Monthly Archives: February 2012

Gene patent debate in Australia – into injury time?


A guest blog – Doug Calhoun’s recent sticK blog on potentially crippling effects of intended patent law changes (see here) encouraged some healthy discussion (including on SciBlogs). In the interests of helping to ensure that upcoming legislation gets it right … Continue reading

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Academic swot and study…..simplified


It’s not the first time that Dunedinite Rodney Tamblyn has been involved in an internet-based business. But, as he looks to take his team’s web application for on-line academic study to the global market, he is looking for a different … Continue reading

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The Vikings changed culture as well as institutions


Help…. the Viking’s coming; at least Knud Erik Hilding-Hamann was at the Ministry of Science & Innovation. The Danish Technical Institute’s head of its Centre for Technology Partnership, and is out to give some of the good oil on how … Continue reading

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Better to have tried, than died wondering – AATS calls it quits


You’ve got to admire a business when it realises its time to pull the pin, cash in its chips, decide enough’s enough, or whatever other term to describe shutting shop. So it is with allaboutthestory.com, a two year old internet … Continue reading

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Do Patents Really Have Nothing to do With Innovation?


A guest blog – Doug Calhoun’s recent comments, here and here, on the potential fate of NZ IP law encouraged sticK to ask Doug to write more fully As Stephen Joyce, the new minister both of science and innovation and … Continue reading

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Europe’s big picture research funding backs individual, not institution


As science and innovation minister looks to further enhance policy he’s no doubt well aware any changes will have to be kiwi-centric. It is not geographically, economically or culturally feasible to wholesale adopt what’s worked in other countries and jury-rig … Continue reading

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Minister Joyce has the opportunity to redefine ‘failure’


Apparently, new super minister Steven Joyce (Minister of Science & Innovation, Economic Development and Tertiary Education, Skills & Employment), likes to dive deep into details of a new role or portfolio, before surfacing with a strategic direction. So, as he … Continue reading

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NZ research gets a showcase portal ….. at last


It’s good to see that, at last, some of the ideas and intellectual property residing in many of our universities and CRI’s has a bit of a national showcase through KiwiNet. When you think about it, New Zealand’s combined research … Continue reading

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A cracker trap minds its own business


The guys at goodnature have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars making and perfecting their resetting and toxin free pest trap since establishing in 2005. Sure, they’ve received half a million dollars from DOC’s innovation fund, and a bit of … Continue reading

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