Design Thinking: Bringing creativity to a new level in Potsdam, Germany

  After meeting faculty member Caroline Szymanski at the Lift Conference in Geneva, and participating in the “Think with your hands” workshop that she co-led there, I just had to pay a visit to The School of Design Thinking this past week, while I was in Berlin.  The School of Design Thinking (nicknamed “The D-School”) […]

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True—what you wanted, didn’t happen…. But it’s not for the reason you think!

  The event you wanted to organize didn’t happen. But’s it’s not because you couldn’t get a sponsor. The company you wanted to start never got off the ground. But it’s not because you didn’t have the money. The sale you wanted to make never closed. But it’s not because your prospect was “just kicking […]

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GE’s IP counsel takes a surprising position on so-called “patent trolls”

  When a corporate IP counsel speaks to a group of patent lawyers, what position do you expect them to take about those companies that don’t make products, but assert their patents against companies that do? Negative, right? This is what made Richard Rainey’s keynote address at the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Lawyers group […]

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South Korean and French governments enter the patent buying game?

  There is no question that the landscape has changed for considering the potential value of patents. And there is no question that business models have shifted—from using patents to support and perpetuate profits made through manufacturing, to using patents to make profits from the manufacturing activities of others.  So-called “patent trolls” make money by […]

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Changing my flight—and spreading my wings!

 If someone had told me a year ago that I was going to co-lead a transformational program for several hundred patent lawyers at an American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) meeting—together with my former mentor Ron Bynum, I would not have believed them!  But that’s exactly what I did in Tampa, Florida, on February 1st, […]

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