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News You Can Use: From Invention to Innovation

Invention sparks progress and inspires the inquisitive. But, turning a transformative idea into innovation requires confidence in a supporting infrastructure of business development and more. For this edition of News You Can Use, we’ve got stories about breakthrough inventions and how states can create the best environment to help invention become innovation.

News You Can Use: From Invention to Innovation

Popular Science Names “Ten Greatest Inventions” of 2015

Popular Science released its May 2015 special invention issue this week. Winners of the year’s top invention honors include a personal pollution monitor, artificial reefs for seafloors, and a frying pan that teaches you to cook.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Pat Pataranutaporn

This week on Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Pat Pataranutaporn. When he’s not creating computer control system software and interactive research interfaces, he studies biological sciences at Arizona State University, where he also serves as a researcher at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology.

Behind the Breakthrough: Pat Pataranutaporn

Pat participates in projects with StudentRND, a nonprofit that hosts events, camps, and forums to support student inventors. We spoke with him after he participated in StudentRND’s CodeDay, a 24-hour “hackathon” designed to support students as they pursue inventions.

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Staff Spotlight: Shannon Kuyper

Today we’re highlighting Shannon Kuyper, a research program manager at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory. Shannon’s science roots combined with her business training gives her a unique perspective on the shared challenges and opportunities for many of the lab’s projects.    

Staff Spotlight: Shannon Kuyper

In her spare time, Shannon competes in Olympic weightlifting competitions around the country. If you’d like to learn more about Shannon and her work at the lab, check out the lab’s original interview.

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For Success, Invent In and Out of the Lab

Bell Labs. Skunk Works. IBM. These labs have attained almost mythical status for their record-setting pace of innovation in the 20th century. And while offering inventors a central location to brainstorm still yields benefits, it’s no longer enough for companies to just focus on R&D laboratories.

For Success, Invent In and Out of the Lab

IV Lab’s Instrument Shop offers a broad range of equipment and in-depth knowledge for scientific instrument manufacturing and testing.

A model of isolation simply doesn’t allow companies to build the unusual collaborations that can elevate a good invention to a breakthrough innovation.

This is not to say that labs aren’t important – Intellectual Ventures relies heavily on its laboratory to develop the technology behind Global Good’s Arktek device or the Echodyne MESA radar. But overemphasizing a lab’s singular role in inventing can result in overlooked opportunities. That’s why IV leverages an extensive network of inventors to brainstorm on new ideas.

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News You Can Use: Encouraging Youth Inventors

For this installment of News You Can Use, we’re featuring stories about young inventors and initiatives that support developing the next generation of innovators.

News You Can Use: Encouraging Youth Inventors

IV President and COO Adriane Brown speaks regularly about the importance of supporting students so they can realize their dreams. The following stories describe some of the great work youth are doing now and highlight investments in their continued success.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Dr. David Paranchych

This week on Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Dr. David Paranchych, Engineering Director at IV and expert in the field of cellular wireless communication. His background in electrical and computer engineering helped him invent an improvement for a power control algorithm in early CDMA cellular networks. Later, Dr. Paranchych was a representative to the standards committee that ultimately created LTE – a staple of the modern wireless landscape.

Behind the Breakthrough: Dr. David Paranchych

Dr. Paranchych’s many years of experience provide him with valuable insight on the newest trends and opportunities in communications technology.

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Sharp Corporation Enters into License Agreement with Intellectual Ventures

Intellectual Ventures (IV) announced that it has signed a license agreement with Sharp Corporation (Sharp). The deal provides Sharp with a license to IV’s patent portfolio of more than 40,000 intellectual property (IP) assets in more than 50 technology areas.

Sharp Corporation Enters into License Agreement with Intellectual Ventures

IV provides a variety of solutions for companies looking to develop and enhance their intellectual property (IP) strategies and counts many of the world’s leading technology companies as customers and partners. Companies around the globe rely on IV to help them meet their strategic business needs and to provide guidance on developing and acquiring invention rights relevant to their product roadmaps. In addition to traditional IP licensing deals, companies can work with IV’s in-house inventors and its network of more than 4,000 inventors and its relationships with nearly 400 institutions, including many leading universities, around the world to help bridge the invention gap between the invention rights a company may already have and the invention rights a company may need.

