Posts in Universities


Autonomous robots report shows half of use cases are outside of self-driving car sector

To get a better idea of the scope of the autonomous robot market, intellectual property analysis firm Innography recently released a trends report focusing on the autonomous …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

50 years of Star Trek inspires innovations in mobile computers, speech recognition and tricorders

On September 8th, 1966, the American broadcast network NBC aired the first episode of Star Trek, a science fiction television series conceived by Gene Roddenberry. In the decades …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

Research Universities Face Licensing Limitations Sought by Electronic Frontier Foundation

Another incursion into research university governance and operations is now underway. And this time all research universities are affected. Led by the DC Based Electronic Frontier Foundation, …
By Chris Gallagher
2 years ago 3

Advances in artificial pancreas technology leading towards probable FDA approval in 2017

Artificial pancreas systems can provide dramatic improvements to the quality of life of diabetes patients and Kowalski should know, as he himself has had type 1 diabetes for 30 …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

Evolution of Technology: Roger Angel’s honeycomb mirrors enable extremely large telescopes

The use of larger mirrors enabled the creation of more powerful telescopes over time. However, by the 1970s the size of the mirror itself was becoming a …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Swiss researchers make breakthrough in medical microrobot technology

ETHZ, one of the Swiss universities involved in the recent microbot breakthrough, received a patent in 2013 for a related technology. U.S. Patent No. 8405256, entitled Wireless Resonant …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Property Rights Key to Bayh-Dole Act’s Success

The focus of the political advocates pushing march-in may be lower drug costs. But the long-term costs of ripping apart IP rights are far higher and more …
By James Edwards
2 years ago 5

Toxic algal blooms of today could become the biofuels, fertilizers and antibiotics of tomorrow

At the time of an NIH study in 2011, algae-based biofuel production costs using conventional technologies were anywhere from $300 USD to $2,600 USD per barrel, much higher than the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 2

Florida algal blooms put focus on phosphorus depletion and ultrasonic wave tech

Algal blooms are caused when algae living in seas or freshwater grow uncontrollably because of the presence of nutrients like phosphorus or nitrogen; high temperatures and the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Common Afflictions of University Patent Portfolios

There are a few things that we notice when we look at the patent portfolios originated from the universities. There is no rule that applies to every …
By Fatih Ozluturk
2 years ago 0

Facebook’s suicide prevention tools are a useful step towards protecting mental health

In an attempt to use the forces of social media for good, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) announced in the middle of June that it would be rolling …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

Shontavia Johnson Named Director of Drake Intellectual Property Law Center

Shontavia Johnson, professor of law and the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, took over as director of Drake Law School’s Intellectual Property Law Center …
By Press Releases
2 years ago 1

Innovation only occurs when entrepreneurs are incentivized to take risks

Believing that innovation does not come from risk taking inventors, entrepreneurs, start ups, or even from the likes of Silicon Valley, is naïve in the extreme. …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 4

Caltech’s infringement lawsuit against Apple, Broadcom is latest in university patent suit trend

According to multiple reports, the Caltech patents-in-suit are incorporated into both the 802.11n and 802.11ac wireless connectivity standards, which are used by Apple products to communicate digital …

Disaster Tech: Volcanic eruptions spur innovations in materials, aircraft engine diagnostics

We return to the question we’ve asked throughout our Disaster Tech series: What are the inventive systems being created in order to mitigate the threat to …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0