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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The 28 day innovation program- Scott D Anthony

In his book ` The little black book of innovation' consultant  Scott Anthony brings insights from Innosight and prescribes a 28 day journey . Week end summery of program:

  • First week - discover opportunities for innovation.
  • Second week -blueprint an innovative idea.
  •  third week-Assess and test your innovative idea.
  • Fourth week- Move forward in the journey.
Some interesting concepts:
Selective scarcity- where you place limits on three factors ( time, boundary limits, team number)  whose abundance can crush innovation,
Sucking sound of core- the more a company focuses on what it perceives as it core competence,the more it risks running into `sucking sound of core'. So create a blueprint of what you should borrow and what core capability you absolutely must forget.

And many tips from the practitioner, rich with examples from India and other Asian countries.

Indian Naval Indigenisation Plan (INIP 2015-30)

Mr Manohar Parrikar, hon'ble Raksha Mantri released 15 year Indian Naval Indigenisation Plan (INIP 2015-30) on 16 July 2015 during a CII-Indian Navy Seminar in New Delhi. 
This document supersedes the Indigenisation Plan published in 2008 for the period 2008-2022.

This document is aimed to enable indigenous development of equipment and systems over the next 15 years. It attempts to formulate the requirements of Indian Navy and lists out the equipment which can be taken up for indigenisation in the coming years. It is expected that release of this plan would further synergise Indian Navy’s relationship with the industry and encourage all sectors of industry to come forward and participate in indigenous development of weapons, sensors and other high end equipment for the Indian Navy, thereby making the nation self-reliant in this vital domain of defence technology.

Download the  document

Saturday, July 25, 2015


The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship teaches a proven, hands-on, project-based approach to identifying important unmet medical needs, developing innovative diagnostic, device, or other medical technology (medtech) interventions to address them, and preparing to bring those products into patient care through start-up, corporate, or other implementation channels.
Applications for 2016-17 are due on August 31, 2015
From Week: With 100 innovators trained till now, the programme has resulted in eight startups; one device is already in the market and another one is with the US FDA for approval. Bhargava says the opportunity to develop medical devices in India is immense as 80 per cent of all medical devices used in the country are imported. The focus of the programme is on frugal innovation―to create inexpensive devices without compromising on quality. “The devices are not reengineered devices from outside, but brand new devices with their own patents, which can also be deployed in the west as it is not infringing on anyone’s patents,” he says. Last December, AIIMS, along with BMJ, launched a new journal―BMJ Innovations―giving information on breakthroughs in medical devices, diagnostics and assist devices.

Friday, July 24, 2015

LOT ("License on Transfer") Network

LOT ("License on Transfer") Network was established by leading technology companies ( (Google, Canon, SAP, Newegg, Dropbox and Asana)  to reduce the number of patent infringement claims received from non-practicing entities that purchase patents for the sole purpose of enforcing them (called Patent Assertion Entities, or PAEs). There are over 325,000 patent assets including more than 99,000 issued US patents in the LOT Network. 
Companies participating in LOT Network obtain licenses effective upon the transfer of patents by other participants to non-participants, e.g., PAEs. In the event that patents held by a LOT Network participant are  transferred through a triggering event (e.g., a transfer to an entity other than another LOT Network participant), every active LOT Network participant as of the date of transfer will have its license to the transferred patents become effective. This arrangement immediately reduces the risk of PAE litigation to participants. 
Read the SSRN paper by David Hayes.

International conference on Intellectual Property 15th September – 17th September 2015 Bangkok

World Intellectual Property Forum, is organizing next World IP Forum from 15th to 17th September 2015 at hotel 'The Landmark Bangkok'. The theme for the conference is 'IP as a commercial tool in Designing the Future'.More than 300 IP Experts from different organizations such as Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Qualcomm, Airbus, Sanofi, Novartis, Ericsson, Google, Nokia, Philips, Shell, Infosys, TCS, Wockhardt, Cognizant, GE, Nestle, Parc Xerox, Tech Insights and many more have already confirmed their participation.
Contact person:
Paras Giria
Coordinator – Event WIPF
Intellectual Professionals LLP
Chandra Bhawan, GC-30 Narayantolla West, Kolkata – 700059, India
Phone: +91 9007002142  |  Email:  

