This article published on the website of the WIPO may be old hat for some of the super-geeks, but for others it may provide useful reading. Another good read on the same subject that also includes a few links and additional information can be found on the website of CORDIS. For preliminary prior art search search I recommend espacenet and the USPTO. Whatever you do, do read the small print, disclaimers and remember that terminology is in this field as important as syntax is in programming.
I was both honoured and delighted to be interviewed about my participation in reboot by Nicole Simon. Here is the link to the podcast on bloxpert. For my part I found that listening to the other interviews made me feel like I am at reboot already.
by Dannie Jost at 21:01
In the age of knowledge social ecosystems, emergent phenomena happens in a nonlinear way. After interviewing a few people I had to sit in the garden, listen to the rain, and meditate on the information at hand and the objectives of reboot. I started my preparation for the interactive inquiry into "Knowledge ownership" (workshop) by picking the brains of a few very bright individuals chosen at random or at my convenience and the few that braved to volunteer. Given that random is just another form of bias, and convenience can be considered a characteristic of a social system, I thank those named below for sharing their knowledge and opinions in such an informal and generous manner. Both skype (voice and/or im) and personal face-to-face interviews were used. Ben Voigt, Jean-François Groff, Jens-Christian Fischer, Pedro Custodio, Rick Segal and Matthias Guenter. Interview questions guidelines: 1. In your formal education, how much intellectual property (IP) training or information have you had? 2. What do you know about IP? 3. When do you use IP? How? 4. What works in today's IP system? 5. What does not? 6. What kind of IP protection do you wish for? First of all, I learned a lot and was inspired by what was shared in these interviews. To put it in other words, there is work to do, lots of work, and this is the kind of work that I have fun doing. Here are a few of the observations synthesized from what I heard and understood: 1. The available tools for intellectual property protection are not well known. University and tertiary education do not deal with the subject in any depth, if at all. A working knowledge is obtained on the job, and thus colored by whatever strategies used at the workplace. 2. The distinction of what constitutes intellectual property is not clear. The available tools and sources of information are not well known. 3. The perception is that the present system works in part and in specific situations, it is however stretched beyond its limits when it comes to software. Software and hardware do not have the same inherent characteristics (development cycle, lifetime, development cost, technical challenge). 4. It is important to protect one's development investment and reward creativity. 5. Prior art search is not easily accessible. (Where, what, how) 6. Trivial patents are an hinderance. 7. Cost and enforcement are very demanding. Yes there was more, but the seven points above represent the highlights. What is the idea here? We will have a chance to interact and get thinking - not just having thoughts - about what is essential in the question of knowledge ownership and what would be fit for purpose. I view this workshop as the first step in creating the kind of knowledge ownership tools or guidelines that are going to serve our world wide needs. Where do we begin? Consider that we live in a world where: 1. Physical resources are abundant. 2. Business is about people creating economic and social sustainability and bringing forth change. 3. Logistics and knowledge are pivotal intangibles. 4. The key resource is intelligence. How do we address the question of knowledge ownership in software?
by Dannie Jost at 04:37
I was greeted back to Berne on Monday with rain and a luxuriating garden threatening to take over my space and certainly begging for participation in my life. That and that thing we call work kept me busy this week, however I feel behind in all accounts. Today during lunch hour I finally left the garden and went into town with the main idea of getting some earth for repotting my kitchen herbs and few groceries items. Today it is Grand Prix meaning that the public transportation trough town gets disrupted. After I got my shopping done, bumped in two people I know, and then wanted to head home with the pull-along shopping cart on tow I headed to the Rathaus on foot without thinking that that stop was not being serviced. Blundering as I am I bumped into a third person, Adolf Ogi, who was standing there by the Bernese Rathaus watching the beginners and fun runners streaming and trodding by. I greeted him first since there was no reason for him to remember me. We had been introduced at the Swiss Economic Forum some years ago. We exchanged a few impressions and ideas about politics and sports and then I asked him one last question. Has he in his years as UN Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace seen anything happen that gives him revindication and satisfaction for his work there. His answer was affirmative and his whole demeanor confirmed his words although those results are not to be seen in Europe and in North America. Adolf Ogi claims to have seen the benefits of sport in Africa and Asia in helping victims of political conflicts cope with life. Now, you must know that Adolf Ogi and I do not even belong to the same party. He is SVP, a party whose tactics and strategies need to be questioned and their motivations illuminated with very bright shinny lights. But then to belong to a party and representing its ideology are two different pairs of shoes. I know from my own experience and minor league play in my party, FDP, that indeed while humans may have a heart, party ideologies rarely do. That said, I must add that I am a long time admirer of Adolf Ogi as a politician. He is down to earth, humble and very authentic. He is also the kind a guy that will tell a statesman when he is off and then make him smile. He is not particularly sophisticated, he does not need to be, he is real. This is a very incomplete report.
by Dannie Jost at 16:45