It’s been widely said (and attributed to Peter Drucker), that culture eats strategy for breakfast. Whilst Mark Fields made that particular phrase popular, Drucker definitely made it clear that culture will block attempts to implement a strategy that is incompatible with it. So what does that mean for IP Strategists? If you try and implement a strategy that is counter cultural for your organization – you will fail. For example, try getting… Read More
In the course of 20 years, China has slowly developed to become the fifth largest patent systems in the world – what is next and what is missing for China to become the innovative hub it wants to be? Statistics recently revealed by the EPO show that domestic patent application in China have, in the past 5 years, outpaced the number foreign application. According to EPO statistics in 2009 the foreign patent… Read More
Ever made a prediction that was utterly, completely and hopelessly wrong? That’s Claim Chowder. Daring Fireball has the example of Steve Balmer’s April 2007 quote – “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.” Ummm…. And yet, has this prediction hurt Steve? Seth Godin posted about this recently – he suggests – do it anyway, have an opinion, defend it, it will make you… Read More
One of the key tenets for any successful business effort is to gain and retain freedom of action. This tenet is aligned with the overall strategic goal of any person to not only succeed, but to succeed on his terms. You do not want your opportunity to advance your business to be limited by others, be it your customers, partners, and especially, competitors. In the IP world, freedom of action has a… Read More
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