What we do?

  • We help people act with insight.
  • We help companies grow from the inside.
  • We help employees turn into thinkers.

We ignite thought

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

--Thomas Jefferson
on Patents and Freedom of Ideas

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of them. --Linus Pauling

There is no way to find the best design except to try out as many designs as possible and discard the failures. --Freeman Dyson

It is insight that allows one to see opportunities. Without insight and without a novel and non-obvious working solution, there is no innovation. Technology is now heavily driven by advancements in science; hence those possessing scientific insights will play a crucial role in the future creation of innovative products and processes that have social and economic value. Bearing this in mind, we conduct brain-stimulating sessions on specific scientific and technological topics or areas. These sessions are useful for organizations which would like to create an innovative culture among their employees as a strategic part of the organization’s growth program. This program is particularly suited for start-ups whose members want to break away from the bonds of rote learning and become free-thinking individuals. The focus is on making people realize their inborn capability to innovate if they would make an effort to open their minds, presently closed due to years of rote learning. The idea is to turn people into explorers of ideas. Brain stimulation sessions are not brain-storming sessions. Participants in brain stimulation sessions should have suitable scientific and technical knowledge related to the topic of discussion.

Brain stimulation sessions take note of the fact that the information age is intrinsically different from the industrial age. The Supreme Court of the United States in Bilski v. Kappos, 561 U.S. __ (2010) (Bilski at 10) has aptly noted:

[The Information] Age puts the possibility of innovation in the hands of more people and raises new difficulties for the patent law. With ever more people trying to innovate and thus seeking patent protections for their inventions, the patent law faces a great challenge in striking the balance between protecting inventors and not granting monopolies over procedures that others would discover by independent, creative application of general principles.

Brain stimulating sessions should not be used by a client as an indirect means of eliciting solutions to its scientific and technical problems when a consulting engagement is more appropriate. Clients should take adequate precautions to ensure that any form of client-confidential information is not exposed in these sessions by those attending from the client’s side.

See also Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. Coyne, Seven steps to better brainstorming, McKinsey Quarterly, March 2011, https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/PDFDownload.aspx?ar=2767&srid=110.

Chief Mentor’s Corner
  1. Bera, R.K., Raj, S., and Balsari, H., Comments on the Draft Approach to the 12th Five Year Plan of India, Acadinnet Commentary 2011-01, December 2011. Also as SSRN id 1968313, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1968313.
  2. Bera, R.K., and Menon, V., A new interpretation of superposition, entanglement, and measurement in quantum mechanics, arXiv:0908.0957v1 [quant-ph], 07 August 2009. http://arxiv.org/abs/0908.0957
  3. Bera, R.K., Post-1980 World of Biotechnology Patents in the U.S., Current Science, Vol. 96, No. 10, 25 May 2009, pp. 1343-1348 http://cs-test.ias.ac.in/cs/Downloads/article_44107.pdf
  4. Bera, R.K., Intellectual Property fuels a Global sense of Competitiveness, Current Science, Vol. 96, No. 7, 10 April 2009, pp. 898-903. http://cs-test.ias.ac.in/cs/Downloads/article_43948.pdf
  5. Bera, R.K., The Changing role of Universities and Research Institutions in a Global Economy: Lessons drawn from the U.S. biotechnology sector, Current Science, Vol. 96, No. 6, 25 March 2009, pp. 774-778. http://cs-test.ias.ac.in/cs/Downloads/article_43895.pdf
Intellectual Property Lecture Abstracts
On innovation
In a competitive world where economic survival depends on being innovative, significant problems generally require beyond the state-of-the-art knowledge to find a solution. That is why competitive advantage devolves on societies which provide quality university education, foster well-complemented university-industry R&D collaborations, and are willing to welcome brains-in-circulation from anywhere in the world. Most people seem to forget that R&D and innovation are twin sisters.
Part I Copyright, trademark, trade secret
Some basic aspects of intellectual property rights related to copyright, trademark, and trade secret will be discussed. Patents will be discussed in the next lecture.
Part II Patent
This lecture will cover matters related to patentability, who can be named as an inventor in a patent, and ownership of patents. Important aspects related to the preparation of a patent application will also be discussed.
Part III Patent prosecution
Prosecution is the process by which a patent application is defended before the patent office before it takes a decision on the patent application. The process is both time consuming and rigorous. It typically consists of arguing in writing with an examiner about claims: over prior art, technical details, legal precedents, and claim language specifics. Important aspects related to patent prosecution will be discussed.
Part IV Infringement & litigation
Getting patents which will be found valid, enforceable and infringed when involved in patent infringement litigation are crucial. Infringed patents can be enforced through litigation; a patent is essentially the right to sue. Infringement and litigation is mainly about the power to regulate the manner in which goods and services are sold; it is not about the way people use those goods and services. Getting a patent and getting an enforceable patent are two different things. Important aspects related to infringement and litigation will be discussed.
Part V The ‘Bayh-Dole’ Acts
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 enacted in the U.S. in 1980 has been emulated by several other countries. After years of expectation, India too introduced a similar bill titled “Protection and Utilization of Public Funded Intellectual Property Bill 2008” in the Rajya Sabha on December 15, 2008. We examine the possible impact of the bill should it become law in light of experiences in the U.S. and Japan.