Five Wayne State University research teams were recently awarded funding from Wayne State's Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program. The goal is to accelerate the translation and commercialization of their innovative biomedical technologies by providing the resources to validate technical and market opportunities. The MTRAC program is supported by a $1.07 million award from the Michigan Strategic Fund, which is administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, with matching funds from Wayne State.
The Springer journal Educational Technology Research and Development has published a special issue that examines the relationship of ethics and privacy in learning analytics, guest edited by Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler and Dr. Monica Tracey. The rapid growth of educational big data requires well-established data management, analysis, and regulations. 'More educational data does not always make better learning environments,' says Dr. Ifenthaler, a professor at the University of Mannheim in Germany.
New research published by the University of Surrey in Boston College Law Review is calling for inventions by computers to be legally granted patents. The research states that the rapid increase in computer power is posing new challenges when it comes to patenting an invention. Artificial intelligence is playing an ever larger role in innovation -- with major players such as IBM, Pfizer and Google investing heavily in creative computing -- but current patent law does not recognize computers as inventors.
Firms need to invest in innovation in order to create new technologies and move the economy forward, according to new research from the University of Houston.
University at Buffalo researchers illustrate how smartphones, due to their ubiquity and sophisticated gadgetry, can easily hack 3-D printers by measuring 'leaked' energy and acoustic waves that emanate from the printers. The work is eye-opening because it shows how anyone with a smartphone -- from a disgruntled employee to an industrial spy -- might steal intellectual property from an unsuspecting business.
Writing in the Inderscience publication Luxury Research Journal, researchers from Australia discuss the implications for brand managers, practitioners and academics carrying out research in business and marketing of products that mimic luxury brands.
A new study from Harvard University chronicles the history of opposition to innovations ranging from tractors to coffee and margarine -- and its underlying reasons. Entitled 'Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technology,' by Professor Calestous Juma of the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the study is published by Oxford University Press and launches July 6.
In a multinational collaboration, researchers from the Universities of Luxembourg, Ljubljana and Vienna have developed a new method to produce unique reflecting patterns that can be applied on valuable objects. As these patterns can't be cloned or copied, they could be used to identify products unambiguously in order to avoid counterfeiting.
What if scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and funders could restart scholarly communication? This was the slogan of the first FORCE11 Scholarly Commons Working Group (SCWG) workshop, which took place in February. Advocating for an open, sustainable, fair and creditable future that is technology- and business-enabled, not -led, FORCE11's SCWG committee published a Workshop Report in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes, becoming the anniversary 50th publication in the innovative research publishing platform.
In theory, the rise in patent litigation could reflect growth in the commercialization of technology and innovation, as lawsuits increase proportionately as more and more companies turn to intellectual property (IP) protection to safeguard their competitive advantages. In reality, however, it's a very different story. The authors point out that the majority of recent patent litigation has been driven by 'nonpracticing entities' (NPEs) -- firms that generate no products but instead amass patent portfolios just for the sake of enforcing IP rights.