Archive for February, 2015

New models are needed for translating open science to innovation

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Internet-enabled forms of scientific collaboration, popularly referred to as open science, have not automatically translated into innovation. We must adapt by inventing new types of institutions, says Henry Chesbrough, father of open innovation

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

So much of the success of open innovation is being able to reframe reality, soft skills are often more important than the actual product innovations itself.  There are few speakers who I enjoy more than Rory Sutherland.  His continual flashes of insight often motivate me to dig deeper and let go of preconceived mental constructs to be able to create and reframe my thoughts.  You’ll probably laugh more than you have in days while watching this.



Critics Make the Best Innovation Evangelists

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Here’s something for the kvetchers among us..

Will Congress be misled on patent reform again?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

An article written in January this year about IP reform and patents.  It really does apply to Open Innovation – the vast majority of companies do honor the work of the creator, but there are some exceptions.   It’s almost impossible to do a start up without getting sued by patent trolls no matter how careful the founders are – when many litigants are just looking to get thrown some money as part of their business model. The reverse is also true that *some* companies do intentionally violate patents.

I think it’s an honest assessment to say that most executives in most companies value their company reputation and encourage honest conduct. These motivations are often not singular, but range from “just doing the right thing”, fostering a trustworthy environment with honest people and the companies reputation;  if you were a licensor and you knew company XYZ had been involved with lawsuits over IP theft, would that be the first or the last company you would approach?

Then there is the suit itself from the wronged licensor – business hates the unknown.. will they win or will they have a major loss?

It’s a sticky wicket…  here’s another opinion.