How Long Does a Patent Last and What Do Different Types Entail? An IP Lawyer Explains.

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Your intellectual property rights are protected when you obtain a patent. But for how long?

‘How long does a patent last’ is a fairly common question and is difficult to get a straight answer for without seeking legal advice from a law firm or the U.S. patent office itself.”

— Alex R. Sluzas, Esq.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — There are two primary types of patent: U.S. utility patent and a design patent. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a utility patent is typically granted for 20 years from when the utility patent application is filed. The patent holder will have to pay periodic maintenance fees to sustain the enforceability of the patent. A design patent is generally granted protection for 14 years measured from the date the design patent is granted.

What is a Patent?

A patent is a term a new variety of people have questions about almost every day. While most people are aware that patents are an integral part of intellectual property rights, not everybody is aware of the facts or can even claim to know in depth what one is. According to Wikipedia, "A patent is a set of exclusive legal rights granted by a sovereign state or intergovernmental organization to an inventor or assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention. "

More Information About How Long a Patent Lasts

The news about the tech giant Apple winning a Patent infringement war over its rival Samsung made headlines in 2016. However, in this landmark patent issues litigation, Apple was only awarded about $120 million instead of the whopping $2.2 billion it originally claimed. The matter was decided by the courts in accordance with 'Section 289 of the US Patent Act.'

The exclusivity for the producing or using the concerned product that is patented, its process, or design is limited for a period of time. The details of patent protection are conveyed via a legal patent letter.

How long does a patent last’ is a fairly common question and is difficult to get a straight answer for without seeking legal advice from a law firm or the U.S. patent office itself. It is important to know about various kinds of intellectual property protection before you can find the correct reply to this subject matter. Remember that the law of the United States of America recognizes a number of different patents at present. Each of them remains valid for a stipulated period of time.

Before you are granted patent rights and become a patent owner, there are quite a few things to consider as you begin to understand how long are patents good for, including earliest filing date, non-provisional application versus provisional patent application, provisional filing date, patent extensions, public domain and any third parties IP rights.

Type of Patent

Knowing about the US Patent law happens to be the very first step to learn how long is a US patent good for. Each kind varies sharply depending on the nature of the patent. A design patent remains in force for as long as 14 to 15 years from the date that it had been granted the right. It depends on the date of filing as well. However, most individuals are interested in the utility kind when they expect an answer to the query of how long do patents last.

In the United States, a utility patent is granted for processes, compositions, and machines. This is also the most common type of patent filed and is valid for 20 years, which answers the most often asked question about the validity of a patent. However, the period is assessed from its first filing date. The matter gets intensely complicated if you have chosen to file for the patent multiple times.

Filing Date

The date of filing is all important here. Remember that each filing date is included in the records made available publicly. Going through the databases that are available to the public would give you access to the date that had been recorded by the patent office at the time of filing. It is easy to calculate the validity of the patent therefore once you are apprised of the filing date of a specific patent. Unfortunately, there is no restriction on filing and, a single patent can be filed on several occasions making the calculation slightly complicated.

Provisional Patents

Applying for a provisional patent is a common way of securing the filing for a utility patent. Think of it as the first step of the patent protection process. In fact, many companies, as well as individuals, opt for a provisional patent so as to include an informal provisional patent application on file. This will allow you a breather of up to a year.

You can use the time effectively to fine tune your products and machines. You are also welcome to find investors and create prototypes for your creations meanwhile. The process may be advantageous to a certain extent but comes with certain drawbacks as well.

The validity of your patent will be counted from the earliest date, i.e., the date of provisional application. The patent will be due to expire a year in advance, therefore. You must thus be sure of taking the right date into consideration while calculating the validity of the patent.

Pending Patents

Many people are familiar with the phrase "patent pending," but what does that actually mean?

The life of your patent is limited of course but the period of 20 years may be further reduced due to its pending status. The first filing date happens to be pivotal as the entire process will be hinged on it.

Although your patent remains valid from the date mentioned yet, you will not be able to enforce it until and unless the patent office issues it for you. Fortunately, you will be awarded a ‘patent term extension’ should an unnatural delay in claims occur due to a fault of the patent office.

