We are happy to announce a new addition to the Bernstein team: Salaheldin Saleh is starting today as Senior Software Engineer to speed up our product development. With an extensive experience in multiple companies and research projects, Salah will play a key role in shaping the Bernstein certification platform. Follow Salah on Medium or Twitter.
The University Innovation Challenge is an initiative of Handelsblatt and Goethe University where startups from Germany, Austria and Switzerland compete in 5 different categories: engineering, living, life science, finances and commerce, materials.
Samsung sponsored the event and in particular the special prize for the “future of data intelligence” that was awarded to Bernstein for its blockchain-based solutions for securing and managing intellectual property assets.
At the recent AIPPI SwissDay (Zurich, June 14th 2018), Bernstein and P&TS jointly announced an exclusive partnership to bring Bernstein blockchain-based solutions to Swiss innovators.
The legal team at P&TS will actively engage with its clients to present blockchain certificates as an opportunity to improve several IP management processes, such as NDAs, trade secrets protection, IP litigation, etc.
We look forward to work with high-tech companies, scientists, designers, architects and innovators in general from Switzerland.
As part of the agreement, the Mindfire Foundation has named Bernstein as a preferred provider to create a digital trail of records of Mindfire’s innovation processes using blockchain technology. The Mindfire Foundation will host a series of Missions aimed at uniting talents and experts across the sciences to collaborate on the solving of various challenges facing the development of human-like artificial intelligence. The cryptographic fingerprint of each participant's contributions and discoveries will be stored on a blockchain allowing everyone to be fairly and directly recognized for new ideas and concepts developed in the Mindfire framework.
Marco Barulli, Co-founder and Managing Director at Bernstein commented: “We are excited to partner with the Mindfire Foundation to contribute our state of the art solution for securing intellectual property assets and innovation processes, allowing the greatest minds on earth to work cooperatively on one of the greatest challenges of our time.”
About the Mindfire Foundation
The Mindfire Foundation is a Swiss non-profit which is focused on unlocking the foundational principles which make up human intelligence, and applying those principles to the development of artificially intelligent organisms.
Mindfire aims to achieve this through the implementation of a series of Missions. Each mission will gather the top minds across various fields of science, to collaborate and brainstorm solutions to a structured series of challenges. The first of which will be the creation of an artificial organism.
The overall discoveries which take place during Mindfire Missions, will remain independent of any corporate ownership and serve for the betterment of all of society.
Bernstein provides blockchain-based solutions for protecting and managing intellectual property assets. Bernstein allows companies to manage the whole innovation lifecycle by creating a trail of records on the bitcoin blockchain.
Inventions, designs, proofs of use can be quickly registered and a blockchain certificate will prove ownership, existence, and integrity of any IP asset.
Using Bernstein companies can secure trade secrets, prepare a strong prior use defense or reliably disclose inventions.
Most notably, all notarized information will remain perfectly private thanks to a unique cryptographic layer.
Knowledge Associates International Ltd, based in Cambridge UK, and Bernstein Technologies GmbH, based in Munich, Germany, have formed a partnership to combine their expertise to uniquely offer individuals, teams and entire organizations better ways to manage their knowledge assets / intellectual property portfolios using blockchain technologies.
Over the years, Knowledge Associates have developed much knowledge and expertise to identify, manage, develop and apply valuable intangible knowledge assets to achieve strategic organizational objectives. Furthermore, with the recent introduction of ISO Global Standards for asset management, quality management and, expected in 2018, a Global ISO knowledge management Standard, effective implementation methods and tools have been embedded in a distributed KNOW-LEDGER Platform, hosted by Google Global Cloud Services.
Says Ron Young, CEO Knowledge Associates: "We are very excited because, for many years, we have been concerned that the instruments developed from an Industrial Economy mindset, to protect intellectual property, like patents and copyrights etc, have been inadequate for a dynamic, fast to market, distributed, and innovative global Knowledge Economy. Well managed knowledge assets are the currency for future wealth. The knowledge and technologies from Bernstein, uniquely combined with ours, provide the much-needed knowledge protection and management instruments, with immutable audit trails and enforceable measurements".
The enhanced service to manage knowledge assets and intellectual property through the blockchain will be available to interested parties in December/January 2018 to trial and fully launched at the International Conference on Knowledge Asset Management at Kings College, Cambridge, UK on 17/18th April 2018.
On this shared belief, the two organizations agreed to run a project that will grant scientists of selected Max Planck institutes access to the Bernstein web application. Participants will be able to register their scientific achievements on the Bitcoin blockchain and complement these blockchain certificates with digital timestamps issued by European Union and Chinese authorities.
The present collaboration may evolve in multiple directions, including the design and implementation of a defensive publishing service combining blockchain certificates and IPFS decentralized data storage. This unique disclosure service will efficiently establish prior art proving both the time of the disclosure and the location of the now publicly available IP asset.
China is quickly becoming a global leader in intellectual property protection and enforcement. In 2015 China’s courts accepted 109,386 civil IP cases, +6% over previous year, compared to a total of 14,500 IP-related litigations in the USA. And since 2014, new specialized IP courts have been opened in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. More recently statutory damages for copyright and trademark infringements have been increased five-fold, up to 5 million RMB.
China as the land of copycats is definitely a dead stereotype.
In this rapidly changing scenario, Bernstein is proud to announce a partnership with UniTrust, the only official Chinese timestamping authority. Bernstein users will be able to secure their IP assets with an official Chinese timestamp along with certificates leveraging the most open and decentralized public registry: the Bitcoin blockchain.
Bernstein and UniTrust will explore a commercial partnership to bring Bernstein solutions for intellectual property protection to the Chinese market. A Chinese version of Bernstein web application will be developed to serve companies, universities and research institutions.
Bernstein will introduce to China a unique way of creating digital records for IP assets on multiple registration platforms, both decentralized and centralized. Moreover, IP assets will remain perfectly private, never shared with any third party, and conveniently accessible in an encrypted data repository.
Bernstein is the proud winner of Burda Bootcamp conference and startup competition.
The main prize consists of the four-month mentoring program, including office space at Burda Bootcamp, as well as tickets for the Cologne Startup-Con conference and a stand.
After having translated Bernstein into the team's respective native languages English, German, French and Italian, we are proud to announce the website is now available in Chinese
China has long grown out of its purely manufacturing role and has become a leading country in research and innovation, making it one of the most promising target markets for Bernstein blockchain-based solutions for protecting intellectual property assets. Accordingly, the translation represents the first step in our Asian expansion.
Speaking of which: if anyone wants to help us out with translations, we need help for Japanese and Korean. Just join Bernstein translation projects on POeditor.
Dennemeyer, a global IP law firm, recently released a 60+ pages study on the future of intellectual property. Blockchain based solutions play a major roles in the report and the final recommendations to companies are really in line with Bernstein vision:
Below you will find a portion of the study. You may request the complete version from the Dennemeyer blog. Kudos also for releasing it with a Creative Commons BYNC-SA license.