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Is This True?: The Most Innovative Products are Not Being Patented

By Dennis Crouch Mike Masnick at techdirt highlights an interesting new academic study by article by a group of international economists. The paper examines winners of the R&D 100 award published annually by R&D Magazine.
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University of California seeks assignment of nanopore patents from former grad student

University of California seeks assignment of nanopore patents from former grad student | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
The dispute relates to ownership of a series of patents covering DNA sequencing, which UC says were developed while the inventor was obliged t
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Supreme Court Just Made Life Worse for Patent Holders

Supreme Court Just Made Life Worse for Patent Holders | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
The justices give manufacturers a road map for avoiding infringement lawsuits.
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The to do list for the Unitary Patent Package

How to prepare for the upcoming Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, which are expected to start functioning on 1 December of this year? In a guest post, Wouter Pors, partner of Bird & Bird in The Hague, discusses licensing, co-ownership, opting-out and other important features of the new system and explains that patent... Continue reading
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Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight

Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
The ruling gives the Broad Institute the potentially lucrative rights, a blow to the University of California, often said to be the birthplace of the technique.
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University Incubators May Lead to Lower-Quality Innovation, New Study Shows

University Incubators May Lead to Lower-Quality Innovation, New Study Shows | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
WACO, Texas (Feb. 8, 2017) – The establishment of university-affiliated incubators is often followed by a reduction in the quality of university innovations, according to a new study co-authored by Peter Klein, Ph.D., professor of entrepreneurship and senior fellow in the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.
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Report Suggests What Trump Means for the U.S. Patent System

Report Suggests What Trump Means for the U.S. Patent System | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
A new report, however, offers some clues into how the new President will approach the patent system
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The real reason the EpiPen and other off-patents are so expensive

The real reason the EpiPen and other off-patents are so expensive | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
The maker of the EpiPen has raised the price of two injectable treatments to about US$600, six times the price nine years ago. Why do drug companies do this? Because they can. The FDA ends up helping.
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Experts: Void from U.S. patent “train wreck” is being filled by China’s patent system

Experts: Void from U.S. patent “train wreck” is being filled by China’s patent system | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
In a few short years China’s patent system has gone from an IP rights wannabe to one of the most responsive and patent-friendly systems in the world. Leading U.S. IP experts say that underlyi…
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While the US patent system is imploding, China is leading the course!
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BREAKING: Commerce Lists USPTO Director as Vacant, USPTO declines to comment on Michelle Lee

BREAKING: Commerce Lists USPTO Director as Vacant, USPTO declines to comment on Michelle Lee | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
With the USPTO declining comment on whether Michelle Lee is still the Director of the Office one has to wonder what is happening at the Patent Office.
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The patent bubble is ready to pop

The patent bubble is ready to pop | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
I’m certainly not going to win any popularity contests for writing this article.  The last thing anybody wants to talk about after a presidential election is a patent bubble.  After all, most of us took a nice stock market beat down during the recent housing bubble and mortgage crisis.


For the past 40 years, intellectual property,  technology development, and invention ideas have been the driving force behind the United States and much of the world’s developed economy. Companies like Apple, Amazon and Amgen have been the leaders in wealth creation. Biotech, software, and communications systems have made fortunes for many and changed the world we live in.

It has resulted in a mad rush to capitalize on the “next big thing.” And that is creating a global patent bubble.  The chase of Intellectual Property (IP) has created the next “irrational exuberance.”  If the term rings a bell, it’s because it was the phrase that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan used when warning about stocks being overvalued during the DotCom Bubble of the 1990s.

Since Microsoft burst onto the scene, IP has been seen as the next gold rush. Companies, venture capitalists, private equity shops, and universities worldwide are searching for new patents and copyrights that will create killer returns.
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Global Patent Applications Rose to 2.9 Million in 2015 on Strong Growth From China; Demand Also Increased for Other Intellectual Property Rights

Global Patent Applications Rose to 2.9 Million in 2015 on Strong Growth From China; Demand Also Increased for Other Intellectual Property Rights | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
Innovators in China powered global patent applications to a new record in 2015, filing more than a million applications for the first time ever within a single year amid rising worldwide demand for intellectual property rights that undergird economic activity.
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2.9M patent app in 2015!! Report from WIPO
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CRISPR patent hearing produces no clear winner, only ‘soft signals’

