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Next Gen Inventing: StudentRND and CodeDay

24 hours (straight). 25 cities (at once). More than 10,000 innovative youth setting their minds to developing something new (in teams). What could be better for the future of invention? At Intellectual Ventures, we take pride in mentoring the next generation of inventors. So when an event commits to jumpstarting a lifelong interest in inventing among students, we’re quick to take notice.

IV proudly sponsors StudentRND’s CodeDay, which is happening this weekend, beginning at noon on May 23 and running for 24 hours straight in 25 cities around the country simultaneously. This fantastic event brings together coders of all experience levels to form teams to work on new ideas. But the best part of CodeDay is its ability to create networks for young people with common interests. These communities offer support for students as they continue to invent.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Phyllis Turner-Brim

This week’s Behind the Breakthrough features IV’s outstanding Chief IP Counsel and Vice President, Phyllis Turner-Brim. Phyllis’s wealth of experience in product development and intellectual property law gives her a thorough understanding of the major issues facing inventors and innovators all over the world. As a notable figure and expert in patent law, Phyllis often speaks at conferences across the country on topics ranging from leadership to the future of patent licensing. At IV, her work is integral to bringing breakthroughs to fruition.

Behind the Breakthrough: Phyllis Turner-Brim

Here are some of her reflections:

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Celebrating National Inventors’ Month with Insights from Behind the Breakthrough

At Intellectual Ventures, inventors – and their ideas – are integral to our mission of furthering the invention economy to drive innovation around the world. So in March, we premiered a new series called Behind the Breakthrough to highlight the people behind the ideas. In this post, we take a look back at a handful of the conversations we’ve had to showcase the inventions that sparked our discussions.

Celebrating National Inventors’ Month with Insights from Behind the Breakthrough
Clockwise from L to R: Dr. Gregory Phelan, Mike Manion, Jake Russell, Dr. David Paranchych

 

You’ll see that though the following inventors differ greatly in their areas of interest, all have a vision for the future of invention. Take a look:

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IV in the Community: May and June

We’ve got a busy spring and summer coming up at Intellectual Ventures, not the least of which is a diverse line-up of events we’ll be participating in over the next few months.

IV in the Community: May and June

From the power of impact investing to the business of intellectual property (IP), we always welcome opportunities to speak to new audiences and talk with old friends about the power of invention and IP.

  • On May 12, senior vice president of Global Good and Research Maurizio Vecchione will participate in a panel on impact investing at the Cavendish Global Health Forum in La Jolla, California. The event brings together family offices and their foundations from around the world for focused conversations on sustainable philanthropy.
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Behind the Breakthrough: Pablos Holman

To kick off National Inventor’s Month, this week’s Behind the Breakthrough features super-inventor, hacker, and IV’s resident futurist Pablos Holman. More than a decade ago, Pablos helped create the world’s smallest personal computer – a precursor to modern smartphones and tablets. He maintains a passion for 3D printing, and worked as an advisor to Makerbot.

Behind the Breakthrough: Pablos Holman

Pablos joined IV in 2006, and puts his innovation acumen to good use in invention sessions and on projects including photonic fence technology and the StratoShield in the IV Lab. He focuses on inventing for what will be possible in five to 10 years – what he describes as the sweet spot for impactful invention.

Here are some of his reflections:

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WTIA Member Profile: Intellectual Ventures

The Washington Technology Industry Association visited IV recently to talk with IV President and COO Adriane Brown and others about the business of inventing and intellectual property.

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Welcome Google. Seriously.

Google has announced that it will enter the market looking to purchase patents from individuals and small companies.  Of course, Google has long been in the market for larger portfolios – buying hundreds of patents from IBM, famously bidding $π billion in an attempt to purchase Nortel’s patents and spending $12.5 billion to purchase Motorola Mobility in large part for its patent portfolio.

Welcome Google. Seriously.

But with the alliteratively named Patent Purchase Promotion Google now asks smaller patent holders to step up, suggest a sales price and, with some luck, walk away with cash in hand in exchange for their IP. Google argues this new “experimental marketplace” will improve the patent landscape and put money in the hands of inventors.

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News You Can Use – World Intellectual Property Day

Sunday, April 26 marked World Intellectual Property Day, a holiday that offers the opportunity to discuss how strong intellectual property protections promote creativity and drive innovation globally. Countries marked the occasion by hosting festivals, holding conferences, and reaffirming the importance of intellectual property creation to innovation

News You Can Use – World Intellectual Property Day

As always, the holiday is a great opportunity to thank inventors and innovators around the world for the contribution their hard work and intellect makes to the greater good. In honor of the occasion, this week’s News You Can Use includes stories about intellectual property trends and accolades.

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Funding Innovation for the Long Haul

Last month, Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Bill Foster of Illinois introduced a bill that would fund basic science research at five federal agencies to the tune of $100 billion over the next decade, including guaranteed annual increases of 5 percent over and above inflation. Senator Durbin and Congressman Foster believe that this increased long-term funding for basic R&D is essential to keeping the U.S. competitive in the global economy. I couldn’t agree more.

Funding Innovation for the Long Haul

But, given the hefty price tag, I think it’s important to point out that sustained government support is not just necessary for economic competitiveness. It’s also the most effective mechanism for generating the kind of deep innovation that changes our lives and the world.

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A World Free of Malaria?

Medical texts from as early as 2700 B.C. include descriptions of malaria—a disease caused by wily parasites transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Scientists, inventors—even soldiers—have spent centuries searching for remedies and preventions against the disease that today affects nearly 200 million people annually, and is the leading cause of child mortality in the developing world. 

A World Free of Malaria?

Bed nets, antimalarial drugs, and insecticides have all helped to reduce the number of malaria cases, but no one approach has solved the problem. Scroll through some of the malaria interventions used throughout history:

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