Policy Workshop: IP
And finally: after much delay, the EU’s independent satnav Galileo goes live
The Commission claims the service is the most accurate satellite navigation system in the world, with real-time positioning down to a metre or less. Europe now has autonomous access to space and is a key player
How to turn Europe’s large research infrastructures into engines of innovation
Europe has the opportunity to enhance its innovation capacity by strengthening cooperation between analytical research institutes and companies, providing industry with new ways to access expertise and powerful state of the art machines
EU Commission to propose strong text and data mining rights for researchers
Leaked papers reveal data analytics start-ups would not benefit from new text and mining rules, however
Switzerland still world’s top innovator, study says
Fifteen of the top 25 innovators in the world are in Europe, including the top three
Wellcome Trust launches new open access platform
Scientists will be encouraged to publish findings ahead of peer review, with papers going online just a week after submission. The research charity hopes other funders will follow its lead
US Supreme Court strengthens patents (for a change)
The decision earlier this month in the case of Halo v Pulse, will give owners of US patents a greater likelihood of being awarded enhanced damages. This will raise the value of patents - and increase the incentive to sue for infringement
UK plan to ratify single patent is a pragmatic approach
The UK is to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. That flies in the face of prime minister Theresa May’s pledge to be free of the EU Court of Justice - and hints at a ‘soft’ Brexit
The Great IP Debate: Do patents do more harm than good?
A formal debate at Euroscience Open Forum in Manchester pitted pro- and anti-patent experts. You decide the outcome.
US fast track for cancer patents shows intellectual property can drive innovation
While Brexit has put hopes for the unified European patent on hold, a new US pilot exemplifies how a single efficient patenting system can be used to underpin and promote innovation
Could Brexit be a death knell for the European Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court?
UK withdrawal from the EU will fundamentally change the basic scope of the Unitary Patent and the associated Unitary Patent Court. This could permanently jeopardise the launch of the European single patent
Patents can make or break drug discovery in Poland
There are several barriers holding back science-industry collaboration, but the most urgent one is the reluctance to protect intellectual property in advance of publishing research results, according to two of Poland’s leading patent attorneys
How natural materials can be patent protected
Limpet teeth have overtaken spider silk as the world’s strongest natural material. As attempts are made to replicate and put this material to use, it is important to look to the IP strategy, say patent attorneys Ben Dempster and Jennifer Unsworth
Horizon 2020 Special Coverage
Innovation in Progress - Science|Business Network
New rector and leading team at the University of Pisa
Professor of Computer Science, Paolo Mancarella is the new rector of the University of Pisa until 2022.
ETH Zurich: Licensing opportunity for thermal-energy storage technology
The proposed thermal-energy storage (TES) system provides active control of the heat-transfer fluid outflow temperature. Therefore, the TES system can be discharged at constant power and temperature even in the presence of fluctuations in the thermal input during charging.
Mikael Östling nominated as Deputy President of KTH
Mikael Östling has been nominated as the new Deputy President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Östling comes to the role from his current position as a researcher and head of department at Kista and brings considerable experience to the institute’s top management
CERN featured as leader in Global Innovation Index
The 9th edition of the Global Innovation Index 2016 (GII) report highlights CERN as an example of successful, regional innovation initiatives
Are patents good – or bad? The people vote
Four experts – from the US, Italy and Belgium - argue the case in “The Great IP Debate” 26 July, 1710-1825, Exchange Hall