Thomson Reuters Study Finds a Global Imbalance in Diabetes Research Funding

April 24th, 2014

The diabetes epidemic continues to surge with the disease affecting an estimated 382 million people worldwide. But a large gap exists in the research and funding, making understanding these ebbs and flows pivotal in continuing to understand the landscape. That’s why we’ve released a new analysis today that identifies the top 34 global funders of diabetes research.

The analysis was conducted by Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch analysts and found that the U.S. National Institutes of Health is the leading funding organization with 13,436 acknowledgements, followed by the National Natural Science Institute of China with 3,354 acknowledgements, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) with 2,547 acknowledgements. Other top 35 funders include government agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan; and the American Heart Association, as well as global pharmaceutical giants such as Novo Nordisk and Pfizer.

However, several regions that are strongly impacted by the disease were notably absent from the list. According to the International Diabetes Federation, an estimated 20 million people live with the disease in Africa, and the continent has the highest global rate of mortality, but no African organizations were listed among the top funding agencies. Africa-based researchers did contribute to 1,581 diabetes-related papers.

In addition, regions of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and India are similarly afflicted, but their research output does not yet measure up. Sixty five million of India’s 1.2 billion people are affected by diabetes, but no India-based organizations have yet emerged among the 35 most-prolific funders.

To view the infographic that further illustrates this regional imbalance, visit http://sciencewatch.com/sites/sw/files/sw-article/media/sw-diabetes-infographic.pdf

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions Innovation , , ,

China and India Lead the Innovation Charge Inside the G20

April 9th, 2014

We’ve released a new study, “The Research and Innovation Performance of the G20”, that tracks citation patterns in scientific research papers and the patent portfolios of the G20 over a 10-year period. The report provides detailed data on total patent and research citation volumes, as well as deep-dive analysis into subject-matter expertise and overall global influence, in order to give a glimpse into the future of the worldwide innovation landscape.  Following are the key data points:

  • Toppling the Giants? The world share of scientific research citations from the US has fallen from 33 percent in 2003 to 27.8 percent in 2012, while the EU has declined 3 percent over the same period.  Additionally, while domestic patent volume has grown steadily in the US by an annual rate of 2 percent from 2003 to 2012, the Chinese rate of growth dwarfs that figure (29 percent). Also of note, American innovation accounts for 56 percent of all US patent applications, down from 63 percent in 2003, and seven of the top ten patenting companies in the US have headquarters in Asia.
  • Peer-Reviewed Papers Spike in China and India, Brazil Declines: Chinese peer-reviewed papers accounted for 14 percent of the world’s share in 2012, up from 5.6 percent in 2002 and < 0.5 percent at the start of the 1980s, respectively. India produced twice as many published research papers in 2012 as it did in 2003, but the country did experience its first year-over-year dip in 10 years from 2011 to 2012.  Brazil, despite a dramatic increase in total output of peer-reviewed research between 2003 and 2012, accounted for just 2.7 percent of the world’s share and saw slight declines in output between 2011 and 2012.

  • Australia, France and Great Britain Show Strongest Gains in Scientific Influence Among Developed Nations: Senior research producers, such as Australia, France and Great Britain, recorded significantly higher rates in their production of highly cited research papers between 2002 and 2011, while the U.S. was the only major developed nation to lose ground over the same period.

For more information and to read the full report, visit http://sciencewatch.com/sites/sw/files/images/basic/research-innovation-g20.pdf

Below is our infographic on the report (click here to enlarge):

Shift in Influence of G20 Nations

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Thomson CompuMark Study Finds Brands are Flocking to China, Brazil, India, Mexico, Taiwan

