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What to do about the conflict between IP and the new openness?

spiral stair.pngOver the weekend I was catching up on my reading after a very busy week and come across the post titled: How will owners of Intellectual Property cope with the era of big and open data?


This post focused on the issue of intellectual property (IP) in this more flexible and dynamic world. It was worth looking at, since it discusses the pressures being placed on IP by cloud, mobility, social and big data. It is the old conflict between openness and ownership.


There were 5 pieces of advice at the end of the post were (paraphrased):

  1. Understand the motivations and interests of 5 key IP stakeholder groups (i.e. the creative, technology, commercial, legislative and consumer stakeholders).
  2. Create and communicate clear enterprise IP policies.
  3. Determine the prioritized needs of the organization are related to flexibility and the use of external resources
  4. The architecture of the enterprise needs to be flexible and adjust to change
  5. The customer comes first

As I’ve mentioned before where there is conflict there is opportunity for innovation. There may also be conflict with the owning of IP, so our perspective may need to innovate as well.

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