Monthly Archives: March 2011

IP Issues are Less Important for Open Innovation

I have noted a shift over the last couple of years. It used to be that the most-often asked questions on open innovation evolved around intellectual property rights. How can we do open innovation and still protect our intellectual property? Big question!!! This is still a very important issue, but I have noticed that the questions are asked less frequently ...

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Silicon Valley Road Trip March 21-25

Thanks to you my first book – Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire – is off to a great start, and with a little more exposure it has the potential to become a best-seller. To kick start the development of my next book project (and our search for innovation heroes), from March 21-25, 2011 I will be traveling to Silicon Valley to ...

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Get Ready to Accelerate the Innovation Profession

Sometimes you become concerned, this is one of those moments. I’m getting concerned that we need to take some urgent action. The Corporate Innovation Manager – is stuck in the middle. Recently I was going through a report, a very helpful one on the on the Corporate Innovation Function – summarizing key findings and detailed results from a study commissioned ...

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How PepsiCo, Kraft & MWH Accelerate Innovation

Point Tools and processes — PepsiCo’s 72-hour IdeaJams, Kraft’s R&D Suite with online lab notebooks, and MWH Global’s Idea Hub — speed innovation by enabling quick access to new ideas, prior art, and company-wide participation. Story Innovation accelerates business growth by providing the new products, services, processes, and business models that help an organization reach new markets and new levels ...

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Open Innovation Legal Insights

5 Biggest IP Legal Mistakes Small Companies Make When Working with Large Companies by Jackie Hutter Small companies CAN effectively partner with large companies in Open Innovation… Open Innovation guru Stefan Lindegaard recently asked me what the biggest IP legal mistakes small companies make when they are working with large companies. This is a subject very near and dear to ...

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Part 3 – Please Help Transform Blogging Innovation

Dear Blogging Innovation community, With help from you, the Blogging Innovation community, we are about to transform this site into something even more valuable. With your help, we hope to transform Blogging Innovation into THE innovation destination for people looking to make innovation a deep capability of their organization. And it’s dead simple. We just need you to answer a ...

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5 Ways to Ignite a Culture of Innovation

Trying to create a culture of innovation is a daunting task for even the most committed organization. Cultures take decades to form. Changing them is not an overnight phenomenon, no matter how many outside consultants you’ve gotten on the case. You might as well try to end world hunger or wipe out Aids overnight. It’s gonna take a while. But ...

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Is Being Wrong the Only Way to Learn?

Jason Potts said that to me last week when we were talking about the work he’s doing on his house. The house was severely damaged in the flood in January. For the past few weeks, Jason has been working on rebuilding it. He was telling me about how he’s learned to do a lot of the work – simply through ...

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Navigating the Innovation Maze

One of our long term research projects is the problem of innovating in large complicated businesses such as engineering and mining companies. We have been using social network analysis to understand innovation because one of the biggest innovation challenges involves finding good ideas and existing expertise to do something in a better way or to come up with a better ...

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