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Kirsty Bell

Kirsty is part of the content team at PatSnap. She has an interest in Nanotechnology, international IP strategies, B2B software companies, and the internet of things.
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IP and Magic Leap's acquisition of Dacuda

Written by Kirsty Bell on Feb 23, 2017 5:01:00 PM

Header image showing the magic leap and dacula logos

Magic Leap, the Florida-based augmented reality startup which has filled thousands of tech blog column inches and raised nearly $1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) in funding despite not yet having launched a single product, has acquired the 3D branch of Swiss scanning company, Dacuda.


Topics: Legal, news

5 innovative companies that will change cancer patients’ lives in the next 5 years

Written by Kirsty Bell on Feb 4, 2017 7:05:00 AM

Image of cancer cells

This World Cancer day, we take a look at five innovative companies working on new technologies that will change patients' lives in the next five years.


Spend less time searching with OneClick IP

Written by Kirsty Bell on Nov 8, 2016 1:58:16 PM

IDC data shows that the average knowledge worker now spends 2.5 hours per day (or roughly 30% of their working day) searching for information. In a world where the volume of data available is constantly and exponentially increasing, the ability to find, access, and interrogate that data becomes a key determining factor in how efficiently a company can innovate. This is having serious consequences for businesses as they struggle to effectively make use of the wealth of data available to them.


Topics: search, R&D, Corporate Strategy, Competitive Intelligence, Trademarks

Bioprinting Patents - the future of healthcare, or food production?

Written by Kirsty Bell on Oct 28, 2016 6:23:47 PM

Bioprinting, or the three-dimensional layering of living biological tissue, organs and cells is a pioneering technology which is rapidly finding applications in transplant surgery, wound treatment, reconstructive surgery, and perhaps controversially, food production, as companies consider how to increase global production of meat and animal products.


Topics: Nanotechnology, bioprinting patents

Are Software Patents Dead? NUTANIX: from invention to IPO

Written by Kirsty Bell on Oct 26, 2016 12:04:00 PM

using intellectual property data to predict company exits

Nutanix set a 2016 record when it went public in the US last month, raising $238 million at a share price of $16, which then soared to over $39 USD on opening day.


Topics: patent analysis, software patents

Let's talk about Nanowire patents

Written by Kirsty Bell on Oct 21, 2016 3:22:58 PM

50k Nanowire patents & probes in your brain

If you're interested in nanotech, you will probably have heard a lot about nanowires recently, and this week they hit the news as researchers announced new findings relating to their use in batteries, sensors, and probes.  

Nanowires are tiny filamentary rods, similar to conventional wires but with a diameter of just nanometers. They are built up, molecule by molecule, from materials including semiconducting metal oxides, metals, or carbon nanotubes. Nanowires are so prized by researchers and engineers because due to their enormous surface area relative to their size, they can exhibit unique thermal, chemical, electronic, optical, or mechanical properties.


Topics: Nanotechnology

Can Patent Analysis tell us where Jawbone went wrong?

Written by Kirsty Bell on Oct 18, 2016 5:09:03 PM

Jawbone, one of the early innovators in the wearable fitness trackers space, is struggling.

Business Insider recently described the company as on “increasingly shaky financial footing” and struggling to manage inventory and pay vendors. Last year BlackRock invested $300 million in the company to keep it afloat, in a deal that Bloomberg news cynically tagged “a loan and a leash”. Now it looks likely that some major restructuring is afoot, and ex-employees of the company have suggested that heavy redundancies look likely.


Topics: IP & Innovation, Patents

Nanotech Patents News: Tiny Pipettes, Magnetic Stents, and a Printed Solar Panel

Written by Kirsty Bell on Oct 13, 2016 3:30:53 PM


Nanotech Patents News is a new weekly series from PatSnap focusing on R&D in nanotechnology. Why not sign up to receive one email a week, summarising the latest Nanotech patents? 


Nanotech Goes Global

A quick look at patents filed under IPC B82Y reveals that centres of nanotech innovation are now truly global. China, South Korea and the USA are battling to lead the charge, but IPC B82Y doesn't tell the whole story - many nanotech patents are hidden away in other classifcation codes, so keeping track of the bigger picture poses a real problem for IP managers and researchers. 


Topics: Nanotechnology

Good news for Divisional Patent Applications in the UK

Written by Kirsty Bell on Oct 12, 2016 2:42:50 PM

On the 1st October 2016, newchanges to UK Patents Rules came into force. While changes to the patent application process can often be a cause for concern for patent owners, this time the news from UKIPO has been warmly welcomed.


Topics: IP & Innovation, Patents, Legal

CRISPR: Tech Transfer and the battle for IP Commercialization

Written by Kirsty Bell on Oct 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

University Technology Transfer Offices (TTO) often come in for criticism. Commentators are quick to accuse them of being too slow to commercialize important new innovations, of failing to bring in enough funding from licensing and grants to make money for their universities.


Topics: R&D