Going back to the Founding Fathers and the writing of the U.S. Constitution (with the intellectual property clause), intellectual property (IP) has always featured prominently in the U.S. economy. Yet its importance is too often overlooked and undervalued. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent report -- Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update -- adds to a growing body of research that helps provide a clearer picture.
by Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, ASTRA Senior Advisor and Futurist
As ASTRA’s Executive Advisor and Futurist, I applaud the perspectives so eloquently expressed by Bill Gates in the video Why Governments Should Invest in Innovation and in his print column ‘Accelerating Innovation with Leadership,‘ first published in GatesNotes.com.
The Pentagon's Defense Innovation Advisory Board said there is no shortage of ideas and innovation in the military, but what is lacking is the means to share and build on innovative ideas. The board, which was created by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in March, held its first public hearing to announce its interim findings and recommendations. Members include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Instagram Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine, Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt and Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka.
As the US presidential candidates lay out competing visions for the country, I have been thinking about a topic they have not yet discussed in detail: what political leadership can do to accelerate innovation. Innovation is the reason our lives have improved over the last century. From electricity and cars to medicine and planes, innovation has made the world better.
Like countless innovators before it, Facebook has repeatedly swallowed up competitors’ features and made them bigger, better, and more accessible to a larger audience. And in the end, it's more than just Facebook that benefits. Often (though not always), it's ordinary users and even the business that got ripped off in the first place that win out. When done right, imitation represents a powerful, yet widely misunderstood business stratagem.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter talks about innovation and the rapid acquisition of technology to support DoD, at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Boston, July 27, 2016.
The Office of Naval Research celebrates 70 years of innovating and inventing important new technology for the Navy and Marine Corps team. The Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter and Director of Research for ONR Dr. Larry Schuette explain why this milestone is so important, and what the role of ONR is going into the next 70 years.
President Obama awards National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 17 scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators. The National Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, engineering and mathematics. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.
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.