To pivot or not to pivot. That’s the question hundreds of technology startups ponder when their original vision fails to take flight. For some, it’s a successful move. Consider Pinterest, which launched in 2009 as a mobile shopping app called Tote, or Groupon, which began life in 2007 to promote consumer activism before morphing into a wildly successful daily deals site.
This week, San Francisco has been home to the largest vendor-led technology event of all times: Salesforce.com reportedly attracted more than 90,000 registrants to the tenth edition of their annual Dreamforce conference.
This Monday started off with good news for all those in intellectual property world in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area - the USPTO announced that 3 new regional patent offices are being opened. In addition to the new satellite office that is opening in Detroit July 13th 2012, the other offices will be located in San Jose, Dallas and Denver. These locations were chosen based on a few key factors, dispersed equally across all time zones, and as hubs of innovation economies (Silicon Valley representing electronics and biotech, Denver representing aerospace, and Dallas representing energy). San Jose emerged to some as the most logical spot, with Silicon Valley being the top recipient of patents having more than 10,000 granted in 2010.
Things have been happily hectic lately at IPfolio, as we work on some exciting new partnerships and wrapped up a successful week-long conference at TechConnect World in Santa Clara. Taking a quick breather we wanted to share some lighter intellectual property reading with this fun list that Wired Magazine has put together. 19 Patents Invented by Ingenious Celebrities summarizes exactly what it promises, a list of inventions that have been successfully patented by celebrities.
There has been a positive trend in recent months of different countries' patent offices launching new initiatives aimed at helping and supporting SMEs (small to mid-sized enterprises) in developing and managing their patent strategies.