasted R&D loss with Minesoft’s suite of patent solutions. Developed with our clients in mind, our patent intelligence platforms make it easy to explore any technology area to avoid infringement and parallel development.

All of the greatest, most renowned inventions start with an idea; patents are often the first and only source of these ideas as many are never published elsewhere. Hence, companies around the world are protective of the value in their own intellectual property (IP) and realise the importance of monitoring the IP of their competitors. Minesoft is a world-renowned service provider for the Intellectual Property industry, to help companies harness the knowledge found in patents, gain competitive intelligence and build on the ideas of others to drive innovation worldwide.   More…

biodegradable circuit boards
Blog
The fight against electronic waste: Biodegradable circuit boards

The fight against electronic waste: Biodegradable circuit boards

With electronics being such an integral part of modern society, the problem of how to properly dispose of or recycle these needs to be addressed. E-waste often comprises of products with a battery or plug and features toxic substances such as mercury, posing severe risks to human and environmental health. Researchers have been exploring ways to make various electronics and their components more eco-friendly. One team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation and published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, has innovated ground-breaking biodegradable circuit boards that hope to solve the growing problem of e-waste and pave the way for future, fully disposable electronics. More…

body heat energy
Blog
Body heat: The latest source of renewable energy?

Body heat: The latest source of renewable energy?

 

The COP27 in Egypt is well underway bringing with it an important reminder of the growing necessity to reduce CO2 emissions to help tackle climate change. Renewable Energy isn’t a new topic; however, the energy crisis seems to have pushed people and businesses to think of more innovative ways to foster clean energy, move away from fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions. One music venue in Glasgow, SWG3, has recently switched on a system that creates renewable energy from the body heat of people on its dancefloor. Using body heat as an energy source isn’t a new concept but this is the first time it has been implemented to power a building using solely clean energy. More…

open patent strategy closed patent strategy
Blog
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.

More…

commercialising IP
Blog
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.

More…

Innovative drone technology
Blog
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.

More…

machine translation
Blog
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. 

More…

international day for national disaster reduction
Blog
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.

More…