Sunday, February 06, 2011

Driving a wave of innovation?

Note the post at The Hill by Gautham Nagesh titled Administration's innovation strategy focused on wireless, patent reform. The text includes:

"As President Obama described in his State of the Union Address, to win the future we must harness this inherent capacity for ingenuity in the American people, driving a wave of innovation that maintains America's leadership in a rapidly changing, increasingly competitive world," wrote federal chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee, and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling in a Friday editorial.

"This comprehensive strategy provides a blueprint for how we will secure our economic prosperity by out-innovating the rest of the world."

Of the three track system, which does NOT directly reduce the current backlog of US patent applications:

Reducing the backlog of applications at the U.S. Patent & Trade Office is another crucial part of the administration's plan. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced this week that the department is planning to introduce a three-track system that will allow entrepreneurs to secure the most vital patents within one year while cutting normal processing time from 35 to 20 months.

***Recall that Chopra has a New Jersey connection (see IPBiz post
The "Indian George Clooney" speaks of patent reform
. Chopra has a bachelors degree from Johns Hopkins but no technical degree. A good candidate for "federal chief technology officer"?

***Recall also work of Hal Salzman and B. Lindsay Lowell:

History suggests that policies designed to stockpile scientists and engineers are counter-productive. The space race is typically cited as a success story of American technological prowess, but less often discussed is the impact of the workforce build-up on US engineering and science in the years that followed. Following a spike in the numbers of science and engineering college graduates in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a spectacular bust followed that led to high unemployment in these fields. For many years afterwards, fields such as physics were thought of as poor career choices5. Similar boom-and-–bust cycles have continued for the past four decades, in engineering, in information technology (IT) and in science.

See Making the grade

Can you say Hale-Bopp?


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