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Thursday, 28th August 2014

Eight Great Technologies: The Internet of Things

Source: Intellectual Property Office (UK) via GOV.UK

From the Introduction:

The UK Government has identified ‘eight great technologies’ plus a further two which will propel the UK to future growth. These are:

the big data revolution and energy-efficient computing;
satellites and commercial applications of space;
robotics and autonomous systems;
life sciences, genomics and synthetic biology;
regenerative medicine;
agri-science;
advanced materials and nanotechnology;
energy and its storage;
quantum technologies;
the internet of things.

Patent data can give a valuable insight into innovative activity, to the extent that it has been codified in patent applications, and the IPO Informatics team is producing a series of patent landscape reports looking at each of these technology spaces and the current level of UK patenting on the world stage. As an aid to help people understand the eight great technologies and to consider the direction of future funding, the IPO is offering a comprehensive overview of what is already patented.

+ Direct link to report (PDF; 2 MB)

+ Infographic (PDF; 221 KB)


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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