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Empowering Women through STEM During Women’s History Month

During Women’s History Month, it’s important to take the time to honor women leaders who have paved the way for our present-day success. I also want to mark the occasion by looking forward to a time where women and men will share equally in STEM degrees and jobs – and in inventing.

Empowering Women through STEM During Women’s History Month

Right now, women hold only 7.5 percent of all patents, and 5.5 percent of commercialized patents. Studies show that the reason for this disparity originates from the reality that few women are working in patent-intensive fields and jobs. As a result, too many inventive teams around the country are missing out on the benefits of a diverse workforce.

In order to increase the proportion of women who hold patents, we need to raise the numbers of women achieving degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). I’m deeply passionate about this issue, and I speak to young girls around the country each year to encourage them to pursue their interests in these areas. When I meet these girls, I seek to bust the myth that women are anything but extraordinarily capable when it comes to STEM.

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Intellectual Property for Growth | Startup “Yactraq” Leans on IV to Accelerate Growth

At Intellectual Ventures we believe in the transformational power of novel ideas, and that such ideas can catalyze meaningful progress and represent true, lasting value. We believe this value can be realized in a multitude of forms and is shaped by the vision and aspirations of not only the creators of ideas, but also of those who understand their value.

Intellectual Property for Growth | Startup “Yactraq” Leans on IV to Accelerate Growth

Earlier this month we entered into a long-term partnership with emerging audio analytics technology startup Yactraq, a company defined by their boot-strapping, entrepreneurial spirit. 

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Ebola’s Grim Reminder

Last summer, I watched with the same horror many felt as reports from West Africa emerged of Ebola’s deadly toll. The virus has devastated families, wreaked havoc on health systems and savaged economies. But to be frank, I’m much more worried that next time – and there will be a next time – it will be far worse.

Ebola’s Grim Reminder

Today, Bill Gates makes the case at both TED and in the New England Journal of Medicine that if Ebola has taught us anything, it is how dangerously unprepared we are to deal with a global epidemic. As he so aptly describes the world’s response to Ebola in the New York Times, “The problem isn’t so much that the system didn’t work well enough. The problem is that we hardly have a system at all.”

In an essay I published in 2013 in Lawfare, I raised similar questions about our national security – but in the context of a strategic biological attack. Many of the preventative measures we could take to improve our institutional and infrastructural defenses against bioterrorism are the same ones that would save lives in the event of a pandemic or an emergent pathogen. Antiviral drug research and development, monitoring systems for detecting outbreaks early or coordinated emergency response protocols to name but a few.

Because the next time it might not be Ebola. It might be a new disease like SARS or MERS. Or it might be a strain of flu like the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic. Instead of thousands of deaths, millions, or even hundreds of millions of lives could hang in the balance.

This helps explains in part why Intellectual Ventures has been hard at work on a number of outbreak- related projects over the last six months. Small measures to be certain, but ones I am proud to see contribute to the scientific research whole:

  • The Institute for Disease Modelling (IDM) supported the Ebola response with data-driven analysis of the sub-national patterns of the virus’ spread in West Africa. By illustrating at a district-level were Ebola was increasing, decreasing, and plateauing over time, the data IDM shared with global health partners assisted in planning Ebola responses by the areas that would face an increased burden in the weeks ahead.     
  • Global Good has deployed an ice vest that has helped Ebola health workers spend more time with their patients, with less risk of infection to themselves. We built up this expertise by evaluating hundreds of personal cooling solutions ourselves, and working directly with medical experts to understand what would work best for healthcare workers within the constraints of the Ebola Treatment Centers in West Africa. Since October 2014, IV has deployed over 1,000 personal cooling systems (enough to supply the priority locations) at Ebola Treatment Centers and hospitals in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, where the need and case counts were the highest.
  • Global Good is supporting clinical trials led by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Ebola-affected countries, with a modified version of our passive vaccine storage device, called the Arktek. Maintaining the “cold chain” at extremely low temperatures is essential to keeping vaccines safe and effective, especially in areas without reliable electricity supply. 

I do not profess to be an expert in defense, let alone global health. But I will happily be accused of being a technological optimist. I share with Bill an unwavering belief in human ingenuity. I believe we will invent our way out of these problems, as we have done in so many cases before.

But that’s also why we should so listen closely to Bill’s call to action: we need a global warning and response system for outbreaks.

Because Ebola is a tragedy, but it could very well have been a catastrophe. 

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