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Staff Spotlight: IV in Ireland

The invention marketplace is global — and so is IV. Declan Carew is one of our worldwide employees based in Ireland.

Staff Spotlight: IV in Ireland

Declan draws from a unique mix of experiences while developing commercial investment strategies for IV. His background includes working for a range of multinational companies in varied roles including R&D and commercial product/service development, to coaching his sons’ teams in GAA (Irish Football and Hurling) and rugby.

Visit our latest staff spotlight to read Declan’s take on technology and IP development, and learn how he builds relationships from the “other side of the pond.”

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IV Investigates: Research Highlights from IV Lab

If you follow our Insights blog, you’ve read about some important milestones in the invention industry – from new technology development to patent reform. Insights is just one of the ways we participate in the conversation about invention and share information about who we are and what we do.

IV Investigates: Research Highlights from IV Lab

Photo: At the research bench in IV’s Electronics Lab

Another important way we highlight what we’re working on is through peer-reviewed research. Nathan Myhrvold, our CEO, has shared research on everything from intellectual property to paleontology, and employees across the company are encouraged to follow suit to promote collaboration with other scientists and, we hope, advance the many fields we work in.

Most recently, several IV Lab teams have published scientific papers about their investigations of malaria and tuberculosis diagnostics:

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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.

A New Way of Building

Where is the need for innovation in a business that has followed traditional building practices for hundreds of years?

From residential neighborhoods to urban centers, growing populations and demands on resources are forcing a shift in the way we build. Seattle-based architecture firm CollinsWoerman and the team behind their affiliate Sustainable Living Innovations took that challenge as an opportunity to invent a solution that delivers significant improvements over customary construction techniques. They developed an advanced method that uses a kit of prefabricated components to improve building quality, reduce maintenance, and make building faster, cheaper, and more sustainable.

To support implementation of their new technology in global markets, CollinsWoerman teamed up with Intellectual Ventures’ Invention Development Fund. We’re now working together in a joint venture called Innovative Building Technologies, LLC to protect, develop, and market the component-based building system and emergent related inventions.

Watch a short film about the joint venture.

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IV in the Community: September

From Tokyo to Seattle to Vancouver, members of IV’s team will be traveling around the world this month to provide their thoughts on everything from localized IP management to patent policy and politics.

IV in the Community: September

Masanobu Katoh, executive director and country head of IV’s Invention Development Fund (IDF) will be speaking on September 4 at the IP Business Congress Japan in Tokyo. This year, the core themes of the event include IP value creation and strategic corporate IP management in a Japanese context.

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IP Resources for the C-Suite

Are you putting intellectual property (IP) to work for your company? Those at the helm of both large and small companies recognize that safeguarding patented assets is crucial to developing and maintaining a competitive edge. In fact, 70 percent of business leaders who participated in a market research on patent attitudes study last year believe patents are good for innovation. And yet only one quarter of those decision makers feel patent savvy.

IP Resources for the C-Suite

While you don’t necessarily need to be a patent expert, there are plenty of IP resources to help you and your fellow C-suite executives confidently evaluate your company’s IP strategy. To kick off a patent strategy discussion at your next board meeting, start with these five tips from IP-savvy sources:

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Wishing Kymeta a Happy Anniversary

What do you get a company that within its first two years has experienced unprecedented success and growth? The tradition of paper just doesn't seem sufficient. Don’t take our word for it. Check out some of the announcements and media coverage from the past two years.

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Discovery Corps Students Go Behind the Scenes at IV

As a longtime supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, we were pleased to play host recently to a group of Pacific Science Center (PSC) Discovery Corps students. Discovery Corps’ goal is to inspire young people with a lifelong interest in science, math and technology. To learn what it takes to work on the forefront of invention, we invited the students to tour IV’s Lab and visit with our president, COO and PSC board member, Adriane Brown. 

Discovery Corps Students Go Behind the Scenes at IV

 

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Inventor Superhero: Claude Shannon

Just like Marvel Comic’s heroes, inventors venture into unexplored territory, overcome obstacles, and improve the world around them. Tinkering away in their invention lairs, inventors make the real-life gadgets that crack codes and save the world. They have the brainpower to solve complex problems that ordinary citizens can’t match. And like our most beloved superheroes, inventors inspire us to strive for ingenuity and pursue our dreams.

Inventor Superhero: Claude Shannon

Inventor Superhero: Claude Elwood Shannon (1916-2001)

Superpowers: Mathematics, cryptography, card tricks, unicycling, juggling

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IV’s Favorite Inventions: Animatronics

Inventions come in all forms and sizes: microscopic robots that break apart clots in a blood vessel, space shuttles, and agricultural processes. At Intellectual Ventures, we pay homage to many of them. Our hallways are lined with inventions — we have antique typewriters and fire hose nozzles, the evolution of the mouse trap in patent drawings, and a cipher machine. But what’s a dinosaur bust doing in our invention collection?

IV’s Favorite Inventions: Animatronics

Talk to anyone who’s visited our office, and they’ll reference the collection showstopper: a synthetic Tyrannosaurus rex head with an eerily familiar face — it’s one of the T. rex models used in the movie Jurassic Park.

IV’s founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold is the ultimate dinosaur hobbyist — he’s published paleontology research findings, funded fossil excavations, and been on set at Jurassic Park filmings. But the T.rex is more than a memento; it's a symbol of robotic innovation.

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IV’s Founders and President Applaud TROL Act on Frivolous Demand Letters

In a letter this week to lawmakers in Congress, the founders of Intellectual Ventures strongly endorsed legislation that would penalize those who threaten law-abiding businesses with frivolous and often fraudulent “demand letters” that allege patent infringement.

IV’s Founders and President Applaud TROL Act on Frivolous Demand Letters

“Specious demand letters targeting America’s small businesses are not a naturally occurring feature of a well-functioning marketplace for invention,” wrote IV’s founders and president in support of the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act, a bill authored by Rep. Lee Terry, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

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