Tag Archives: innovation

Three insights into how Intellectual Property can benefit an innovative business.

All technology businesses innovate. It is what they do. They tackle a market opportunity by innovating. But innovation can happen at any level. It can be inventing a new technology, it can be process or method based, it can be through applying existing ideas in a novel way, or in many other ways. A key Read more …

Do IP rights actually promote innovation? A review of the recent US DoC report.

Are stronger IP rights good or bad for innovation? There is very little empirical evidence. A recent report by the DoC claims to provide this evidence. Unfortunately, even a first reading demonstrates that the report is worse than worthless, it is downright misleading.   Introduction What is the effect of IP rights on the economy Read more …

A solution to patent warfare (and trolls)

Intellectual Property Rights (“IPRs”) are hot in the media these days. Headlines about patent trolls, the great patent bubble, patent warfare, pirate parties and the broken patent system appear almost daily. This is good, because there are obvious problems with our IPR system. It seems that most observers are agreeing that the current IPR system risks Read more …

Characteristics of a new copyright system (ctd)

In my three previous posts, I explained why I believe the current copyright system is broken, what the requirements of a new system would be, and what the characteristics of a new system could be. That last post only addressed part of the characteristics – here’s the rest. 1.    The platform will become a social Read more …

Characteristics of a new copyright system.

In the two previous posts, I explored the problems with the current copyright system, by examining the wrong (19th century) assumptions on which the current system is based, and I made an attempt at trying to describe the requirements of a new copyright system. In this third post, as well as the next one, I Read more …

Requirements of a new copyright system.

As I explained in my previous post, the current copyright system is highly  dysfunctional. It doesn’t even come close to achieving its twin goals of promoting and protecting creativity. The main reason is that its underlying principles reflect a 19th century reality, rather than a 21st century one. In this post, I will take a Read more …

End of the App story?

Do you know Pokki? Neither did I, until I read about in the FT. Apparently, Pokki allows developers to create software as Apps, using HTML5 (the next generation of website/internet development language). The really interesting bit in the blog was this: through use of this new technology, anyone could develop any App for the Apple Read more …

So who owns data?

Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) can help us to protect (“own”) new technology and innovation. It’s not really ownership in the same way as ownership of physical goods, but IPRs do give their holders exclusive rights. All fine and dandy, but there’s also tremendous value in data. So what about data? Who owns them? Is it Read more …

How will Technology affect IPRs? – 3D printing

Have you also noticed how new technologies seem to spring up all around us? In a series of blogs, I’m going to look at how they could affect Intellectual Property Rights, and how this, in turn impacts business models around innovation. Today, I’ll write about 3D-printing. What is 3D-printing? It is a process of manufacturing Read more …

Lego builds new Intellectual Capital

It is probably fair to say that most people know Lego, the little building block toys. Most of us played with them as children. I remember  that I didn’t actually like to construct the things Lego wanted me to make. Rather, I used to come up with the most bizarre and absurd constructions. My father, Read more …