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

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




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