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Open Innovation in Large Contracting Relationships

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 13:51 -- admin

The International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) is a successful organization of professionals involved with large contracts, procurement and outsourcing.  If you want to know about anything to do with this area, they are the “go to” people, and are very ably led by Tim Cummins.  I was delighted when Tim asked me to present at their EMEA conference in Amsterdam in May on the subject of Open Innovation, Contracts and Relationships.  I’ll cover some of the learnings in this and following blog posts.

Open Innovation and IP - Protecting Trade Secrets

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 13:50 -- admin

A lot has been written about Intellectual Property (IP) and Open Innovation.  It’s not surprising, because it’s one of the thorniest problems facing collaborators.  In a recent blog I talked about the importance of having a flexible approach to IP policy, ensuring that you can deliver the deal that is most appropriate to the partner and opportunity under consideration.  Now I’ll turn attention to a more difficult challenge – how do you protect Open Innovation collaborations where keeping the IP secret is the best way forward?

Open Innovation and IP - What's Your Policy?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 13:48 -- admin

A lot has been written about Intellectual Property (IP) and Open Innovation (OI).  It’s not surprising, because it’s often one of the thorniest problems facing collaborators.  Recent research from the IACCM (International Association for Contract and Commercial Management) shows that IP is the fourth most commonly negotiated term in contracts; yet it doesn’t reach the top ten of terms leading to disputes.  So why the focus on IP?

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