IP Docketing Software is a Necessity, Not a Luxury

October 30, 2017
To some, IP docketing software may seem like a luxury rather than a necessity. Team leads may think that software would be nice, but spreadsheets have worked fine so far, so why change? However, with so much of IP docketing dependent on maintaining strict filing deadlines, relying solely on ad hoc... Read More

Why Your Innovation Program Needs a System of Record

October 30, 2017
While many organizations undertake serious innovation efforts, there are a number of issues that can cause the effort to stall or fail. One key point of failure is structural misalignment between the innovation team and the core product teams. Since any open innovation effort depends on a... Read More

Embracing Organizational Ambidexterity

October 19, 2017
Although open innovation serves as a path towards greater openness in product innovation and organizational growth, it is not immune to the typical failures that can be found within any business system. Failures in open innovation programs don't necessarily mean that open innovation itself is... Read More

The Basics of Patent Landscaping

October 05, 2017
With so many opportunities for R&D and patenting, how do research teams and IP managers determine viable opportunities? Through the use of patent landscaping, teams can focus their R&D efforts and identify industry trends that can help steer their internal efforts. Read More

Optimizing the Role of IP Management

October 03, 2017
In order to be competitive, firms need to move past the antiquated view of intellectual property management: simple management of documents, deadlines, and other legal processes. Given the tools available and deep impact that IP management has on firm performance, effective IP management is much... Read More

How Concentrated Are Innovation Networks?

September 14, 2017
The 2017 R&D Trends Forecast by the Industrial Research Institute estimates that global R&D investment will increase by 3.4% in 2017 to $2.066 trillion with academic institutions and federal labs making up a significant portion of that total. Government and academic researchers play a critical role... Read More

Steps for Creating a Successful Innovation Program

August 30, 2017
Every organization and large company faces an existential threat from upstart competitors, changing consumer preferences, and emerging technologies. Since 2001, 52% of the Fortune 500 has disappeared. Furthermore, since 1955, the average lifespan of the Fortune 500 company has decreased from 75 to... Read More

The Best Features of IP Docketing Software

August 09, 2017
Intellectual property management requires a disciplined and rigorous approach that ties up valuable staff time and attention. Fortunately, docketing software can help small teams to get more done by empowering IP counsels, paralegals, inventors, and technology managers work smarter. With... Read More

Illinois Innovation Index: Illinois' R&D landscape and path forward

July 27, 2017
Research and development (R&D) is the lifeblood of innovation. Universities, corporations, state and federal agencies, laboratories, and nonprofits all utilize R&D to advance scientific discovery and generate innovation that creates jobs and improves quality of life. This issue of the Illinois... Read More

3 Reasons To Attend the Sophia User Group Meeting

July 26, 2017
While there are many reasons to attend the Sophia User Group Meeting, some are better than others. To help, we've summarized some of the best below:  Read More
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