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P2Sample Announces Strong First Half Growth; On Pace to Achieve 10 Million Completes in 2018



Leading sample provider reports tremendous half-yearly growth due in part to technology adoption, new solution introduction and an increase in global business

As a sample supplier, we can have a significant impact on data quality, which is why we focus on bringing the most advanced solutions in automation and other new technologies to the table.”

— Mathijs de Jong, CEO of P2Sample

ATLANTA, GA, USA, July 31, 2018 / — P2Sample, an industry leader in technology-driven sample solutions for the market research industry, announced 62 percent year-over-year revenue growth for the first half of 2018. In the same period, survey completes grew comparably and the company is on pace to achieve 10 million completes by the end of calendar year 2018. P2Sample, which operates in more than 150 countries around the globe, is a pioneer in the implementation of new technology in the sample space.

“We know that, as a sample supplier, we can have a significant impact on data quality for our clients, which is why we focus on bringing the most advanced solutions in automation and other new technologies to the table,” said Mathijs de Jong, CEO of P2Sample. “Our continued growth is the result of this commitment. We’ve been able to help improve respondent satisfaction rates, reduce fraud and create efficiencies that result in better outcomes.”

With a global reach of 40 million opted-in panel members across more than 150 countries, P2Sample specializes in providing respondents even in hard-to-reach demographics. This level of reach, coupled with a forward-thinking approach to sample in the digital age, has helped to drive the company’s growth this year. In June, the company introduced its new DIY sample tool, P2Solo, which allows clients to harness the power of the P2Sample platform with a simple and intuitive interface. It also recently published a free e-book: The Ultimate Buyers Guide: How to Select a Sample Supplier.

P2Sample has consistently been named on national lists for growth, most recently included in Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500 and the 2017 Inc 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies.

About P2Sample
P2Sample is the most sophisticated programmatic sample provider in the market research industry, with an active member panel of 40+ million members worldwide, including in hard-to-reach demographics. As a technology-driven company, P2Sample leads the way in implementing new approaches and techniques that deliver better quality data. From proprietary algorithms that optimize respondent experience and engagement to artificial intelligence that works continuously to mitigate fraud, P2Sample is an agile, innovative and dependable sample partner that provides data its clients can trust.


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AEBICON Group Signs MOU with the Private Office of H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Nehayan for 3TECH SUMMIT

Signing of MOU between the Private Office of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Nehayan and AEBICON Group DMCC

Members of the Private Office of H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Nehayan and AEBICON Group Management

An MOU between AEBICON Group DMCC and The Private office of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Alnehayan was signed towards the upcoming 3TECH SUMMIT.

DUBAI, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, July 31, 2018 / — The 3TECH Summit brings together global leading experts in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Internet of Things to challenge them on how these 3TECHnologies will converge in the future. Organized by AEBICON Group DMCC, this is the first event of its kind and is due to be held on 15Th October 2018 in Dubai.

In a ceremony held on the 30th of July 2018, The Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Alnehayan and AEBICON Group DMCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the strategic partnership between both parties. In addition to the endorsement by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Alnehayan, the 3TECH Summit also has as official ambassadors, Adam Ladjadj, CEO of AE Capital and Ari Zoldan, a tech expert, and frequent contributor to CNN, Fox News, and NBC.

With the United Arab Emirates' continuous support towards technologies of the future, this partnership once again reaffirms the country’s progressive and ambitious technological agenda.

The 3TECH Summit aims to incorporate high-level debates, panel presentations, and technical sessions while uniting world tech leaders and creating a unique platform for discussions about the future.

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Eight Tips to Minimize Customer Effort and Maximize Customer Satisfaction

Making life easier for customers is the first step towards brand loyalty and business success. Magnus Geverts at Teleopti shares his eight top tips

Design your service strategy to give your customers first-class service, with very little effort on their part, for brand loyalty and business success.”

— Magnus Geverts, Chief Business Development Officer, Teleopti

LONDON, UK, July 31, 2018 / — All customers want is a quick and easy answer to their enquiries. It might sound simple but the two biggest annoyances for customers, which are having to repeat themselves and being transferred from department to department[i], can do untold damage to an organization’s reputation and revenues. Every week I meet with contact center executives struggling to break down the silos in an effort to create consistency across all channels. Making it easy for customers requires hard work.

