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Looking to the Future: IDF in Transition

Building on a proud history of creating some of the world's most innovative new companies, Intellectual Ventures (IV) is pleased to announce a significant change for our Invention Development Fund (IDF), which will now be independently operated by new fund managers.

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Intellectual Ventures Creates Technology Development Center in Singapore

At Intellectual Ventures, we believe that global networks of inventors are a more efficient and productive method for generating new inventions to solve the world’s most pressing problems. That’s why last week in Singapore, we were proud to announce the creation of the Technology Development Center (TDC), with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). 

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IV Partner Update: REFLX

In October 2014 IV entered into a strategic partnership with Reflx Labs to innovate new applications of Boogio and expand Reflx's IP portfolio and position. Jose Torres, the co-founder and CEO of Reflx Labs, discusses the company’s recent momentum and ongoing partnership with IV.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Jake Russell

This week on Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Jake Russell, a member of Intellectual Ventures’ Invention Development Fund. While he usually focuses on software development and innovative computer algorithms, he also applies the process of invention to his passion for cars and racing.

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A New Way of Building

Intellectual Ventures invests in inventions that span a wide range of technologies – communications, computer hardware, security, and more. Today we rolled out a new case study and video highlighting our investment in a different kind of technology area: building construction.

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The Future of Food and Health

The future of food and health depends on our ability to solve some of the most pressing problems we face today: increasing demands on crop yields to feed an ever-increasing population, food safety, and pollution, to highlight just three of the most talked-about issues. A global investment of time, brainpower, and collaboration is needed now to explore new processes, technologies, and inventions that will sustain food and health tomorrow. 

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Inventions to Start-Ups: Coffee Flour is off to the Races

Today marks the launch of a new company that demonstrates the role invention plays in transforming even the most established industries. Based on patents developed and owned by Intellectual Ventures, CF Global Holdings, Inc. will produce and sell Coffee Flour™ – a new, sustainable food ingredient derived from coffee cherries.

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Reinventing Irrigation

Surely irrigation technology is among the original “killer apps,” building entire civilizations upon its technical advances. But the increasing scarcity or changes to our water resources requires new thinking about technology that is thousands of years old. 

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A ‘Steak’ in Invention

The Australian and New Zealand office of Intellectual Ventures has been in operation for over four years. There have been many highlights: hundreds of inventions sourced, relationships with 4 of Australia's top academic institutions, 5 Platinum inventors (inventors with 10 or more selections in one calendar year), four commercial deals and a raft of other achievements which I hope to elaborate upon in future blogs this year. 

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A Year’s Horizon

As this year comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to look back and recognize some of the extraordinary events and milestones from 2013. IV has had the opportunity over the last 12 months to demonstrate the power and value of invention across a wide range of industries by collaborating with companies involved in agriculture, environmental packaging, scanning, photonics, and more.

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The Invention is Just the Start

Today, Seattle-based Visualant announced their new collaboration with Intellectual Ventures (IV). Visualant makes the ChromaID hand-held scanner and its accompanying software that uses LEDs and photodiodes to scan materials and get a unique signature. When this signature is matched against existing databases, the Visualant products can be used to detect markers invisible to the human eye. 

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Invention Capital at Work: Raisio

Today we rolled out a new case study and video highlighting our work with Raisio, the largest grain processor in Finland and one of Europe's leading food companies. We first announced our collaboration with Raisio back in April of this year. 

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Sustainable and Economical – The Magic Equation.

Environmental sustainability not only helps companies feel they are doing their part, it can also make good economic sense. At Intellectual Ventures, we agree with this analysis and have already made a variety of investments in inventions and technologies, while collaborating with companies that have environmentally friendly solutions for a range of existing problems. 

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Intellectual Ventures Partners With the World's Most Innovative Companies

Just this week, Intellectual Ventures announced a new strategic partnership with Zecotek Photonics Inc., a Canadian company that makes imaging, laser, and 3-D display products for industrial, scientific, and medical applications. I am particularly excited about our collaboration with Zecotek because it highlights an aspect of IV’s business that often gets overlooked in the press and media.

