Operational Innovation Services for Product Inventions
Collaboration is an impactful method to increase the quality of innovation while driving the industry forward as a whole. In order to manage the external innovation process for your product inventions efficiently, our international team can support your operations by connecting with potential partners, interviewing experts and opinion leaders or scouting the right technologies for your business.
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Whether your business is in early stage research, product development or getting ready for commercialization, your product inventions can be rendered meaningless without intellectual property such as patents, trade secrets, copyright and trademarks. IP will enable science and technology professionals to protect and build value in their ideas.
Partner sourcing is the practice of tapping specialized, professional-grade know-how and talent. The identification of potential targets is the initial step. Then, these players must be qualified, sometimes anonymously, to validate various criteria (existing know-how or technology, interest, availability, relationship with competition, etc.). Finally, the direct meeting is the only guarantor of a possible partnership.
Expert interviews are a standard method of qualitative approach in R&D and innovation. Our consulting team is experienced in interviewing experts and Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs). We have developed a methodology, workshop design and facilitation. Interviewing experts can help you assess a new technology or market, value risks and opportunities and provide project or investment due diligences.
Technology scouting is a race against competition. You have to identify first the most promising technologies. Next, you have to identify the tech owners, validate the tech availability and manage efficiently a licensing-in process. Identifying technologies, patents and companies is the first step. Then, you have to rank regarding your custom criteria, depending on your specific strategy.
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