The ten millionth US Patent will be granted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Is this just another number, or a true milestone for intellectual property? It depends who you ask.
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (UPSTO), “The issuance of patent 10 million is an exceptional milestone. It is a timely and relevant opportunity to promote the importance of innovation, the ubiquity of intellectual property, and the history of America’s patent system.”
The office is marking the occasion with some special projects including:
The Ten for 10m project, encouraging media outlets to write stories on important inventions in their respective industries
On the other hand, some feel there’s nothing to celebrate because the US Patent system is in dire need of reform. Additionally, the US also no longer leads the world in the number of yearly granted patents—last year China granted 420,000 patents compared to 320,000 granted in the US.
One thing that’s for certain is that the rate of innovation and invention has continued to accelerate. It took four years to move from patent 8 million to patent 9 million (2011-2015) and three years to move from patent 9 million to patent 10 million.
Since patents are one of the richest sources of technical information available, it makes sense to capture and utilize the knowledge in this exponentially growing knowledge base. The UPSTO states that 80% of the information contained in patents can’t be found anywhere else, and other experts believe the figure is closer to 90%. Industries including life sciences, medical devices, and high tech are mining the data to learn about advances in their fields as well as to avoid infringing on technology that has already been patented. Investment professionals leverage patent information to monitor the R&D activity of technology-focused companies.
To be successful in this endeavor, it’s essential to use the highest quality patent data available. With patent data growing rapidly, information management has gotten harder. At IFI CLAIMS®, we understand that major decisions and millions of dollars hinge on reliable information about intellectual property. That’s why we have specialists who monitor the quality of incoming data from the millions of global records added to CLAIMS® Direct each month.
Everyone can agree that patents are a key indicator that innovation that leads to economic success. And ten million US patents is a lot!
How to use altmetrics when planning research outreach strategies, applying for grants, and benchmarking organizational success
The latest innovations in Altmetric products and data sources
Useful new Altmetric and research metrics educational resources
You will also get the chance to engage directly with other altmetrics enthusiasts from across North America.
Altmetrics researcher Dr. Timothy Bowman (Wayne State University) will deliver the day’s keynote address.
June 20, 2018
1 am – 4 pm EDT
The Altmetric Symposium will be hosted via videoconference, and has been designed with maximum flexibility and interactivity in mind. Feel free to join us for the whole day or just a session or two. With a free advance registration, attendees will have access to the entire day’s discussions, presentations, handouts, and more.
The Altmetric Symposium will be run using GoToWebinar (for presentations) and Zoom (for breakout sessions). Installation instructions will be sent upon registration for the event. You will need a webcam and microphone or telephone to participate in the Zoom-hosted breakout sessions.
Dr. Timothy Bowman Assistant Professor, Wayne State University
Dr. Bruce Herbert Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications, Texas A&M University
Christopher Billick Director of Digital Strategy, University of Michigan
Rebecca A. Welzenbach Research Impact Librarian, University of Michigan
Michelle M. Doty Vice President, Survey Research and Evaluation, The Commonwealth Fund
Stacy Konkiel Director of Research & Education, Altmetric
Lily Troia Engagement Manager, Altmetric
Jean Liu Head of Product, Altmetric
Shane Preece Developer, Altmetric
Cat Williams Chief Operating Officer, Altmetric
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Keynote, Dr. Timothy Bowman
11:45 AM – 12:05 PM
The value of patents in understanding the economic impacts of research
12:05 PM – 12:15 PM
New altmetrics educational resources
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Customer use cases: Texas A&M University and University of Michigan (with more TBA)
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Altmetric product roadmap
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM
Altmetric Explorer for Institutions: What’s new?
2:20 PM – 2:50 PM
TBA new Altmetric Explorer feature: ‘altmetrics in action’
Using the Altmetric Explorer API to build custom apps and reports
Mashing up Dimensions and Altmetric data for better benchmarking
2:50 PM – 3:35 PM
Using Altmetric EFI strategically
3:35 PM – 3:50 PM
Finding an altmetrics engagement strategy that works at your organization
The event will feature a mixture of talks from publishers already making use of altmetrics, product updates from us, interactive workshops and a panel discussion on how publishers can play their part in responsible metrics.
Whether you work in books, journals, online research products, marketing, platform, or editorial – there will be something for you!
The event is free and lunch and other refreshments will be provided, with a drinks reception to follow at the end of the day.
