The Full WIPO Report 2013 is here:
including the strategic and economic reasons the US Patent System was revamped and strengthened in the early 1980's; the reforms resulting in the creation of the Specialized US Court of Appeals for the Federal District (Patents, although it is not its only specialization).
The best overview of the development of the US Patent System over the last 30 years and how and why we have come to witness the current patent wars, reforms, and in some instances push by courts against strong / weak patents.
Few will offer the historic context Bruce provides in this lecture.
Valuations this size are still very rare, yet very popular.
From the article:
Why Snapchat just raised a lot less money, and at a lower price, than anyone had expected.
FORTUNE -- Two months ago, we reported that Snapchat was in talks to raise around $200 million in Series C funding at a $4 billion valuation, most likely to be led by a large strategic investor like China's Tencent. Then came word yesterday that it had raised $50 million from U.S.-based tech investment manager Coatue Management at a valuation shy of $2 billion. So what happened?
It's an achievement that 3-D printing evangelists feel will soon be the norm; rather than assembling consumer products from parts and components, complete functioning products could be fabricated at once, on demand.
These words, as well as so many others uttered by the late scientist and educator Carl Sagan, continue to challenge and inspire humanity to dream big, reach for the stars, and continue the incredibly important pursuit of scientific advancement.
A proponent of continued investment in space exploration and planetary science programs, Sagan was most well known for his 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Much like the readers of his beloved books, viewers of Cosmos were whisked away on an interstellar journey of historical and scientific discovery.
Because Sagan’s fame primarily came from being an excellent communicator of science to the masses, his contributions to human and robotic space exploration can sometimes be overlooked. Working with NASA, Sagan played a key role in briefing astronauts prior to the Apollo missions, contributed to mission planning and design of robotic spacecraft, such as the Voyager probes and the Viking Martian lander, and helped compose the “Golden Record” that is now traveling through interstellar space onboard Voyager I.
Sadly, Carl passed away on December 20th, 1996 at the age of 62. However, his timeless messages continue to resonate through the popular science community. For his sake, as well as ours, we must advocate for continued cosmic exploration via investments in science and technology.
Contact your elected representatives and show your support for NASA here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/
Read more about Carl Sagan here: http://1.usa.gov/JN76of
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The best overview of the development of the US Patent System over the last 30 years and how and why we have come to witness the current patent wars, reforms, and in some instances push by courts against strong / weak patents
I remember a large number of my friends across the board in San Francisco donating to charity, volunteering or chipping in one way or another to non-profits or civic organizations. I always admired that.
If the new wave of people working mainly in software are not volunteering or engaging the local community in any meaningful way, then the backslash should not be a surprise.
Integrating ourselves into the fabric of the local community is the only way of becoming a true citizen and resident of your home town; this is especially true of a city based on the inherent and unique nature of each of its neighborhoods.
The sad part of the story is that software and good number of these companies identified with "tech" are anything but. I am not saying they do not provide meaningful services or valuable products.
Banks and the stock market, financial institutions rely in a fairly heavy technology mix to provide services, which include online services and products. When was the last time you heard of someone referring to Bank of America or Wells Fargo as a high tech company?
In fact today financial institutions are being attacked and some want to deny them the right to patent business methods. That may be a debate for a different post, but this is fueled by those who want to simply write code (or copy it) without the inconvenience of checking if they infringe on someone else's IP, copyright, or idea; to them the notion that someone else could have already conceived of the same solution and protected to commercialize it is unfair.
Remember the dot.com boom? same principle, as long as the company claimed to provide some service or product on the internet it was a dot.com and therefore was entitled to funding or all the perks that came with being a start up in "high-tech".
This is history repeating itself...
There are other cities, NYC being one of them ready to pounce at the chance to become hubs for new technology development and its commercialization. They have in place mass transit, transportation to suburbs or residential bouroughs, and have the political will and money to attract the talent...oh yeah, and individually New Yorkers will keep attitudes and high flying egos in check: here apps are to be downloaded and used, not something to brag about over a loud conversation at a local restaurant.
From the article:
Some neighbors say the resentment isn't helped by the fact that they see the tech workers only when they're boarding the private shuttle buses that take them down Highway 101 to Google or Apple, delaying Muni buses and blocking traffic while they're at it.
"They don't see them active in the local school or helping the local merchants or helping with the local playground," Campos said.
- IP StrategistIP Strategist, 2007 - present
- Intel CorporationSr. Res. Engineer, 1995 - 2006
San Franciscan on exile, now on the east, who is passionate about intellectual property strategy and technology, I was born and raised in the heat of the tropics, educated in the cold winters and humid summers of northeastern US universities, where I started my early professional career. My career was finally forged in the west coast. While there, I lived in San Francisco, CA and worked in the technology wonder that is Silicon Valley.
I am a father. I am also an avid reader, and a runner; trained early in life as a schoolteacher; also an engineer. I am fluent in English, Spanish, excellent hiker and explorer, who dances well most music tunes.
"If anyone knew how hard and how long I have worked to become what I am today, they would not longer think such great things of me" -Michelangelo
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.“ -Thomas Edison
- Cornell UniversityMaster of Engineering, Mechanical, Manufacturing, 1995
- Drexel UniversityBS Mechanical Engineering, 1992
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