Intellectual Property: The Winning Mario Kart Strategy
The Innovation Excellence website noted that in a world of open innovation, where collaboration can take place on an unprecedented scale and speed to harness human ingenuity, patents are becoming narrower and narrower. They can still be obstacles for competitors, but rarely outright barriers: they don’t force followers to stop, merely to waste a bit of energy going around them. Patents are akin to banana skins that Mario Kart racers drop in their wake: they’ll send unskilled competitors into a spin but they won’t stop them for long and they won’t stop skilled competitors at all.
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