Innography Blog

6 Findings from the Global Innovation Index 451-Page 2016 Report

As our planet is expected to reach 8.5 billion people by 2030 with 60% of them living in urban areas, it's estimated that we would need the resources of two planets to sustain our current lifestyle. Though we are making progress towards Mars, it's safe to say it won't be "move-in ready" by 2030. How will we make-do with our one and only planet? The short answer: a global collective and conscious effort toward sustainable and responsible urban planning and infrastructure and smart use of technology and resources. The big question: can we achieve it?

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Categories: industry outlooks, innovation, ip strategies, r&d strategies


Who’s Winning the Race to Mars?

There’s been a whole lot of talk about Mars lately. Much more than in the past, now that a wider and more diverse group of innovators are putting massive brainpower and dollars into making space accessible to the general population. A mission they will accomplish by making it both cheaper and safer.

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Categories: application trends, competitive intelligence, industry outlooks, innovation, ip strategies, patent strategy, r&d strategies, technology forecasts


The Marriage of Engines and Motherboards: The Future of the Auto Industry

There’s never been a lack of innovation in the automotive industry. But whereas in the past it relied heavily on mechanics and engineering, today’s R&D and patents rely on the kind of technology that has the potential to shift who the entire industry belongs to. With self-driving cars and digital dashboards, the only thing that seems set in stone as far as what a car can or should be is that it gets you from point A to B. The question of how it does that is where all the innovation is happening.

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Categories: competitive intelligence, industry outlooks, innovation, ip strategies, patent portfolio analysis, r&d strategies, technology forecasts


Patents Gone Wild: Celebrating Black History Month, Inventor-Style

American innovation is rich with contributions from many famous black inventors with roots dating back to the late 1800's. Here is a very small sample of great inventions that led to modern innovations...

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Categories: advanced patent search, Black History Month, citation analysis, patent analysis, patent filing trends, patent search, patents, text clustering


If At First You Don’t Sell, Simply Let it Lapse: Deriving New Value from Your IP Portfolio

Most portfolio managers get a list of patents with fees due that quarter. Their job is to look at the business, see which ones they’re using, and pay the fees. They’ll likely let the rest lapse in order to “save” cost on assets not currently supporting the business. But what these managers aren’t considering can be best described by the old saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Put more directly, you can create easy income for your organization simply by selling unused assets, rather than just allowing them to expire.

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Categories: intellectual property management, ip strategies, licensing strategy, patent analysis, patent portfolio analysis, patent strategy


Patents Gone Wild: Chinese New Year 2017 is a Fire Rooster

In Chinese astrology, every 12 years there is a Rooster year. Each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. This year, as in 1957, the element is fire making this the year of the Fire Rooster.

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Categories: advanced patent search, patent analysis, patent filing trends, patent search, patents


[Infographic] Know When to Hold ‘EM: The Games People Play With IP Data

Multi-million dollar decisions are never without risk, but basing them off questionable data is simply Russian Roulette. Getting to “good enough” or the “right” intellectual property data upon which to make decisions can be extremely time consuming, complex, short-lived. So either you’re wasting time correcting raw data from global patent offices or you’re making decisions on data that is rife with spelling errors, doesn’t reflect patent reassignments, and doesn’t account for M&A activities.

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Categories: big data, data correction, data correlation, industry outlooks, intellectual property management, patent analysis, patent search, patents


Apples and Oranges: Truth of Patent Data Quality

The USPTO recently announced an expansion of PatentsView, its visualization tool for US patents. First launched a few years ago, the intent behind the tool was to make 40 years of patent filing data available for free to those interested in examining “the dynamics of inventor patenting activity over time”. In spite of being limited to patents (not applications) and with a focus only on the US, it offers some interesting visualizations around locations and citations.

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Categories: big data, data correction, data correlation, industry outlooks, intellectual property management, patent analysis, patent search, patents