Innovation’s Latest Frontier: Business Models


For most companies, innovation is a relentless pursuit, forever in the chase but rarely crossing the finish line. Many are currently finding they’ve reached a ceiling on improving their products and services that can’t be solved with anything less than a reboot.  Clever companies are instead discovering ways to change the game completely by reinventing the entire business model to grow and expand their market and change the economics more in their favor.

Many mistakenly judge this approach to be too time consuming or too large of a problem to swallow.  However, there are approaches and tools to make business model innovation a manageable and worthwhile endeavor.  Today, most product developers are well aware of the “disruptive innovation” approach that highlights lucrative opportunities, while the recent “Lean Startup” movement has fueled numerous entrepreneurs to use relentless experimentation as a key ingredient to quickly and effectively capture new markets.

bizmodelvennAnother increasing development is the era of partnerships and co-development. Businesses exist in markets that are increasingly referred to as “ecosystems” where aligned companies collaborate to combine strengths and create a more robust market that can better meet customer needs. Whether you need a technology, a manufacturing capability or a service infrastructure, the right partner can create market leverage that is unattainable separately and can provide unique value that wins on customer choice.

Management Roundtable has partnered with Michael Docherty of Venture2, Inc., on a new workshop designed to help companies who need a plan for developing new business models to achieve growth goals and ensure long-term profitability.  Docherty brings many years of hands on experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial arenas and has helped develop numerous business models for companies and clients.  He has developed some very helpful tools and processes for leading executives on how to uncover and tackle the best business opportunities.

Joining Michael Docherty as a co-instructor is Asoka Veeravagu, Vice President of Transformational Innovation at Jarden Consumer Solutions.  Asoka brings his extensive industry experience leading teams chartered with identifying, developing and commercializing new growth opportunities at companies including Jarden, General Motors, Ariba, Inc., and Motorola.

Vice Presidents, Directors and other decision makers from R&D and product development areas are invited to attend this important seminar that will feature experiential exercises and illustrative case examples to guide participants towards creating their own custom strategy and gameplan for business model innovation.

Innovating New Business Models: Building a Playbook
February 17-18, 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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$300 Early Bird Discount when you register by 12/31/15!



How do Agile Software Development Practices Translate to Hardware Development?

In this short video segment, Andrew McCaskey of SDRNews speaks with TechZecs‘ Scott Elliott on the latest successful efforts to apply best practices in agile software development to physical product development environments.  Scott answers such questions as how scrum and other techniques are adapted and applied outside of the software realm and on hardware components such as ASICS design.  You’ll also hear how advancements in prototyping have accelerated R&D cycles, a key factor in achieving lean product development.


Picking Partners of Choice from Your Supply Chain

outsourcing-recruitingA long time ago I learned that often the best suppliers aren’t the ones that can deliver on their end of the contract but the ones that prevent you from making your own mistakes.  For example, a good component supplier is one that builds what you order exactly to spec and delivers on time.  A GREAT supplier is one that notices you specified the incorrect material and checks with you to make sure, even at the expense of a delay, saving you a lot of money and time.  The next generation of great suppliers are the ones that you choose to participate early in the design and innovation of the product, but identifying those with partnership potential can be a tricky process.

Dr. Robert Handfield, Director of the Supply Chain Research Cooperative at North Carolina State University, has spent his career researching how companies integrate suppliers into new product development, the deliberation that goes into the insource/outsource decision, and the methods used to identify potential supplier partners.

Dr. Handfield will be discussing his research and recommendations for companies during an upcoming free webinar, “Insourcing & Outsourcing Design & Development – Creating Supplier-Led Innovation” on Thursday, March 19, 2014 at 1-2pm ET.

Information will be presented from the National Science Foundation’s three-year study on “Supplier Integration in New Product Development” and subsequent book published by ASQC, which included companies from a wide variety of industries. Despite the differences in product types, a number of common themes were found in how companies decide to insource or outsource an item, as well as the processes used to identify and source design and development of new products.

This webinar will discuss some of the key findings of this research, and establish a framework for supplier-led innovation, including:

  • What roles can suppliers play in innovation?
  • What are the benefits and risks of supplier involvement in new product development?
  • What are the key challenges that exist in deploying this approach in organizations?
  • What are the characteristics of suppliers that identify them as capable of leading innovation and new product development?


R&D and Open Innovation Analytics

This recent webinar with product development metrics expert, Wayne Mackey from Product Development Consulting, Inc., outlines a sensible approach towards managing the inherent risks of open innovation and collaborative partnerships. In this 1-hour session, Mr. Mackey walks us through a model for analyzing the goals of your project and matching them to performance measurements that help monitor risk factors and focus your resources on their mitigation.

