Four Reforms Needed For The Ways Patent Reform Will Change How You Innovate


In order to gain patent protection for their inventions, almost every US based innovation, R&D and new product development organization will be forced to adapt to the Patent Reform Act’s dramatic changes.

Patent Reform Will Spell the End to Open Innovation


Patent reform will spell the end to open innovation, an important methodology for innovation used by some of the leading consumer goods and food and beverage companies. The America Invents Act, also referred to as patent reform, goes into effect in March of 2013.  Some of the law’s key provisions directly effect how companies can […]

A Company Who’s Competitive Advantage is Technology Strategy


From Engadget:  This interview with InterDigital’s Bill Merritt on patents and developing standards development spends a significant amount of time on the charges that InterDigital is a patent trolls and has unfair royalty practices. However, reading Mr. Merrit also summarizes the immense competitive advantage InterDigital captures from their technology strategy.

New Challenges for K-Cup Maker Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee

From the Boston Globe comes this example of the importance of technology strategy and intellectual property strategy to maintaining a company’s leading market share and share-price: Expiring patents on Keurig (a division of Green Mountain Coffee) the inventor and manufacturer of popular K-Cup single-serving pod and other issues are clouding the Vermont company’s future. K-Cups, which produce […]

Best Practice of R&D Technology Management


Although technology is a fundamental component of R&D strategy, too often companies fail to practice strategic technology management.  A core component of 3rd Gen R&D is the link business strategy to R&D technology strategy.  3rd Gen R&D was authored by Arthur D. Little (ADL), published by Harvard Business Press, and now the industry practice is […]