Communication Technology is among the most fast-pace innovative high-tech areas. It is given us among others, the Internet, a vibrant mobile/wireless industry ecosystem, and the capability to send and receive information beyond the Solar System. This July 2014 IEEECTN issue addresses the topic of how this technology innovation happens, i.e. how technical inventions move from academia and research labs to industry and ultimately to real-world enterprise and consumer products and services so that humanity will ultimately benefit from the breakthroughs that arise from communications research.
This issue of #IEEECTN starts looking at an article that addresses innovation in the area of cloud computing networking. What is driving innovation is not a new invention per-se but an implementation of open interfaces, APIs and breaking up a fully integrated communication system into pieces. It is worth noticing that this approach of modularity and openness has been in recent years a key source of growth and has speed up industry adoption.IEEE Communications Magazine
Once an invention is made, the next important step is to ascertain what sort of intellectual property protection (patent, copyright, trademark, etc.) is warranted so that the inventor can pursue commercialization of the technology with a business model that is sustainable in the long-term. In Today’s knowledge-based economy this protection of inventions is a must, and not an easy step. Most likely there is a need to bring legal expertise and ‘teach’ them about the ‘novel’ invention, its claims, and business plans if applicable. All this requires time and money which are always scare resources, and more so in a startup situation. How/When should be decided to spend time and money protecting inventions has no single answer. How/When to claim the value of the inventions has no single answer either. Every case, every technology, every country is different. However, the high profile examples of the selected articles in this section exhibit some common themes applicable across our entire industry.IEEE Spectrum
Innovation and commercialization of new products and services in high-tech industries requires the interaction and cooperation of many players. This article describes the frequent case of an academia-industry interaction to do accomplish that. The issues and challenges at hand are phrased by the author of the article in this next paragraph:IEEE Communications Magazine