Open Innovation is expanding in advanced manufacturing with announcements by leading automotive OEMs to provide enhanced access to their vast intellectual property positions in vehicle electrification and hydrogen power. Traditional OEM business models are evolving to include services that create a connected personal lifestyle cocoon nurturing efficiency, safety and green environmental impact. Following the admired model of Germany’s Fraunhofer Institutes, the US Government is establishing a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes; the latest is the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) in Detroit’s revitalized Corktown district. The acceleration of innovation is driving societal change and empowering entrepreneurs to enhance our way of living sustainably. AutoHarvest’s members are leaders providing myriad opportunities for upstarts to become game changers. And, some old dogs are teaching new tricks too.

Every month our I-Hub members provide interesting research, compelling blog entries and video presentations explaining current issues, transaction methods and innovation thinking. We continue to add new events to our 2015 roster of conference partners who gather top thought leaders to regional innovation hotspots to share deep dives on technology and spark commercialization relationships. We hope to see you at one of these terrific expos.

As always, we invite all readers to join our intellectual property marketplace, free of charge, and engage the community. Join and get One-Click-Closer® to being our next success story.

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Featured Members
Ford Global Technologies, LLC
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. As recently announced, "Ford Opens Portfolio of Patented Technologies to Competitors to Accelerate Industry-Wide Electrified Vehicle Development."
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Watch Ford "Multimodal Mobility Solutions Come To Life"
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LIFT serves U.S. manufacturing by supporting innovative manufacturing technologies, and enabling cost-effective lightweighting of components used in transportation systems for land, air and sea. LIFT members are able to leverage significant NNMI federal funding to advance their lightweight material manufacturing capabilities. Target sectors include automotive, aerospace, defense, over the road truck, and rail.
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SofTrek Inc
SofTrek Inc innovates software using the sense of touch to control electronics. We license our technology or partner with other companies to create safeguards for driving. Our concept is a novel safeguard for vehicles transitioning to the driverless car.
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Innovation Hub
Innovation and Culture – Two Halves of the Same Coin
Over the past five years, with businesses being buffeted by economic storms, finding sources of innovation can be the difference between success and failure. This article esplores the difference between innovation and culture.
Read: "Innovation and Culture – Two Halves of the Same Coin"
SRR Journal and blog Articles
Stout Risius Ross (SRR) is a premier global financial advisory firm that specializes in Investment Banking, Valuation & Financial Opinions, and Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services.
Read the latest on the SRR blog here.
Read: “Corporate Spin-Offs: Slimmed Down for Excess Returns”
Innovation Enterprise
Innovation Enterprise, a CFO Publishing company is an independent business-to-business multi-channel media brand focused on the information needs of Senior Finance, Operations, Analytics, Big Data, Strategy, Digital, Innovation & Sports executives. Products include IE.Summits, ieOnDemand, ieWebinars, ieWhitepapers & more.
Watch: “Open Innovation at MindJet”
Intellectual Asset Management
IAM is a unique publication which focuses on the many ways in which intellectual property and intangible assets can be used to create corporate value.
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Upcoming AH Appearances Join AutoHarvest at these Industry Expos
9th Annual Innovations in Automotive Seating
July 27-29, 2015 | Detroit, Michigan, USA
The 9th Annual Automotive Seating Summit. New Designs and Cost Efficient Innovations Transform the Future of Automotive Seating

The Battery Show; The Expo for Advanced Batteries
September 15-17, 2015 | Novi, Michigan, USA
The Battery Show is attended by technical leaders, scientists, engineers, project leaders, buyers and senior executives concerned with advanced energy storage and will host the very latest advanced battery solutions for electric & hybrid vehicles, utility & renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military and telecommunications.

Corporate Venturing Summit USA
October 15-16, 2015 | San Francisco, CA
This summit will gather the world's most dynamic startups & CVC's and senior executives operating in the areas of business development and investment.

IPBC Asia 2015
November 8-10, 2015 | Tokyo, Japan
IPBC Asia is the only annual event in Asia-Pacific to focus specifically on IP value creation and reflects the region's growing importance in the international IP marketplace.

Aluminum USA in Detroit
November 11-12, 2015 | Cobo Center, Detroit, MI
Aluminum USA covers industry specific solutions for the aluminum industry directed to automotive, transportation, aerospace and building/construction.

Chief Innovation Officer Summit US
December 2-3, 2015 | New York, NY
A melting pot of corporate innovators, futurists & incubators - The Summit is for all professionals working in Innovation, R&D, Product Development, Consumer Insights, Marketing & Technology.