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Universities and micro entities to receive 75 percent reduction in patent office fees
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One new provision in the new patent act that will be welcomed by a number of patent applicants is the new "micro entity" fee structure. "Small entities" already receive a 50 percent discount on most patent office fees. Those fees will be reduced by another 50 percent for qualifying micro entities — a total of 75 percent discount as compared with the large entity fee. More

Nebraska partnership to help state make solar panels
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Nebraska is about to gain its first solar panel maker through a partnership between a startup company and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. University officials say they have joined forces with Rare Earth Solar, a new Nebraska company, in an exclusive licensing agreement to develop solar technology made with rare-earth elements. More

Purdue University's Life Sciences Business Plan Competition 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Purdue University is looking for the next promising life sciences startup. The school is accepting entries for its annual Life Sciences Business Plan Competition, which awards $100,000 in prizes. Submissions will be accepted through July 7, and finalists will make their presentations Nov. 10. More

Sen. Leahy looking to move House-passed patent bill in Senate
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., indicated that he would prefer to have the Senate approve the House-passed version of the patent reform bill, rather than hold what could be a more complicated House-Senate conference on the legislation. But this possibility is leading opponents of the measure to press for a conference in order to make what they say are needed changes to the bill. More

German firm licenses University of Colorado's technology
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Heidelberg Instruments GmbH in Heidelberg, Germany, signed a deal with the University of Colorado to use a technique developed at the university to shrink the circuitry used in nano devices. Terms of the deal were not available. The new method can be used to help companies manufacture smaller computer chips, solar cells and other mini devices. More

GE, NRG back Israeli water-to-energy startup
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Technology to turn wastewater — from city sludge ponds or food processing plants — into electricity has long been attractive to investors. Now an investor consortium that includes GE, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips is making its first such bet in water, by funding Israeli technology developer Emefcy, the companies said. More

University of Virginia's innovation chief sees region's future as 'extremely promising'
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W. Mark Crowell became the University of Virginia's first executive director and associate vice president for innovation partnerships and commercialization. In his newly created post, Crowell is responsible for boosting the University of Virginia's corporate, private and government partnerships, as well as ramping up the university community's licensing, entrepreneurship and commercialization of research. More

Patent success for Qteros cellulosic ethanol microbe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Biofuel tech firm Qteros, Inc. and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have achieved two "significant" intellectual property advances regarding their ethanol-producing microorganism, Clostridium phytofermentans, also known as the Q Microbe. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent 7,943,363 B2 covering genetic constructs of Clostridium phytofermentans. More

Fancy that — a computer bag which keeps the machine powered up
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Next time you meet someone who says that Britain's textile industry is dead, please direct them to Bolton University. Already noted for its pioneering auxetic bandages, which remarkably grow thicker when you stretch them, the local university has now invented a cloth which produces its own power. The flexible fiber uses two forms of electric generator, slimmed down to such an extent that it can be woven into conventional fabrics used for anything from clothing or computer/phone-carriers to the sails of yachts. Its power production comes from minute photovoltaic cells, miniatures of the kind you get in solar panels and their counterparts, piezoelectric fibers which generate electricity from movement. More

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