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Solar paint: How to generate energy from any object under the sun

This article is part of an ongoing State of Innovation series exploring global inventions and innovation trends in 12 key industries.  Download the State of Innovation report on the Semiconductor industry now, or download the full 2017 report here. Earlier this year, for the first time in 135 years since the Industrial Revolution, the UK […]

Accurately determining patent expiration dates: Why it’s harder than you may think

Patents are expensive.  Patents are important.  You might think, therefore, that it would be easy to determine how long a patent lasts, right? Sadly, you’d be wrong. In the past, it was pretty easy:  The first US patent was granted 227 years ago today, on July 31, 1790. It had a “term not exceeding fourteen years” as can be plainly seen at 1 Stat. […]

Immunotherapy – a promising weapon in the war on cancer

This article is part of an ongoing State of Innovation series exploring global inventions and innovation trends in 12 key industries.  Download the State of Innovation report on the Biotechnology industry now, or download the full 2017 report here.   In 2012, there were an estimated 14.1 million new cases of cancer and 8.2 million […]

Transformational technology – a look at the virtual reality patent landscape

Virtual reality is probably best known amongst the gaming community, but its roots can be traced back to the military which was an early adopter for training purposes such as flight simulation or simulated combat situations. Beyond gaming and military applications, other uses abound. Virtual reality is being used to design cars and buildings, for […]

Chinese dual filings are now linked within DWPI families

A long-requested enhancement to the Derwent World Patents Index has been implemented this week – the handling of Chinese dual filings. This is an important development which will mean more efficient and accurate prior art, infringement/invalidity and freedom to operate searching for those seeking to protect and/or practice their inventions in China. So what are […]

Building a Sustainable Future: Spotlight on innovation at Thailand’s SCG

Founded in 1913, Siam Cement diversified under the name of SCG to meet the needs of Thailand’s growing economy, and established itself as Thailand’s largest manufacturing conglomerate with three strong core businesses: SCG Cement- Building Materials, SCG Chemicals, and SCG Paper. In 2014, SCG was classified by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the […]

Who are today’s leading global innovators?

Clarivate Analytics has again recognized the most innovative organizations worldwide for the seventh consecutive year with the publication today of the “2017 Top 100 Global Innovators” report.  This seeks to address the question of who today’s leading global innovators are, and to celebrate their achievements and contributions to enriching the world through innovation. The ranking […]

Super-drugging the superbugs

Innovation is taking off again in the pharmaceutical industry with a healthy 20 percent growth in patents published in 2016. This follows a period of intense realignments, consolidations, mergers and acquisitions driven by the loss of patent protection for many blockbusters owned by the major companies and the consequent increase in generic competition. The recent […]