Protect Your Greatest Innovations

HBK-picI work with Senior Leadership and development teams cultivating innovation, capturing good ideas, and creating competitive advantage through patenting. I also have access to a global open innovation network to tap into when talent, knowledge, or solutions are needed.

Are you working on any big innovations? 

I am eager to engage with Senior Leaders in companies who are working on (or need to find) their next big innovation. Are you stuck on where to innovate to grow revenues, do you need to create a story to sell innovation to your business leaders, are you worried about competition encroaching into your market, is your team working hard and you fear your innovation is not protected with patents, would your team benefit from working with a serial entrepreneur?

Five Ways I Can Help You Reach Your Innovation Goals

+ Empower entrepreneurial thinking by embedding with your team

+ Facilitate Insightful invention capture workshops to harvest ideas

+ Develop innovation landscapes that uncover hidden opportunities

+ Draft strategic patents around breakthrough innovation

+ Capture competitive advantage by building patent portfolios

Discover | Breakthrough Opportunities


I want to be your innovating partner and drive your successful innovation outcomes.

Internal corporate innovation can be hard, slow, and frustratingly bureaucratic.  While many corporates try to work with startups to tap into something new, few find meaningful, business impactful, scalable, commercialization success. I can change this type of outcome for you!

The approach transforms your business needs into a vision by linking patent landscapes with macro-trends. Patent protect the vision and bring tech talent in to develop, pilot, and commercialize the solution.

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Leading | Insightful Collaboration

People-BrainstormingWorkshops | Done well, a facilitated invention capture workshop invites Associates to hear about a challenging area that is important to the business and then journey with them to explore, brainstorm, and collaboratively share ideas and solutions.

Working in small teams, a group engaged in the process can add on to small ideas making them bigger, focus big ideas on solving meaningful business impactful needs, and provide a wealth of insights about the organization that only the diversity of thought can create in an arena of ideas. The harvesting of ideas in such workshops is plentiful and rewarding.

Designing | Strategic Patents

Strategy-BulbLandscapes | When it comes time to create a patent portfolio, patent landscapes show you what others have done and exposes the white-spaces of opportunity. This information is useful and shines a light on the patentable merit of your own harvested ideas.

Idea bundling | Strategies to protect as many ideas as possible, in as few patent applications as you can, create different kinds of much-needed flexibility. For example, buying time to shift the direction of ideas as the development team makes progress or when Marketing engages and forces a course correction.

This technique is also really helpful in fast-changing emerging technology areas, where business models are being tested, when competitors may be poised to disrupt, or like in my startup when there are just way more ideas than budget and you have to shoestring-it to make it all fit.


Macro trends | Less obvious is how one might look into the future and predict which ideas are going to be more valuable than others. Like a crystal ball.

A macro-trend analysis looks at the interrelationships between Consumer, Technical, and Business insights and links relevant social trends with patentable ideas in an attempt to capture the future. This is a technique I have developed over many years and is one of my most favorite studies to do and portfolios to create.

What's right for you | Putting it all together there are lots of ways to protect your Company's greatest innovations. Empowering Associates to think big, collaborating to harvest good ideas, and developing patent portfolios to create competitive advantage are some of the areas. Different situations warrant different approaches and getting started is the best way to explore.


HBK-pic2I am a serial entrepreneur and innovator who helps companies develop market-changing technology by identifying and capturing intellectual property around breakthrough innovation. I have startup experience raising more than $120 million in funding and a successful exit on NASDAQ. In my startup, I invented a wireless cashless payment technology that is widely used today. I then became a member of Coca-Cola R&D. At Coke, I led a team of innovators in the design of cold drink equipment. One such innovation was the Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser. After Freestyle, I successfully grew Coca-Cola’s open innovation program. The program scouted for technologies to meet Coke's business needs worldwide.

Having experience from both the startup and corporate perspective, I know firsthand how challenging it is to get breakthrough innovations out of the lab and into the marketplace at a meaningful big company scale, quickly. To address this challenge I founded which focuses on corporate innovation. In this endeavor, I developed innovative tools and methods to bridge the gap between corporates and startups in completely new ways. A focus is growing an online innovator's community and engaging with corporate partners to connect innovation needs with technical community solutions. I also understand well the role of patents in open innovation environments. I am a registered US Patent Agent with more than 20 years of patent experience and a prolific inventor with more than 90 patents. Here is a list of my US patents.

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