Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

Thomson Reuters to Host Inside Innovation Event on Nov 6

October 23rd, 2014

Thomson Reuters is hosting an exclusive event and you’re invited!

On November 6th, leading U.S. innovators will gather at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA for Inside Innovation: What It Takes to Win.

This free event will include a panel discussion, moderated by Rob Cox from Reuters Breakingviews. and a question and answer session that will help attendees glean insights from some of the most innovative minds at the nation’s top firms and institutions.

Among those set to appear at the event are:

  • Dr. Michael Karasick, VP Innovations, IBM Watson Group
  • Dr. Peter Lee, Head of Research, Microsoft
  • Professor AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean, School of Information, UC Berkeley
  • Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC
  • Tom Reilly, CEO, Cloudera

To RSVP, click here.

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

Global Innovation Spikes to Pre-Recession Levels

May 15th, 2014

We’ve released our latest State of Innovation report today that analyzes global patent filing data over the last 5 years. The 2014 edition of the study, which tracks global patent volumes of 12 bellwether industries, charts hottest growth areas, the impact of emerging markets and nascent hotbeds of new economic growth, finds that the overall rate of innovation growth is now at its highest level since the Great Recession.

Following are some of the report’s key findings:

  • Biggest Innovation Gains Since End of Recession: Total, worldwide patent volume increased 26% over the last year, with 11 of the 12 technology areas studied showing increases. All but one of the 11 gainers had double-digit growth.
  • Automotive Safety, Energy Exploration and Smart Kitchen Appliances Drive Largest Gains: The Automotive, Petroleum, and Domestic Appliances technology areas had the greatest year-over-year increases, with each logging a 35% jump in worldwide patent volume over the prior period. Domestic Appliances ranked among the top three leaders for the second consecutive year. Safety-related innovation saw the greatest gains in the Automotive sector; while the Petroleum sector was driven by petroleum and gas exploration, drilling and processing.
  • Emerging Markets & Academic Contributions on Upswing: Increased activity from China and Russia emphasizes the focus on innovation in these regions, as do increased activity on the part of universities and research institutions. More of such entities made it into the Top 10 regional lists than any year in the past.
  • Computing & Peripherals Continue to Lead the Global Pack: The technology area with the largest overall global patent volume continues to be Computing & Peripherals, for the fifth consecutive year, with over 300,000 inventions over the past year. That’s more than double the innovation activity of the next nearest technology area: Telecommunications. All subsectors within Computing & Peripherals showed positive gains, a first since this report’s inception.

To read the full report,

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

Can the Patent Box Make or Break Pfizer’s AstraZeneca Takeover?

May 1st, 2014

The British government’s incentive program designed to convince companies to locate research-and-development teams in the U.K. may be at the center of Pfizer’s planned takeover of AstraZeneca.

“The United Kingdom has created attractive incentives for companies to manufacture products and maintain and protect intellectual property, and we have seen that capital and jobs have followed these types of incentives,” Pfizer CEO Ian Read said in a Monday-morning statement designed to woo Astra shareholders (via the WSJ).

According to the Journal:

“When the patent box has been fully phased in by 2017, it will mean qualifying companies pay 10% tax on their profits derived from U.K.-held patents, compared with the current rate of 21% (the rate will fall to 20% in April 2015) […] A combined Pfizer and AstraZeneca would be incorporated in the U.K. (but listed in New York), Mr. Read said Monday, and would therefore be better placed to take advantage of the patent-box tax break on any new drugs developed in the U.K.”

Laura GazeLaura Gaze, Director, Thomson Reuters: The incentives under this new tax regime, which companies have been navigating through for the better part of two years, seem as though they are doing exactly as they were intended. But will this new structure derail Pfizer’s plan? This is an extremely complicated deal with many moving parts, so we may not have answers to these questions for a while, but it’s clear the patent box is set to be a very significant item that may decide many corporate agendas in the years to come.

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

Would a Ruling Against Aereo Curb American Innovation?

April 30th, 2014

A major Aereo investor said a Supreme Court ruling against the New York-based streaming company could have serious repercussions on American innovation.

Media mogul Barry Diller told CNN that a Supreme Court decision to shut Aereo, a company that streams local broadcast television to customers’ computers, phones and tablets for $8 per month, would have “profound effects on the development of technology.”

“It’s almost like saying, ‘what if there was no telephone?,” Diller told CNN. “If [the Supreme Court justices] stop it—which they very well may—I don’t think it’s the end of any world because we’ll not really know, but I think … if it stops, it will have profound effects on the developments of technology.”

