IIIF 2016

IIIF 2016
First India International Innovation Fair

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Saankya Labs White Space Base Station selected for TMC awards.

One of TMC's  most coveted awards, the Communications Solutions Products of the Year Award honors exceptional products and services that facilitate voice, data and video communications that were brought to market or greatly improved upon in the last twelve months. See the list here.
Saankya Labs, TVWS product has been selected as the best communication solution for rural broadband 2016.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Ag Tech Investment Report

Where is the investment coming to other than Food commerce startups? From the report of Ag Founder.
  • Soil & Crop Technology is a broad category encompassing biological inputs and treatments, chemical inputs, geneticsbased tech, new crops, and seed technology.The subsector saw $161 million raised across 22 deals in H1-2016, a 290% increase on H1-2015 ($41m) and not far behind 2015’s total for the sector of $173m.The increase in investment and activity were largely be attributed to three trends: gene-editing technologies, microbiome research, and biological inputs.
  • Precision ag startups raised $333 million during the first half of 2016, slightly more than half of what was raised during all of 2015 ($661m). We define these companies as those helping farmers grow and manage both crops and livestock using digital tools and hardware. They come from the following subsectors: Drones & Robotics, Decision Support Tech, Irrigation & Water, and Smart Equipment & Hardware. Hardware and sensors startups also grabbed a larger size of the pie raising $27.4 million.
  • Startups in the Biomaterials & Biochemicals subsector produce or farm biological organisms and compounds for use across the food, pharmaceutical, textile and other industrial industries.
  • Friday, May 20, 2016

    Patent Act amended in May 2016 with guidelines for startups.

    India probably has become the first country to have exclusive provisions in Patent legislation for STARTUPS, This amendment defines startup and the promised speeding up process.
    Startup‖ means an entity, where- 
    (i) more than five years have not lapsed from the date of its incorporation or registration; 
    (ii) the turnover for any of the financial years, out of the aforementioned five years, did not exceed rupees twenty-five crores; 
    and it is working towards innovation, development, deployment or commercialisation of new products, processes or services driven by technology or intellectual property:
    Provided further that the mere act of developing:
    a. products or services or processes which do not have potential for commercialisation, or 
    b. undifferentiated products or services or processes, or 
    c. products or services or processes with no or limited incremental value for customers or workflow, would not be covered under this definition.
    a. is about commercialisation, since no one can certify potential for commercialisation, it is reasonable to expect that a startup at pre-revenue stage is not eligible.
    b. comes under innovative step, no issue on that,
    c. incremental value to customer- this is entering totally new territory by the examiner.

    Expedited examination of applications: it appears that in an expedited examination process the examiner has to prepare the examination report within two months, as opposed to three months taken in the ordinary process. The expediting option will be available for startups for a fee of INR 8000 as opposed to INR 4000, which is charged for ordinary examination. 

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    National IPR policy

    The National Policy like most other policy documents will carry nothing objectionable. Is it actionable? Will it be productive? 

    Awareness: Is government required to spend money on creating IPR awareness? There is certainly no shortage of information on Internet. Organizing awareness workshops, promotion meetings is the easy option and many government departments have been doing this  and this only.
    Generating IPR:  If numbers are important, Chinese scale up model adding utility patents can be followed. Again , is IPR generation independent of Innovation promotion? Do we want a mountain of patents but no innovations?
    Legal and legislative Framework: This is government job. We will know about this only when laws are amended. 
    Administration and Management: This again is government job. Hope search for Indian patents will be as smooth as USPTO.
    Commercialization of IPR:  This is new item on table. Products are commercialized and patents are licensed. This cannot be a end of pipeline activity.  

    Conclusion:  The focus of government has to be on innovation promotion , IP generation and commercialization are not independent activities. Government should focus on legislation and administration. 

    Tuesday, May 03, 2016

    D-nest International Inventors Exhibition, Venice,13-16 October 2016


    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Global Cleantech innovation Programme 2016 (GCIP) - Last date 15th May 2016

    The United Nations Industrial Development organization (UNIDO) runs a Global Cleantech Innovation Programme in India in association with world's largest clean technology accelerator (Cleantech Open USA) under the aegis of the ministry of MSME. The Ministry of MSME in partnership with UNIDO launched the GCIP Programme in 2013 for promoting Innovations in the Indian SMEs in clean technologies. Achievements of the 2015 

    •  Out of the twenty semifinalists, investors screened six for advanced stage of funding. 
    • The national winner and the runners up got the opportunity to showcase their product in international investor summit in California last year. 
    • Four participants got the opportunity to showcase their product in 'Festival of Innovations' organized in Rasptrapati Bhawan by the presidential secretariat. 
    • An e-book and film detailing the innovations mentored under the programme in last two years has been released and uploaded on the MSME website.

    Invitations open for 2016:
    he programme is now inviting applications from all SMEs in India with Innovative products under the following eligible categories:
    •   Energy efficiency
    •   Waste to Energy
    •   Renewable Energy
    •   Water Efficiency
    SMEs, emerging startups and entrepreneurs with an innovative technology can submit an online application at the MSME ministry website link http://dcmsme.gov.in/GEFunido.html 

    Contact person:
    Rishabh Goel
    Project Associate
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    Global Cleantech Innovation Program
    National Project Office
    O/o DC MSME, Ministry of MSME
    East Block 7,Level 5,Sector 1, R.K.Puram
    New Delhi 110066
    Phone/Fax - 011-26167806
    Mobile - +91-9599490997


    Indian Innovators are invited to the 2nd World Invention Innovation Contest, WiC 2016 organized by Korea Invention News (KINEWS) and sponsored by Asia Invention Association (AIA). The event is to be held from June 5 - 6th at the Convention Center - Chung Mu Art Hall in Seoul, Korea.

    Registration which will end May 15th . For registration and inquiries, contact:  kinews5@naver.com, President Soung-Mo HONG, Korea Invention News (KINEWS), The Organizing Committee of WiC 2016