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December 13, 2005

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james governor

how come IBm's healthcare patents are unencumbered, while the VC initiative is not?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The open source/open standards royalty free pledges are directed specifically at open collaborative projects with non-commercial communities, like those developing health care standards or those developing Linux and Grid.

The VC grant program is commercial in nature and unrestricted in terms of what these companies might develop. We assume that these companies will generally be developing proprietary products and services which they will sell in the marketplace, so it is reasonable to charge them a fee, albeit a relatively small one to help them get going.

So, these two kinds of programs are complementary.

makio yamazaki

"Experience" is almost equal to value. A network accelerates the synergistic effects of experience and creates new meanings. I mean that "Co-creation" begin to create a new value by networking. It is expected that a new rule of IP is required as Irving-san said.

Christopher

It's been a while since you made this post on the Innovation-IP balance, but I recommend you take a look at this Dec. 19th post at On the Commons. (Here's the link: http://onthecommons.org/node/774 )
The promise of collaborative efforts, like those championed by IBM-Intel-HP and others, seems to me very real. I think that there's little doubt that such networked/collaborative efforts are essential to increasing the speed of innovation, reducing the uncertainty and risk of highly complex technologies, fostering new types of organizational learning, and multiplying the cross-fertilization of technologies.

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