America Doesn’t Do Enough to Protect Its Innovative Designs 

Patent drawing of an early Singer round bobbin sewing machine, 1867.

Great design means great products, which means great experiences for consumers, and great productivity for society. To maintain America’s lead in this field, it is critical that we continue to incentivize investment in great design by ensuring that our design protection laws remain strong. Source: America Doesn’t Do Enough to Protect Its Innovative Designs

Obama Makes The Presidential Innovation Fellows Permanent | Fast Company | Business + Innovation


Today, President Obama signed an executive order to make the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program a permanent facet of the federal government. The 12-month program, started in 2012, brings entrepreneurs, technologists, and other innovators into the fold of various issues facing the government and teams them up with government employees to devise solutions for those issues.The … [Read more…]

A closer look at Sony’s first crowdfunded products


It could be the start of a new Sony — a company that’s trying to recalibrate its new product compass by throwing nascent ideas and projects to the public… and asking for money. Perhaps Sony’s most interesting move might be launching First Flight, its very own crowdfunding platform-slash-online store expressly for its employees’ pet projects. … [Read more…]

3D-printed bottle caps will let you know if your milk goes bad


Researchers from the University of California at Berkley and National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan created a “smart cap” for food storage containers that can detect spoilage. Using 3D-printed electronics, the lids house circuits and passive wireless sensors that are capable of determining if milk or juice has spoiled when it comes in contact with … [Read more…]

The Next Innovation Opportunity in China

What began as low-cost support for local operations became an effort to adapt technologies to cater to local market demand. Now, some multinationals are changing course yet again: Having recognized China’s rise as a global innovation leader, they are tapping into the country’s thriving science and technology knowledge base to pursue fundamental research. Source: The … [Read more…]