Tagged: patents

Science in NZ: How are we doing? - News

John Kerr Nov 30, 2016

A ‘big picture’ report on the New Zealand science system shows Kiwis are pretty good at publishing top-notch research and collaborating with scientists overseas, but there is room for improvement on our business R&D spending.  The 2016 Science and Innovation System Performance Report was released yesterday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The report aims to give policy-makers, academics and … Read More

The effects of patent trolls - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Aug 28, 2014

There is a new organisational form, called the non-practicing entity (NPE), in the world of intellectual property. NPEs have recently emerged as a major driver of IP litigation. The idea is that NPEs amass patents not for the sake of producing any actual product, but rather they aim to prosecute infringements of their patent portfolios. (rent-seeking?) The rise of NPEs … Read More

Do patents stifle cumulative innovation? - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jul 26, 2014

This important question is ask by Joshua Gans at the Digitopoly blog. The question is whatever other benefits and faults there might be with the patent system, a fault that really matters for the operation of the system and for growth prospects is how patents might stifle cumulative or follow-on innovation. Gans writes,The standard, informal theory … Read More

The TPP – what does it mean for science? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 05, 2012

Right now, hundreds of diplomats and trade experts from around the Asia Pacific region are ensconced at Sky City convention centre in Auckland for top-secret negotations as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Credit: GlobalTradeWatch CC Flickr The level of secrecy alone is of great concern and to some, anti-democratic, let alone what is actually being concocted in the latest draft … Read More

Optimising autoimmune treatment patent invalid: a ‘Law of Nature’ is not a law passed by Congress - Stick

Peter Kerr Mar 23, 2012

By guest blogger Doug Calhoun On 20 March the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decision unanimously allowing an appeal by the Mayo Clinic and declaring invalid two patents that a lower court had found Mayo to … Continue reading → … Read More

New Zealand’s largest inventor network: A glimpse of our innovation ecosystem - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Apr 04, 2011

We have been experimenting with ways to represent the inventor networks that we can extract from patent databases.  In this post, I will focus on New Zealand’s largest inventor network, as extracted from 30 years of European Patent Office (EPO) data.  The network gives us a glimpse of New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem. At the left is a … Read More