MALAYSIA TECHNOLOGY EXPO 2016, 18 – 20 February 2016 | Putra World Trade Centre | Malaysia

The annual Invention and Innovation Awards and the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) is organised by PROTEMP Exhibitions and Conferences Sdn Bhd (PROTEMP) and Malaysian Association of Research Scientists (MARS), MTE 2016 aims to provide its exhibitors with a powerful medium to promote their inventions and innovations to industries, investors and at the same time, earn recognition through our invention and innovation competitions. Themed “Moving Innovations to Market”, the event will connect new businesses to potential investors and their peers to aid commercialization. 
Contact person: Effa Ezzlin WahabProject Executive, PROTEMP Exhibitions and Conferences Sdn. Bhd.
(Formerly known as PROTEMP Conferences Sdn. Bhd.)

Tel     : +603.6140.6666  / 017-3319130
Fax    : +603.6140.8833

Indian Innovators can also contact Indian Innovators Association for coordination.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Technology Commercialization- I Corps Teams

Government funding agencies and research organisations have thousands of technologies, declared as ready for transfer to industry but the off-take is minuscule. Similar problem exists in other countries too and they addressed the problem in different ways. The experience of USA in promoting I-Corp Teams is interesting.
The objective is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently-funded NSF projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 
1) a clear go or no go decision regarding viability of products and services,
 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward, and 
3) a technology demonstration for potential partners.
What is importance of supplementary grant?
The tendency of researchers is to close the project, declare it as success and apply for grant to next project. There is little economic or academic interest in continuing work on so called completed project till clear go/ no-go decision is taken. CSIR tried this model but results were not satisfactory mainly due to limitation of taking all CSIR scientists into the team. PI not interested,  Entrepreneurial Lead and Mentors are in short supply. 
It is time to take up similar program in right earnest. Even if this does not lead to dramatic raise in license, the junk (from commercialization perspective) can be cleared.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Standard Essential Patents- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd v ZTE Corp.,

European Court delivered its judgement in this case. Highlights:
Huawei Technologies, which is a multinational company active in the telecommunications sector, is the proprietor of a European patent, which Huawei notified to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as a patent essential to the ‘Long Term Evolution’ standard. At the time of that notification, Huawei undertook to grant licences to third parties on FRAND terms.
Huawei brought an action for infringement before the Landgericht Düsseldorf (Regional Court, Düsseldorf, Germany) against two companies belonging to the multinational group ZTE. That group markets products in Germany that operate on the basis of the ‘Long Term Evolution’ standard and thus use Huawei’s patent without, however, paying Huawei a royalty. By its action, Huawei is seeking an injunction prohibiting that infringement, the recall of products, the rendering of accounts and an award of damages.
The Court holds that the proprietor of a patent essential to a standard established by a standardisation body, which has given an irrevocable undertaking to that body to grant a licence to third parties on FRAND terms, does not abuse its dominant position by bringing an action for infringement seeking an injunction prohibiting the infringement of its patent or seeking the recall of products for the manufacture of which that patent has been used, as long as:
‒ prior to bringing that action, the proprietor has, first, alerted the alleged infringer of the infringement complained about by designating the patent in question and specifying the way in which it has been infringed, and, secondly, presented to that infringer, after the alleged infringer has expressed its willingness to conclude a licensing agreement on FRAND terms, a specific, written offer for a licence on such terms, specifying, in particular, the royalty and the way in which it is to be calculated, and
‒ where the alleged infringer continues to use the patent in question, the alleged infringer has not diligently responded to that offer, in accordance with recognised commercial practices in the field and in good faith, this being a matter which must be established on the basis of objective factors and which implies, in particular, that there are no delaying tactics.
The Court has held, inter alia, that the alleged infringer which has not accepted the offer made by the proprietor of the SEP may invoke the abusive nature of an action for a prohibitory injunction or for the recall of products only if it has submitted to the proprietor of the SEP, promptly and in writing, a specific counter-offer that corresponds to FRAND terms.

Startup TRUPIK offers patented technology that changes the way persons select dress in Malls.