In today’s viral world of social media, the risks of upsetting customers are even higher as dissatisfied consumers take out their frustrations via Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor. In fact, according to the Institute of Customer Service, 58% of people would stop buying from a company as a result of poor customer service and, even scarier, 70% of them would actively discourage others from engaging with a company when given poor customer service.[ii]

Winning contact centers are those that deliver quick fixes, instant results and exceptional customer satisfaction. It all comes down to giving customers what they want with very little effort on their part. Put yourself in your customers’ shoes and ask, “How do I make life easier for my customers?” It’s time to review your processes and technology – here are a few tips to point you in the right direction.

Eight tips for designing service to reduce customer effort

1.Find the right people – your agents are your most valuable asset but gone are the days when all they had to do was answer as many calls as possible as quickly as possible. Today’s ‘super agents’ must be capable of solving complex problems for customers so look for highly flexible, emotionally intelligent candidates with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, train them properly and keep them motivated. Use Workforce Management (WFM) technology to create a ‘go-to’ place for all your talent and resources. Use it to flag up skills gaps, build meaningful training programs and combine with Real-Time Management capabilities to set up training during idle time. Then, maximize WFM to schedule your right-skilled agents to the right place at the right time.

2.It’s the simple things that count – prominently display freephone customer support telephone numbers on every web page, enable agents to conduct Web Chat and keep FAQs up-to-date and easy to find. Be sure to share customer stories with other parts of the organization to create a unified understanding and response to common customer issues.

3.Make time to understand your customers – listen to your agents – they know if your customers are happy and what works and remember to devise a mechanism for agents to share hints and tips. Then combine agent feedback with speech analytics and silent monitoring to capture the voice of the customer. The more you understand what makes your customers tick, the more effective you’ll be at deploying efficient processes and technology to support enhanced customer interactions.

4.Automation is the way to go – it tangibly enhances the customer experience. Take Web Chat, where automated Chatbots can be used as the first line of enquiry. Chatbots can be programmed to perform more mundane tasks using automated responses in Chat before the customer is connect to a human at the right time.

5.Up your self-service game – the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) driving contact center solutions include self-service capabilities that allow people to find out information, ask questions, broker a mortgage, book their next holiday, buy the latest must-have gadget or fashion item and return a faulty kettle at a time to suit them without having to speak to a single human being. Think about it, could you reduce customer effort by introducing a wider use of self-service?

6.Make mobility work for you – consumers expect to use their mobile devices to find information, ask questions and access social media to connect with their favorite brands 24 hours a day. Make sure your customer service is fully optimized for mobility with a fully responsive website, by offering Web Chat and by providing a choice of different contact options such as SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Twitter.

7.Omnichannel is the new multichannel – modern consumers want a consistent, satisfying and effortless experience, every time, whatever the device or communication channel. They also want organizations to recognize their buying history and previous interactions so they don’t have to keep repeating themselves. The latest technology solutions automatically flag up how customers want to interact. From the same screen agents can switch between telephone, emails and Chat to deal with enquiries whatever the channel. This often requires extensive integration of back-end systems or a complete rebuild of the back-end systems which feed your customers and agents with information.

8.Chatbots – can provide anything from automated subscription content like weather and traffic updates, to tailored communications such as receipts, shipping notifications and live automated messages – fast. Customizable greetings mean Chatbots make it possible to offer a more personal, more proactive, and more streamlined customer experience.

Take a step back, put yourself in your customers’ shoes and see what their experience is really like. You might need to overhaul your approach to customer service completely or perhaps a few simple tweaks will suffice. Either way, design your service strategy to give your customers first-class service, with very little effort on their part, for brand loyalty and business success.

Magnus Geverts is Chief Business Development Officer at Teleopti

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[ii] Institute of Customer Service –

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Continued Investment in US Growth at LINKFRESH

Lisa Padilla, Joins LINKFRESH as Director of Business Development

LINKFRESH Inc., the leading provider of ERP solutions for the fresh produce industry, announced the appointment of Lisa Padilla, Director – Business Development

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — LINKFRESH Inc., the leading provider of supply chain ERP solutions designed specifically for the fresh produce industry, announced the appointment of Lisa Padilla as Director of Business Development.

