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

6 Reasons Why You Need Docketing Software

July 05, 2017
With docketing being one of the most crucial functions for intellectual property management, offices need an effective IP docketing system that can reduce spending and labor needed to process and maintain intellectual property claims. Fundamentally, IP docketing software functions like a virtual... Read More

Four Open Innovation Techniques

June 29, 2017
  There are four main tactics that organizations commonly use for inbound open innovation; tech scouting, vertical collaboration, horizontal collaboration, and technology sourcing. These four tactics are all positively correlated with innovation performance and are all useful to firms who are... Read More

Don’t Stagnate, Innovate.

June 13, 2017
Although large multinationals can no longer maintain the R&D and innovation monopolies they enjoyed in previous decades as displayed by research centers such as Xerox’s PARC, there nonetheless remains a disparity in the level of investment between firms. A phenomenon has emerged where dominant... Read More

10 Learnings for Tech Scouting

June 06, 2017
With over 140,000 novel compounds analyzed before selecting one for commercialization, Dow AgroSciences depends on technology scouting to continually fill its global R&D pipeline with new opportunities. Even with 8,000 employees, this is a task too large to be done solely through internal research. Read More

Technology Scouting – Horizon Scanning Processes

May 23, 2017
Why horizon scanning is valuable Read More

How to Manage your Innovation Process: The Stage-Gate® Framework

May 23, 2017
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Common Problems with Collaborative Innovation Projects

May 18, 2017
For many organizations, success is largely based on the speed with which they can bring products to market. Especially in markets where competitors can easily gain a foothold, first mover advantage helps solidify leadership and establish an effective competitive advantage. Read More

The Blurring Lines Between Corporate Venture Capital and Open Innovation

April 25, 2017
With the dilution of the R&D monopoly most Fortune 50 company could wield through mass corporate research parks such as Xerox’s PARC, organizations have begun to compensate through external technological innovation. Given the reality that no single organization has more than 1% of the global R&D... Read More
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