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Making biofules at your backyard @ $1 per gallon April 29, 2008

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E-fuel 100 Microfueler developed by Floyd Butterfield and Thomas Quinn, offers the flexibility to generate biofuel (Ethanol @ $1/gallon) at your backyard. This system is compact like a washing machine and operates on sugar content and yeast. Read more on NYT coverage

Perhaps, innovative part of the system is an advance membrane distiller, which separates water from ethanol at lower heat and fewer steps than other ethanol systems

Critics flaunted the claims and said that sugar costs 20-cents per pound, and system requires 10 to 14 pounds to make a gallon of ethanol, hence it is not viable to produce ethanol But Butterfield and his Silicon Valley finance whiz/business partner Thomas J. Quinn swears you can buy “inedible sugar” from South of the Border for 2 to 3 cents per pound.

India’s Konkan Railways filed patent in 124 countries for its safety innovation April 26, 2008

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Anti-collision Device (ACD) branded as “Raksha Kavach” developed by Konkan Railways has been successfully granted patents by China, Russia, Singapore and South Africa. Konkan Railways has filed patent application in 124 countries.

Raksha Kavach is a self-acting device that warns the train driver of any impending accident-like situation within a 3-km range.The instrument will cost approximately Rs 5 lakh (500,000) for installation in trains and Rs 10 lakh (INR 1000,000) in planes. It has already applied for international patent rights for the product in 124 countries.

Sky Bus, an alternative of metro railways for urban transport, is also innovative solution.

Visit for all patents from Konkan Railways.

My experience with Konkan railways was superb particularly in term of cusine.

Types of Patent Searches April 26, 2008

Posted by mais in Patent, patent intelligence, patent searches.
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A nice brief compilation by Vinod Kumar Singh of Competitive and Technical Intelligence Toolbox (CTIB)

Search Type

Purpose

Coverage

Comments

  • State-of-the-Art

Identify general and background art for a particular technology

Patents and non-patent literature. Not exhaustive.

Gives a broad picture to help guide research

  • Patentability, Novelty

Identify art which may affect the patentability of an invention

Patents and non-patent literature. Multiple data sources.

Narrower in scope than State-of-Art. Recommended before writing patent application

  • Invalidity, Opposition

Identify prior art which may impact the claims of a specific patent

Patents and non-patent literature. Employ creative strategies to elucidate previously undiscovered art before filing date of patent.

Helps remove blocking patents by anticipating claims of an invention. Establishes solidity of patent portfolio, e.g. for licensing or company acquisition

  • Infringement, Freedom-to-Operate, Right-to-Use, Domination

Identify patents or applications which may cover a proposed product or process

Covers patents only and which are still in force. Include both narrow and broad concepts

Often country specific. Analysis of claims.

  • Patent Watch

Monitor new patent activity or status changes to existing patents

Patents only

Updates at regular intervals or rapid-alerting when activity occurs

  • Technology Update

Monitor latest technology developments by subject

Patents and/or non-patent literature

Regular updates, weekly, monthly or other chosen frequency

  • Non-Patent Literature Reference Query; Biomedical Information

Research into specific questions asked by biomedical staff regarding safety, clinical, regulatory areas, or by Research Scientists, etc.

Biomedical databases or other databases as appropriate

A quick turnaround on these types of searches can normally be accommodated

  • Inventor, Author or Assignee

Identify references to a particular inventor, author, assignee or affiliate

Patents and/or non-patent literature

A quick turnaround on these types of searches can normally be accommodated

  • Legal Status

Determine whether a patent is in force, abandoned, etc.

