ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The death of patents and what comes after: Alicia Gibb at TEDxStockholm

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The death of patents and what comes after: Alicia Gibb at TEDxStockholm

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Alicia Gibb got her start as a technologist from her combination in backgrounds including: informatics and library science, a belief system of freedom of information, inspiration from art and design, and a passion for hardware hacking. Alicia has worked between the crossroads of art and electronics for the past nine years, and has worked for the open source hardware community for the past three. She currently founded and is running the Open Source Hardware Association, an organization to educate and promote building and using open source hardware of all types. In her spare time, Alicia is starting an open source hardware company specific to education. Previous to becoming an advocate and an entrepreneur, Alicia was a researcher and prototyper at Bug Labs where she ran the academic research program and the Test Kitchen, an open R&D Lab. Her projects centered around developing lightweight additions to the BUG platform, as well as a sensor-based data collection modules. She is a member of NYCResistor, co-chair of the Open Hardware Summit, and a member of the advisory board for Linux Journal. She holds a degree in art education, a M.S. in Art History and a M.L.I.S. in Information Science from Pratt Institute. She is self-taught in electronics. Her electronics work has appeared in Wired magazine, IEEE Spectrum, Hackaday and the New York Times. When Alicia is not researching at the crossroads of open technology and innovation she is prototyping artwork that twitches, blinks, and might even be tasty to eat.

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16 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The death of patents and what comes after: Alicia Gibb at TEDxStockholm”

  1. Who will invest in new drug research to share as an open source? Anyone wants to donate for an new Artificial Intelligent medical system for deformed babies?
    How about a new technology to defend a large city from an evasive missile system? We will share this technology with China and Russia, also North Korea and Iran.

  2. Patent system is fundamentally flawed. China proved this. Patent is by geographical jurisdiction. Patent is law. Law is under the control of the gov of a country. These factors all open the flaws of patent system.
    Another problem with patent is each problem has multiple solutions. When you patent one solution, others can patent the rest of the alternative solutions . Patent discloses your invention in detail to the public domain. Instead of keeping your trade secret a secret, you disclose it and this allows those skilled in the art to Design Around your patent given that there are multiple ways to solve a problem

  3. Sounds great, but how practical is it? A person may spend years working on an invention. What would he get by sharing it to the word. A recognition? Can he then take that recognition to the grocery store to buy food for his family or pay the tuition fees of his children? Not everything one needs to know can be learned in kindergarten. Reality is more complicated than kindergarten.

  4. Idea is great, but many times it is more challenging to get others to see the value of an invention. Hardware is time and money to develop, who will compensate the inventor for that. Perfection of hardware is not like modifying code or text, and yet the copyright laws protect the owner for a much longer period than the inventor!

  5. wow, it's difficult to put into the amount of time this child used to attempt to help her understand the pure folly of her position; especially if protecting innovation and innovators is her principle goal.

  6. @Karsten, (charming comment btw.) Have a second look at the video, I say that viewing source is a form of freedom of information. I too can't wait to hear what you'll be saying in 5 years after you do some research on the current open source businesses already incentivized with open sharing of products.

  7. gutsy and charming. I loved hearing her "view source" discovery moment ("view source" isn't open source btw). Can't wait to see her talk in 5 years after loads of research and conversations with patent holders, business and legal teams at places like IBM. A good question is do you have the research/arguments that would sincerely incentivize IBM to BSD/CC license inventions?

  8. Innovation generates revenue, increases profit, and Open Hardware allows technology transparency, easier maintenance which is the opposite of commoditization. Many Open Hardware companies are making millions now, be realistic : adafruit.com/blog/2010/05/03/million-dollar-baby-businesses-designing-and-selling-open-source-hardware-making-millions/

  9. Interesting, but unrealistically. Companies are drive by profit, not innovation. Sharing intellectual property leads to commoditization, which lowers profits. Innovation costs money.

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