Can Open Innovation Offer an Alternative to Patent Disputes?
The Computer Weekly website notes that it often seems that the real winners in fights over patents are the lawyers and that the struggle to guard innovative developments only leads to added inertia for future innovation. However, perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel, as an emerging breed of developers and engineers embrace a more collaborative working style, supported by the growth of public and private digital communities or social networks. This new way of working, often referred to as open innovation, is being increasingly used in the technology and creative industries to share thinking with parties that might otherwise be considered competitors and, as a result, generate new sources of economic value.
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