Open Innovation in France

Open Innovation is the idea that a company can create value (product and services) not only by its internal workforce but as well through collaborations, licensing & spin-off. The concept of Open Innovation is now well known as it emerged in the United States about fifteen years ago. In the United States, where Open Innovation is now well accepted, it has been observed that companies practicing Open Innovation tend to be more efficient in terms of innovation (shorter cycles with lower costs) than those who did not use this concept. The government and large company top management are trying, somehow, to “impose” Open Innovation into French habits. How public authorities could be adapted to support Open Innovation? We examine in

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David Copperfield’s Flying Illusion Revealed or how to protect your invention?

This is our first article intended for inventors and more precisely for public researchers. Traditionally, researchers (including myself) release their work to the rest of the world through publications in scientific journals. However, over the last decade, the policy of public research institutions has changed and researchers are increasingly incited to patent their findings. In a series of articles, we will explain how to protect your inventions (secret, patent, publication, etc.), what a patent is etc. Before diving into the subject, we begin the series with a rather fun anecdote and will reveal the secret behind David Copperfield’s Flying Illusion. The bottom line is: what is the best way to protect an invention? Secret vs. patent How the Internet made

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