Specialist legal status online databases (e.g. ‘INPADOC’) and/or patent office registers

A quick turnaround on these types of searches can normally be accommodated

  • Patent Family

Identify the first or ‘basic’ patent and subsequent ones claiming the same priority

Patent databases such as ‘World Patents Index’, ‘INPADOC’ and ‘Chemical Abstracts’

A quick turnaround on these types of searches can normally be accommodated

  • Cited or Citing References

Identify references

Patent databases, e.g. ‘Derwent Patents Citation Index’ and non-patent literature, e.g. Science Citation Index

An alternative method useful in identifying additional state-of-the-art or invalidating prior art

  • Collections

‘Collect’ prior art in a particular area of technology

Patents only. Often conducted within selected patent classifications

Useful for directing research or identifying gaps for patenting strategies

  • Patent Map

Show patent landscape to uncover trends, gaps or overlap in patent coverage and links between patents

Patents only

Useful for directing research or identifying gaps for patenting strategies

  • Scientific Business

Identify financial, organizational, statistical, commercial and other information for technology based organizations

Business, news and other sources

Supply of raw data and/or overall analysis

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Bangalore Municipal Corporation Innovates cost effective urban road solutions April 22, 2008

Posted by mais in India, Innovation, Patent.
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Bangalore City Municipal Corporation (BCC) is enthusiatic for its technical innovation in road construction technology, specifically used for development of underpass, surface pass and overpass. It is planning to secure patent protection for the same. It is going to file the patent for the Concrete Elements as product and erection of such structure as installation process.

The technical innovation also claims to reduce the cost of such constructions from INR 200 Mn to mere INR 10 Mn. Other municipal authorities from Chennai, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh and Mumbai have shown their interest in the promising technology.

BCC sees this as an opportunity to overtake Banglore Development Authority in Infrastructure development.

Marico Innovation Awards 2008 April 11, 2008

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 Marico innovation foundation has announced winner for 2008. It has recived 146 nominations from business category and 64 for innnovation in Social Sector.

Y 2008 winners under various categories are given below.

CATEGORY WINNERS
Process Innovation Maharani Paints (India) Pvt Ltd PDF
Product Innovation Kirloskar Brothers Ltd. PDF
Motor Industries Co Ltd (MICO) PDF
Titan Industries Limited PDF
Business Model Innovation Evalueserve.com Pvt Ltd PDF
  Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd PDF
Social M/S Bhinge Brothers PDF
Specials Azim Premji Foundation & Govts of Karnataka, MP, Gujarat, Uttrakhand, Rajasthan PDF
Tata Motors For world cheapest car NANO

 

 

 

IIT Kharagpur organised technology Transfer Fest April 11, 2008

Posted by mais in India, Innovation, Technology Transfer.
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On 5th and 6th April 2008, Technology Transfer Group, a student initiative of IIT Kharagpur has  organised exposition IndAc’08.  Thanks Dr. A.S.Rao of  INDIA INVENTS for this information.

There were 59 technologies ready for transfer from sectors

  •  Foods & Beverages (13),
  • Agricultural engineering & Farm machinery (5),
  • Chemical (3),
  • Medical devices & Biotechnology (23),
  • CSE, Electronics & IT (7),
  • Metallurgy & Materials (8).

 Food & Beverages

  1. Production of Mango-milk based fruit bar
  2. Process technology for manufacture of Dahi (Curd) Powder
  3. Process to Manufacture Tomato Powder.
  4. Mango soy Fortified Yoghurt Powder
  5. Novel Technique for Manufacture of Instant Tea
  6. Novel Functional Fruit Juices.
  7. Lipase Mediated Synthesis of Acetates.
  8. Lipase mediated synthesis of Vitamin C stearate
  9. Production of Natural Coconut Water With High Storage Life
  10. A Process for Continuous Production of Chhana
  11. Jacketed Scrapped Surface Vessel for Kneading, Heating and Concentration of High Viscosity Liquids and Pastes
  12. A device for cryogenically individually quick freezing of fish, marine products, meat, fruits and vegetables
  13. A device for cryogenic grinding of spices, vegetables, food grains, plastic, and polymers.

