Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Open Publishing of NIH Funded Research

In the 2008 Labor-HHS bill, Congress is now requiring that all scientific papers that are based on NIH funding, must be submitted to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central on line archive. Since most all papers are initially published in scholarly journals, the legislation allows up to 12-months for the paper to be submitted to the open database.

The research is funded by the US Government. The research is usually performed in state-owned University facilities. The Universities retain the right to claim ownership of any intellectual property. It is the the direction of Congress that the results of the research be available for all to see and available in a designated on-line database.

Who could be opposed to this? Apparently not all journals are on board. When a paper is published, the journal takes ownership of the copyright of the paper. They do not compensate the authors. They also do not compensate the peer-reviewers either. And they have a one-year exclusive to the paper itself. The American Psychological Association has decided that they will not allow the authors to submit the paper to the online database, and they will charge the Universities $2,5000 for each paper submitted to the database.

What do you think of this new law and the APA's policy? For more information on the topic, go here.


Monday, July 28, 2008

InterCAX ParaMagic - Now available

VentureLab company InterCAX has released their first product. ParaMagic is a software tool that works with MagicDraw, the world most popular UML drawing tool. It allows system drawings to be simulated for the very first time. As NoMagic says - "it makes ... models come alive".

It will work with any SysML drawing and can be applied to system engineering, business process analysis, and financial modeling. Anything that can be modeled using SysML.

Congratulations to Dirk Zwemer, Manas Baja and the rest of the team at InterCAX.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Requiem for a (patent) dream

If your software business is based more upon your patent portfolio than your ability to execute, your reality is about to change. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has just added two important new tests for patentable subject matter will invalidate many if not most software patents.

With a recent (June 2008) decision, the USPTO has taken the position that process inventions generally are unpatentable unless they “result in a physical transformation of an article” or are “tied to a particular machine.” Most software patents are process inventions but can meet neither of these requirements: they do not generally physically transform anything, and they are usually defined broadly so that they can protect the invention while running on any general purpose computer.   Very specifically, the USPTO has categorically stated that a general purpose computer is not a "particular machine."  

The Patent Law Blog has a lot more information on this important ruling.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

SBIR Conference in Atlanta

Just a reminder... next week, the 10th annual National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR conference is being held in Atlanta, and it's being hosted by the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Who should attend?

  • Small businesses wanting to develop novel technology products
  • Highly motivated small business entrepreneurs and research managers
  • Small businesses interested in new NIH SBIR/STTR initiatives and program changes
  • Institutional researchers interested in partnering with small businesses on collaborative R&D projects
  • Large companies interested in developing strategic alliances with successful SBIR/STTR awardees
  • Organizations and consultants providing support to interested SBIR/STTR applicants

It's focused on NIH/biotech grants but, honestly, there should be a lot there of interest to any entrepreneur thinking of going after SBIR/STTR money. Read more at

At last count, nearly 500 people had registered! Online registration is closed, but you can register onsite with cash or check (sorry, no credit cards). Be there!