innovation

February 12, 2017

“This year’s Index shows that a clear pack of leaders has emerged: the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and the European Union. But all that invest in the systemic recognition and protection of IP stand to reap the benefits: foreign investments, healthier home-grown industries that export innovative products, and a reputation as a place where the world can do business. From the most developed countries to the least, countries that demonstrate a commitment to IP will reap a reward.”

February 10, 2017

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) met this week with major tech firms including Apple and Amazon and will release an “innovation agenda” next week at a Capitol Hill event, a Republican aide confirmed to The Hill. Hatch also met with Oracle, Cisco and Qualcomm, the aide said. In the meetings, which Politico first reported on, discussion topics included intellectual property protection reform, data privacy and high-skilled immigration.

February 09, 2017

Offshoring production from the United States to factories overseas has arguably done a lot of damage to the U.S. economy. Over the last three decades, the trade deficit ballooned and millions of American manufacturing jobs were lost. And with those jobs, according to analysts, America also lost some of its innovative edge.

February 08, 2017

The U.S. government urgently needs to transform its approach to space defense. Slow and onerous procurement processes are stunting the innovation necessary to sustaining the nation’s leadership in the national security space arena.

February 06, 2017

When Gene Cernan, the last U.S. astronaut to walk on the Moon, died only days before President Trump's inauguration, he was a disappointed man. Cernan had predicted after his Moon mission that Americans would land on Mars before the end of the 20th Century. It never happened. Like the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51, America's manned space program built an early lead, and then (to quote Atlanta's coach) ran out of gas.

February 02, 2017

Have you ever been part of an innovation project that started off with big ambitions and dreams about coming up with disruptive innovations which are expected to be game changing and end with a me-too or a watered down incremental innovation to an existing product category? I have been part of a few such projects which start with much fanfare and later on become run-of-the-mill projects with no breakthrough’s to show for. I was always interested to understand why is this so?

January 26, 2017

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.

January 25, 2017

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.

January 22, 2017

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).

January 17, 2017

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.

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