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GGI RapidNews R&D Product Development eZine: Volume 8, Issue 5 - May 2, 2007
GGI RapidNews is published approximately once a month.


In This Issue

MANAGEMENT PRODUCTIVITY - Top 35 Recipients of 2006 U.S. Patents Named

MANAGEMENT PRODUCTIVITY - Multi-National Nanotechnology Collaborative Formed

BOOK REVIEW - Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning

UPCOMING PUBLIC SEMINAR - May07 Innovation Summit

THE WISDOM iSTORE FEATURED PRODUCT 40% OFF- 2004 Metrics Survey Results


BIENNIAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SURVEY - 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998 Results



TELEVISION EVENTS - Alexander Haig's World Business Review



Top 35 Recipients of U.S. Patents Named

Excerpt from News Release, "IFI Patent Intelligence Issues Annual Rankings of Top U.S. Patent Assignees," Wolters Kluwer Health. January 11, 2007.

IFI Patent Intelligence, a business unit of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced its annual compilation of the top 35 private sector patent recipients for inventions receiving a U.S. Patent in 2006.

The year 2006 saw a record 173,772 patents issued, an increase of 20.8 percent over the previous year. IFI states that this follows a two-year trend of patent-grant decreases and appears to negate the supposition that intellectual property activity is on a downswing.

IBM Corporation holds the top slot in 2006, with 3,651 patents. Samsung enters the top three for the first time at number 2, followed by Canon at number 3, Matsushita at number 4 and HP at number 5.

Japan-based organizations lead the U.S. patent-assignee list with 9 of the top 20 spots. Although electronics dominates the top 25 list, other sectors are showing growth include pharmaceutical and bio-tech. IFI complies its ranking using the powerful indexing and standardization algorithms of CLAIMS(R) patent databases.

The top 10 U.S. Patent Recipients in 2006 are:

Company Name
No. of Patents
Samsung Electronics KR
Canon K K JP   
Matsushita Electric JP 
HP Development CO LP
Intel Corp 
Sony Corp JP
Hitachi Ltd JP
Toshiba Corp JP
Micron Technology Inc 

A copy of the IFI news release is available on the IFI Patent Intelligence Home Page.



Multi-National Nanotechnology Collaborative Formed

Excerpt from "India joins hands with South Africa, Brazil to develop nanotechnology" April 7, 2007.

Researchers from India, South Africa and Brazil penned an agreement in early April to research potential uses of nanotechnology in the areas of nuclear power generation and health care.

The deal, signed between the Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research (IGCAR), and the countries of Brazil and South America, will develop many industrial applications, including those in beauty and healthcare. As a result of the collaboration's activities, IGCAR Director Dr. Baldev Raj anticipates that India will have five fast reactors in operation by the year 2020.

The three counties, which are collectively referred to as IBSA, also expected to apply nanotechnolgy to other areas including water treatment and agriculture. According to an article in The Peninsula, Quatar's English-language newspaper,each country has pledged one million dollars to the initiative.

More information about the agreement is available on the Web site or on the the April 7,2007 web edition of The Peninsula.



Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning, by Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris, Harvard Business School Press, 2007, Copyright 2007 by Harvard Business School Press, ISBN-13: 978-1-4221-0332-6.

In a business environment that yields little competitive advantage, Davenport and Harris offer business analytics: sophisticated statistical analysis and predictive modeling techniques.

While the authors admit that they did not invent the idea of competing on analytics, they believe they are the first to describe the phenomenon. Analytic strategists use this tool to select the best customers, accelerate innovation, and optimize supply chains.

Competing on Analytics is divided into the following sections:

  • definition and key attributes of analytical competition
  • internal and external applications of competitive analytics
  • a "road map" for organizations to develop analytical capabilities
  • expected future directions of analytical competition

While most of the case histories are from large, consumer-oriented companies such as Harrah's, Procter & Gamble, and Netflix, there are also examples of business-to-business success stories in organizations such as Dow Chemical. For the product manager or CFO willing to champion this course, Competing on Analytics  provides a framework from which to launch.

For more information about Competing on Analytics or to order a copy of the book, go to the Web site.



GGI will sponsor its R&D--Product Development Innovation Summit on May 15-17, 2007 in metro Boston. Please join us for eight comprehensive modules that surround the subject of Innovation in R&D and Product Development.

The goals of the Innovation Summit are to help innovation leaders sort out  "innovation processes" from "innovation tools and techniques. The Summit will review the history of innovation over the past 15 years and will inventory the range of tools, techniques, and software available today. All of this will be put in a context so that specific action may be taken to improve a company's inventive abilities.

The Innovation Modules are:

All modules feature some level of case study discussion and include examples from a range of industries. There will be three group exercises to practice well-regarded innovation methodologies. As with all GGI Summits, we will pave the road for you to direct the selection and implementation of tools and process that will bring leverage to your organization.

Discounts are available for teams of two or more people attending from the same company.

If RN readers are planning on attending, please register now for the Innovation Summit.

For more details on the Product Development Summit, please go to GGI's Innovation Summit web site which is also available on our home page. If you are already registered, our leisure time activities page may prove useful for planning transportation, meals, and personal time outside the Summit.



Discounted Item: Periodically, GGI's iStore features one item that we discount 40%. We just changed the item a few days ago and are now offering our 2004 Product Development Metrics Research Summary.

MR32h, 2004 Product Development Metrics Research Summary (Hard Copy) Goldense Group, Inc., Needham, MA, USA, ISBN 1-932468-32-2, October 2004 [149 pages] $1,430.00 [List Price $2384.00]

This survey focuses on: product selection processes and the tools employed, the intellectual property (IP) management processes and tools employed, and the top corporate R&D metrics used in industry.

