Intellectual Property

Looking at Closed versus Open Innovation

Is there any word more fundamental to the modern business lexicon than ‘innovation’? To say that it forms an important part of enterprise is probably an understatement. If we take renowned researcher John Seeley Brown’s definition, the very nature of doing business is an act of innovation: that is, innovation is invention — of any form—implemented and taken to market. ...

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Los Alamos Innovation

Although we often think of nuclear weapons technology as advanced, cutting-edge, and modern, in fact the dawn of the era of atomic weapons was over 70 years ago. The most current nuclear weapon designs in the U.S. arsenal are 40 years old.

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Can you set targets for creativity? Part 1 – why?

This is the first of two articles on setting targets for creativity. The topic of part 1 is why targets should be set; part 2 deals with how to set them. There is a stereotypical representation of creativity as a light bulb moment, which in reality isn’t common. Related to this, there is the perception that creativity is something purely ...

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10 Key IP Strategy for Innovative Companies to Maximize Business Value

In this post, I have consolidated the key principles foundational in my process of using IP Strategy to create and maximize business value in innovative organizations. (1) Rethink what patents should “protect”: If you are an innovator, the customer solution you provide is far more important than the product you are making. Full stop. This means that if you call a ...

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Do VCs Really Want Innovators? What to do when the VC says ‘No Dice’

Startup entrepreneurs look eagerly towards the venture capital community, seeing the myth of a big pot of money ready to be given away to worthy ventures. Advisors, business school professors, and a lot of people who ought to know better, see VC funding as a given for far too many ventures, when in reality, there are a lot of great ideas that never get a single dollar in funding.

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