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Assessing the value of intellectual property (IP) is one of the most complex and dynamic aspects of open innovation and technology scouting. In today’s value-crazy world, IP may be worth very little -- or worth more than entire companies!  Take Kodak, for example: “Despite its $576 million market value, the company’s digital imaging patents are worth $3 billion on their own,” according to an expert interviewed in a NY Times article (before Kodak declared bankruptcy).The same article discussed Google’s $12.5 billion offer for Motorola Mobility. “Patents are now driving mergers and acquisitions and that’s driving up valuations.” On the other hand, ...
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We recently talked with Dr. Gene Slowinski, Director of Strategic Alliance Research, Rutgers University, author ofReinventing Corporate Growth and top-rated instructor on how Open Innovation partnerships have transformed the nature of competition in industry. With the right partner(s), it is possible to not only develop innovative products and services, but to enter new markets and achieve significant growth. Still, it’s a well-known fact that most alliances fail to meet expectations – and many just plain fail.  So we asked Gene how firms can avoid this fate – or at least minimize the risk. He offered the following 5 insights: 1.     Strategic alliances, open ...
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Ever feel like you’re spinning your innovation wheels? That the more your company does to generate growth, the more things stay the same?  How do you deliver the results your CEO is looking for? ‘Stuckness’  – and plateaus – are pretty common. This brief self-quiz (excerpted from Collective Disruption) lists some typical signs and causes.  See which ones are true for you – and then what you can do about them:
  1. You may be turning out the same number of new products every year, but that method of innovation is just keeping you at base level. It’s preventing a ...
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Recently published research by Dr. Robert Cooper in Research-Technology Management and the Journal of Product Innovation Management documents how leading organizations are blending Agile techniques within their Stage Gate systemsfor all kinds of products, not just software. This emerging approach allows organizations to gain the speed and rapid customer feedback of Agile methods along with the control systems and longer-term planning capabilities offered by Stage Gate systems.  Dr. Cooper will be offering an intensive two day workshop on January 26-27, 2017 on how leading organizations are combining Agile methods with their stage-gate systems and achieving superb results. This is a great ...
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