Publish Interactive was recently awarded its third US patent covering technology we have created as part of the ongoing development of our iReports platform.
Naturally, we’re delighted about the award that came through in the early part of the year. It stands as recognition of all the hard work put in by our development team and demonstrates our absolute commitment to maintaining iReports as the market intelligence community’s leading solution for the distribution and management of research insights, analysis, data, and news.
The fact that we now have three patents shows we had a good initial idea and, in the intervening years since that was recognised through a first patent award, we haven’t rested on our laurels. In fact, we’ve ramped up the innovation and, as a result, gained two further awards.
As we provide our customers with systems and features that are wholly unique, we need patents to protect not only those innovations, but to safeguard our ability to continue pushing forward with newer and newer technology for the future.
A patent, for us, protects our investment in the next few years of development. It helps set the programme for the years to come and helps lay the foundations for the array of new and exciting technology we’ll be able to offer our customers.
Our first patent award covered the integration of different data types used in market intelligence; how disparate sets of information could be brought together into one document to enable a unified workflow. The second covered a technical solution for easily allotting and commercialising analysts’ time, enabling an agency where enquires to the analyst are charged for.
Our latest award really shows how the nature of the market intelligence world is moving because it relates to ‘evergreen’ content – that’s products compiled from multiple sources that automatically updates when the underlying elements on which it is based moves.
The interesting thing about our patents is how they reflect our ramping up of innovation. Patent applications are made once a development is under way, but during the application process the innovation doesn’t stop, technology is developed further. It’s made increasingly sophisticated so when it’s introduced into customer systems, it adds a wholly new level of functionality to their product.
Market intelligence firms use our product for two principal reasons: they want access to the most sophisticated and intuitive technology available, in the knowledge that this technology will remain at the cutting edge through our constant innovation; or, they understand that it is much better value to license the leading platform, rather than try to keep up with the escalating costs of meeting increasingly sophisticated user expectations if they develop their own platform.
For customers, the fact that we’re constantly making this investment in the future should be endlessly reassuring: this means we’re developing creative technical solutions to real world problems and continuously innovating our product so that it works in a simple, intuitive way.
If the next 12 years are anything like the dozen that have just passed, we’ll continue to build on our legacy of innovation and look forward to many more exciting developments in the years to come.
Mitali is a Physics graduate and holds a Master’s degree in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine from the University of Manchester.
A content licencing and distribution specialist, Mitali oversees all aspects of Publish Interactive, drawing from her 15 years’ experience in the publishing industry, including ten years in senior management.
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