Posted by News Machine on Sep 16, 2014
The company’s Summer 2014 Release gives users time-saving task automation for improved IP analysis
By Amanda Ciccatelli
September 16, 2014
With the burst of new and changing technology, now more than ever before, patent litigation is one of the most gigantic and most challenging areas for businesses to navigate. With litigation costs now reaching the millions, it is critical for businesses to understand the potential outcome of a case in order to save significant money – and that is where intellectual property (IP) analysis can save the day.
A well-known software provider in the IP space, Innography, has introduced the Summer 2014 Release, to further increase the power and configurability of its patent analytics suite.
“Our newest release pushes the envelope for efficiently generating unique insights from intellectual property analytics, and distributing them throughout the enterprise,” said John F. Martin, CEO and chairman of Innography, told me in a recent interview. “At our Insights user conference in April, our most frequent users voted on new features that would be most helpful to their day-to-day tasks, and this release, just a few months later, especially reflects their input and priorities.”
With the release, Innography added capabilities in many areas including: highly configurable new alerts; new document alerts will notify when a patent changes; user-configurable family reduction and grouping; a new text cluster visual that includes claim language, which shows the technology applications more directly; expanded export capabilities and configurability that eliminates many manual steps and continually runs in background and; a configurable option in PatentScout that allows claims to be eliminated from patent search results, which minimizes the risk of inventors viewing a competitor’s patent claims.
Specifically, Martin said, heavy users will benefit from advances in the alerting system, improved family reduction capabilities, versatile exporting and claims analysis enhancements. Heavy users often send out notifications to other employees when certain patent events happen, such as when a competitor is granted a patent, which is made more easily and automatically with the new alerting system. In addition, the improved family reduction capabilities give options on reducing patent families to relevant patent to perform analyses on a per-invention basis. Finally, heavy users often export patent sets for their own use, and the new exporting system makes this more efficient for the user.
“I especially wanted to thank Innography’s engineering team for building the most accurate, best-in-class, and easy to use product,” said a VP of IP Assets, a Fortune 20 company. “I wanted to thank their Client Success team too. They simply have the most responsive customer support and the highest levels of dedication to everything they do.”
This new release pushes the envelope for generating unique insights from IP analytics, and distributing them throughout the enterprise. According to Martin, in addition to the 50-plus visualizations already in Innography, this release adds the option of incorporating claims verbiage into the text cluster analysis, which gives deeper insight into the application of the technology.
“The expanded alerts provide new and timely insights, letting the user know when a new patent application cites their patents. The alerts also allow distributing these notifications to those who need them most, anywhere in the enterprise. PatentScout, which provides both keyword search and semantic search, can now be rolled out enterprise-wide without claims so that casual searching doesn’t increase the risk of later willful infringement,” he added.
Today, Innography leads the industry in ease-of-use and speed of analysis, allowing analysts to generate more insights and value, more quickly. Martin commented, “We often hear from new users analyses that used to take hours or days with other tools is done within seconds in Innography.”
Posted by News Machine on Sep 10, 2014
By Kate McGee
Posted Sept. 10, 2014
Georgina Hudson takes notes during class at the Goodwill Excel Center. The school is the first free public charter school for adults ages 19-50 in Texas. It’s goal is to provide adults the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and post-sec.
Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT
In Texas, students over the age of 25 are considered too old to educate, leaving many older high school dropouts with few ways to earn a diploma.
But a new charter school pilot program in Austin is hoping to change that. Goodwill Industries has opened a public charter school for students ages 19 to 50, which they hope to be a model for schools looking to help high school dropouts continue their education and earn their diploma.
One of those students is Georgina Hudson. When Hudson dropped out of high school in Louisiana at 16, she could barely read.
“I was in special ed[ucation]. I didn’t know how to read then,” she says. “When you in special ed, they kind of skip you, skip you, normally that’s what they do”
So, Hudson became a certified welder. She figured it was hands-on and it wouldn’t require a whole lot of reading.
Five years later, she moved to Austin. Shortly after that, she found out she was pregnant. After her son Gabriel was born, she tried to get her GED and improve her reading skills, while also working various jobs. Then, her son was diagnosed with epilepsy and speech delays. She had to stop working on her GED to take care of him.
“I was mostly saying why? You know, when someone in your family dies, you say, ‘Why?’ I was mostly saying, ‘Why? Why I’m single? Why this and that?’” she says.
Hudson is 36-years-old now, too old to qualify for traditional dropout recovery programs.
“When you’re grown woman or a grown man and you don’t have your high school diploma, you feel embarrassed,” Hudson admits. “Sometime the words that you don’t know, you don’t want your kids to know that Mama don’t know how to read or Daddy don’t know how to read or Daddy can’t help you.”
Armando Rodriguez completes a math problem at the Goodwill Excel Center. The school is the first free public charter school for adults ages 19-50 in Texas. It’s goal is to provide adults the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and post-s
Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT
At the Goodwill Excel Center, most of the 150 students are in their late 20’s. But some are as old as 50. When the school opened last month, many students readjusted to academic life through remedial online courses.
Traci Berry with Goodwill Central Texas says 80 percent of their classes are in-person instruction.
“Most drop out recovery schools, you sit in front of the computer and you don’t have a lot of teacher-led instruction,” she says. “We flipped that.”