Lisa joins the LINKFRESH team from cloud and hosting specialist, Zumasys, where she was Relationship Manager, working closely with the fresh produce sector. Lisa has a thorough knowledge of the fresh produce sector and an inherent understanding of technology and software. At Zumasys, she spear-headed their success in driving infrastructure sales with fresh produce industry clients, which included the Famous software user base. This experience will act as an excellent springboard to her new career at LINKFRESH.

Speaking about her new role, Lisa said, “Today’s produce companies need their software to grow and evolve with their business; software that is designed specifically for the challenges of their industry and that takes advantage of the latest technologies. They need software that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on any device; software built by a company focused on empowering businesses to grow. I believe LINKFRESH is that software. I believe it so much I asked to join their team. Now it will be my mission to share with the industry my reasons for such belief in LINKFRESH software. I am honored to be part of the fresh produce community and I look forward to continuing to help it grow for many years to come.”

Welcoming Lisa to the team, Andy Makeham, LINKFRESH CEO, said, “We are extremely excited to have Lisa join our team in the USA. Lisa brings a wealth of fresh produce industry knowledge and experience which will prove invaluable as we continue to expand and invest in the United States.”

LINKFRESH combines its expertise in information technology and the fresh food industry to meet the global demand for fresh, affordable and safe food in the most cost-effective way, enabling the food supply chain to grow and prosper responsibly. A reliable and proven ERP solution, LINKFRESH delivers produce-specific inventory control and traceability solutions across the whole food supply chain and helps balance supply and demand for the food supply chain in real-time.

LINKFRESH Inc. is based in California, US and has locations in both North America and Europe and deploys systems globally through an established partner network.

LINKFRESH is a leading software and IT consultancy group providing Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions. LINKFRESH has won numerous awards over many years for the innovations incorporated into its solutions coupled with the returns on investment achieved by its clients. In 2016 LINKFRESH was awarded the Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for Food Safety Software. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies, which significantly impacts both the functionality and the customer value of the new products and applications.

In 2014, 2012 and 2010 LINKFRESH was named to the Microsoft Dynamics Presidents Club, representing the top 5% of Microsoft Dynamics partners worldwide. In 2013 LINKFRESH was invited to join Microsoft's Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Programme.

LINKFRESH customers include:

– L H Gray & Son (Canada)
– The Giumarra Companies (USA)
– Wholesum Harvest (USA)
– The Little Potato Company (USA)
– Family Farms Group (USA)
– Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association (USA)
– Latin Specialties (USA)

For more details on LINKFRESH please visit

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LANSA Raises Bar for Low-Code Software Development with New Release of Visual LANSA

Example Of App built using Visual LANSA v14SP2

LANSA (, the original low-code vendor, has announced a major new release of its software development platform, Visual LANSA.

LONDON, ENGLAND , UNITED KINGDOM, July 31, 2018 / — This raises the enterprise app development bar by delivering the ability to build scalable mobile, web and desktop applications significantly faster than before. This latest release will accelerate customers’ digital transformation projects, from disruptive customer apps to critical line-of-business solutions.

Visual LANSA developers now have access to a range of innovative new tools that set the pace for the low-code market. The focus has been on improving key areas including:

• More seamless, enterprise scale integration between LANSA apps and third-party solutions. This includes tools that simplify the building of an application architecture based on microservices and REST APIs.
• Powerful user interface generation tools including in-built Google Material Design controls to make it even easier for non-designers to build great looking, easy-to-use applications.
• An updated Visual LANSA Framework with enhanced prototyping tools for faster development and responsive design. Making it fast and easy to show end users prospective applications and gain input and feedback before full development
• New Smart DevOps and version control facilities including built-in integration with Git and GitHub. This simplifies every aspect of the development cycle – both client-side and server-side for mobile, desktop and web.
• Improvements that speed development and deployment times. This includes new tools in the development environment and a new one-click deployment system.
• LANSA’s unique rules engine to centralise and apply the rules for the validation and the visualisation of business data to maximise reuse and minimise maintenance.
• A brand new Visual LANSA Developer Center ( with easy access to all new tools, examples and documentation. In addition, a suite of complete sample applications and layouts is provided that can be used as-is or tailored simply as needed.

