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.
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.
- Bera, R. K., Reforming the Patent System for the Post-Industrial Economy (September 23, 2015), SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2664035
- Bera, R.K., A Minefield of Patents (July 16, 2015), SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2630681
- Bera, R.K., A Rethink on the Expansive Scope of the Doctrine of Equivalents in U.S. Patent Law (May 30, 2015), SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2612300
- Bera, R K., How Valid are Judicial Exceptions in Subject Matter Eligibility in U.S. Patent Law? (May 10, 2015), SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2604737
- Bera, R. K., Synthetic Biology and Intellectual Property Rights, in Biotechnology (Deniz Ekinci, ed), InTech, ISBN 978-953-51-2040-7, Chapter 9, pp. 195-232 (2015), http://www.intechopen.com/download/pdf/48297. (Book is available at http://www.intechopen.com/books/biotechnology).