CRISPR patent hearing produces no clear winner, only ‘soft signals’ | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
Two research teams vie for rights to prized genome editing tool
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CRISPR patent interference hearing was yesterday!
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Chinese patent office receives over one million patent applications, 96 percent are domestic office only

Chinese patent office receives over one million patent applications, 96 percent are domestic office only | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
Of the 2.9 million patent applications filed in patent offices across the world in 2015, more than one million were filed with the Chinese patent office.
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Argument preview: Justices to consider limits on “exhaustion” of patent rights

Argument preview: Justices to consider limits on “exhaustion” of patent rights | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
The March argument session brings the most important patent cases of this term. In the October (Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple) and December (Life Technologies Corp. v Promega Corp.) sessions, the justices heard cases that involved rules for multi-component products. The March session features two
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How Much Is a CRISPR Patent License Worth?

How Much Is a CRISPR Patent License Worth? | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
The CRISPR patent decision last Wednesday, and the resulting chaos on the biotech market, suggests that CRISPR patent licenses have real value—and real consequences.
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CRISPR: what about the licensees?
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Patent troll that sued over Apple Watch and 80 other fitness products meets its match

Patent troll that sued over Apple Watch and 80 other fitness products meets its match | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
CEO defends patent lawsuits: "We will slingshot our IP at all the offenders."
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Greedy patent troll!
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L’innovation française repart à l’offensive

L’innovation française repart à l’offensive | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
La France arrive en sixième position dans le « Top 10 » des pays qui déposent des brevets en Europe.
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Have you seen the future? Top 5 predictions from the 2017 Tech Trends Report

Have you seen the future? Top 5 predictions from the 2017 Tech Trends Report | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
The Future Today Institute recently released the eagerly anticipated “2017 Tech Trends Report.” Entering its 10th year, the report outlines in great detail the emerging technology trends, which will influence business, education, politics, government, education and society in the coming year. In an age where technology has the power to disrupt and transform a marketplace
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Provenance of U.S. patents in question as they continue to carry signature of Michelle Lee

Provenance of U.S. patents in question as they continue to carry signature of Michelle Lee | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
Sources say the USPTO was prepared to issue patents with the signature of Drew Hirshfeld, but at the last minute reverted back to Michelle Lee's signature.
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IPO adopts resolution supporting legislation to amend 35 U.S.C. § 101

IPO adopts resolution supporting legislation to amend 35 U.S.C. § 101 | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
IPO recommends a legislative solution that would both amend § 101, and add two new subsections to § 101. The proposal would eliminate the abstrac
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LES (U.S.A. and Canada) Urges Trump Administration to Revive Intellectual Property Protection - Licensing Executives Society (LES)

On January 13, 2017 in a letter to the incoming Trump Administration, The Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada (LES) offered recommendations for reviving intellectual property protection to improve a once robust but now diminished patent system.
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LES letter to Trump --> Revive IP protection!
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Is Michelle Lee Refusing to Leave the USPTO?

Is Michelle Lee Refusing to Leave the USPTO? | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
I learned from a credible source that Michelle Lee was either refusing to resign or perhaps attempting to revoke her letter of resignation in a
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Gilead to pay Merck $2.54B in largest-ever patent infringement case

Gilead to pay Merck $2.54B in largest-ever patent infringement case | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it
A federal jury has awarded $2.54 billion in royalties to Merck, ruling against Gilead in a monumental patent infringement case involving two blockbuster hepatitis C drugs. The kicker? The judge has the power to triple that figure.
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Largest ever patent infringement case!
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Will the CRISPR patent landscape soon move to a one-stop license shopping?

Will the CRISPR patent landscape soon move to a one-stop license shopping? | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it

The past 24 hours have brought new light and significant moves in the complex CRISPR patent landscape.

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Johns Hopkins leads U.S. universities in research spending for 37th consecutive year

Johns Hopkins leads U.S. universities in research spending for 37th consecutive year | Technology Transfer & Innovation | Scoop.it

"Hopkins spent a record $2.306 billion in FY2015, the most among U.S. universities for the 37th year in a row"

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JHU top university in research spending... 2.3B$!!
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