“Several cracks have appeared in patent systems worldwide,” wrote Claude Baudoin in his Cutter IT Journal Call for Papers on IP, Innovation, and Collaboration. At the heart of the issue, he says, is the argument that the patent system discourages collaborative innovation among partners, and that in some domains this is hurting scientific, technical, economic and societal progress. (If you’re curious about some examples of such partnerships, check out Claude’s recent blog post.)
Do you agree that the patent system is crumbling? Disagree? Have you had success — or failure — with IP sharing in cases where you’ve collaborated with a partner? How do you protect sensitive information while jointly innovating?
The September 2012 issue of Cutter IT Journal invites you to tell your stories and offer your opinions on the uneasy relationship between IP and innovation, and offer suggestions for how to overcome this potential obstacle to innovation. Submit an abstract for consideration by July 6. Accepted articles are due August 10. You can read the complete call for papers and editorial guidelines at the Cutter IT Journal website.