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1 December 2013: The Observer – Out of the lab, off to market: a high tech blueprint for UK recovery
Jennifer Rankin (Observer reporter) writes on how universities in the UK need to start commercialising innovations that emerge out of their research. She suggests there is a fear that certain discoveries – such as graphene – might be made in the UK, but are commercialized abroad. However, Quentin Tannock notes that despite the UK accounting for under 1% of graphene patenting that ‘Graphene is a very complicated technology with a huge number of uses. Patents only tell a small part of the story’. You can read the article on the Guardian website.
16 September 2013: BBC Panorama – Tax, Lies and Videotape
Richard Bilton (Panorama reporter) presents a documentary on the United Kingdom’s corporation tax policies. Using evidence from extensive CambridgeIP research, commissioned by BBC Panorama into patent activity internationally, within Europe and within the UK, the BBC suggested that the Patent Box tax initiative may ultimately work more to the benefit of large multinationals than small companies. CambridgeIP’s research for the BBC found that around 60% of patent applications made at the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2011 were made by just 50 organisations. You can watch the full programme on BBC iPlayer.
24 August 2013: Wonder Material Ignites Scientific Gold Rush
Gautam Naik (Science journalist) reports on the global race for value from graphene, and on CambridgeIP’s graphene patent landscape research which reveals a surge in graphene patent filings around the world. The WSJ article reports that there have been over 9,200 graphene patents filed globally, with Chinese entities having now applied for the most graphene patents ahead of players in South Korea and the USA. South Korean firm Samsung is the largest single graphene patent applicant, followed by USA based IBM.
16 January 2013: Graphene: Who is up, who is down and why we should care about this
Tom Standage (Digital Editor) and Jan Ptrowski (Online Science and Technology Editor) discuss graphene, graphene’s future applications and CambridgeIP’s graphene patent research in detail – outlining numbers of graphene patents filed around the world and CambridgeIP’s graphene patent landscape findings. The Editors discuss China’s graphene patent activity, Samsung Electronics graphene R&D and possible reasons for a rise in graphene patent activity in Asia. View the YouTube video here.
15 January 2013: Graphene: Patent surge reveals global race
CambridgeIP Chairman, Quentin Tannock was interviewed today on the BBC News at Ten and on the BBC’s flagship radio news programme The Today Programme. Quentin discussed CambridgeIP’s analysis of the rapidly developing graphene patent landscape, which shows a surge in global patent filings from 2007 and a high level of patent activity in Asia especially South Korea and China. Nobel Prizewinner Professor Andre Geim from Manchester University was also interviewed, commenting on the potential of graphene technologies and the gap between academia and industry in Europe. To see a video of the BBC News at Ten graphene interviews, click here.
15 January 2013: Graphene research moving abroad
In an article titled ‘Graphene research moving abroad’ the Telegraph have covered CambridgeIP research into the graphene patent landscape. The Telegraph article discusses the view that the ‘Super-material graphene was invented in Britain but research is progressing faster abroad’. In the online article consumer Technology Editor Matt Warman quotes CambridgeIP research stating “China and the Korean technology giant Samsung are now leading the way, despite Britain funding extra research by our own academics. UK businesses and universities have 54 patents, compared to 2,204 from China, 1,754 from America and 2,204 from China”. To read the full article, click here.
15 January 2013: Graphene race could still be won by UK
Sky News draws on CambridgeIP research and an interview with Quentin Tannock (Chairman, CambridgeIP) to conclude that “Countries like China appear to be leading the way in developing the “super-material” graphene, but the UK remains a contender”. Quentin Tannock told Sky News: “The race for value from graphene is far from over. Graphene is a very complex technology space. The graphene race is more of a marathon than a sprint. And in my view the winners of the race for value from graphene will be the smart rather than the swift. UK inventors have a well-deserved reputation for being highly innovative, and there is much room in the graphene patent landscape for the UK to develop world leadership around key aspects of graphene technologies. However, UK-based innovators and UK policymakers must understand how very intense international competition around graphene is and how the UK, and UK innovators, must compete to win”. To read the full article, click here.
