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Innovation in Software Development - It's Not All About Patents

Innovation in Software Development - It's Not All About Patents

Why Does Innovation Occur?

Because you need to sell more software?

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Why Does Innovation Occur?

Because you need to sell more software?

Because a problem needs to be solved or an itch scratched:

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Innovation From Collaboration

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Innovation From Collaboration The Homebrew Computer Club
Innovation From Collaboration The Homebrew Computer Club
Innovation From Collaboration The Homebrew Computer Club

Innovation From Collaboration

A new opportunity opens from an invention, or the expiration of a patent.

Then there may be a quiet period in which some interested parties are aware of the uncertain potential of the newly adaptable invention.

Collective invention institutions form, creating a social network.

A flow of adaptations (microinventions) follows, from hobbyists and firms.

New firms appear, seizing opportunities to apply the new technology for profit.

With the establishment of a profitable industry, technological uncertainty is reduced and the collective invention process evaporates. Surviving firms run private research and development. If that is expensive, few firms survive.

Peter Meyer, 2003

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What About Patents and Innovation?

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Patents – A Means to Tax

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What Needs to be Done

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