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Hot Topic: Strengthening Patents

Conference to discusses patents’ role in U.S. economy Building a strong patent system—a key to economic health for the United States both here and abroad—was the subject of a July 12 conference in Washington, D.C., presented by Inventing America. The conference, hosted by a coalition of innovators, included panel discussions on the role of patents in creating new jobs and how we can maximize opportunities through diversity in patenting. A discussion with key members of Congress focused on what may be ahead for patents and inventors. Among those on the distinguished program of experts were Susan M. Armstrong, Qualcomm...

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Bias Found in Tech Media Articles on Patent Disputes

Tech media often provide incomplete and potentially misleading reporting on patent disputes and “trolls,” according to research conducted for the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding. In an analysis of 127 randomly selected articles that used the term “patent infringement” and were published in business, technology and general news publications last year, nearly half of the articles were revealed to be op-ed or trend pieces. Such stories typically craft a narrative instead of reporting on a specific patent case or development. “Report: Patterns in Media Coverage of Patent Disputes,” found: 57 percent of case coverage of patent infringement in tech...

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A FitBit for Pigs? Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winners

A drone technology advance that was once unimaginable. A customizable, add-on system for wheelchairs. And yes—a FitBit for pigs. These are among the inventions by undergraduate and graduate students who won the 2017 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, honoring promising collegiate inventors around the country. The prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students with inventions in categories that represent key economic sectors: health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer devices. The winners and their inventions Apoorva Murarka invented an electrostatic transducer that replaces larger magnet and coil systems found in devices today using nanotechnology. About 1/1,000th the width of human...

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It could happen

It could happen A 760 m.p.h. train? PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk says it could be ready within a few years. His Hyperloop system would propel passengers through a vacuum tube fueled by compressed air and induction motors. The system would shrink the train commute from San Francisco to Los Angeles to 35 minutes, compared to the current 7.5 hours. Musk says the system would be faster and cheaper than trains, boats, cars and planes for up to at least 900 miles, and that it would be resistant to earthquakes while generating energy through solar panels. The...

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Archer Takes Aim

Student’s Test to Detect Lyme Disease Embodies School’s STEM Mission for Women   This article was originally published Feb. 10, 2017 in Innovator Insights, a blog interview series at the IPO Education Foundation. For information, visit   Despite increasing overall numbers of women enrolling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs at U.S. universities, the rate of STEM degrees awarded to women remains low. Women comprise only 25.8 percent of those in STEM occupations, even with some improvement in the biological and biomedical sciences.   The Archer School for Girls in Brentwood, California, and students such as Marin Yamada are on course to help change those figures. “Archer was founded with the specific mission of empowering young women to ascend to leadership in an environment that is fundamentally innovative, collaborative, and progressive,” says Elizabeth English, Head of School at Archer. As part of that, the school encourages “experiential learning,” particularly in STEM fields.   A senior at Archer and a student there for seven years, Marin has benefited from this model that includes computer coding as one of four key language requirements, and exposure to basic concepts of engineering, computer science and hands-on research as early as sixth grade.   She was in eighth grade when she began thinking about inventing. By ninth grade, she was taking an environmental science course typically sought out by seniors.  “It was the first time I...

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