March 27th, 2014
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What are the top consumer markets in the world right now?  According to our latest analysis, State of Trademarks: Global Insights on Trademark Trends, which we released this Thursday, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Canada aren’t even in the top 10.  In their place: China, Brazil, India, Mexico and Taiwan.
Thomson Reuters CompuMark, which maintains the world’s largest database of trademark filing data, discovered this significant shift by analyzing global trademark volumes over the course of 2013. The goal was to determine which jurisdictions are receiving the most attention from multinational brands.  We found that new, emerging markets have replaced the old standbys in the branding world:
China Leads the World in Total Trademark Volume: China leads the world with over 860,000 new trademarks published in 2013.  It is followed by the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Turkey and Japan.
India, Mexico and Taiwan Replace UK, Germany and Canada on Top 10 List: When studying each unique mark (regardless of the number of classes in which it is filed),the UK, Germany and Canada dropped from the list of top 10 global trademark registrars and are replaced by India, Mexico and Taiwan. Noticeably missing from the top 10 list was one of the four largest emerging and developing markets, Russia.
Brazil Is Fastest-Growing Consumer Market: Among the top 10 trademark registrars in 2013, those showing the sharpest year-over-year growth in new trademark filings are Brazil (53 percent), South Korea (23 percent) and Turkey (18 percent).
For more information and to download the full report, visit [LINK

What are the top consumer markets in the world right now?  According to our latest analysis, State of Trademarks: Global Insights on Trademark Trends, which we released this Thursday, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Canada aren’t even in the top 10.  In their place: China, Brazil, India, Mexico and Taiwan.

Thomson Reuters CompuMark, which maintains the world’s largest database of trademark filing data, discovered this significant shift by analyzing global trademark volumes over the course of 2013. The goal was to determine which jurisdictions are receiving the most attention from multinational brands.  We found that new, emerging markets have replaced the old standbys in the branding world:

  • China Leads the World in Total Trademark Volume: China leads the world with over 860,000 new trademarks published in 2013.  It is followed by the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Turkey and Japan.
  • India, Mexico and Taiwan Replace UK, Germany and Canada on Top 10 List: When studying each unique mark (regardless of the number of classes in which it is filed),the UK, Germany and Canada dropped from the list of top 10 global trademark registrars and are replaced by India, Mexico and Taiwan. Noticeably missing from the top 10 list was one of the four largest emerging and developing markets, Russia.
  • Brazil Is Fastest-Growing Consumer Market: Among the top 10 trademark registrars in 2013, those showing the sharpest year-over-year growth in new trademark filings are Brazil (53 percent), South Korea (23 percent) and Turkey (18 percent).

For more information and to download the full report, visit trademarks.thomsonreuters.com/industry-resources/industry-research/special-reports

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions Brand Protection, Trademarks , , ,

Quote: Human Element Integral to Innovation

March 21st, 2014

Speaking at the ad:tech event in Sydney, Australia, Owen Rogers, senior partner at Palo Alto-based design firm IDEO, said the human element of the innovation process is too important to be ignored, and unfortunately, many executives do just that when deciding on a strategy:

“There are three elements to any problem – technical, feasible [business] and the human piece. Everybody typically forgets the human piece, or they devalue it, thinking the technical or business piece has to be overcome first and foremost.”

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions Innovation , , , ,

How to Incite a Culture of Innovation

March 20th, 2014

Companies are constantly seeking to create a culture of innovation, but how is it done?

In a piece for Forbes, Michelle Greenwald discusses this very topic, and says that importing external ideas is just as important as the brainstorming sessions that take place inside your company’s walls:

“Companies like P&G, Unilever and Lego communicate new product idea challenges externally on their websites to crowdsource solutions. Unilever has a page titled “Challenges and Wants” where the company lists challenges they have begun working on and projects they’d like to work with partners on, which they call wants […]Other firms, like toy companies, inform outside inventors who invent for specific industries, and send their in-house product designers on inventor sweeps to review outside inventor ideas several times a year.”

Laura GazeLaura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: This is a great read to get a bird’s eye view to get an idea of what some companies are doing to capture new ideas. At times, the direction a company’s innovative efforts could benefit from the clarity of an outside inventor or even a consumer.  By overseeing this type of crowdsourcing, combined with fostering a culture of innovation from within, a Chief Innovation Officer could stand to springboard their company into the future.

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions Innovation , , ,

Does New Apple Patent Hint at a Next-Gen Siri?

March 19th, 2014

According to multiple reports, Apple’s Siri feature – the automated iPhone personal assistant – may be in for an overhaul.

