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2014 DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards

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The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is an international, independently judged competition that honors innovations in packaging design, materials, technology, processes, and service across the entire packaging value chain.  Inaugurated in 1986, the DuPont Packaging Awards program is now recognized as the leading packaging awards program in the world.  The 2014 award winners come from […]

The New American System – American Innovation to Help Us Break Out of This Economic Rut

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Jim Manzi is the founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies, and one of the originators of cloud computing. He is also a well-known libertarian/conservative thinker, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor to the National Review. Between his tech background and his politics, he’s about the last person you’d expect […]

Legistation to Spur Manufacturing Innovation Moves Forward in the Senate

A bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) to establish a national network for manufacturing innovation took a step forward on Wednesday April 9, 2014, clearing the Senate Commerce Committee by a voice vote. The bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013, led by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R- Mo.), […]

Product Design Studios are Expanding into Tech

Berg, a leading design and innovation consultancy in the London, announced an’Internet of Things’ product called Cloudwash. Cloudwash is a prototype that connects a washing machine to the cloud via Wi-Fi. This smart appliance has the capabilities to do things like send your iPhone a push notification when a load is finished. But it doesn’t […]

PatDev.com, an IP War Room, Wins a Tech Crunch DC Pitch Off

PatDev.com won Tech Cruch’s DC Pitch Off on at the end of March, 2014. PatDev.com describes itself as a “war room” webapp to help startups, lawyers, and patent trolls navigate the pitfalls of a patent dispute, while staying organized, communicative, and ultimately saving time and money. Full Article Here:

Audi Announces $30 Billion Investment In Innovation and More

Audi announced they’re going to drop around €22 billion — $30 billion in U.S. currency — between 2014 and 2018 “into new models, innovations and the continuous expansion of the worldwide production network.”   Seventy percent of the investments is intended for new models and technologies. This is a massive investment and bucks the trend seen […]

Further Cuts to US Food and Beverage Innovation

The Wall Street Journal’s year-end summary of memorable news highlights the continuing de-investment in R&D and innovation in the US.  Typified by the actions of H.J. Heinz Co.’s new owners who aren’t hesitating to squeeze costs out of the ketchup maker. Since taking over in June, Brazilian private-equity firm 3G Capital (many of the same […]

Canada’s Government Plans to Eliminate Support For Basic Research

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Canada’s conservative government announced their intention to cease funding for all research that does not have an obvious commercial benefit. “Scientific discovery is not valuable unless it has commercial value.” This comment was made by Gary Goodyear, the president of Canada’s National Research Council, who announced last week that the NRC will shift its focus away from […]

Tipping Point for The America Invents Act and Patent Reform

From CPA Global comes this article on the paradigm shift in US patent system which just took effect, bringing fundamental change to the filing process as well as the fee structure.

Will China Overtake America as the Most Innovative Country Because of Patent Reform?

The New York Times Opinion page addresses the myth that China can’t out innovate the US because Democracy is central to innovation.  Using facts and data the article’s author, Eamonn Fingleton, illustrates how the US is under investing in R&D, how US patent makes it harder for small American inventors to protect their intellectual property from infringement and […]