How many dresses one can take to trial room to check fit & feel? 
TRUPIK patented an advanced technology that makes shopping personalized. The 3 step  process is:
1. A simple, fully clothed, non-intrusive scan creates your very own personalized mannequin (complete in every detail) along with a safe and secure profile – all in under a minute. 
2.Once you’ve completed the scan and created a profile, all you need to do before you start shopping is to download the Indian Terrain App or other merchandise powered by Trupik.
3.You can try on different garments by draping them on to your mannequin, see styles from beyond what the store has to offer, get recommendations and offers based on your preferences, share your choices with friends and family for feedback and place orders – all through the app.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Stockholm International Inventors’ Congress and Conference

Inventors and innovators from 112 IFIA members will hold the world's international congress and conference on August 25th to 26th in StockholmThe global organization IFIA - The International Federation of Inventors Associations has commissioned STIK - Stockholm Innovators Association and SUF – the Swedish Inventors' Association to organize and arrange both IFIA’s International Congress of innovation and conference.
The event is arranged in cooperation with the Stockholm International Fairs, where both the international conference and the congress will be held over two days.
The main focus of conference is on some leading issues including "the importance of interaction", "IP management and implementation" as well as "innovation". Topics for the IFIA Congress will be disclosed later.

Please visit for registering.
Indian Innovators can contact Indian Innovators Association.

National Patent Drafting Competition (NPDC)

IIPRD, along with Sughrue Mion and Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys (K&K), is conducting a National Patent Drafting Competition (NPDC) to enhance the appreciation and awareness levels of Patent Preparation as a Skill-Set for IP Professionals, especially in the current and forthcoming times where Patent Litigation is on the rise and interpretation of claims and specification/embodiments is going to a play a critical role.

Step 1: On 1'st September 2015, IIPRD and K&K, on their websites ( and, would put forth Three Invention Disclosures (describing three Inventions), one each in the domain of Electronics/ Hi-Tech, Mechanical, and Chemistry/Pharmaceuticals. The Patent Drafing Competition would be active till 20'th September 2015, within which timeframe, Eligible Participants would need to write Complete Patent Applications/Specifications (along with Drawings, if applicable) complying with Indian Patent Act for a technical domain of their choice (1 Patent Application per Participant).

India and the Satellite Launch Market

While India has a reliable vehicle for launching less than 2 tonne satellites into LEO, it lacks the necessary infrastructure to obtain larger commercial benefits from this capability.

Read complete IDSA Comment at following URL address and share your views on the issue:

Author: Ajey Lele

Thursday, July 16, 2015

UMC 28nm process gets IO pad library from Indian start-up Krivi Semiconductor

Krivi Semiconductor is an IP company with specialization in DDR PHY, IO pad libraries and Analog macros. Highly motivated engineering team at Krivi takes advantage of decades of successful mass volume IP creation experience to bring best-in-class AMS and wired interconnect PHY IP products. Our flexible business model combined with world class engineering team adds tremendous value to the customers in building their SoC within time and budget.

Krivi Semiconductor has made its IO pad library available for 28nm manufacturing process technology from United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC).
The Alcor IO pad library platform supports a wide variety of interface standards including DDR, LVDS, and memory card super combo IO libraries. All these IO libraries are proven in test silicon for their compliance to respective electrical standards, ESD and latch-up performance. (source)

iSPIRIT is now a Stanford case

Prof. Sharique Hasan at Stanford GSB has written a case study on the iSPIRT M&A Connect Program.  It is now available live on the Stanford case study website, 
There are 2 parts to the case:
  • Part A covers the overall iSPIRT story
  • Part B covers the M&A connect program
Indian IT Product story now gets global recognition due to efforts of iSPIRIT

Friday, July 03, 2015

CII Industrial Innovation Awards 2015

With the primary objective of boosting innovation culture within industry and inducing a healthy competition among firms to achieve innovation excellence, CII has launched its flagship “CII Industrial Innovation Awards in 2014 which received an overwhelming response from all sections of the industry and was a grand success. Post its grand success last year, CII has introduced this award as an annual recognition for industry to adjudged companies as innovation driven. The award envisages to recognize and reward the best in Indian firms at different levels (large, medium, small) and categories (manufacturing, service) and in the process encourage others to strive for the honor. In 2015 along with existing award categories, CII has introduce a new award segment to provide recognition to the top Indian Start-ups each year.

Results of Initial Application Stage (all categories) Jul 25, 2015