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March 2013

The Mindset of an Innovator – Creating an Innovating Company Culture

Companies need great innovators to come up with solutions for the future. Many firms have established formal innovation programs to encourage their engineers to come up with new and innovative solutions to their customers' problems. Incentives are often financial and based on number of invention disclosures submitted and intellectual property granted. But what type of mindset does a successful innovator have? What can managers do to stimulate an innovative company culture? What softer factors should organizations consider when designing invention programs? Here are some basic tips on how companies can understand the “innovation mindset” and encourage an innovation driven culture.

March 2013

Social and Mobile Collaboration – an Enabler for Innovation & IP Management

Employees are demanding more social and mobile collaboration within their companies, according to a recent study by ABI Research. New social tools and platforms are emerging as alternatives to email and previous-generation collaboration platforms. There is great value in connecting people in a smarter way, especially if you have multiple locations and employees working remotely. Social networks are also very useful for new employees and for employees working with different teams or within different departments. Bringing everyone together to stay connected and tap into the teams’ expertise is a win-win for companies to stay competitive.

March 2013

Social and Mobile Collaboration – an Enabler for Innovation & IP Management

Employees are demanding more social and mobile collaboration within their companies, according to a recent study by ABI Research. New social tools and platforms are emerging as alternatives to email and previous-generation collaboration platforms. There is great value in connecting people in a smarter way, especially if you have multiple locations and employees working remotely. Social networks are also very useful for new employees and for employees working with different teams or within different departments. Bringing everyone together to stay connected and tap into the teams’ expertise is a win-win for companies to stay competitive.

February 2013

The Opportunities Are Out There

Last week I got back from my first trip to India. Snow storms in Frankfurt and a broken plane in Munich resulted in a double-layover, 40h trip to get there. Leaving the comfort zone was rewarded with pleasant weather and a truly international and eye-opening experience.

January 2013

How To Get Inventors To Submit Invention Disclosures

There are many things companies have to do right in order to stay competitive. To say the least, innovation is crucial. Many companies are focused on growth strategies and have designed programs to accelerate innovation. However, they often struggle to get formal invention disclosures from their R&D community that would allow them to adequately protect the inventions generated along the way. In particular, it is hard for many companies to get the right invention disclosures, those that will turn into valuable IP assets that support the company’s long-term strategy. The challenge for any invention program is to get the inventors to find the program inspiring and the invention disclosure process attractive and painless. Why is this so hard, and what can we do to reduce the pain in the invention disclosure submission process?

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