Further details on the program will be released as soon as possible, but please register now to secure your place.
As part of our webinar series, on 24th May we broadcast a Digital Science thought leadership webinar discussing Scientific Research in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Attendees were introduced to the basic tenets of AI and heard about practical examples of the technology in research, as well as the ethical implications all this brings.
Thought leaders speaking on the webinar:
Jeffrey Ng, Chief Scientist at Founders Factory
Doug Raymond, General Manager for Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Anita Schjøll Brede, CEO and co-founder of Iris AI
Roman Gurinovich, CEO at Xpansa and Systems Architect at sci.AI
Steve Scott and Cameron Shepherd from Digital Science moderated the panel and hosted the webinar
We’ve split the webinar recording into bite-sized sections so you can choose to watch specific speakers:
Roman Gurinovich from sci.AI started by demonstrating that implementation of enterprise-scale systems for corporates was just a start. To add to the fun, Roman initiated the development of the sci.AI platform which is on a mission to create an “Artificial Scientist” that will augment global biomedical research. Roman tweets @gurinovich
Scientific Research in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Webinar Roman Gurinovich - YouTube
Jeffrey Ng is Chief Scientist at Founders Factory and brings experience as a serial technologist, start-up founder, venture due diligence and deep R&D strategist on Big Data, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, state-of-the-art Deep Learning and deployment of AI platforms at internet scale for Tier1 Silicon Valley companies. Jeff walked us through a group of innovative companies using different types of AI to achieve different results. Jeff tweets @jeffreynsk
Scientific Research in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Webinar Jeffrey Ng - YouTube
Anita Schjøll Brede is CEO and co-founder of Iris AI. She is a serial entrepreneur, tech geek, and storyteller. Prior to co-founding Iris in 2015, Anita co-founded uLabs Ventures and became a board member at Venture Advisory Board. Anita talked about some of the problems researchers face with their current toolset and mentions how Iris.ai works with the researcher to streamline and better the process of knowledge discovery. Anita then gave an overview of Project Aiur – a tool Anita hopes will democratize science through blockchain-enabled disintermediation. Anita tweets @twitnitnit
Scientific Research in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Anita Schjøll Brede - YouTube
Doug Raymond is the General Manager for Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.He previously served in product management and general management roles at Amazon and Google, and was a founder of two venture-backed startups. With the explosion of academic papers and data over the past half-century, it has become extremely important to evolve new methods managing all the information. Doug talked about Semantic Scholar and their efforts to survey the world’s academic information easily and efficiently. He also gave us a demo of Semantic Scholar.
Scientific Research in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Doug Allen - YouTube
The webinar ended with a lively Q&A debate spearheaded by Steve Scott; great questions invoked great responses! Using #DSwebinar, our audience was able to interact with our panel throwing their opinions into the mix. If you feel you still have something to say – we’re all ears! Tweet us @digitalsci using #DSwebinar.
Overleaf, an innovative provider of scholarly writing and publishing tools, and Macquarie University Library have successfully partnered to provide all Macquarie University’s students and staff with an Overleaf Pro+ account.
The Macquarie University Library has provided this access via an Overleaf custom portal, allowing over 40,000 students and 3,000 staff to sign-in to, or sign-up for, an Overleaf Pro+ account which enables users to access all the features provided by the Overleaf platform. Macquarie’s researchers can use Overleaf for writing, collaboration and submission of journal papers. Additionally, lecturers and educators at Macquarie can use Overleaf’s Teaching Toolkit to assist with creation, distribution and management of student assignments.
As part of the partnership arrangement, Overleaf has and will continue to work with teams at Macquarie University to provide ongoing training, marketing and awareness-raising to help maximize the use of Overleaf across the university—to build a communal workspace with which to support and encourage a vibrant network of local, national and international research collaborations.
“The Library is happy with the take-up of Overleaf at Macquarie following its initial launch in mid-2017, with people from across the disciplines starting to collaborate on this platform. We also were pleased when we heard that as a result of the Overleaf/ShareLaTeX merger, Macquarie ShareLaTeX users would also benefit from the Macquarie subscription.
It has also been popular with our academics at Macquarie—below is the feedback from one of our academics:
‘It’s great for bridging between people who want to write in LaTeX with people who want to read and review that work, but who might not be LaTeX gurus. The useful features are that you can read the document in pdf, and click on parts to be taken to the corresponding part of the LaTeX code. So, it can be easy to read, and comments can still be added by LaTeX novices.’ (Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University).”
