Sports patents, when do innovations
cross the ethical line?

From Thomas Edison’s light bulb to pioneering drug treatments, inventions are essential for mankind’s progression. This technological development crosses all industries but for the sporting industry it can raise some ethical questions. When do these innovations designed to make sports safer or help athletes to achieve even greater feats, surpass the actual physical performance of the athlete? Looking at some sports patents which have made headlines over the past decade or so gives an insight into where international sports associations draw the line. More…

Celebrity patents: quirky inventions
from the rich & famous

Celebrity patents are more common than many would expect. It’s not only scientists, zany inventors and large corporations hold patents, but many famous people have patents as well! This list will show some of the incredible & extraordinary ideas that have been patented by people from Michael Jackson, to Kanye West and Steven Spielberg. Thanks to the publish link option in PatBase, it’s easy to share these inventions with anyone, even non-PatBase users! More…

rugby posts
Researching innovations in a
technology area: Rugby

2019 is set to be a big year for all rugby fans, the ongoing Six Nations Championship – an annual international rugby union competition between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales – is just the start! This Autumn, the Rugby World Cup will be taking place in Japan, the first time ever that the tournament will be held in Asia – a sign of the ever-growing popularity of the sport. The Six Nations is becoming one of the most popular sporting events these days, so turnout is expected to be huge at these rugby matches. As more eyes are on these competitions, it’s likely that more and more people will be gambling on these matches to try and make some money. If anyone is interested in sports gambling, it might be worth clicking here to see some of the best betting apps. Hopefully, this will make it easier for rugby fans to invest in their team and make some money if they win. More…

Tech giants form Digital Geneva Convention to protect civilians in Cyberspace

The internet has unquestioningly revolutionised our world. It enables us to remain connected across vast distances, to share information between groups in the time it takes to pose a question and supports an ever-increasing complexity in available services.

A new place has been created for humans, or at least for their actions and words, to inhabit: Cyberspace. With the formation of Cyberspace, the internet has become something more than a tool, it has become a frontier of sorts. A place where new cultures and groups are formed between people that will never meet face to face, and just like any frontier, Cyberspace has its share of pirates and bandits.

Cyberattacks have been increasing in volume since the beginning of 2017, when notoriety grew in the wake of a series of successful WannaCry ransomware attacks that hit companies and services across Europe. By April 2017, almost 70% of discovered malware comprised ransomware.

This trend had rapidly reversed by the second half of 2017; as a result of an increase in awareness to ransomware, a refusal to pay from most victims, and a reliance on the volatile cryptocurrency market which provided the scammers their anonymity once they collected their return. Instead, Crypto-mining software becoming the malware of choice to use in an attack, allowing an infected machine to be used to mine for cryptocurrency rather than extorting a one-off payment from the owner to restore access to the machine.

With this rise in large scale attacks and the recent publicity around the data harvesting practices of some of the larger tech giants, it is unsurprising that a group of tech companies is forming a so-called Digital Geneva convention: The Tech Accord.

Largely from the US and Western Europe the accord does not include any companies from countries believed to be involved in the escalation of digital threats in recent years: namely Russia, North Korea and Iran.

The Accord will commit adherents to four key areas of responsibility:

  • Strengthening defensive capabilities
  • Refusing to provide offensive capabilities
  • Helping customers and users defend themselves
  • Working collectively to minimise the potential for damaging cyber attacks

Brad Smith, President at Microsoft, has been the creative force behind The Accord. Smith has argued for months that the tech industry requires such a group to keep internet users safe and to commit governments to protecting their civilians from nation-state level attacks in times of peace.

Due to their ability to cause significant harm to infrastructure without direct causalities, it is likely that Cyberattacks at the national level are likely to continue to increase; hand-in-hand with Cybercrime committed by individuals or groups. However, with some of the biggest players in the tech industry rallying to Microsoft’s banner, perhaps the tide may be turning for the bandits of the Cyber Frontier.

On June 12, Minesoft will be publishing a case study on the emerging patenting trends in the Cybersecurity sector over the last 10 years. To request your free copy, please contact [email protected].