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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Microsoft shares data on 40,786 patents it owns or controls: How many of them are from India?

Microsoft’s initiative showcases a new openness, stripping away the cloak of corporate secrecy, while embracing the existing patent system. The company has gone so far as to provide a downloadable data file of all Microsoft patents: all 40,786 of them as of March 25.
(Read more at )
How may of them are from India?
Wedge Blluetooth Touch Mouse
Computer Mouse
Table-Based Low-Level Image Classification System
Ergonomic and Functionally-Efficient Race-Track Button Arrangement Circumferentially Coupled to a Display Device
Veda - keyboard, 
Veda - computer housing
Icon For A Portion Of A Display Screen (69)
User Interface For A Portion Of A Display Screen(131 patents)
Task Bar (6)
Alt-Tab Window (transparent window)
List View Slider (updated)
Start Menu - Updated Comprehensive Smoked Glass
Set of Portions of a Display Screen(4)
Portion of a Display Screen(33)
Friend With Controller Icon
Xenon Skin File Icon
Xenon Signed Out Icon
Xenon Console/Signed In Icon
Xenon Console Icon
Aux Display UI Static with Taskbar
Aux Display UI Static without Taskbar
Inverted Start Menu white and black swapped
Start Menu- Inverted layout opaque
Start Menu - comprehensive opaque smoke glass
Core UI  (9)
Login Progress Bar
Login Screen Entry - tile, 2 boxes, arrow
Start Menu - Left Column Appearance
Control Panel - Personalization icon
Connection Manager icon
Network Fax Icon
Network Map Icon
Network Icon
Network and Sharing Center icon
Network Folder Icon
desktop USB base (small phone) - overall design
tanjay base (large phone)
Icon for a Portion of a Display Screen (Apps - Updated Blue Journal by itself and with new orientation)
Method and systems for asymmetric supersampling rasterization of image data
Media Case
system for storing session data to a specified data offset on a sequential access storage medium
An apparatus for adaptively routing messages and method thereof
channel selection in wireless networks with network nodes equipped with more than one radio transceiver
Method for processing video data
managing data with backup server indexing
Method to configure a bluetooth logical link control and adaptation protocol channel
creating frequent application-consistent backups efficiently
retaining shadow copy data during replication
Secure Media Path Methods, Systems, and Architectures
System and method for visual group interface for group connectivity
Process mode independent single implementation driver model
A computer -implemented method to manage access to a plurality of shared storage units
Systems and methods for creating virtual network topology
system and methods for providing controllable texture sampling
Formatting multimedia programming information for electronic transfer
A computer system and a method for operating a platform portable virtual machine running on the computer system.

It is time that our R&D data is revised taking into account work done at MNC R&D centers in India?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Toolkit to support effective management of IP

UK Intellectual Property Office released a set of model agreements, called Toolkit to accelerate cooperation between industry and academia of India and UK. The toolkit is adopted from Lambert Toolkit and is the result of work by Christine Red and Sunita K Sreedharan with inputs from several stakeholders in 2 round table discussions held in New Delhi.
The Toolkit consists of:

a Model Research Collaboration Agreement 1A under under which an Indian Institute owns the Intellectual Property Rights in the Results of the collaboration and grants either a non-exclusive licence or an exclusive licence to a company (Sponsor) in the UK;

a Model Research Collaboration Agreement 1B under under which a UK University owns the Intellectual Property Rights in the Results of the collaboration and grants either a non-exclusive licence or an exclusive licence to a company (Sponsor) in India;
a Model Research Collaboration Agreement 2A under under which a UK company (Sponsor) owns the Intellectual Property Rights in the Results of the collaboration and grants an Indian Institute a right to use those results for academic purposes;

a Model Research Collaboration Agreement 2B under under which an Indian company (Sponsor) owns the Intellectual Property Rights in the Results of the collaboration and grants a University in the UK a right to use those results for academic purposes.

For details , contact:
 Anshika Jha, Senior Intellectual Property Liaison Officer, UK Intellectual Property Office, British High Commission, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,| New Delhi - 110021 | Email: | Tel: +91 11 2419 2166 | FTN: 8414 2166 | Fax: +91 11 2467 0234 |

Saturday, March 23, 2013

E Book: Promoting Innovation in Clusters

The E Book `Promoting Innovation in Clusters- a guide book for promoting innovation in MSME clusters' is now available as DVD. This book is authored by me along with Mukesh Gulati,Dr.Tamal Sarkar, Ranjan Singh, Keerthi Lal kala, Sourabh Gargav, Dr.Ashutosh Khanna.