Laura GazeLaura Gaze, Director, Thomson Reuters: It’s an interesting debate. On one hand, Diller obviously has a vested interest, but he does make a reasonable point. While ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS, accuse Aereo of unlawfully transmitting their copyrighted TV content without paying for licenses, Aereo argues that its service is the legal equivalent of selling customers an antenna and a DVR. It does give one pause to wonder what really is the difference? Ultimately, this will come down to the Court’s interpretation of “public performance” under U.S. copyright law, but should Aereo get shut down, it may deal a serious blow to the evolution of streaming platforms.

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

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

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

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 , , ,

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,

Laura Gaze, Senior Marketing Manager, IP Solutions Innovation

INFOGRAPHIC: The Innovation Behind Olympic Skiing

February 7th, 2014

ski innovations infographicBob StembridgeBob Stembridge, Customer Relations Manager, IP Solutions: Using proprietary patent data from the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), analysts at Thomson Reuters took a look at the latest, patent technology around skiing – just in time for the kick off of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Starting at One O’clock going clockwise, the inventions are described below.

  • Safety is a paramount concern in all sports including those of the Winter Olympics, and a key component of that safety is delivered through helmet design. One example of the latest innovation in this area is described in US20120174294A1 to Bell Sports Inc for a helmet intended for snowboarding and skiing as well as cycling, skateboarding, motorcycling, race car driving and rock climbing. It has inner and outer protective layers, cheek pads, release strap and a pad back plate coupled to protective layer and including magnets to allow easy removal of the helmet during emergency situation.
  • There’s not much chance to check where you’re headed when you’re hurtling down the slope at speed, so the heads-up display system for use on goggles by e.g. skiers, described in US20130222213A1 to Recon Instruments Inc could be just what you need.  The system provides a head-mounted information system using an inertial navigation system (INS) sensor and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to provide measurement of position and altitude. The system allows a display driver to maintain the display in an off state or power saving state unless a user is looking at the display.
  • Perhaps you need to phone a friend from the piste – in which case, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to take off those gloves exposing your toasty hands to the cold. The invention claimed in EP2620842A1 to Scosche Ind Inc can help.  It provides for a moisture resistant glove e.g. snow glove for operating capacitive touch sensitive devices e.g. cell phones.  It works like this: the conductive elements are extended through the moisture penetration resistant layer to permit electrical conduction from user’s hand to the touch screen device, so that the transmission of moisture between the interior and exterior portions of the gloves can be prevented efficiently.
  • Novice skiers can now keep and use the same set of skis as they learn and their proficiency increases.  US20100171288A1 to Steep N Deep LLC provides for width adjustable skis to allow the user to adjust the width of the ski depending upon skiing style, snow conditions, experience of the skier and so on.
  • Back to safety, the invention claimed in DE102011100933A1 to Moticon GmbH is an electronic ski binding device with improved user safety. The device has a trip unit which is triggered based on a signal sent by electronic device which is provided with acceleration sensor and turning rate sensor which releases the skis on detection of abnormal conditions.
  • How about a ski boot that is comfortable and effective in both walking and skiing modes? US20130097892A1 to Scott Sports SA describes just such a boot with a guide unit (44) which is connected to support unit (40), to receive and guide the mobile end of a rod. The use of the mobile guide in relation to the support facilitates movement of the leg portion without creating any problem while in operation condition thus assuring easy skiing or walking as required by conditions.
  • Perhaps you’ve misjudged the time and it’s starting to get dark?  US20120080064A1 to 3D Relief Inc can help.  The invention describes an illuminated ski pole which has a set of light sources set longitudinally around the shaft together with a power source in the handle to fire up the illumination.
  • Finally, an end to those painful and damaging encounters with your ski edges.  WO2012077236A1 to Goldwin Inc describes a ski pant which has an edge guard provided on inner thigh side of bottom portion configured as impact-absorbing structure. Since the edge guard is configured as the impact-absorbing structure made of elastic or viscoelastic shock absorbent, the edge guard does not impede user’s movement when the user is gliding using skis. The damage of bottom portion of ski pant due to the impact of the edge of ski board, is prevented by the use of edge guard.

Descriptions of the inventions listed here were summarized from the corresponding DWPI records using the DWPI value-added titles and novelty, use and advantage sections of the DWPI abstracts.

Bob Stembridge, Customer Relations Manager, Thomson Reuters Innovation, Patents