My Gateway FX6860

Last Friday I purchased a Gateway FX6860 tower computer. It came with 8 gb of DDR3 ram (The maximum is 16 gb), a 1.5 tb drive of unknown make or speed, an n-wireless device, an AMD Radeon 6750 video card with 1 gb of video memory, and an Intel i-7 2600 CPU. It has been a while since I bought new computer for my own use, and I wanted something fast. Read the rest of this entry »

Country of inventor and assignee, for USPTO issued patents mentioning cancer

On July 3, 2011, I searched the USPTO database patents issued from 1995 to 2010 that mention the word cancer in the specification field. There were a total of 81,062 such patents. Then I narrowed the search to find out how many patents have at least one inventor (there are often multiple inventors). who was listed as a resident of a country other than the U.S. The number of patents by country of the inventor are reported in figure 1. Read the rest of this entry »

Fix for super slow LibreOffice base (database) using Ubuntu linux

Like others, I recently found myself struggling to use the LibreOffice program “base” to do database calculations, when it was running on a Linux OS (in my case, Ubuntu 11.04). The main issue was the fact that the problem took ridiculous amounts of time to do just about anything. The problem is not evident on a Mac, and apparently not on Windows either.

Apparently this is a JAVA issue. Specifically, you need to tell the Linux version of OpenOffice/LibreOffice to use an older run time version of Java, or it just will not work right.

I found a good solution to the problem in this forum. Read the rest of this entry »

USPTO’s summer indoctrination programs for intellectual property officials

This is the May to August schedule for the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA).

Among the countries mentioned in the schedule are Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam. However, many of these events are regional or topical meetings that include officials from many other countries. The costs of these operations have to be fairly substantial. Read the rest of this entry »

NIH funded grants and patents for selected diseases or technologies

(Update: Note that the NIH Report database key word searches report grants, and some patents are associated with more than one grant. This is true for all search terms listed below.

As part of a larger research project involving the role of government funded research, I was doing some counts of grants and patents associated with those grants, using the NIH RePort database.

The counts reported below are from searches on June 29, 2011.

Not surprisingly, if you have a disease, there are advantages to having one with a large patient population, and at least equal prevalence in high income countries.

I have also calculated the ratio of the patents to the number of grants, expressed below as a percent, in parenthesis after the number of patents. The unweighted mean and median were 4.8 and 4.1 percent, with a range of 0 to 12.3 percent, and a standard deviation of 2.77 percent. The tendency for grant recipients to obtain patents does not seem to differ much between Type I, II or III diseases — a classification used by the World Health Organization to indicate how the global incidence of the disease relates to national incomes. Read the rest of this entry »

Manon Ress on OECD Statement on the “Principles of Internet Policy Making

Manon Ress on KEI rejection of OECD Statement on the “Principles of Internet Policy Making.”

Bill Gates patent on “personal data mining”

Bill Gates is listed as an inventor of United States Patent, 7930197, issued April 19, 2011, for “Personal data mining.”

What did Bill Gates claim to have invented regarding data mining? According to the patent Abstract: Read the rest of this entry »

US job growth for computer professionals is lower for Software Publishers than elsewhere

Another data point to suggest U.S. trade officials may be focusing on the wrong industries with regard to global norms for intellectual property.

Software publishers employ a small fraction of software programmers and engineers

The availability of free software platforms may be more important to the economy than some U.S. policy makers acknowledge or appreciate.

Software publishers employ only 4 percent of the BLS defined category for “Computer and Mathematical Occupations,” and just 4.9 percent of occupation code for computer programmers. In the BLS category for “Software Developers, Applications,” just 8.1 percent work in the “Software Publishing” sector. This suggests the role of commercial software applications is only a relatively small element of value added work involving software.

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

BLS Occupation Code Software Publishers Other Employers Total Employment Percent working for Software Publishers
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations (Major Group) 129940 3154010 3283950 4.0%
15-1131 Computer Programmers 16420 317200 333620 4.9%
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications 40300 458980 499280 8.1%
15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software 25240 353680 378920 6.7%
15-1111 Computer and Information Research Scientists 1470 23430 24900 5.9%
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts 8330 487470 495800 1.7%

Changes in productivity and employment in 13 information sectors

The following are BLS estimates of the changes in output per person and employment in the United States for 13 4-digit NAICS information industry sectors.

See too: U.S. employment and wages in 14 information sectors, which suggests U.S. trade policy on intellectual property rights in the information sector favors lower wage industries over higher wage industry, and includes this graphic: