Patent rights are an important part of U.S. innovation policy: If they're too weak, America's inventors may decide its not worth sharing their discoveries. But if patent rights are too strong, monopolists can smother new entrepreneurs and erect barriers to research.To find the right balance, many look to the White House for guidance.
As Dr Ronnie Lowenstein Reflects on the Future in 2017, she invites STEM Stakeholders to Partner with ASTRA to Build a Culture of Innovation and Shape the Future. Words of Wisdom Interview captured at the 2016 Women of Color in STEM Conference in Detroit.
The morning of Jan. 20, as one of his final acts as President of the United States, President Barack Obama signed into law bipartisan legislation to codify the Presidential Innovations Fellows (PIF) program, making permanent a pathway for government to attract experienced technology entrepreneurs and innovators to public service. The bill, H.R. 39, mirrors legislation introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), and James Lankford (R-OK).
International Business Machines Corp. continued its remarkable innovation streak after securing 8,088 U.S. patents in 2016. It marks the 24th consecutive year IBM earned the most patents of any other company. Around 2,700 of IBM’s 2016 patents were related to artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, and cloud computing.
Top innovators, scholars and business leaders gathered at the Pentagon Jan. 9th for the second meeting of the Defense Innovation Advisory Board and approved 11 recommendations aimed at keeping the Defense Department on the cutting edge in technology, culture, operations and processes.
Here are eight inventions that have been described in Apple patent applications filed or patents granted in the past year. (On average, it takes about 25 months, or just over two years, for a patent to be approved.) One day they may become as much a part of the iPhone legacy as the touchscreen. Or maybe not.
A White House report has warned that Chinese industrial policies pose a real threat to the US semiconductor industry. The report, submitted before US President Barack Obama by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST), argues that the US semiconductor industry needs to innovate and run faster in order to mitigate the threat posed by Chinese industrial policy and strengthen the country’s economy.
The President signed into law the bipartisan American Innovation and Competiveness Act (AICA) (S. 3084). AICA represents a bicameral, bipartisan agreement that includes nine House Science Committee bills that passed the full House over the last two years, including H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015.
Continuing in this optimistic vein, 73 percent of Technology Elites believe the technology industry will contribute to job creation, compared to 63 percent of the General Public, and 73 percent of Technology Elites say that innovation is critical to the U.S.'s position in the global economy and the technology industry is going in the right direction to maintain that, compared to 59 percent of the General Public.
One of the president's most important responsibilities is fostering science, technology and innovation in the U.S. economy. The relationship between science and policy runs in two directions: Scientific knowledge can inform policy decisions, and conversely, policies affect the course of science, technology and innovation.