Chapter1: Overview of Clusters in India
Defining cluster 
Presence of Clusters Globally 
Presence of Clusters in India 
Cluster Development in India, its Challenges and the Vision Ahead 
Chapter 2: Global Models of Innovation
Regional Innovation Clusters and the US Model of Innovation
European Model of Innovation
Asian Models of Innovation 
Chapter 3: Technology Upgradation for Promoting Innovation in Indian Clusters
- Case Studies 
Phase 1- Technology Procurement Through Funds 
i.) Shantha Biotechnics Vaccine Innovation Case – Funded by TDB 
ii.) Revival of Kinhal Art Innovation – Funded by TEPP
Phase 2 – Technology Transfer 
i.) Coimbatore - SBI Uptech Programme
ii.) Indo- German Tool rooms for new dies and moulds- GTZ, Ministry of SSI
Phase 3 – Collective Approach 
i.) Ludhiana Knitwear Cluster- A case on providing multiple inputs 
ii.) Technology change through benchmarking in Ganjam Cashew Cluster
iii.) Jalandhar Sports Goods Cluster 
Phase 4 – New Trajectory towards Innovation
i.) Conceptualisation of Bio Technopreneur Programme
for Ahmedabad Pharmaceutical Cluster 
ii.) Formation of NITEE & its various focus areas in ICT Cluster Delhi-NCR
iii.) Design intervention reflecting knowledge flows among network partners leading to new
designs in Samalkha Foundry Cluster
Chapter 4: Implementation Challenges and Opportunities, Analysis in the Indian Context 
An overview of Innovation Clusters
Challenges that limit knowledge flows into the clusters in India
Indian Pilots for Promotion of Innovation in Clusters 
Innovation and MSME Clusters- Indian Context 
Chapter 5: Proposed Implementation Framework at Cluster Level 
Diagnostic Study Report and Action Plan.
Trust Building, Social Capital and Implementation
Monitoring and Evaluation.

The DVD priced at Rs 799/- contains an E Book ( E Reader not required) and a PDF file.
For copies but online at E bay or contact:
Foundation for MSME Cluster
USO House, 2nd Floor, USO Road
off Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
6 Institutional Area, New Delhi 110067

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Universities Research and Innovation Bill, 2012


The Bill provides for setting up of Universities for Research and Innovation both in the private sector and the public sector. Presently, there is no central law which provides for this framework, hence the need for a central legislation.These universities would concentrate less on teaching and more on research and innovation. These universities would also be non-affiliating universities and enrolments would mostly be at the postgraduate (PG) and post-PG level.

While the views of the academia supported making existing institutions stronger in terms of autonomy and innovation, the industry representatives were of the view that this legislation created an excellent facilitating framework for research and innovation in areas which were generally neglected by the regular programmes of regular universities.

Conclusion by the committe:

It is an undisputed fact that our country is yet to make its presence felt in the world so far as pioneering research work is concerned. The Committee is also aware that quite a few of our universities and research organizations have been doing commendable work inspite of persistent constraints being faced by them. Lack of funds resulting in the absence of minimum infrastructure, severe shortage of qualified and experienced faculty and also no autonomy even in issues strictly falling under their domain can be cited as the main impediments in their functioning. In such a scenario, the objective behind the proposed legislation is laudable and needs to be supported by all concerned. The Committee also welcomes the initiative of the Government for proposing the new category of specialized universities. However, the Committee, after making an in-depth analysis of the Bill and its likely impact has drawn the attention of Government to the shortcomings, lack of required provisions and contradictions
observed in the Bill in the Report. The Committee would appreciate that necessary
modifications are brought out in the Bill as recommended by it.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

STI Policy (2013): review by Sunil Mani

The new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy of 2013 makes all the right noises, but how do we know that it will not go the way of  the 2003 policy when it comes to implementation? There are indeed some interesting ideas in STIP 2013 but none show that they have been thought through...Sunil Mani in EPW

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Students of VNRVJIET, Hyderabad plan Telugu Entrepreneur Network (TEN)

Students of VNRVJIET, Hyderabad are working on the concept of Telugu Entrepreneur Network (TEN). A panel discussion is scheduled on 5th March afternoon between 3 to 4PM at VJIM. Myself and Brig Ganesham of pallesrujana agreed to be on the panel.
All stakeholders invited to the discussion.