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The dual frontier: Patented inventions and prior scientific advance

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Science  11 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6351, pp. 583-587
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9527

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  • The slow innovation field with patent will become more profitable by using a rapid innovation with a new technology
    • Yoshifumi Tsurumoto, Patent Attorney, Shobayashi international patent & trademark office
    • Other Contributors:
      • Yoshiyasu Takefuji, Professor, Keio University

    Mohammad Ahmadpoor et al. wrote an article "The dual frontier: Patented inventions and prior scientific advance," published in Science (1). Fig.2B shows that "Mathematics" has the longest mean distance. It means that Mathematics can be applied to a wide area, but it is usually hard for patent owners to profit from the patented Mathematics. Because it is very difficult for patent owners to examine whether the patented Mathematics is used in a product or not. In Fig. 2B, "multicellular living organisms" have the shortest mean distance where they often have a rapid innovation cycle. It is the easier to find the patent infringement in products, the more profitable. There may be great treasures in the slow innovation field with easy discovery of patent infringement (2-4). The slow innovation field can be empowered by using a rapid innovation with a new technology (3). Consequently, the slow innovation field with patent will become more profitable.

    References:
    1. Mohammad Ahmadpoor et al. wrote an article "The dual frontier: Patented inventions and prior scientific advance," Science, 11 Aug 2017: Vol. 357, Issue 6351, pp. 583-587
    2. Chitra Sethi, " Innovation on Wheels," Sept. 2013
    https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/technology-and-society/...
    3. Jesse Leaman et al.,...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • Basic research’s ROI: new patents, products, companies and jobs
    • Paul R. Sanberg, Sr. Vice President, Research, Innovation & Knowledge Enterprise, University of South Florida
    • Other Contributors:
      • Andrew D. Hamilton, President, New York University

    MOHAMMAD AHMADPOOR and BENJAMIN F. JONES (“The dual frontier: Patented inventions and prior scientific advance,” Research, 11 Aug 2017, p. 583-587) present compelling documentation of the economic “return on investment” of academic research at a particularly important time for higher education institutions. As lawmakers on both a state and national level consider funding levels for basic science, this article persuasively establishes the linkage between scientific advances and marketplace inventions and presents a compelling case for why investing in basic research is imperative to the future of American economic competitiveness.

    By documenting the “paper-patent” boundary and establishing the life cycle of innovation that begins with basic research, the article establishes that the closest links between basic research and technological innovation exist in some of the most critical fields in national innovation, such as molecular biology, artificial intelligence and superconducting technology. The patented products least connected to basic research, their work finds, are products such as locks, buttons and envelopes. While we might all appreciate a good lock and new buttons, those are not the technologies on which a sustainable economy of the future will be built. Furthermore, in documenting the connection between published papers and eventual patents, the authors make a point not to be missed: Peer-reviewed publication serves as an important, initial quality control...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.