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Justin Blows

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  1. Hi Andrew,

    You said:


    Much of the IoT hype talks about connecting the fridge to the stove, although why, I can’t imagine.

    I agree that "merely" connecting a fridge to a stove is not very inventive. 

    The creative challenge for IoT engineering: There are many yet to be invented ways in which the fridge and the stove are synergistically connected, in ways that is only possible with IoT technologies (i.e. not simply control from a distance etc).

    Some of these may add real value and consequently commercial opportunities.




  2. Hi Andrew,

    You and Geoff raise important points about successful IoT enterprises.

    Because this is an engineering and not a IOT business forum, my response is brief.

    I agree it is necessary:

    • to understand the application and the underlying IoT technology
    • have access to multidisciplinary skills, including engineering and design
    • to focus on sales and marketing
    • have a route to manufacture
    • have a route to market
    • involve capital partners if necessary

    The following may also be needed:

    • a great business plan supported by a network of business advisers
    • strategic intellectual property planning, including
      • freedom to operate
      • patent filing strategies (which may be to file nothing)

    I've started a blog on this site about IoT intellectual property strategy.


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