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May 11, 2009


Chris Ward

The 'innovation agenda' may set individuals against corporations.

I innovate (at work, at least) so that IBM can turn a profit and in turn IBM can pay its employees. You need quite a substantial 'machine' to repeatedly bring innovation to market, I have no problem considering myself to be a small cog in a large machine.

But some of the innovations get recorded as 'Industrial Property' ... patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc ... and the existence of the Industrial Property is supposed to enhance the return on the investment. Nothing quite as significant as an ATT patent on a transistor, but broadly similar stuff.

But what happens when the whole city is full of individuals innovating ? Do you have 'industrial property' as such, where some hold commercial rights against others, just like you have 'real property' where it's my choice whether to let you into my house ?

And where do governments stand on this ? Do they encourage investment by corporations ... new auto plant for Detroit, maybe ? Or do they stand by the rights of individuals to use the fruits of innovation as they see fit ?

It's kind-of complex. The discussion looks as if it will run and run.

Stanley Wong

Hi, I graduate from IC business school. Acutally I like living in the smart and small cities, however this need two aspects efforts. firstly is the mind of change of people. Secondly, it is the constructions of the city. It should provide all the conditions people wanted.

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