Saturday, January 07, 2012

Open Innovation vs Open Source

Session 3 of our The Patent Paradox course will be on invention strategies, patents, and business models. Among other topics we are going to look at the relationship between Open Innovation and Open Source (bottom right on the diagram.) Because of similar-sounding names people often confuse the two. On the slide below (draft 2) I show various business models playing out within the broader concept of Open Innovation.

Sharing of technological improvements in a way similar to Open Source was popular in the second half of the 19th century in England's Cleveland district, an area with rapidly developing iron industry. In 1983, Robert C. Allen published a paper on the subject where he called that particular method of innovation "Collective Invention."

tag: innovation, invention, business, model

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