This webinar was produced by Management Roundtable in association with a new public workshop: “R&D and Open Innovation Analytics” being held March 4-5, 2014 in San Francisco.


Can ‘IP Density & Velocity’ expose Open Innovation opportunity areas?

In a recent webinar with Dr. Paul Germeraad of Intellectual Assets, Inc., Dr. Germeraad explained how close examination of intellectual property activity can provide valuable insight on where to focus and invest scarce open innovation resources.  Two particular metrics are mentioned that should be examined: IP Density and IP Velocity.

With IP density, one should investigate what type of the following three environments does your opportunity area reside in:

  • IP Jungle – An area where there is patent documentation in the 10s of thousands, which would require a significant investment in people and software to examine and sort through.
  • IP Forest – An area where there are a few hundred to a thousand pieces of documentation, showing a developing area where information analysis is manageable and opportunity is rich.
  • IP Desert – An area where there is patent documentation in the 10s.  Most likely this is an immature technology or market with a long developmental horizon in front of it.

The key to navigating this is to match your business goals, innovation capabilities and resources with the IP activity profile.  “Velocity” can also provide a a litmus test of the potential for successful Open Innovation, according to the following slide:IP_Slide8Regarding this slide, Dr. Germeraad commented during the webinar:

If the growth rate in patents…has been slow and steady, putting an open innovation team into that environment gives you a good chance for success..Likewise if it’s sporadic and going up and down, and people haven’t found a dominant design yet, that’s also a good area for open innovation…What’s tough of course is the center, where you’re maybe “a day late and a dollar short,” that’s a hard area to get into, when things are changing fast around you and it’s hard to communicate about what’s happening…there are too many blind sides coming in and anxiety that’s not conducive to productive open innovation.”

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing – click the link below to watch now:

IP Strategies in an Open Innovation Environment” with Dr. Paul Germeraad, Intellectual Assets, Inc.  This session was part of the CoDev2014 Webinar Series.

Dr. Germeraad will also be conducting a half-day workshop at the CoDev 2014 event on January 27, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ, “Leveraging IP databases to find, assess, and place a value upon, Open Innovation Opportunities”.


Intellectual Property & Open Innovation – Information Resource List

Brain-BulbIntellectual Property Resources

Each of the following resources has either been reviewed by or recommended to Management Roundtable, though their inclusion does not necessarily imply endorsement.  Contact information and notation is provided for further exploration.  


Berman, Bruce, From Ideas to Assets – Investing Wisely in IP

Chesbrough, Henry, Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology, Harvard Business School Press, 2003.

Chesbrough, Henry, Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape, Harvard University Press, 2006.

Davis, Julie and Harrison, Suzanne, Edison in the Boardroom: How Leading Companies Realize Value from their Intellectual Assets, Wiley, 2001.

Harrison, Suzanne and Sullivan, Patrick, Einstein in the Boardroom: Moving Beyond Intellectual Capital to I-Stuff, Wiley/Andersen Intellectual Capital Series, 2006.

Hunt, David; Nguyen, Long; and Rodgers, Matthew, Patent Searching: Tools and Techniques, Wiley, 2007.

Rivette, Kevin G. and Kline, David, Rembrandts in the Attic: Unlocking the Hidden Value of Patents,  Harvard Business School Press, 1999.

Parr, Russell, Valuation of IP and Intangible Assets, 3rd Edition, Wiley.

Parr, Russell L. and Sullivan, Patrick H., Technology Licensing: Corporate Strategies for Maximizing Value, Wiley.

Shaughnessy, James PO and Germeraad, Paul, Prospecting for Value in Corporate IP

Sullivan, Patrick, Value Driven Intellectual Capital


IP Strategies In An Open Innovation Environment

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 1:00pm-2:00pm ET
featuring acclaimed expert, Paul Germeraad, Intellectual Assets, Inc.

This webinar is now available for on-demand viewing – CLICK HERE


Corporate Dealmaker – online news

Intellectual Property Watch – blog

IP ThinkTank – blog

IP Dragon  – blog about IP in China

Managing IP – magazine

Intellectual Asset – magazine

IPFrontline – magazine

Patent Strategy & Management – newsletter


The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Owners Association

International IP Alliance

International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)

The Patent Information Users Group, Inc. (PIUG), the International Society for Patent Information

Technology Transfer Society

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

USPTO Patent Data

U.S. Copyright Office

Copyright Society of the USA

WIPO, World IP Organization


European Patent Office

China Patent & Trademark Office

Japan Patent Office



Patent tracking, analysis and research tools and services.