John Hammersley, Co-founder and CEO of Overleaf says:
“We’re very excited to be working with Macquarie University. They were an early adopter of Overleaf in Australia, and the enthusiasm shown for Overleaf at all levels has made this an excellent partnership. In particular, their forward-thinking approach to how they can support their students and researchers has been a pleasure to see.”
For questions on this new Overleaf partnership and integration, please contact Mary Anne Baynes, CMO, Overleaf.
Macquarie University is located in Sydney, at the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, a thriving locale that is predicted to double in size in the next 20 years to become the fourth largest CBD in Australia. The University is home to world-class facilities, including Australia’s only fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre. Macquarie University Library building is a state of the art facility which opened in 2011 and contains Australia’s first Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). The Library is visited in person by up to 14,000 people per day, and electronically by up to 17,000 visits per day.
Macquarie is ranked among the top two per cent of universities in the world, and with a 5-star QS rating, it is renowned for producing graduates that are among the most sought-after professionals in the world. Macquarie’s enviable research efforts—more than 100 of its researchers are ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in the world—are brought to life by renowned researchers whose audacious solutions to issues of global significance are benefiting the world. For more information please visit us at mq.edu.au.
Overleaf was founded in 2012 by two mathematicians who built a light-weight collaboration system and used it for writing research papers. It was simple and intuitive to use—all you needed was a web browser. This intuitive online platform has since seen rapid adoption across science and research, and Overleaf’s award-winning collaboration technology is now in use by over two million researchers, students and technical writers in institutions, labs and industry worldwide.
Supported by Digital Science, and working in collaboration with international publishers and organizations, Overleaf is helping to make science and research faster, more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific writing process into one connected place in the cloud—from idea, to writing, to review, to publication.
Most recently, in mid-2017 Overleaf acquired its nearest competitor ShareLaTeX, and our expanded team is working to build an even stronger next-generation platform, due for launch later this year.
Digital Science and Ada Love-lace Day are giving you a chance to win a ticket to attend. Tell us why you want to attend Startup Grind’s Europe Conference for a chance to win one of eight tickets worth £298 each!
The event takes place on 13th June 2018 in London and brings together 2,500 founders and investors and over 100 European startups. There will be more than 75 speakers across three stages, featuring a range of sessions including keynotes, educational workshops, and VC Q&As, covering this year’s hot topics, such as Blockchain and AI, to name a few.
Here’s how to enter
Using the hashtag #DigiSciComp and CC’ing @findingada and @digitalsci, tell us why you would like to attend the conference. Keep your answers short and sharp (you only have a few characters!). Think about what you may learn by attending – the more adventurous, the better!
Here’s an example:
#DigiSciComp I want to attend the Startup Grind because I want to network with some of the most influential people in tech! @findingada @digitalsci
#DigiSciComp I am keen to attend because I work on one of the hot topics, I want to hear from the leaders in that field. @findingada @digitalsci
Tweets must be received no later than the 28h of May 2018 at 12 pmBST, and you can only enter once. Please make sure you follow @DigitalSci and @FindingAda on Twitter, as we will need to contact you directly if you win.
All eligible tweets shall be considered by our four-person judging panel comprising: Katy Alexander, Suw Charman-Anderson, Julia Giddings and Cameron Shepherd. The panel will select the winner which will be announced on the 31st May
We’re really excited to see what you come up with – now get tweeting!
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Amongst our portfolio is robotic cloud laboratory platform Transcriptic. Alongside Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism company that designs custom microbes for customers, they were recently awarded a joint $9.5 M contract as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Synergistic Discovery and Design Program (SD2). The Synergistic Discovery and Design (SD2) program aims to develop data-driven methods to accelerate scientific discovery and robust design in domains that lack complete models. Ginkgo and Transcriptic will use machine learning, closed loop biology, and automated execution of protocols toward the goal of advancing biological experimentation and accelerating iterative testing for synthetic biology.
We talked to Transcriptic’s Ben Miles about the recent news. Ben is a chemical biologist and product manager who has been working with Transcriptic since 2016. Prior to Transcriptic, Ben worked in growth for the cloud-based electronic medical record company, Dentally, based in London, UK. Ben received a Ph.D and Master of Research in chemical biology from Imperial College London and also holds a B.Sc in Nanotechnology from the University of Leeds.