15 January 2013: Graphene: Patent surge reveals global race
The BBC’s Science Editor David Shukman quoted CambridgeIP research on the BBC website, together with extracts from an interview with Quentin Tannock in an online story titled ‘Graphene: Patent surge reveals global race’. Commenting on CambridgeIP’s graphene patent landscape figures, The UK’s Science Minister David Willets said that the figures show that “we need to raise our game”. Quentin Tannock noted that “Britain has a reputation for being very canny, having very good inventors, so the race isn’t over.” To read the online story Graphene: Patent surge reveals global race, click here.
6 August 2012: Britian’s big bet on Graphene
Nature News published an article that featured CambridgeIP research. The article discusses the new Manchester based National Graphene Institute, which will focus on developing commercial applications of graphene. CambridgeIP analysis comparing graphene science publications and graphene patents from 10 leading Universities is presented. The article notes that “Whether the government’s gambit will help the United Kingdom to compete in the global electronics market is uncertain” and quotes CambridgeIP Chairman Quentin Tannock’s comments on United Kingdom graphene patent activity.
To read the full Nature News article click here, to read the full report on ‘Patenting flatland: Graphene – Exploitation challenges and opportunities’ by CambridgeIP click here.
15 June 2012: Graphene: Invented in the UK, largely being developed elsewhere
The Financial Times published an article discussing the UK’s current market position in the commercialisation of graphene technology. By comparing graphene journal publications as indicators of academic research, to graphene patent publications as indicators of commercialisation capability, the article comments on the potential of graphene technology in the UK concluding that ‘The continent is good at producing cutting-edge scientific research, but is not so good at turning it into marketable product’.
The article drew on CambridgeIP research and findings in the report ‘Patenting flatland: Graphene – Exploitation challenges and opportunities’ and quotes Quentin Tannock (Chairman) of CambridgeIP about graphene patent activity in China, “Quentin Tannock… notes a recent surge in China, where 208 patents were filed in 2010 compared with 145 in the US. He says the patents are filed in China by national and international corporations first, which recognises it as an important market.”
To read the full article click here, to read the full report on ‘Patenting flatland: Graphene – Exploitation challenges and opportunities’ by CambridgeIP click here.
31 January 2012: Patents indicate ‘significant advances’ in desalination
The International Desalination & Water Reuse industry website published an article outlining a report authored by CambridgeIP and published by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). The article focuses on the that the report describes how significant advances are being made in decreasing the cost of desalination and increasing its energy efficiency.
The patent landscape report found that from a total of 4551 patent families around desalination technologies, more than 20% refer to integration with a renewable energy source. Thermal energy integration with desalination has seen the most patenting activity, accounting for more than 80% of the patent families relating to renewable energy integration with desalination.
To read the full article click here or to access the full report on WIPO click here.
30 January 2012: UK government awards business grants to CambridgeIP
UK Business Funding Centre published a news article about the TSB grants awarded to CambridgeIP to build on the company’s work in meeting the strategic information needs of R&D intensive organisations around the world. “CambridgeIP is in the process of devising highly advanced business tools and services that will enable businesses of all sizes access to technological knowledge among organisations”.
To read the full article on UK Business click here or to learn more about this project contact us here.
24 January 2012: Water World ‘Renewable powered desalination: South Korea catching up with patent leader Japan’
Water World published an article title ‘Renewable powered desalination: South Korea catching up with patent leader Japan’ outlining a report authored by CambridgeIP. The Water World article references a patent landscape report which was commissioned by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and focuses on desalination technologies, and in particular on desalination technology integration with renewable energy sources. The report showed that from a total of 4551 patent families around desalination technologies, more than 20% refer to integration with a renewable energy source.
To read the full article on Water World click here or to access the full report on WIPO click here.
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