Symbiosis in LOs LO11264

Richard K. Berger (
Wed, 04 Dec 1996 07:39:17 -0500

Replying to LO11214 --

Ben (and others):

If information is freely shared beyond the organization, all rights to
patent the technology will most probably be lost (because the information
is being released into the public domain). Isn't this too high a price to
pay? And, won't the competition MAKE the competitors better?

-- rkb

> Here's a simple theory, that I think has merit: An organization should not
> seek to dominate its competitors, but rather make them better. This
> implies some free flow of information/knowledge.
> As we publicly share information and knowledge, it forces us to be more
> innovative, which brings us more success.
> The fact that we share information and knowledge does not ensure our
> competitors will understand how to effectively act on it. Knowledge can be
> a very contextual thing.

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