The FedInvent Count
Patents — Tuesday September 14, 2021
Patent Applications — Thursday September 16, 2021
HERD — Higher Education R&D
FedInvent is Wayfinder Digital's project to deliver fresh insight on the federal innovation ecosystem and the inventions and innovations it creates. We follow the money, too.
The FedInvent Newsletter reports on federally funded research and development; taxpayer-funded inventions and patents; and the science and technology priorities and policies that set the national innovation agenda twice a week. Read The Latest Newsletter Here
Each Wednesday, we report on newly granted taxpayer-funded patents. On Friday, we bring you up-to-date information on published patent applications, the newest inventions coming from the federal R&D complex.
THE FEDERAL INNOVATION ECOSPHERE
NUMBER TWO IN US PATENT GRANTS
Count all of the 2020 US patents that had taxpayer funding, and the federal government ranks number two in total granted patents. The federal government is right behind International Business Machines and ahead of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on the US patent leaderboard. Some of those IBM patents had federal funding.
THE FEDERAL PATENT PORTFOLIO IS EXPANSIVE
The taxpayer-funded intellectual property portfolio is the most diverse in the world. There isn’t a scientific domain where the federal government does not support scientists, researchers, technologists, and maybe most importantly, small businesses.
IMPORTANT WORK IS GOING ON
FedInvent tells the stories of these inventions and the inventors and the agencies that fund them, whether at a university, a federally funded research and development center, working on a federal contract, or maybe in a garage or two.
THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS TAXPAYER MONEY
The federal government spends $127 billion annually on R&D. That money funds epic Big Science projects that can’t get done without big funding and small businesses and entrepreneurs with great ideas that need funding to get off the ground. This funds a lot of important work (and some goofy stuff.)
THE FEDERAL R&D AGENDA DRIVES INNOVATION
The federal government sets science and technology policy and priorities. Those priorities become the innovation agenda. The innovation agenda drives the R&D budget. It in turn determines the trajectory of America’s national and global competitiveness.
THE BIG PICTURE
FedInvent's goal is to present a holistic view of federal innovation presented through the lens of the inventions and patents that it creates. Taxpayers should have an easier way to see what they are paying for. That's why we created FedInvent.
What We Do
Catalog Taxpayer-Funded Inventions
Each week FedInvent publishes a catalog of taxpayer-funded patented inventions and patent applications in the innovation pipeline.
Map Inventions To Grants & Contracts
FedInvent maps the patents and patent applications back to the contracts and grants that helped pay for them.
FedInvent creates lists of the moving parts of the federal innovation ecosphere. It's complex. Lists help. Start here
Follow The HERD
The Higher Education Research and Development entities that receive over $32B in federal funding each year.
FedInvent writes commentary, does research, reports the news, and takes deep dives into the federal innovation ecosphere.
Follow The Money
FedInvent analyzes budgets, spending, who got the money and who did not. We find out where the money goes and where it does not.
Analyze the Inventions
FedInvent reports on the novel, the useful, the nonobvious, and the patents for inventions that are hiding in plain sight.
Track Federal Science Priorities
FedInvent follows science and technology goals and the areas of scientific and research interest at federal agencies.
Chronicle The Latest
Post news and short updates in the FedInvent Gazette between FedInvent Newsletters to keep you up to date. The Gazette
Follow Inventions To The Market
There are lots of standards, regulations, and exclusive patent licenses that pave the way from idea to the market. FedInvent tracks them, too.
WHO SHOULD SUBSCRIBE TO FEDINVENT™
FedInvent is designed for the people who make federal innovation possible — investigators, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, technologists, policymakers, legislators, economists and innovation researchers, technology transfer professionals, licensing agents, grant writers, and grant givers, and patent professionals and, most of all, the taxpayers who pay for it. FedInvent is for anyone interested in innovation, inventions, and the impact of science and technology policy.