Tesla was no stranger to the necessity of proper timing for the adoption of a new technology: The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries. If timely it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of … Continue reading Did you know Nikola Tesla patented renewable technology?
For a start-up or mid-size company, devising an IP strategy can be a daunting task. Maybe you've filed a few patent applications, but don't yet have a clear plan regarding what you want to achieve with your IP, much less a road-map telling you how to get there. As your patent portfolio grows, without a … Continue reading Is your IP portfolio turning into a rat’s nest?
Quantum what? Entanglement! It means that the quantum state of one sub-atomic particle coincides with that of another such particle despite the fact that the particles are separated by a large distance. If the quantum state of one particle changes, then the quantum state of a second particle changes in a similar manner to correspond … Continue reading Quantum Entanglement – possibly the future of green tech
So, you are starting a company in the green tech space and you’ve ticked off all the boxes. Business plan? Check. NDAs? Check. Patent applications filed? Check. Trademarks…Wait, how about your data? How do you protect that? As the Facebook® scandal has shown us, the value of data cannot be underestimated. Analytics have enough … Continue reading Protecting intangibles…beyond patents
On way to measure innovation of a country in the green space is to look at patent filings. The data shows that China is clearly in the lead. Indeed, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) uses patent filings as a metric for innovation and publishes its results on the following web-site: http://www.oecd.org/env/indicators-modelling-outlooks/green-patents.htm OECD … Continue reading Patents as green growth indicators…results from OECD
The scale-up phase of innovation often presents daunting challenges. However, where there are problems to be solved, patenting opportunities may follow. Such late-stage innovation is often more incremental in nature than an initial invention that forms the core of the business, but cumulatively, a platform of key enabling patents may hold significant value to a … Continue reading Scale up…opportunities for patenting
Sometimes you need to do a bit of digging to figure out if there are gold nuggets embedded in your R and D programs that are not being brought to the fore for patenting. While this might not be a problem for a start-up, it can become an issue as your company gets bigger. I've … Continue reading Invention mining – finding those gold nuggets
Canada is increasingly becoming an important player in the development and patenting of climate change mitigation technologies, with relative specialization in carbon capture, buildings (energy efficiency) and smart grids. For the interested reader, detailed statistics are available in the 2016 IP Canada Report, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, available online … Continue reading Canada emerging as a leader in green tech
I love writing patent applications so it pains me to write this post. However, in certain circumstances it just makes the most business sense to not get a patent. Sometimes you think that you had a great idea, then perfected it by reducing it to practice, but after a prior art search, found out that … Continue reading When not to get a patent…some things to consider
Inventors love to be recognized for their innovations! In fact, most of us like positive feedback from the fruits of our labour. However, creating something new and innovative often has a very special place in an inventor's heart. An invention is often an inventor's brain child and a patent embodies its genius. From my experience, … Continue reading Inventor recognition programs: Should you have them?