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Green Fields

This week, Intellectual Ventures (IV) and one of Europe’s leading food-production companies announced the establishment of a jointly-owned company in Finland, called Benemilk Oy. In the new venture, our Invention Development Fund will partner with Raisio to develop and market new inventions and technologies that make milk production safer, more efficient and more environmentally responsible. I’m excited about the opportunity to team our expertise and 4,000-strong inventor network with a partner who can help us advance agricultural practices and address the global problem of ensuring food sufficiency.

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IV Collaborates on New Pelvic Fracture Surgery with Top Canadian Research Organizations

Around this time last year I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that left me in the hospital with multiple broken bones, including a severely fractured pelvis. I was lucky to have one of the world’s best surgeons treat my injuries, spent long hours in rehabilitation, and fortunately recovered from  the accident much faster than initially expected. Regrettably, many others who suffer this injury are not so lucky—the mortality rate associated with severe pelvic fractures can be as high as 60%.

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McGill University and Intellectual Ventures Partner on New Inventions

Today we announced that McGill University of Canada has become the latest member of the Intellectual Ventures Global Invention Network, expanding our network of over 3,000 inventors at more than 400 institutions worldwide. Many of these institutions are among the most prestigious centers of learning around the world, including China's Peking UniversityCalifornia Institute of Technology, India's IIT Bombay, Australia's University of New South Wales, Japan's Kyushu University, and Israel's University of Haifa

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World's Biggest Paints and Coatings Company Works With IV to Source New Inventions

Today we announced that we have entered into a joint agreement with Akzo Nobel N.V. (AkzoNobel) to develop new technologies for the paints and coatings industry. Based in the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is the world's largest specialty paints and coatings company, and a major producer of specialty chemicals. IV will utilize its global network of more than 3,000 inventors to invent new technologies on behalf of AkzoNobel, potentially leading to commercialization in new and existing products.

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Announcing the 2012 Intellectual Ventures-Caltech Invention Competition Winners

In collaboration with our network of more than 3,000 inventors, Intellectual Ventures has been working with leading university-based inventors (both students and faculty) around the world for several years. We collaborate with these inventors on work in a variety of areas including materials science, medical devices, chemistry, software and hardware. As part of these efforts we have worked with the Caltech Office of Technology Transfer to sponsor an annual invention contest on campus. The Intellectual Ventures-Caltech invention contest provides cash prizes totaling $50,000 to the student inventions that best described a product or process, applied a technology in a new way, or demonstrated remarkable inventiveness. 

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IV Partners with Edith Cowan University on Invention Development

Yesterday we announced a strategic partnership with Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia, to collaborate on the development of inventions on a global scale. ECU, a leading Australian research university in the fields of Health and Wellness, Engineering and Sustainable Development, will gain access to IV’s unique technical, financial and legal expertise, and the organizations will work together to invest in and commercialise ECU’s discoveries.

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Inventor Spotlight: Shmuel Ur, Software Engineer

Dr. Shmuel Ur spent nearly two decades at a major international tech company before becoming an independent inventor. These days, he consults and invents for start-ups in order to help them build valuable IP portfolios. 

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IV Partners with McMaster University

Today we announced a partnership with McMaster University, one of Canada’s leading research institutions. This agreement provides McMaster’s faculty members with access to IV’s unique technical, legal and financial expertise, and ultimately an efficient path to commercialize their inventions on a global scale. IV will also be able to invest in the groundbreaking work of McMaster faculty members in fields like next generation data centers, medical systems and sustainable chemistry. McMaster will retain ownership of the resulting patents, while IV will receive a license to monetize them.

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Leading Asian Newspaper Recommends IV’s Invention Development Work as a Model for Driving Innovation

On August 19th, the Chosun Ilbo, Korea’s largest daily newspaper by circulation, ran an editorial analyzing the decline in job opportunities for Korean software engineers. The editorial highlights the importance of nurturing inventors and specifically IV’s practice of rewarding inventors with a share of the profits from the inventions we accept in our invention development programs. 

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IV’s Global Inventor Network Generates 10,000th Invention

For the past three years, Intellectual Ventures has been inventing collaboratively with our global network of more than 400 leading universities and research institutions, and some 3,000 individual inventors through our Invention Development Fund (IDF). Together with this global invention network we work to develop new invention ideas and find solutions to important problems through technology. Our customers can access this network to help them address issues that are critical to their business today, or to get access to valuable groups of future invention rights. 

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