Commenting on the launch, Steve Gapp, President of LANSA said, “LANSA focussed on helping customers address the ‘difficult to do’ things. This release makes major improvements to each of the five key areas: development, integration, deployment, maintenance and DevOps. We believe these changes will help organisations build the applications they need to transform their business, faster than ever before.”

This latest release of Visual LANSA (version 14 SP2) is available to customers now. A 60-day free trial with a fully-provisioned cloud service is available to developers looking to try out v14 SP2. More information is available at


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CyberSana Offers 90 Day Free Trial of Their Security Operations Management Platform

ORLANDO, FL, USA, July 31, 2018 / — CyberSana Founder Justin Jocewicz has announced that the company is offering for a limited time a free 90 day trial of their Security Operations Management platform. This enterprise level platform is designed to help corporate IT and security professionals monitor their entire security infrastructure systems. This can be done for a local facility as well as integrated national or international corporate networks.

In announcing this unique offer, Mr. Jocewicz pointed out that "in 2017, 80% of all network security breaches involved privileged credentials." He went on to note that while there are certainly products in the marketplace to help prevent these breaches, what is unique about the CyberSana Security Operations Management software is that it is a true platform for not just privileged account management, yet also controlling a myriad of security functions for the infrastructure. This single platform approach allows the client company to save money investing in and supporting multiple point products, as well as dramatically improving the speed of implementation.

At the heart of the Security Operations Management platform is a dashboard that answers the question, “How secure are we?” in a central location. Some of the features include automatic rotation of passwords, hundreds of baseline best practices and device security audits, vulnerability scanning integration, internal and external asset monitoring as well as backup. The platform also functions as an orchestration console for immediate and scheduled events, and a variety of additional tools to give IT directors more system control.

The Security Operations Management platform was built based upon logistics software from UPS and Netflix which allows for it to scale all the way to several thousand devices with a minimal footprint. Pricing is based on the number of devices in blocks of 250. A complete demo of the platform can be requested through the company website. By offering the 90 day free trial, security managers can run parallel tests comparing the efficiency of the multi-faceted Security Operations Management platform with the individual programs currently in use.

CyberSana is a five year old company, based in Orlando, Fl. You can learn more about the Security Operations Management platform by visiting their website at The company can be reached by calling 844-433-3424.


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Element Group Releases Report on Macroeconomic Trends and Cryptocurrencies

The exclusive research establishes a new framework for analyzing digital assets in relation to global macroeconomic trends

As the cryptocurrency market consolidates, it becomes vital to introduce robust analytical standards and original thought paradigm methods to understand the digital asset world”

— Stan Miroshnik, CEO and Co-Founder of Element Group

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — Element Group, a full-service advisory firm for the digital asset capital markets, today released a new research report outlining the relationship between global macroeconomic trends and cryptocurrency markets. The report uses a broad range of data to analyze the effect certain events may have on cryptocurrency prices.

In the report, the Element Digital Asset Management team analyzes topical macro trends that includes the threat of possible stock market correction, cross asset volatility, investor decision fatigue, the promise of a bitcoin ETF, cryptocurrency futures and price dispersion across different market capitalizations. The objective of the report is to highlight interesting observations within these global macro trends and to hypothesize on whether or not they have a measured effect on the digital asset space.

“As bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general begin attracting institutional investors, it becomes important to view these assets in a more global context,” said Thejas Nalval, Director of Portfolio Management at Element Group. “In our Q2 research report, we place bitcoin amidst other economic factors: for example, we think about what price action would take place in a global recession, and compare bitcoin to other financial assets. This report raises numerous points for discussion and we are excited to see how our colleagues in the space respond.”

“While the insights contained within this report are only applicable to the current state of this nascent and emerging market, they introduce an important framework which can be used for future analysis,” said Stan Miroshnik, CEO and Co-Founder of Element Group. “As the market consolidates, it becomes vital to introduce robust analytical standards and original thought paradigm methods to understand the digital asset world. Element Group is excited to pioneer this approach.”

A link to receive a copy of the full report can be found here:

About Element Group
Element Group is a full-service investment bank for the digital asset capital markets that delivers advisory, asset management, OTC trading, and technology solutions in an integrative manner. Element executes token sales and ICOs, supporting market-leading transactions for technology-oriented companies which build platforms and protocols. In addition to offering integrative services for businesses operating within the digital asset space, Element delivers thought leadership and proprietary research. Element Group offers securities in the U.S. through Tangent Capital Partners, LLC, a registered broker dealer with the SEC and a member of FINRA and SIPC.

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“Identiv Transponders Are Powering the IoT” Says Dr. Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

Dr. Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

Identiv Connects and Protects: People. Places. Things.

Manfred Mueller Joins Us “In The Boardroom” On To Discuss Growing Traction for Identiv Solutions


We are honored to have Dr. Manfred Mueller, COO, Identiv, join us “In The Boardroom” to talk about the growing traction for Identiv solutions and how Identiv transponders are powering the IoT.”

— Martin Eli, Publisher

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — In our recent discussion with Steven Humphreys, CEO of Identiv (
we talked about the market drivers for Identiv’s recent success in the physical access, smart card reader, and credential arena, specifically through the company’s strong customer relationships with the U.S. federal government and recently launched video intelligence solutions with the acquisition of 3VR.

Today, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to chat with Dr. Manfred Mueller, COO of Identiv. Thank you for joining us, Manfred. In our recent talk with Steve, we touched the surface of what Identiv’s team of experts is focusing on in the design and manufacture of embedded high-frequency (HF) and ultra high-frequency (UHF) transponders for objects, such as medical devices, books, toys, athletic apparel, and perishable food items and pharmaceuticals. We learned that Identiv’s radio-frequency identification (RFID), near-field communication (NFC), and inlay portfolio of solutions feature various transponder form factors, including dry inlays, wet inlays, labels, tickets, and more. It sounds like like these transponders are uniquely positioned to deliver RFID connectivity to any object in the Internet of Things (IoT) market and that applications range from brand authenticity, consumer engagement, and item level tracking to tamper detection, and embedded sensors. Is that correct?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Thanks so much for having me. Yes, you’ve definitely done your homework here. That’s an excellent overview of how Identiv is currently positioned in the market. Our transponders are powering the IoT. We’re dominating the NFC and mobility space, access and transport, events and leisure, library applications, gaming and vending, loyalty and payments, strong authentication, and health and pharma. Specializing in custom design, our tag portfolio covers anything and everything our customers can dream up. That includes HF and UHF inlays, standard and Tag on Metal labels, tickets for transportation, ski lifts, events, and more, tokens for transit and asset tracking, and library labels for books, CDs, DVDs, and tablets. We build miniaturized labels for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, giant NFC transponders, NFC stickers for mobile devices, and our uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker tracks the temperature of practically anything. Can you dive into a bit more detail about the award-winning uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker? We recall it won “Best New Product” in the 11th Annual RFID Journal Awards during RFID Journal LIVE! 2017.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s correct. Frost & Sullivan also awarded it the “New Product Innovation Award” in North America. The uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker is basically a compact datalogging NFC smart sensor that tracks and stores temperature readings in the IoT. It empowers businesses by providing a low-cost, self-adhesive temperature monitoring solution for virtually anything. The data can be read locally by your mobile device or uploaded to the cloud for analytics and remediation. The tracker contains a precise temperature sensor, digital storage, flexible battery, and NFC tech. It communicates with local devices using a mobile device or industrial equipment app. The current temperature status and complete logged history can be reviewed locally or uploaded to the cloud. So, it’s ideal for the supply chain industry?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s where a great deal of interest is coming from, like traceability and cold chain monitoring for perishable foods, flowers, and wine. But it’s also game-changing for healthcare and pharma — from medical equipment to drugs, vaccines, and blood — government applications, and smart packaging. Now that sounds like innovation. What else are you excited to share with our readers?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: We are just about to launch a product aimed at tamper-detection and anti-counterfeiting, and I’m happy to give you all a sneak preview. Identiv’s Tamper-Proof RFID Label integrates a state-of-the-art aluminum-etched antenna and an innovative, tamper-proof release coating. The antenna bridge is guaranteed to destruct after the label is torn from any applied surface, including glass, paper, plastic, and other non-metal environments. The cost-effective design renders it impossible to tear off the complete antenna or label; once torn from an adhered surface, the label is no longer functional and cannot be reassembled.

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) estimates that counterfeit goods equate for nearly 5 – 7% of world trade, approximately $600 billion. In a report released this year, P&S Market Research values the global anti-counterfeit packaging market at $114.4 billion in 2017 and projects $208.4 billion by 2023. Identiv’s new Tamper-Proof RFID Labels address the security needs for anti-counterfeiting and brand-protection in the retail, transportation, and pharmaceutical industry, designed for simple use on wine and spirit bottles, pharmaceuticals, and any item in transport that requires broken-seal detection or tamper prevention. The labels can be personalized with custom artwork, different sizes, or chip combinations, providing different security levels. Additionally, each label can be delivered with variable data, including a barcode, numbering, or an end-user’s name. The destructive label is ideal for uses cases in which the end-user needs to ensure an asset is genuine — once removed, the label cannot be reapplied to a new, non-authentic product. Anti-counterfeiting is huge. We’re looking forward to seeing those labels on the market. You mentioned custom designs earlier. Would you consider Identiv the world leader in tag customization?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Absolutely. Right now, we’re looking at the projected size of the global market for RFID tags to reach $21.9 billion and the opportunity for IoT applications in retail to reach $35.6 billion by 2020; and we’re leading the charge. Identiv provides custom design and rapid prototyping, setting us apart from competitors with our unique expertise in delivering small batches of prototypes tailored to customer-specific requirements. We offer hundreds of HF and UHF antenna designs available in a virtually any size or shape, a comprehensive, diverse raw material inventory for inlays and/or fully printed labels, and high-quality digital offset printing available with complete electronic personalization. You won’t find this calibre portfolio anywhere else. Can you name a few satisfied customers? Tell us their story.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s the tricky part of this industry and the customers we’re working with – unfortunately, we’re under NDAs for nearly all of the exciting applications we’re supporting. However, what I can say is that we’re working with some of the biggest apparel and footwear companies, major players in the area of home automation, and a huge number of top players in the medical and pharmaceutical arena. We’re also serving a broad range of system integrators for the library market, converters in all major sales territories, and some major distribution companies.

Additionally, our NFC activities include solution providers for luxury goods and top-shelf wine and liqueur. As you can see, the range of customers we’re serving is pretty broad – we’re staying very busy and we’re doing some incredible work. Glad to hear it! Moving forward, what do you see as the top RFID industry drivers?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: For the consumer end-market, manufacturers are driving to make appliances and personal devices smart and secure. In supply chain tracking, the need is for RFID tags to speed-track goods through the manufacturing process. Industrial manufacturers are using RFID to track pallets of upstream and downstream product, while in agriculture, governments have mandated RFID tagging of livestock in Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Over the next couple of years, do you see things staying the same? If not, where is the transponder market headed?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: By 2020, we’ll see continued growth in the retail and consumer market, followed by financial, security, and safety, with land/sea logistics and the postal service rounding out the portfolio. Both enhanced consumer experience as well as anti-counterfeit solutions are the major drivers for the growth in our industry. We will also see continued innovation on the product side, increasing value-add and convenience. For consumer goods, this might look like combined UHF and NFC technology in one inlay, serving for production tracking in the supply chain and consumer engagement after-sale. Other than what we’ve discussed so far, what else makes Identiv the trusted name in transponders?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Identiv has over 15 years of experience in the RFID space and our technology and performance are unrivaled. With our expert engineers, global presence, flexibility, quality management, and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified production facility, we’re positioned to consistently adapt to the needs of the market in an industry that is innovating on a minute-by-minute basis. Beyond ongoing innovation and customization, we offer the fastest delivery from design to production, and that includes the design and tuning of HF and UHF antennas required to operate with exposure to a variety of elements including metal, wood, plastic, water, humidity, heat, pressure, you name it. Plus, we offer a low minimum order quantity – 20,000 units for standard HF/UHF inlays and labels or 2,000 for more advanced RFID inlays with sensors. You won’t find that anywhere else. Manfred, it’s a been a pleasure learning more about Identiv’s role in RFID, NFC, and inlay technology innovation. We hope to have you back in the near future to share the next big thing; we have a feeling the connected world of the IoT – and Identiv – isn’t about to slow down anytime soon.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Between research, design, and manufacturing, our transponder portfolio will continue to adapt to bring the most innovative smart identities and security to the IoT. Glad to share where we’re at today and definitely interested in coming back to this conversation soon.

For the complete interview with Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

About Identiv
Identiv, Inc. is a global provider of physical security and secure identification. Identiv’s products, software, systems, and services address the markets for physical and logical access control, video analytics and a wide range of RFID-enabled applications. Customers in the government, enterprise, consumer, education, healthcare, banking, retail, and transportation sectors rely on Identiv’s access and identification solutions. Identiv’s mission is to secure the connected physical world: from perimeter to desktop access, and from the world of physical things to the Internet of Everything. Identiv is a publicly traded company and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market in the U.S. under the symbol “INVE.” For more information, visit


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Dr. Anthony Mancuso, Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiology, University of Florida College of Medicine

This affiliation provides an opportunity to educate radiology residents on developments in using AI in medical imaging and its focus on advancement in the delivery of health care.”

— Dr. Anthony Mancuso

SAN DIEGO, CA, USA, July 31, 2018 / — CureMetrix®, a company developing investigational, physics-based artificial intelligence and deep-learning software to help radiologists achieve more accurate readings of breast images, signed an agreement with the University of Florida to collect five years of anonymized images and clinical data to continue developing best-in-class computer-aided detection (CAD) tools for mammographers. As part of the agreement, the University of Florida will be using the CureMetrix software in an educational and investigational setting to continue evaluating its impact.

“The key to developing the most effective artificial intelligence (AI) software lies in our ability to curate high-quality data to properly train and validate the algorithm. We are thrilled to have a collaboration with the university’s academic health center, which is at the forefront of clinical care to help us usher in the next era of AI products in medical imaging. Our goal continues to be to develop a CAD that works to improve outcomes for patients and hospitals,” stated Kevin Harris, Chief Executive Officer of CureMetrix.

The University of Florida is one of the nation’s top research universities and currently offers state-of-the-art technology in breast imaging.

“This affiliation provides an opportunity to educate radiology residents on developments in using AI in medical imaging and its focus on advancement in the delivery of health care. It is an exciting collaboration and has the potential to help us continue to maintain the highest standard of care possible as we aim to improve clinical efficiency and patient outcomes,” said Anthony Mancuso, M.D., a professor and chair of the Department of Radiology in the UF College of Medicine.

CureMetrix currently has two investigational products for digital mammography, cmAssist®, a physics-based CAD software that identifies and quantifies regions of interest and cmTriage™, a worklist sorting and optimization tool for the prioritization of studies based on suspicious regions of interest. The company is currently conducting clinical trials to submit both solutions to the FDA in upcoming months.

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CureMetrix® was founded in 2014 on the belief that better medical image analysis technology could lead to better outcomes for breast cancer patients. The company is developing investigational, physics-based artificial intelligence and deep learning solutions to help radiologists achieve more accurate readings of breast images. Through its research partnerships with leading hospital radiology departments, CureMetrix has evaluated more than 500,000 mammogram images to identify potential false negatives, which are undiagnosed cancers, and false positives, which are unnecessary recalls of patients to review anomalies that turn out to be normal. False negatives can occur at a rate of about one in five breast cancers.1 False positives affect 7-12 percent of all women after an initial mammogram.2 Reducing false positives could save a significant portion of the $4 billion per year spent on unneeded and sometimes invasive procedures such as biopsies.3 More importantly, reducing false negatives could save lives as well as reduce the cost and difficulty of cancer treatment through early detection.

Our goal is to create CAD that Works®. Improving computer-aided detection through a robust physics-based algorithm for detecting cancer empowers radiologists, supports their patients and reduces costs while improving clinical outcomes. To learn more about CureMetrix, visit


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