Tech Tidbits From Around NH

Saint-Gobain settles patent suit, STEM grant for UNH … and more

Innovation And Science ConceptSaint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics Inc. has settled a patent dispute with II-VI Inc. over large sheet sapphire, which is primarily used for defense and military applications, the company said. As part of that settlement, II-VI has agreed to license three patents from Saint-Gobain and dismiss its challenges to those patents with prejudice. The company’s ceramics and plastics unit is based in Milford.

Akumina, the Nashua-based maker of employee experience platform software, has been named a “Strong Performer” by Forrester Research Inc. in “The Forrester Wave: Intranet Platforms, Q2” report. Akumina said it received the highest scores possible for seven criteria, including personalization, integration and interoperability and design tools.

XMReality Inc. of Portsmouth has launched, a free, limited version of its Remote Guidance system, giving businesses interested in learning about the tool a way to see how it works. Remote guidance is employed by companies in a broad set of industries such as manufacturing, energy, facility management, food and beverage, defense, packaging and many more in 55 countries.

Claremont-based IT company Red River, has been named by CRN to the 2020 Solution Provider 500 list, an annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. Red River ranked 49th on he year’s list, up 15 spots from 2019.

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of New Hampshire $1.499 million for the university’s Master Teaching Fellowship project, which aims to recruit Granite State teachers, certify them as Master Teaching Fellows by deepening their knowledge of STEM subjects and empowering them with new, effective teaching strategies in high-need school districts throughout New Hampshire. The award was announced by the state’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who said the program “will empower dedicated Granite State educators with advanced training to educate students throughout our state.”

The New Hampshire Department of Education has been awarded a $3.25 million grant by the Institute of Education Sciences to upgrade the state’s data systems. The grant will fund what the department said is the largest overhaul of its data systems in at least 20 years.

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