Invent Anything

In this series, John Cronin shares insights relating to invention, creativity, and intellectual property collected over 17 years at IBM (becoming its top inventor with over 100 patents and 150 patent publications) and 23 years as managing director of ipCapital Group (working with over 800 companies and approximately 15% of the Fortune 500, hundreds of mid-size companies and hundreds of startups and governmental laboratories).

You will learn:

• How to create inventions that are new, useful, and non-obvious
• Using creativity tools to solve problems in business and innovation
• Ways to build or strengthen an intellectual property portfolio strategically
• Why you want to keep patents and trade secrets as an employee, manager, or executive
• Generating value from your IP through licensing, sale, fundraising, asset-based lending, and acquisitions
• And much more...

Features Overview

Should Corporations Keep Inventing? An Interview with John Cronin and Mark Alyn Pt. 2

Season 01 Episode 17                                            28:43

In Part 2 of his interview with Mark Alyn, John recalls building a “patent factory” during his tenure with IBM as a semiconductor engineer in the technology development department.  John and Mark also discuss the question, “Do corporations need to continue to invent?”  It may seem obvious that the definitive answer is “Yes.” 

Teaching the World to Invent – An Interview with John Cronin and Mark Alyn Part 1

Season 01 Episode 16                                             33:51

In this special episode, Mark Alyn interviews host John Cronin about John’s background and what lead to his career as an inventor, starting from childhood to becoming the top inventor at IBM to founding ipCapital Group. 

Evidence of Use: Detecting Patent Infringement

Season 01 Episode 15                                            30:59

In this episode, John discusses when patent owners should consider getting an ‘Evidence of Use’ (EoU) opinion.  Evidence of use is a process of collecting material evidence that an outside party may be practicing the technology claimed in a patent.

Avoid Patent Infringement with Freedom to Operate

Season 01 Episode 14                                            30:45

In this episode, we'll cover freedom to operate (FTO), what it is, and the many strategies that you can use to gain leverage for your company.  

Invention vs. Innovation – What’s the Difference?

Season 01 Episode 13                                            33:42

Invention is the key tool driving innovation.  In this episode, John provides a clear differentiation of invention and innovation that, once understood, could transform your business. 

The Secret Weapon of IP: Enabled Publications

Season 01 Episode 12                                             26:15

In this episode, you will learn everything you need to know about enabled publications. Often erroneously called “defensive publications,” Enabled Publications offer a secret and powerful weapon in your IP arsenal. 

Using Trade Secrets to Create Tremendous Value

Season 01 Episode 11                                              32:17

In this episode, John unveils the power of trade secrets for your business. This episode answers questions like: What are trade secrets? How do you protect trade secrets? How to leverage trade secrets in business? And even how to create new trade secrets for your business.

6 Ways of Making Money with Patents

Season 01 Episode 10                                             26:51

In this episode, we will learn the six ways to make money with patents. Patents are expensive to obtain, and many inventors and executives want to maximize their ROI from intellectual property. 

How to Raise Money and Increase Valuation Using IP

Season 01 Episode 09                                            30:21

In this episode, we will discuss raising more money at a higher valuation using intellectual property. CEOs, founders, CTOs, etc. who are considering raising money may consider using a unique strategy of leveraging IP to tell a better story to investors.

How to Get a Patent On Your Invention

Season 01 Episode 08                                           25:33

In this episode, John discusses how to get a patent on your invention. This episode covers everything you need to know to get your first patent.

Strategy - Patent Infringement

Season 01 Strategy                                                21:44

In this episode, we will cover a very important problem in the intellectual property space: what happens when a business has just been threatened.  A close competitor recently received a very broad patent, and the first company believes the second company is violating the patent.  Now what do they do?

What is a Patent (and What Can it Do for You)?

Season 01 Episode 07                                            26:51

If you’ve ever wondered what a patent really is, the rights that it gives you, and what they mean for your business, you’re in the right place. 

Enablement for Patents and Intellectual Property

Season 01 Episode 06                                            18:38

In this episode, John discusses the technical details behind the process of ‘enablement’ – taking the invention from the conceptual stage to describing how it will work in practice. 

Types of Creativity: Continuous Improvement

Season 01 Episode 05                                           26:50

How can you take an invention from the early idea stage to something that will work and have value?   

Types of Creativity: Associative Thinking

Season 01 Episode 04                                           23:54

Associative thinking is one of the most powerful creative tools for inventors. By combining different objects, ideas, and methods, new inventions can be made by making novel connections with your mind. 

Types of Creativity: Divergent and Convergent

Season 01 Episode 03                                           26:37

In the third installment, John discusses two major types of creativity: divergent and convergent.

The Fundamentals of Creativity for Invention

Season 01 Episode 02                                           26:34

In this episode, John explains the fundamental ideas that underpin any creative process.

Creativity, Invention, and Intellectual Property

Season 01 Episode 01                                             25:12

In the introductory episode, John discusses his background, topics that will be covered in future episodes, and his motivations for starting the series. Also discussed are different points of view on IP issues, from the employees, managers, executives, and IP attorneys.