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Is there a difference between “invention” and “discovery”?


I was recently asked to provide an opinion on this difference by some in the European seed industry. For many people, the distinction between these two actions is the difference between a technological innovation that can be proprietary (i.e., a patent) and one that is product of nature that should be part of the public domain. So, is there truly a distinction between discovery and invention. Of course, this distinction depends on the definition of these words. Under US patent law, there is no difference between discovery and invention regarding patentability.



The Makings of a Seed


We often shake our heads when we see how high the price is on a single, small technological item, especially when the single item is simple in design or manufacture.  To create modern technical devices, a number of technological solutions are required – solutions that were invented by someone.  Items of modern, technical commerce are amalgams of invention – inventions of design, problem solution, manufacture, packaging, connectivity, etc, etc., - and invention costs money and time.



How important is “business model” to technology commercialization?


There are typically at least several different business models that could be used to commercialize any new technology. These models are not equally as effective in commercialization, however. A “bad” business model will ruin a “good” technology. And while no business model – no matter how good – can save a “poor” technology, a good business model can make an average technology successful. What is a “business model”? At its most simple, a business model can be defined by three fundamental questions: What do you sell? Who do you sell it to? How do you sell it? New technology commercialization can be accelerated, hindered, or stopped by the choice of business model. The success rate of technology commercialization could be dramatically increased if technology entrepreneurs would consider, and thoroughly think through several different business models as they plan their commercialization strategies.



Bioproperty: An Essential Tool in Conservation, Tech Transfer and Commercialization


Richard S. Cahoon
Bioproperty Strategy Group
STEM
Pune, India Dec 2011
Today's Discussion



BioProperty Strategy Group: Company Introduction


Expertise & Experience Unique expertise, many years experience:
- Converting research discoveries into commercial opportunities



Seminar: IP Commercialization


Notes from Dr. Richard S. Cahoon, Santiago, June 1, 2010, OTRI Chile
Session 1: The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Process Technology Characterization and Assessment Defining the technology and the value proposition IP possibilities



Agripreneurship: Managing Agricultural Innovation and Enterprise Development


Lecture notes from August 2009, NAARM, Hyderabad, India
Principles of Technology Ownership



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