Topical Collection "Feature Innovation Papers"

Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chien-Hung Liu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, 250 Kuo Kuang Rd., Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Interests: high precision instrument design; laser engineering; smart sensors and actuators; optical device; optical measurement; metrology

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

This is a collection of top quality papers from the editorial board members, or those who have been invited by the editorial office and the Editor-in-Chief. The topics include:

  • New innovation ideas
  • New innovation technologies
  • New innovation products

The papers should be research papers (or review papers) with the detailed description and verification of the author’s own work.

Prof. Dr. Chien-Hung Liu
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • innovation idea
  • innovation technology
  • innovation product

Published Papers (3 papers)

2018

Jump to: 2017, 2016

Open AccessCommunication Sponsored Libre Research Agreements to Create Free and Open Source Software and Hardware
Received: 25 May 2018 / Revised: 3 July 2018 / Accepted: 4 July 2018 / Published: 6 July 2018
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As a growing number of companies reject intellectual property (IP) monopoly-based business models to embrace libre product development of free and open source hardware and software, there is an urgent need to refurbish the instruments of university-corporate research partnerships. These partnerships generally use [...] Read more.
As a growing number of companies reject intellectual property (IP) monopoly-based business models to embrace libre product development of free and open source hardware and software, there is an urgent need to refurbish the instruments of university-corporate research partnerships. These partnerships generally use a proprietary standard research agreement (PSRA), which for historical reasons contains significant IP monopoly language and restrictions for both the company and the university. Such standard research agreements thus create an artificial barrier to innovation as both companies using a libre model and universities they wish to collaborate with must invest significantly to restructure the contracts. To solve this problem, this article provides a new Sponsored Libre Research Agreement (SLRA). The differences between the agreements are detailed. The advantages of using an SLRA are provided for any type of company and include: (1) minimizing research investments on reporting requirements; (2) reducing delays related to confidentiality and publication embargos; and (3) reducing both transaction and legal costs as well as research time losses associated with IP. Moving to libre agreements both speeds up and reduces costs for setting up collaborative research. Under the SLRA, university researchers can spend more time innovating for the same investment. Full article
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2017

Jump to: 2018, 2016

Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Development of Capillary Loop Convective Polymerase Chain Reaction Platform with Real-Time Fluorescence Detection
Received: 2 December 2016 / Revised: 25 January 2017 / Accepted: 3 February 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been one of the principal techniques of molecular biology and diagnosis for decades. Conventional PCR platforms, which work by rapidly heating and cooling the whole vessel, need complicated hardware designs, and cause energy waste and high cost. On [...] Read more.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been one of the principal techniques of molecular biology and diagnosis for decades. Conventional PCR platforms, which work by rapidly heating and cooling the whole vessel, need complicated hardware designs, and cause energy waste and high cost. On the other hand, partial heating on the various locations of vessels to induce convective solution flows by buoyancy have been used for DNA amplification in recent years. In this research, we develop a new convective PCR platform, capillary loop convective polymerase chain reaction (clcPCR), which can generate one direction flow and make the PCR reaction more stable. The U-shaped loop capillaries with 1.6 mm inner diameter are designed as PCR reagent containers. The clcPCR platform utilizes one isothermal heater for heating the bottom of the loop capillary and a CCD device for detecting real-time amplifying fluorescence signals. The stable flow was generated in the U-shaped container and the amplification process could be finished in 25 min. Our experiments with different initial concentrations of DNA templates demonstrate that clcPCR can be applied for precise quantification. Multiple sample testing and real-time quantification will be achieved in future studies. Full article
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2016

Jump to: 2018, 2017

Open AccessArticle Open Source Database and Website to Provide Free and Open Access to Inactive U.S. Patents in the Public Domain
Received: 7 September 2016 / Revised: 20 October 2016 / Accepted: 2 November 2016 / Published: 9 November 2016
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Although theoretically the patent system is meant to bolster innovation, the current United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is cumbersome and involves a significant time investment to locate inactive patents less than 20 years old. This article reports on the development of [...] Read more.
Although theoretically the patent system is meant to bolster innovation, the current United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is cumbersome and involves a significant time investment to locate inactive patents less than 20 years old. This article reports on the development of an open source database to find these public domain ideas. First, a search strategy is explained. Then the operation and use of free and open source software are detailed to meet the needs of open hardware innovators. Finally, a case study is presented to demonstrate the utility of the approach with 3-D printing. The results showed how the Free Inactive Patent Search enables users to search using plain language text to find public domain concepts and then provides a hyperlinked list of ideas that takes users to the USPTO database for the patent for more information. All of the source code to operate the search and the website are open source themselves and provided in the public domain for free. In the case study on 3-D printing the time to identify public domain patents was cut by a factor of more than 1500. This tool has the potential for accelerating the development of open hardware technologies to create high value for the public. Full article
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