IP: Gaining from Open Innovation
The Middle Market Center website notes that open innovation applies the principles of free trade to innovation, advancing new ideas through the use of tools such as partnerships, joint ventures, licensing, and strategic alliances. By collaborating with outsiders — including customers, vendors, and even competitors — open innovation enables the laws of comparative advantage to drive the efficient allocation of R&D resources. By reaching beyond corporate borders, a company can import lower-cost, higher-quality ideas from a wide array of world-class experts to improve the speed, quality, and cost of innovation. This approach allows the business to refocus its own innovation resources where it has clear competitive advantages. Ideas also are exported to businesses that can put them to better use.
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