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    Explore Way Better Patents Weekly Invention Digest.

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    The flow of coinvention and inventions. A new way to look at things.
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    Explore the geography & topology of innovation.
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    Scientific Presence Profiles present a holistic look at science, technology, and R&D by State across the US.

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  • Business is Global. Innovation Is Local.

    The innovation process turns out to be intensely localized. — The Brookings Institute

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    Businesses protect their most important innovations with patents. Patent-owning firms dominate economic activity.

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Way Better Patents

Purveyor of Patent Information | Builder of Custom Analytics | Crusader for Innovation

Way Better Patents is an information products and digital publishing firm delivering actionable, accessible, data-driven information and intelligence on today's rapidly changing innovation economy. Way Better Patents uses open data and proprietary analytics to deliver products and services focused on the nature and scope of invention, why patents are important, and the nature of 21st century innovation.
Way Better Patents™ combines its custom patent and innovation analytics with authoritative scientific presence data to help its users gain a deeper understanding of what is Coming Soon™ on the innovative landscape. The more you know about what is being discovered and created locally and the science and technology behind it, the more focused your business, economic, and workforce development efforts can be.

Scientific Presence

Scientific presence is a holistic look at inventive activity — an amalgam of geo-focused information about scientists, engineers, and technologists, R&D funding, who is paying for it and the science and technology being funded. One comprehensive profile for each US State.

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Coming Soon Digests

Each week Coming Soon™ Digests present a state-by-state, town-by-town look at invention and innovation — new inventions and patents, the inventors that earned them, the companies and universities that own them because these patents are a guide to innovation coming soon.

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The Map Room

Find Innovation In Your Neighborhood. The Map Room is a down to earth look at innovation with weekly State and National heat maps of the geography and topology invention. Research where to put your next outpost, scout for talent, understand regional innovation dynamics, or find new emerging markets with the Map Room.

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The Latest

The latest articles and posts on inventions, patents, and the innovation economy, economic and business development, inventors, and innovators. A new way to look at the issues and players of the nation's IP-focused businesses, business models science and technology policy, R&D, scorecards and more.

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Economic Growth, New Outposts, New Markets

A GlobalBusiness is global. Innovation is local. Innovation and scientific presence are driven by people — a science and technology oriented workforce; the research universities, R&D and innovation focused businesses where they work; the presence of an infrastructure that supports collaboration and intellectual curiosity. Local organizations are closest to the institutions, firms, and people that drive invention and innovation. These organizations are uniquely positioned to convene, align, and support local inventors and companies to accelerate innovation and the economic growth it supports. But first you have to find them.
Patents Are Business Intelligence
Patents (and published patent applications) are one of the only publicly available sources of concise scientific information on the output of research and development, the planned use of the inventions, and new product design features. Read Way Better Patent's weekly digests so you'll know when local companies and inventors are granted patents. Find investment and partnership opportunities. Know what is happening in your technology parks. Understand the science and technology behind new university spin-outs and start-ups. Work with companies building new products to focus on new STEM job creation and enhance workforce development.
Use the Coming Soon™ Digest to reach out, recruit, retain, and grow.

  Resources & Tools

Way Better Patents™ assembled resources and cheatsheets to help you understand patents and the world of invention. There glossaries, explanations of the numbers and codes on patents, links to important academic research papers and articles on science and technology policy issues and The Way Better Patents Reading List. The Link-O-Matic that accompanies articles and resources at Way Better Patents™ includes links to background information on the articles and research.

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Patents and Growth

The innovation process turns out to be intensely localized.
The Brookings Institute, 2013
Seventy-three percent (73%) of startups commercializing university technology have their principle place of business in their home state.
Association of University Techology Managers
Innovation could contribute to reduction in the use of low skilled labor. Patenting growth is associated with high wage jobs.
Clusters, Convergence, and Economic Performance, March 2011
Of 5,000 start-up companies, the share receiving venture capital financing — an indicator of market viability — was 14 times higher for companies with patents.
USPTO American Invents Act Implementation International Patent Protection for Small Business Report, 2012.
... the broader and deeper pool of accessible ideas and individuals, the more opportunities there are for innovation.
Gordon Moore, Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and the author of Moore's Law.
Inventions, embodied in patents, are a major driver of long-term regional economic performance…
The Brookings Institute, 2013


About Way Better Patents

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Way Better Patents is an information products and digital publishing firm delivering actionable accessible data-driven information and intelligence on today's rapidly changine innovation economy. Way Better Patents uses open data and proprietary analytics to deliver products and services focused on the nature and scope of invention, why patents are important, and the nature of 21st century innovation.

Coming Soon™ products are designed to help you understand the local impact of invention, patents, and innovation in today's science and technology-centric economy. Our goal is to encourage broader discourse on the impact of patents and science and technology policy on local innovation. Business is global. Innovation is local.

About Our Products

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Way Better Patents is user-focused collaboration of patent and innovation professionals with a wide range of experience across the patentsphere. We love all aspects of patent data and analytics so please feel free to ask questions, point out areas that need improvement, throw out ideas for data focused research and analysis, or engage us in high-level conversations or down in the weeds patent geekery.

Way Better Patents uses responsive design so that you can access Way Better Patents resources from all of your mobile, desktop, and presentation devices. We offer a range of custom analytics, presentation materials, maps, and data sets and consulting services to support you.

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