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DC Dispatch - December 2, 2016

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More Presidential Advice

(Here – innovation, productivity, competitiveness)

ITIF has re-released: a revised list of recommendations it describes as “a set of actionable proposals to spur innovation, productivity, and competitiveness that the Trump administration can accomplish in its first year.”  From the introduction, “[A]t the outset of the 2016 presidential campaign, ITIF released a strategy memo titled ‘Tech Policy 2016: What Presidential Candidates Should Be Talking About.’ It outlined an ambitious campaign agenda that hinged on three key themes—fostering innovation, boosting productivity, and competing globally—and it offered a series of specific policy proposals to advance such an agenda. … In this memo, we revisit the same three themes of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness, and we offer a revised set of actionable proposals that the new administration can accomplish in its first year through executive authority or by working with Congress on discrete legislative measures that would be comparatively easy to accomplish. Cutting across all of our recommendations is a basic recognition and a core conviction: America’s economic future will depend on successfully driving innovation, productivity growth, and competitiveness, and to do that, the federal government will need to adopt new and more creative approaches to public policy.” (NOTE: Same as earlier, including any other org’s recommendations in the Dispatch is NOT an endorsement – just making you aware of what folks are advocating for in areas of interest to our community) (Original Sources: ITIF web site)

WIPO IP Indicators 2015 Report Released

WIPO has just released: it 2015 World Intellectual Property Indicators Report.  From the press release, “[I]n total, innovators around the world lodged some 2.9 million patent applications in 2015, representing a 7.8% increase over 2014 and the sixth straight year of rising demand for patent protection, according to [the report].  Trademark applications jumped by 15.3% to about 6 million in 2015, as worldwide industrial design applications grew by 2.3% to 872,800.  While Chinese innovators filed the most patent applications (1,010,406) in 2015, followed by those from the United States of America (526,296) and Japan (454,285), they are comparatively home-focused: Innovators based in China filed 42,154 applications for patents outside their own borders, while U.S.-based innovators were the most outward-looking, with 237,961 patent applications filed abroad.  ‘As policy-makers seek to invigorate growth around the world, it is encouraging to report that intellectual property filing activity saw healthy progression in 2015,’ said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. ‘While China continues to drive global increases, IP use grew in most countries in 2015, reflecting its increasing importance in a globalized knowledge economy.’” You can find the full report here.  (Original Sources: WIPO web site)

New From NSF

Universities Report Fourth Straight Year of Declining Federal R&D Funding in FY 2015 reports “[F]ederal funding of higher education research and development declined in both current and constant dollars for the fourth straight year ….  When adjusted for inflation, federal funding for higher education R&D declined 1.7% between FY 2014 and FY 2015 and has fallen almost 13% since its peak in FY 2011.  This decrease continues the longest multiyear decline in federal funding for academic R&D since the beginning of the annual data collection for this series in FY 1972.”  See related survey data here “on research and development expenditures at higher education institutions across all academic disciplines. Tables include R&D expenditures by institution, R&D field, geographic area, source of funds, type of work (basic research, applied research, and development), cost categories (salaries, software, equipment, and indirect costs), and trends over time.”  (Original Sources: NSF web site)

Fun Facts – Patent Claims 

Patent Claim Counts by Patently-O charts “a time-series of the percentage of US utility patents that are ‘Jumbo’ – with >20, >30, or >40 patent claims and grouped by patent issuance year.  You’ll note that the rates are falling.  Three reasons – (1) increased fees that began in 2004 for these extra claims; (2) more aggressive USPTO restriction practice; and a greater number of internationalized cases that involve high extra-claim-fees in other jurisdictions.”  (Original Sources: Patently-O blog)

… and …

Provisional Patent Applications Filings charts the percent of issued utility patents that that claim priority to U.S. provisional applications.  (Patently-O blog)


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