My first exposure to Lean came at Bombardier, Derby, England. Toyota had opened their first UK factory nearby and were working with other local companies that wanted to learn about Lean and improving productivity, Bombardier were one of them.
Google has just paid $12.5 Billion for ideas. (Globe and Mail)
The Web search giant, which earlier this summer lost a high-stakes battle for Nortel’s 6,000-patent portfolio to rivals Apple, Microsoft and Research In Motion, will purchase handset manufacturer Motorola Mobility for $12.5-billion (U.S.). The acquisition target’s primary asset? An arsenal of 17,000 existing and 7,500 pending patents.That is a lot of money to pay for ideas. The fact that Toyota and co have all shared their ideas so freely has to be celebrated.
A second question; if those ideas had been patented how much would they be worth?