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Category Archives: Intellectual Property
Google Books (http://www.books.google.com) provides access to digitized copies of books. Google scans and indexes the books, making them searchable online. This greatly enhances access to information – from anywhere on the planet. Is this “copyright infringement” or “fair use” in … Continue reading
Check out the article in the August 2011 ABA (American Bar Association) Journal concerning two competing micro brewers who decided to resolve their dispute over brewing a Belgian ale that they both named “Salvation.” http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/bottoms_up_litigation_down_microbrewers_forsake_litigation_opt_for_collabor/ Instead of using adversarial legal tactics and … Continue reading
There is an old adage that you learn more from your mistakes than your successes. But “being wrong” is hard to face. The natural human tendency is to want to be “right” and to dig into positions based on “beliefs” … Continue reading
Web-based services are cost effective – and legally complicated. The “Cloud” refers to computing services performed in the Internet – and it is morphing and evolving every day. From simple email and remote backup services, to processing on-line transactions of all sorts, transmission … Continue reading
Want to own your own business? Don’t want to start from scratch? Is a franchise right for you? Franchises are a way to get into business quickly, with a brand name, proven methods of operation and a support structure. Franchises … Continue reading
“Value drivers” distinguish successful companies from their competitors. While it’s easy to be distracted by all the demands competing for the business owner’s time and attention, successful companies focus on the key value drivers – which are frequently “intangibles” and … Continue reading
Even failed projects can result in successful products if people can see potential applications and learn from the experience. For example, Post-it notes resulted from a failed glue project at 3M. Kevlar (bulletproof fibers) resulted from a failed project at … Continue reading
I heard about “the law of two feet” at Innovation 2010, an UN-conference sponsored by Mass Technology Leadership Council. Basically, it means “If at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use … Continue reading