Agricultural Engineering & Farm Machinery

  1. Production of Biodiesel from Vegetable Oils
  2. Self Sustaining Technology for Preservation of Betel Leaves
  3. Mechanical Loading-Unloading System for a Withering Trough
  4. Betel Leaf Oil Extractor
  5. Preparation of Polysacchride-Blended Slow Release Urea
  6. Passive-Passive Combination Tillage Implements for 2WD Tractors
  7. Automated Organic Roof Garden
  8. Membrane Based Water-Extraction of Polyphenols from Green Tea Leaves

 Chemical

  1. Membrane Based Water-Extraction of Polyphenols from Green Tea Leaves.
  2. Extraction of Natural Sweeteners from Stevia Leaves.
  3. Production of Organic Fertilizer from Tannery Effluent.

Medical devices & Biotechnology

  1. Anti-Hyperglycemic Polysaccharide from a Probiotic Bacterium
  2. Bench-Scale Technology For Manufacture of Pro-Biotics
  3. Herbal Skin Nourishing Gel and a Bio Process for Preparation of the Same Gel.
  4. Air Bolus Projection Type Spot Thermoelectric Cooling
  5. Palposcope
  6. Robotic Male Vas Deferens Intraluminal Injection System
  7. Heart Sound Analyzer
  8. Portable infusion pump
  9. A Knee Joint Simulator
  10. Microneedle for Painless Blood Extraction or Drug DeliveryC
  11. Strategic technological approach for exploitation of heterosis in cultivated rice through plant genetic engineering.
  12. Second generation of insect resistant transgenic field crops against major lepidopteran pests.
  13. Technique for generation of high tensile strength jute fiber through microbial retting process.
  14. Generation of genetically modified oil-seed plants to yield altered composition of seed  
  15. Technology for production of virus-free pure seeds of potato.
  16. Strategic use of gene transfer technique for generation of marker-free and site-directed alien gene integration in plant genetic engineering of crop plants for improvement.
  17. Smart-Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (Smart-RISUG)
  18. Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (RISUG)
  19. A Pumping System for increasing Pressure of Blood or a Fluid in a Controlled and Stepwise Mode.
  20. Green Chemistry for recovery of Lead oxide from scraped storage Pb-bettery.
  21. Foliate Tagged nano-particle for delivary of cancer drug  
  22. Removal of mercury vapor from gases (natural gas, hydrogen gas, exhaust gas from power plant based on coal).  
  23. Nano-composite of hydroxyapatite and chitosan derivative for bio-implants.
  24. Magnetic nano-particle for cancer diagnostics.
  25. Compact Disc (CD) based System for Bio-chemical and Bio-medical Analysis 

CSE, Electronics and IT

  1. Realization of a Constant Phase Element and Its Performance Study in a Differentiator Circuit
  2. See-Saw Bio-Reactor
  3. E-Procurement
  4. Online Integrated Materials Management System (OLIMMS)
  5. Indian Language Speech Recognition
  6. SYMBOLS Shakti – An object oriented hierarchical hybrid modeling, simulation and control analysis software
  7. CNC software package for milling of 2-D contours
  8. Micro Heat Pipe for Efficient Chip Cooling
  9. Non-mechanical Valve that manipulates the Motion of a Micro-droplet Using Light
  10. Traction Force Microscopy on Chip
  11. Metallurgy & Materials
  12. Biodegradation of Low-density polyethylene film
  13. Polyimide Nylon Blend Film As a Substitute of Kapton
  14. Processing a Single Phase c-ZrO2 Nanopowder from a Transparent Amorphous Ceramic Gel
  15. Reclaimed Rubber by renewable resource material–>Disposable management
  16. A Stable CrO2 Nanoparticle and A Process for Its Manufacture
  17. A quick setting polymer composition and a method for the preparation of the same
  18. A Process for production wear resistant cast iron by smelting reduction of waste products like red mud and de-silicated sand
  19. An Highly Stable gamma-Al2O3 Mesoporous Structure and Its Process for Manufacture.

 

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