The 2004 Product Development Metrics Research Summary is a 149 page report containing text and slides that describe and analyze the survey population of 202 companies. It provides interesting results regarding the methods and tools companies use to select projects and to generate innovation and/or intellectual property. It also includes the similarities, differences, and interrelationships between the product selection processes and their related IP management processes.

GGI's Featured Item changes approximately every other month and is always offered at 40% discount. To order this material, please go to GGI's Featured Item on the GGI home page.



There are no new Wisdom iStore listings this month.


2004 Product Development Metrics Survey - Product Selection, IP Management, and Top Corporate Metrics:  The Summary Report (MR32h) and Highlights Report (MR31h) for GGI's 2004 Biennial Product Development Metrics Survey are now available for purchase by the public through GGI's Wisdom iStore.  These reports are completely based on primary research performed by GGI researchers.  The research includes 202 respondent companies.  There was a 5% response rate.

McKinsey & Company, Texas Instruments, Rockwell, Kimberly Clark, JDS Uniphase, Shure, Curtiss Wright Flight Systems and Datacard are representative of companies that purchase market research from GGI.

The 2004 Survey focused on the following five areas of product selection and IP management:
Product Selection Process
Product Selection Tools
IP Management Process
IP Management Tools
Top Corporate Metrics Used in Industry RD&E

We have already shared many results with GGI RapidNews readers since we began this line of business in 1998.  2004 Survey results ran in six RN issues, RN V5I11 - RN V6I5, which may be found in the RN archives, along with results from prior years.

Some additional complimentary information about the survey is available:
Marketing Brochure
Descriptive Brochure
Detailed Description of Research Topic Areas

The three commercial versions of the survey results that we currently offer for public purchase are:

1. 2004 SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS: A text-only report (75 pages), including the full text of all the results and analysis of the survey population analyzed as a whole, and
2. 2004 SURVEY SUMMARY: A report of composite results, where the survey respondents are analyzed as a whole (149 pages, includes a full set of graphed answers for every survey question).
3. 2004 SURVEY RESULTS:  A report of composite results, where the survey respondents are analyzed as a whole AND five different cross-sections of the survey data contrasting Public vs Private, High Tech vs Low Tech, Big vs Small Revenues, Large Number of Employees vs Few Employees, and Process vs Repetitive, vs Discrete vs Job Shop (313 pages, includes a full set of graphed answers for survey questions).

Individual sections of the research reports, as well as logical combinations of sections are also available.  All reports are available in printed or electronic versions.

These reports are available in the Market Research section of GGI's Wisdom iStore.

2002, 2000, 1998 Product Development Metrics Survey:  The Summary and Highlights Reports for GGI's prior Biennial Product Development Metrics Surveys are also available for purchase by the public through GGI's Wisdom iStore.  These reports are completely based on primary research performed by GGI researchers.  Information about the purpose and focus of prior surveys may be found in our biennial survey archives.



GTK- Gateway To Knowledge is a DIRECTORY OF THOUSANDS OF LINKS to providers of engineering, purchasing, and manufacturing technologies and services.  If you hit the right subjects, it is more useful than a search engine! The "main entrance" to GTK can be found at:

For those of you that do not want to go through the main entrance above, some of the Gateways that we believe you will find useful or entertaining are highlighted below.

Technology Providers
Service Providers
Professional & Trade Associations
Government Services



GGI's Calendar of Industry Events contains an up-to-date listing of links to Conferences, Seminars, Distance Learning Centers, Colleges & Universities, Executive Education, and Corporate-Sponsored Universities.   The calendar has just been updated with 60 upcoming conferences and seminars throughout 2007.  The categories we follow are:
Distance Learning Centers
Colleges & Universities
Executive Education
Corporate-Sponsored Universities

The categories of conferences, seminars, and distance learning are further organized into the following subject areas:
Strategic, Knowledge & General Management
Marketing & Sales - Mechanical, Electro-Mechanical, Electrical, & Electronic
Marketing & Sales - Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, & Life Sciences
Product Development - Mechanical, Electro-Mechanical, Electrical, & Electronic
Product Development - Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Automation - Mechanical, Electro-Mechanical, Electrical, & Electronic
Manufacturing & Automation - Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, & Life Sciences
Software, Internet & IT
Project Management

If you are looking for a conference or other learning opportunity, check out the Calendar.  This free service for our readers is front and center on GGI's Home Page.  Or, go directly to the Calendar of Industry Events MEGA Gateway.



Alexander Haig's World Business Review: Brad Goldense has made several appearances on Alexander Haig's World Business Review. Streaming video is available for all shows, which aired on August 4, September 29 and December 15, 2002 and on May 20, 2003. See below for details.

May 20, 2003 Broadcast of September 29th In-Studio with Alexander Haig (22.5 minutes): Streaming video for this segment is available on GGI's web site.

December 15, 2002 In-Studio with Alexander Haig (7.5 minutes) on CNBC paid programming: Streaming video for this segment is available on GGI's web site.

September 29, 2002 In-Studio with Alexander Haig (22.5 minutes): Streaming video for this segment (as well as the entire 30-minute show) is available on GGI's web site.

August 4, 2002 On-Location at GGI (3.5 minutes): This On-Location field report is available in streaming video on GGI's web site.

The web page includes links to download a streaming video player, if you do not currently have one installed on your computer.

For more information on any of Brad's appearances on television, go to:


GGI RapidNews is an e-mail publication from Goldense Group, Inc (GGI). Its subject matter includes survey findings, company news, book and article reviews, key industry conferences and R&D information of interest to clients and associates. Please send communications to rn(at) Thank you.