Saturday, August 04, 2012

Freedom to Operate

"Good things come to those who wait."

Wikipedia tells us that the above phrase "extolls the virtue of human patience", and has been a central theme of several notable marketing campaigns in the late 20th century, including Guinness stout, and Heinz ketchup.

I've been absent from my blog for a little over a year if you go by the date of my last publication, but it's been closer to three years if you want to consider how long it's been since I was writing here regularly.

The what, where, and why of the extended idea embargo are not important, other than perhaps to compare it by analogy to a classic challenge many innovation practitioners face in the (patent) prosecution of their ideas: obtaining the freedom to operate.  Often times, an idea may be blocked from practice by opposing logistical claims which serve to create barriers to innovation.  Such barriers, however, are seldom permanent.

I'm looking forward to resuming an exchange of thoughts on a wide array of topics and culture you came to expect in the past, as well as new areas that might surprise you. 

For those of you who have been patiently waiting, I thank you, and hope to be able to offer you food for thought that is as least as nutritious as tomato extract and beer.