CNET says that a patent filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office could hint at a new Siri feature that would include sensors:

“The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday published patent 8,677,377, ‘Method and apparatus for building an intelligent automated assistant,’ which describes what is essentially a higher-end Siri that can provide automated assistance to people in a wide array of circumstances.”

Patently Apple says the tech relies on software and a combination of sensors to identify where people are, and uses the information it gathers to track their habits and tendencies.

Laura GazeLaura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: The future of scannable tech is based in this RFID-type of technology. Disney recently invested over a billion dollars into installing this at their theme parks, MLB will test Apple iBeacon at Citi Field in Flushing, New York this summer, and now it appears that Apple will look to continue to push this intuitive tech in the form of an enhances Siri. Of course, this has all kinds of interesting commercial applications, especially as companies look to learn more about their consumers, so this development bears significant interest.

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Watch: The Wonderful World of Intellectual Property Asset Management

March 3rd, 2014

Apple, Samsung Headed for Court Over Patent Dispute

February 26th, 2014

Apple and Samsung failed to agree on a settlement in their U.S. patent dispute, setting up another court battle between the two companies again in March.

According to the Wall Street Journal, executives from both companies, including Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Samsung Co-Chief Executive J.K. Shin, met in February with a mediator to try to settle, but they couldn’t reach an agreement. Now, Apple and Samsung will continue to fight in courts world-wide over patent infringement.

Apple initially sued Samsung in 2011, saying that the South Korean company copied the design and feel of the iPhone and the iPad, and was awarded a ruling of rough $1 billion by a federal jury. This March’s trial between the two companies involves different Apple patents, used in more-recent Samsung products, such as the Galaxy S III smartphone. The Journal says that, since the trial involves newer products that were bigger sellers, industry experts say there is a possibility of an even larger damages award, if Samsung is found to have infringed Apple’s patents.

Laura GazeLaura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: And the beat goes on between these two companies. The failed mediation didn’t come as much of a surprise, and now Samsung stands to lose big again if Apple can prove infringement in court. We speculated all the way back in 2012 that companies would be more diligent about protecting the shape, size and technology of their smartphones, but, clearly, this continued to be an issue in the smartphone space.

Others in the industry have surely taken notice of this ongoing battle. Even some deals, such as Google’s recent sale of Motorola to Lenovo, could be seen as a distant ripple radiating from these battles between Samsung and Apple. There’s no doubt another finding for Apple could put Samsung on the ropes, but for just exactly how it would affect their operations moving forward…that’s anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure: a lot will be on the line this time around.

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions Patents , , ,

STEM Academy Continues on the Road to Innovation

February 25th, 2014

The Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy is paving the road towards new American innovators, and the world is taking notice.

The school, which was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine last week, launched a year and a half ago. There, the students are called “innovators,”  and they receive a hardcore focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. IBM — the academy’s partner and a key developer of the curriculum — promises graduates a $40,000-plus opportunity at the company upon graduation, which takes six years instead of the traditional four; the extra two years means they walk away with an associate’s degree on top of their high school diploma.

The school bears the name of Goode, who, in 1885, was the first African American woman ever granted a patent.

Laura GazeLaura Gaze, Director, IP Solutions: This model is incredible, and certainly commendable. For years, we’ve heard that America is falling behind developing nations in science and math performance and homegrown innovation, and a corporate partner like IBM trying to tackle the problem head on is exactly the kind of action that is needed. This model has the potential to be very powerful. As the school matures and the first graduates enter IBM, it will be interesting to see how they perform and, if  successful, whether this could ultimately signal a shift in the entire educational structure of our nation.

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions Innovation , , ,

Expanding Global Access to a Key Knowledge Source for Mobility Engineers

February 19th, 2014

SAE International is the ultimate knowledge source for mobility engineering — a global association that unites more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development, resulting in a comprehensive collection of over 10,000 active standards covering hundreds of topics related to design, energy, materials, management, quality, safety, testing and performance. Today, a new generation of engineers will have access to those standards via the Techstreet Subscriptions web-based enterprise platform – the newest, most innovative and fastest growing platform for standards managment. You can browse the SAE catalog of active and historical standards on the Techstreet website, http://www.techstreet.com/publishers/sae.

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions Innovation