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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Patent analytics in measuring innovation in India

The 2009 Thomson Reuters Innovation Award went to Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Sterlite Technologies Ltd in the Life Sciences and Corporate Services categories respectively for their achievements through patented technology as recorded in data from Thomson Innovation, the premier IP research and analysis solution from Thomson Reuters. The background paper using patent analytics to select the winners can be downloaded from:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sankalp awards 2009

The Sankalp 2009 Growth Awards for Education were won by Elements Akademia, a chain of finishing schools (training & placement) and IL&FS Education &Technology Services. The Emerging Award for Healthcare was won by Biosense Technologies, Growth award to Vaatsalya and the High Impact to TanClean. Details:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ITAG Business Solutions Ltd

ITAG Business Solutions Ltd. based in Kolkata is a Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) and Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Company. It is a subsidiary of TCI Finance Ltd, promoted by the GATI group. Institute of International Trade is their knowledge partner.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Innovations for Small Business

Technology obsolescence coupled with economic recession is taking heavy toll of small technology ventures. TePP can help them in 2 ways:

1. If the promoter is innovative, he/ she can avail TePP funds to come with new designs.
2. If the business owner is clear only about the problem , then he/she can invite proposals from independent innovators. That is what large companies from P&G to Google do. TePP Open innovation portal facilitates this outsourcing of R&D.
Any takers?

Friday, April 24, 2009

TePP Open Innovation Network: TePP/002/2009

TePP on behalf of CSIR invites proposals from innovators interested in developing derivative products for different applications using Solakshaw drive train as technology platform. The proposal invited is for Prototype development for products other than passenger carrying rickshaw. Financial support will be extended to selected innovators under TePP Phase-1 norms. Details of TePP are available on this portal and also on DSIR web site . The maximum support permissible under TePP phase-1 is Rs15 lakhs. The support can be utilized for development and manufacture of prototypes for testing at CMERI.
Innovators interested may submit proposal, initially as soft copy to The proposal should highlight innovative merit along with application as per prescribed TePP Phase I TPF application format.

TePP Open Innovation Network: Request TePP/001/2009

TePP on behalf of CSIR invites proposals from entrepreneurs interested in taking license for manufacture and supply of Solakshaws (Electrical rickshaw with solar charging facility) in different part of the country. The proposal invited is for Business Delivery Innovation for rapid product diffusion. Financial support will be extended to selected entrepreneurs under TePP Phase-11 norms.The maximum support permissible under TePP phase-11 is Rs 45 lakhs or 50% of approved project cost which ever is lower. The support can be utilized for implementation of innovative delivery model on pilot scale. Entrepreneurs interested may submit proposal, initially as soft copy to The proposal should include Business Plan along with application as per prescribed TePP Phase II S3T application format.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Brightidea products

Brightidea offers idea management tools such as Brightidea platform, WebStorm, Switchboard & Pipeline. For a demo contact

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kenyan anti-counterfeit Act

The drugs that saved lives of several HIV infected people in Africa are now banned with this Kenyan legislation. See editorial in Financial Expres

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

i2india announces awards to innovators

i2india announces Innovations Awards of Rs 2 lacs each Up to 10 awards for innovative technologies with the best potential for Commercialisation. This award is open to all Scientists & research Institutes. To apply contact


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Summer school on Creativity & Innovation

This summer school is organised by Elephantversity between 25th May to 31st May 2009 in Pune. Contact:

Hrridaysh Deshpande, Elephantversity Institute of Innovation, 13 Kumar Srushti, Survey No. 1 , Pashan NDA Road, Pune 411 021,Maharashtra, India, Tel.: +91 - 20-22951055/59, 22951160 / 61,Fax: +91 - 20-22951055, Mobile: +91 – 0 - 9921378687,Web:

Saturday, April 11, 2009 comprehensive worldwide source of searchable indexed patent pages available in 15 native language.It’s a source for patent data, analytic tools and provides a hosted community platform enabling users to connect to generate business opportunities, including the licensing/sale of patents .

