Inventor-themed events tout state's tech tradition

September 20, 2012

Mass High Tech

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The following is the article in Mass High Tech as written by Jim Schakenback.

Today features a double-header for the state’s technology industry, as Gov. Deval Patrick proclaims Sept. 20, 2012 as Massachusetts Inventors’ Recognition Day, and tonight, Boston’s Museum of Science hosts Invented Here!, an annual celebration of innovation co-sponsored by the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA).

The fact that these two spotlights on the region’s vibrant technology industry are shining on the same day is no coincidence, says Mark Solomon, principal and shareholder in Concord-based intellectual property law firm Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds PC, who is also past president of the BPLA and co-chair of the Invented Here! committee.

“Technology plays such an important role in the Massachusetts economy that we wanted a way to get inventors recognized,” Solomon told Mass High Tech, “and one way is having the governor sign a proclamation to let inventors and the science and engineering community know that they are appreciated.”

The proclamation points out that Massachusetts has the highest innovation density in the United States based on issued patents, as well as some of the country’s highest levels of investment funding privately-held science and engineering companies and numbers of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants.

A similar proclamation was originally announced back in the 1980’s in conjunction with a Museum of Science event called Inventors’ Weekend. According to Solomon, that program has been dormant for more than 20 years until being resurrected last year as Invented Here!, an innovation recognition program designed to showcase the area’s most exciting new technologies.

Invented Here! expands recognition of the critical role inventors play in the economy to include all of New England. “The Museum of Science seeks to act as an aggregator of all the research and technological advancement going on in the area,” said museum corporate relations manager Elizabeth Callanan. “We have so many wonderful things going on in our own backyard, why not let the public have access to it?”

To participate, inventors need to have had a patent issued within the past five years. Nominations are made directly to the Museum of Science or through the BPLA.

“All nominations are vetted by the BPLA for their eligibility,” said Callanan. “A selection committee comprised of 20 leaders in business, law, academia, and technology review the nominations and rank finalists based on each invention’s potential impact, novelty, and commercial viability.”

“This year we have a broad spectrum of technologies represented in the nominations, reflective of the region’s technological diversity,” said Solomon. “We’ve got submissions in biology, chemistry, medical and optical devices, electronics, and communications, to name a few.”

Three honorees selected from this year’s nominations will be recognized at the Invented Here! event being held tonight at the Museum of Science from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Submitted inventions will be showcased at the museum throughout the year as part of its weekly programming and a permanent rotating innovation exhibit.

Solomon believes the proclamation and Invented Here! program will help change perceptions about the regional economy. “We’re doing really good things here,” he said. “New England is still a leader in science and engineering."

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September 20, 2012

Mass High Tech

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The following is the article in Mass High Tech as written by Jim Schakenback.

Today features a double-header for the state’s technology industry, as Gov. Deval Patrick proclaims Sept. 20, 2012 as Massachusetts Inventors’ Recognition Day, and tonight, Boston’s Museum of Science hosts Invented Here!, an annual celebration of innovation co-sponsored by the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA).

The fact that these two spotlights on the region’s vibrant technology industry are shining on the same day is no coincidence, says Mark Solomon, principal and shareholder in Concord-based intellectual property law firm Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds PC, who is also past president of the BPLA and co-chair of the Invented Here! committee.

“Technology plays such an important role in the Massachusetts economy that we wanted a way to get inventors recognized,” Solomon told Mass High Tech, “and one way is having the governor sign a proclamation to let inventors and the science and engineering community know that they are appreciated.”

The proclamation points out that Massachusetts has the highest innovation density in the United States based on issued patents, as well as some of the country’s highest levels of investment funding privately-held science and engineering companies and numbers of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants.

A similar proclamation was originally announced back in the 1980’s in conjunction with a Museum of Science event called Inventors’ Weekend. According to Solomon, that program has been dormant for more than 20 years until being resurrected last year as Invented Here!, an innovation recognition program designed to showcase the area’s most exciting new technologies.

Invented Here! expands recognition of the critical role inventors play in the economy to include all of New England. “The Museum of Science seeks to act as an aggregator of all the research and technological advancement going on in the area,” said museum corporate relations manager Elizabeth Callanan. “We have so many wonderful things going on in our own backyard, why not let the public have access to it?”

To participate, inventors need to have had a patent issued within the past five years. Nominations are made directly to the Museum of Science or through the BPLA.

“All nominations are vetted by the BPLA for their eligibility,” said Callanan. “A selection committee comprised of 20 leaders in business, law, academia, and technology review the nominations and rank finalists based on each invention’s potential impact, novelty, and commercial viability.”

“This year we have a broad spectrum of technologies represented in the nominations, reflective of the region’s technological diversity,” said Solomon. “We’ve got submissions in biology, chemistry, medical and optical devices, electronics, and communications, to name a few.”

Three honorees selected from this year’s nominations will be recognized at the Invented Here! event being held tonight at the Museum of Science from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Submitted inventions will be showcased at the museum throughout the year as part of its weekly programming and a permanent rotating innovation exhibit.

Solomon believes the proclamation and Invented Here! program will help change perceptions about the regional economy. “We’re doing really good things here,” he said. “New England is still a leader in science and engineering."

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