"After Lyco Works asked just a few incisive technical questions, it became clear that we needed to rethink where the technology could be utilized.”

—Pete Canalichio
CEO at Brand Licensing Expert

Lyco Works Recommended as a Leading IP Strategist by IAM Magazine

June 9th, 2017

The world’s top IP value creators have been named by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine.  This credential recognizes leadership in the development of IP strategy and IP value creation by Lyco Works Incorporated.

The IAM research team spoke to a wide range of senior corporate IP managers in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as third-party IP service providers, in order to identify these IP leaders: men and women whose business is the creation, development and deployment of strategies that enable IP owners to gain maximum value from their portfolios.  Only those individuals nominated multiple times by different parties as outstanding IP strategists are listed in the IAM Strategy 300. Read the rest of this entry »

Robots, Great and Small

January 17th, 2017

We’re seeing a whole lot of chatter over social media, and in the scientific literature on robotics.  Our world is set to change over the next five to ten years thanks to autonomous vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, and advanced robotics.  We also take a look at some “extreme” robots – those that might not fit into what many would consider a robot…   And, we report on the world’s lamest robot too…   

But what about soft & squishy robots? 

When we think of robots, we typically think of them built from hard materials, such as plastics or metal — however, Harvard University recently announced a small robotic octopus, which is entirely soft, self powered, and untethered.  Chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide, the eight squishy legs are moved in sets of four at a time using microfluidic controllers within the device.  (C&EN 9/5/2016, New Scientist 9/3/2016)  This is claimed to be the first robot made entirely of non-rigid materials as reported by the journal Nature. 
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DNA Preservation Technology for Genetically Tailored Treatments – a case study.

September 22nd, 2016


With genetically tailored treatments for cancer and other serious diseases becoming more mainstream, a look back through the DNA of multiple generations within a family will help future physicians better target healthcare plans for patients.  However, once a loved one is cremated, or has been interred, their DNA is essentially lost forever.  Wouldn’t it make sense to sample a loved one’s DNA at the funeral home, prior to cremation or burial?

Family owned and operated Rosedale Funeral Homes Ltd. (UK) engaged Lyco Works to conduct technical due diligence on a novel DNA preservation technique.  “We’d like to offer it to our customers as a service, but we first need to confirm that it’s legitimate technology.  This is a very conservative business.”  Rosedale’s owners commented. Read the rest of this entry »

Patenting Human Experiences

September 10th, 2016


Jason has a publication coming out in the November / December edition of IAM Magazine.  The thesis of the 5,000 word paper is that:

  • it is possible to patent protect human experiences induced by a product or service, and
  • that there are lots of examples in the patent literature, including visual sensations, auditory, and tactile experiences,
  • that patenting the human experience can add another layer of protection to your new product or service
  • patenting the human experience can raise the bar from a technological point of view making it harder for your competitors to follow you.

We are looking forward to hearing your feedback on the article!screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-10-38-40-am

“Concept to Commercialization” – a one day workshop

August 27th, 2016


Lyco Works is pleased to be collaborating with Say Consulting and Kennesaw State University to help organize another one day workshop directed at Georgia’s chemical industry and academics in numerous Georgia universities.   A part of the “Academia Industry Forum” program, the 11/16/16 event is also supported by the GA Section of the American Chemical Society.  We have speakers and resources lined up to talk about :

  • Turning insights into new product and service concepts
  • Identifying and capturing value
  • Development:  Synthesis, Testing, and Application Testing
  • Protecting new products and ideas through patents and trade secrets
  • GA partners who can help with scale-up, analysis, and production
  • Sources of Funding

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Intellectual Asset Management | Strategy to Keep What’s Yours…Yours!

August 2nd, 2015

Are you concerned about the safety of your intellectual assets? Articulating the ins-and-outs of a solid Intellectual Property Strategy poses a unique challenge. Because it differs from many other business, financial or marketing strategies, few business leaders can confidently answer, “Do you have an IP strategy capable of supporting sustainable growth?”

Uncover how Lyco Works used IP Strategies to defend a small ink company from a competitor who patented their trade secret in this white paper

Lyco Works Selected as Innovation Services Provider for Business Growth Alliance

August 1st, 2015

Business Growth Alliance LLC2015 has transformed into a year of growth, knowledge and honors. This spring, Lyco Works was invited to join the Business Growth Alliance, LLC (BGA) as an innovation service specialist. This prestigious organization was established in 2004 by Headwaters SC and de Visscher & Co to assist family controlled SMEs with a range of corporate development and transactional support services.

“Some companies engage Lyco Works to help them strengthen their IP position using design-around to create a patent picket fence, while others engage us to help develop new products and services.” – Jason Lye Ph.D

The ultimate vision of our affiliation with BGA is perfectly quoted by James Bly, President of BGA and CEO of Headwaters SC:

“Private Middle Market and Family-Owned companies are vitally important to the economy as well as the business and cultural landscapes of our great nation. BGA assists its clients to remain rooted in their communities and to be competitive, not just in the United States, but throughout the world.”

Lyco Works is proud to offer BGA affiliates decades of collaborative experience in the fields of Technology Transfer, Innovation, IP management, and Technical problem solving through innovative and evolutionary patented technology sourcing process. Our solutions and BGA affiliation can help you gain market control and establishing productive partnerships.

The reality faced by smaller companies is their inability to afford a full-time PhD Scientist CTO with over a decade of deal-making and business development experience. However, Lyco Works can be engaged to run projects, solve problems and set effective strategies.

What is an “IP Strategy” anyway?

July 27th, 2015

2nd Annual IP Think Tank hosted by GSU College of Law

An IP strategy is a plan, specific to your business that enables the maximum market value to be derived from your products.  If crafted judiciously, a well informed IP strategy can not only help mitigate risks and avoid costs, but can allow an enterprise to thrive for generations.

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Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies – a biography of invisible inks

February 12th, 2014

Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies...

Lyco Works’ collaborator Kristie Macrakis’ new book on invisible inks and secret writing, written from an historical perspective is now available at Amazon.com.  The book includes a special “Kitchen Chemistry” appendix co-authored by Jason describing invisible writing experiments that can be conducted using household ingredients.  We’ve also been making videos… check out our Valentine’s messages and Easter Egg videos.

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Drying at the Speed of Sound

February 10th, 2014

Digital Printing


In acoustic drying news, we previously mentioned that Jason has been serving as Chief Technical Officer to Heat Technologies Inc. for about six months.  Using HTI’s acoustically enhanced thermal and mass transfer technology, we continue to help manufacturing customers dry webs faster, cooler, in a tiny footprint, using a fraction of the energy.  80 units are now in commercial production, and that number is increasing – especially in Europe where energy is so much more expensive.

Be sure to contact us when you need more throughput, lower energy consumption, and shorter web path.  2014 is already off to a great start with three nice pieces of news:

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