Patent of Somasundaram Ramkumar

Indian drugs in transit seized in Europe to avoid possible patent infringement, Indian roses confiscated in Europe for not paying royalty to plant breeders, Indian watches denied exhibition space on allegations of Design in copy right violations- we heard them all. Now, for the first time, we are hearing an Indian patent holder , Somasundaram Ramkumar of Madurai, using the same tool to seize import of mobiles with multiple SIMs. Read the patent claims at

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Green Talents International Forum

In February 2009, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education has launched an initiative to invite talented young researchers from throughout the world to visit the leading environmental technology location Germany. The 'Green Talents' competition under the patronage of Research Minister Dr. Annette Schavan addresses excellent young researchers and engineering scientists in the field of environmental technologies to apply for participation in the 'International Forum for High Potentials in Green Technologies'.The International Forum will take place in August/September 2009. For one week, the selected participants will travel through Germany, visit leading universities, research institutes and companies, gather specific information about research activities on site and learn about the possibilities of cooperating with German partners. Individual meetings with experts and the presentation of their own research will be part of the forum - as well as a cultural program and a meeting with Minister Dr. Annette Schavan as a special highlight.APPLY NOW for a seat on the Green Talents International Forum. Application deadline 31st May 2009. Further information

Sankalp 2009 awards

Sankalp 2009 awards, for investible, social MSMEs will be given on 28th April at taj Lands End, Mumbai. See the program details at:

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Australian Design awards

Solaqua is a water disinfection unit to be used in rural sub-Saharan Africa. It utilises ultra-violet and infra-red rays from the sun to eliminate pathogens within contaminated water. Raw water is first passed through a sari cloth filter to improve efficiency of solar water disinfection (SODIS). A five tap funnel fills five specially designed bottles to obtain ten litres of water. By spreading and laying the bottles on the ground, the transparent bottle surface allows maximum exposure to UV rays. The black, back surface of each bottle absorbs heat, while reflective inner surfaces reflect UV rays within the water itself.
This is one of the finalist of Australian Design Awards. Design is Mr Jason Lam

Friday, April 03, 2009

IITB TechConnect 2009

In the Golden Jubilee year of IIT Bombay, its Industrial Research and Consultancy Center (IRCC) has taken an initiative to celebrate the institute's best technological achievements.Techconnect is showcase of research capability and mature innovations and coming out of IIT Bombay. It will be held on 4th April 2009. See list of technologies available for transfer at

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The EconomistInnovation Awards

Economist Innovation Awards celebrate outstanding innovators in the following categories:

Bioscience: includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and agriculture

Business processes: enabling compounds, products, technologies or methodologies which underpin product discovery, design, or manufacturing, as well as fulfillment processes

Energy and the environment: includes energy, transportation, automotive

Social and economic innovation: novel technologies and business models that improve everyday lives (eg, microcredit)

Computing and telecommunications: includes hardware, software, security, telecommunications

Consumer products and services: may include the product, process, media or design

“No boundaries”: technology-based products or services that don't fit neatly into any of the above categories (this includes materials science, nanotechnology and other emerging fields, eg, blue-violet laser)

Criteria for selection

Nominees should be people, not companies, who are responsible for an innovation that has been a proven success in the past decade. Winners are selected based on their ideas':

• Impact on revenue of the nominee's sponsoring organisation, enterprise, or general economic or societal well-being

• Effect on a marketplace or the establishment of a new market; and

• Impact on an emerging branch of science and technology

Nomination process

Nominations are solicited from three sources: a distinguished panel of judges; Economist editors and writers; and Economist readers.

Nominations for the 2009 awards are now open and will be accepted until April 9th. Nominations from readers may be submitted by sending an e-mail or Word document to Submissions should include the name, contact information, and current affiliation of the nominee. Submissions should explain in 200 words or less why the nominee should receive the award.