With rapidly increasing advances that extend across science, researchers are applying artificial intelligence (AI), often in the form of neural networks, to tackle big challenges. Unlike earlier AI projects, such systems don’t need to be programmed in advance with human expert knowledge. They learn independently and unsupervised, discovering patterns or anomalies in data sets that are far larger and noisier than human researchers can cope with.
In a way that mirrors the way our brains function, the outputs of these neural networks are based on computations that currently can’t be explained. How does this align with the scientific method? Can ‘AI neuroscience’ unlock this black box? At the sharp end of the industry, some are using AI to design and carry out experiments as well as interpret the results, opening up the prospect of AI itself becoming a scientist.
Hiroaki Kitano, Director of Sony Science Laboratories, has a grand challenge for science: “To develop an AI system that can make major scientific discoveries in biomedical sciences that is worthy of a Nobel Prize and far beyond.”
Join our expert panel as they explore these issues. Attendees will be introduced to the basic tenets of AI and hear about practical examples of the technology in research, as well as the ethical implications all this brings.
Tune into our webinar, “ Scientific Research in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” on Thursday 24 May at 4pm BST (11am EDT).
Jeffrey Ng is Chief Scientist at Founders Factory and brings experience as a serial technologist, start-up founder, venture due diligence and deep R&D strategist on Big Data, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, state-of-the-art Deep Learning and deployment of AI platforms at internet scale for Tier1 Silicon Valley companies. Jeff has a doctorate in Machine Learning. During 7 years of research at Imperial College, he reverse engineered the human visual cortex. He has co-founded two startups and acted as technology and strategy advisor to startups in the AI web design, medical image analysis and fashion-centred social platforms. He has authored over 45 scientific articles and 3 granted patents. Jeff tweets @jeffreynsk
Doug Raymond: Doug is the General Manager for Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.He previously served in product management and general management roles at Amazon and Google, and was a founder of two venture-backed startups. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Anita Schjøll Brede is CEO and co-founder of Iris AI. She is a serial entrepreneur, tech geek, and storyteller. Prior to co-founding Iris in 2015, Anita co-founded uLabs Ventures and became a board member at Venture Advisory Board. The past 10 years of her career has spanned 9 industries including developing an e-learning tool in Silicon Valley, performing theatre for babies, reducing energy consumption in the process industry through heat exchanger network optimization and more. Anita tweets @twitnitnit
Roman Gurinovich is a CEO at Xpansa and a Systems Architect at sci.AI. Implementation of enterprise-scale systems for corporates was just a start. To add to the fun, Roman initiated the development of the sci.AI platform on a mission to create “Artificial Scientist” that will augment global biomedical research. Roman holds MS in Engineering and BA in Economics degrees. Roman tweets @gurinovich
Steve Yemm has been appointed as the new CEO of BioData, replacing Nils Drache who, after two and half years as CEO, will continue to be involved as a member of the company board.
Steve Yemm has been BioData’s Vice President of Sales for the last two years. During this time the company has successfully transitioned from a business-to-consumer model for purchase by single users, to one that delivers SaaS software solutions for institutions and companies in the life sciences. BioData´s flagship product Labguru is a secure, web-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) which records and manages laboratory data and inventory, helping labs to run more efficiently.
With two decades of experience in the scientific data management industry, Steve brings an impressive sales and management record to BioData. A chemist by training, he has led field-based organizations for CambridgeSoft and IDBS, worked on global account strategy for Symyx Technologies and established the European and Asia-Pacific business of Core Informatics. Throughout his career, he has worked with clients across the world to successfully tackle informatics challenges and increase laboratory productivity.
“I’m very pleased that Steve has accepted the role as CEO of BioData,” said Nils Drache. “This move ensures continuity for the business as Steve knows both the company and the Labguru ELN product in detail. I look forward to seeing BioData’s strong management team continue to grow the business, enhanced by Steve’s broad experience and extensive track record.”
With Labguru, scientists can design experiments and workflows, capture structured and unstructured data, manage projects, and share their work. Customizable experiment templates, integration of protocols, SOPs, and other cutting-edge features help to increase data quality, streamline workflows and reduce costs.
Steve Yemm said:
“I am delighted to be appointed as the CEO at BioData at a time when we are rapidly building our global presence as a result of wide and mainstream industry adoption of our technologies in the life sciences and adjacent science based industries.”
BioData is part of the Digital Science portfolio of companies all working together to help researchers make a difference.