Last legislative session, state lawmakers passed a bill that provides state funding for the charter and Goodwill was chosen to run the program. Like other charters, the Goodwill Excel Center receives funding based on average daily attendance. But the bill also required the company to put more than $1 million towards the school.
Students are expected to earn their diploma and a trade certification, which lawmakers hope can enhance a workforce equipped to meet industry needs. Students must also pass the previous state standardized test, Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills or TAKS, since most of the students dropped out of high school before the state changed to the current standardized test, STAAR.
Billy Harden, the head of the school, says they’re not just handing out diplomas.
“We’re challenging these students to walk out of this building with skills. GED is more of a significance of, ‘I can pass a test and demonstrate some skill levels that I have that are enough to make a good grade,’” he says. “We want to do more.”
Inspirational artwork lines the halls of the Goodwill Excel Center. The school is the first free public charter school for adults ages 19-50 in Texas. It’s goal is to provide adults the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma.
Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT
Students are assigned a life coach who helps with academic support or helps students overcome issues with health, transportation or childcare that interfere with school. Hardin says developing relationships with students is key.
“They did not have anyone at the school to make a connection with and many of these students will tell you, ‘I was gone for two months and no one ever even called to check if I was there,’” Harden says. “If you didn’t care if I was there then I don’t really want to be there.”
Raised by two high school dropouts, Hardin says he knows how hard it can be to make ends meet without that diploma.
“I could see my parents and I see my parents in some of these students…,” he says. “And I tell them, if I can come out of that struggle and my parents can come out of that struggle, then I know you can do the same.”
Student Georgina Hudson eventually wants to open her own business. But right now, life is still a balancing act. She wakes up at 5 a.m. to go to work and goes to class in the afternoon. Then she spends the evening studying with her son, Gabriel. Hudson says he’s a self-motivated student.
“But sometimes, to get to the kids, you have to able to help the parents and if you can’t help the parents and the kids are going to go under the radar and they’re going to be lost because the parents hold the kids and be able to teach them,” she says.
Traci Berry with Goodwill says this school is an investment in the lives of their students, and their student’s families.
“We know that a child of a drop out is 50 percent as likely to drop out. That goes down to five percent with a high school diploma,” Berry says. “The choice to come back, especially if they have children, that’s not only changing the trajectory of their lives but also the lives of their families.”
Goodwill is hoping to open a second charter school for students ages 19 to 26. They’re presenting their charter application to the State Board of Education later this month.
Tags: Charter Schools | State Board of Education
Posted by News Machine on Sep 8, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
By Todd Ross Nienkerk
Between crucial travel logistics, scheduling networking meetings, arranging a booth set up and ordering all of the needed swag, along with coordinating team member presence, planning for a conference can be a lengthy process. Furthermore, the work doesn’t end once you get home and unpack. A few key follow-up steps can help speed up your personal goal of the event achievements, whether that’s finding new clients, partners, employees or investors.
Follow Up with New Contacts
In addition to having a large pile of your own business cards to hand out to all conference attendees, be sure to also request them from anyone you meet that you want to stay in touch with for future opportunities. Put your new contacts in a spreadsheet so you don’t have to keep track of all of the physical cards before following up with everyone when you are back in the office.
Connect with these contacts on LinkedIn as you are reaching out through email so they will see multiple connections from you simultaneously, and can review your LinkedIn bio to remind themselves of your background.
Depending on your industry, social media could be a primary goal for your new contacts. If that is the case, follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or a social media network more relevant to your industry.
Follow Up After Presenting
If you held a presentation during the conference, be sure that your website is updated, and ideally offer the link to attendees where they can download your presentation and receive more insight. Have an option on the presentation page on your site for attendees, and all visitors, to subscribe to your company newsletter to stay updated on future news and content.
Share Insight with Colleagues
Create a ‘trip report’ with take-aways and lessons learned throughout the conference to share with your team when everyone is back in the office. Include thoughts on whether the team should attend the conference again in the future.
Make the Most of the Attendee List
If you presented or your company sponsored a booth, then you should have access to the attendee list. Create a dedicated email blast that includes links to the company’s accolades and contact information, as well providing future events you will be presenting at and attending for them to keep in mind as they are planning for the upcoming year.
Ask for Conference Suggestions
Looking for ideas for the next appropriate industry conferences to attend? Inquire with contacts you meet at the event, find out about their upcoming schedules and follow them on Twitter. At Four Kitchens, we are friendly with several companies that could be considered ‘competitors’ for business, but we don’t think of it that way as we use them as sounding boards for advice on clients, new hires and upcoming conferences.
Todd Ross Nienkerk is a digital strategist and partner at Austin-based Four Kitchens, an open-source Web design and development consultancy.
Posted by News Machine on Sep 8, 2014
Updated: Saturday, September 6 2014
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Volunteers on Saturday morning donated meals and warm spirits to those in need in downtown Austin.
“Keep Austin Generous” is actually a city-endorsed campaign that aims to make Austin the most philanthropic city in the U.S.
Volunteers tell us that even if you can’t give back with monetary donations, spreading kindness to others is enough.
“There are people who are dealing with very difficult issues in their life, and some have mental illness. And that really talks about some issues we need to confront here in Austin,” said Executive Director Joshua Vaughn.
Every December the City of Austin proclaims Keep Austin Generous Week, which endorses kindness.