Thomson Delphion Headquarters
901 Warrenville Road
Suite 20
Lisle, IL 60532
1.630.799.0600  / 1.630.799.0688 Fax

Global Prior Art, Inc.

Global Prior Art’s expertise in locating prior art complements the legal and analytical expertise of patent attorneys.

21 Milk St. 6th floor
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 574-9574 / Fax: (617) 574-9559

ipCapital Group

ipCapital Group serves organizations that wish to protect and monetize intellectual property portfolios and implement Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) practices.

400 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 325
Williston, VT 05495
Phone (802) 872-3200 x279  / Fax (802) 288-9468
Toll Free (888) 853-2212

ipPerformance Group, Inc.

Provides extensive and comprehensive intellectual property management benchmarking, performance metrics, and best practices information database

104 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60565

Intellectual Property Research Associates (IPRA, Inc.)

Value of intellectual property including patents, trademarks and copyrights, financial terms (including royalty rates), licensing agreements.
1004 Buckingham Way
Yardley, Pennsylvania 19067

Russell L. Parr, CFA, ASA
Phone: 215 428-1163
FAX: 215-428-9545

IPVALUE Management

IPVALUE Management employs a systematic and comprehensive approach to IP commercialization with its partners.

1070 Arastradero Rd, Ste. 300
Palo Alto, California 94304
Tel: 650.856.VALU (8258) /  Fax: 650-856-8248


Ovalideas has developed a new toolset for aligning and integrating technology search information (from IP databases) with strategic objectives.

547 Dale Drive

Incline Village, NV 89541
Phone: 805-646-9824


The Patent Board

Proprietary analytic foundation, data, tools, and patent metrics provide insight into patent and portfolio quality. Patent Scorecard and related products.

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 3720
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 205-7000 Phone
(312) 205-7001 Fax

Patent Café

Intellectual property information portal and provider of intellectual property management and patent research tools.


441 Colusa Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991
Tel: 530-671-0200 Ext. 204 / Fax 530-671-0201

Rembrandt IP Management

Rembrandt works as a partner to help inventors realize value for their inventions.

Phone: 610-667-9685   Fax: 610-667-9687



Develops and commercializes technology for clients

505 King Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
800-201-2011 or 614-424-6424

Innocentive Inc.

Connects technology seekers and “solvers” through its global Open Innovation Marketplace

201 Jones Rd
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: +1-978-482-3300
Toll free: +1-866-812-7339
Fax: +1-978-482-3400

Intellectual Ventures

Invention company

PMB 502
227 Bellevue Way
Bellevue, WA 98004-5721
Phone: (425) 467-2300

Invent Resources

Develops products and patents for clients

781.862.0200, fax: 781.721.2300

Dr. Richard Pavelle:

New Venture Partners

Focuses on corporate spin-outs

98 Floral Avenue
Murray Hill, NJ 07974
+1 908 464 0900

NineSigma, Inc.

Connects technology innovation seekers and providers
23611 Chagrin Blvd. Suite 320
Cleveland, OH 44122-5540
United States
Tel (216) 295-4800
Fax (216) 295-4825


Collaborative R&D company

15 Acorn Park
Cambridge, MA 02140-2328

Ocean Tomo

Hosts IP auctions, provides advice in IP-related mergers and acquisitions, valuations, analytics

Chicago (Headquarters)
200 West Madison
37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
312-327-4400 Ph

UTEK Corporation

Technology transfer company focused on open innovation among corporations, universities and research laboratories worldwide

2109 E. Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Telephone: (813) 754-4330

Online marketplace brings buyers and sellers of technologies together

175 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA, USA 02494
+1 (781) 972-0600 | fax +1 (781) 972-0601


Athena Alliance: information, intangibles, and innovation (I3 or I-Cubed) economy

IP webguide – intellectual property information and services

Knowledge Management resources

Innovation Asset library (legal resources


Global Tech Scouting – Opportunities & Pitfalls

In this webinar recording, Amritt Inc.’s Gunjan Bagla discusses the ins and outs of establishing an international technology scouting program.  During this 60-minute session, Mr. Bagla answers the following questions:

  • Why is Global Technology Scouting important in 2013 and beyond?
  • Why traditional methods of scouting can have limited value when you go overseas?
  • What are the top unique pitfalls and worries about global scouting?

For an additional perspective on global technology scouting, you’re invited to the next session of the CoDev2014 Free Webinar Series: