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FAB ACADEMY 2017 / WIM LANZ

May 31: invention, intellectual property, and income


This week it's all about invention, intellectual property and income. The goal of this assignment is to develop a plan for dissemination of our final project. Are you going to give it away? Are you going to sell it? Are you going to license it? Is it a business, a product or a service?

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Invention:


My final project contains two elements, one is the magnetic levitation module and one is the cloud with all the weather data. It also includes a CCode with a .json script to get me all different kind of data depends on weather, humidity and forecast. You can download all my files through my Fab Academy page.

Intellectual property:


I made some research about two different copyright licenses because a patent was not going to cut it, and was not necessary:

All the Projects which have been generated through the Fab Academy are under an open license which means they are opensource so everybody can download and reuse the files. I decided to license my final project under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License .

What does this mean?


A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license gives people the right to share, use, and build upon a work of the author. CC provides a flexibility to the author(for example, he/she might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of his/her own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work. .

You can have a look at all the legal codes of this license under this link .



The second license I looked at was a GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE.

The difference between the Creative Commons license and the GNU license is that with the GNU everybody can use and build my prototype, while with the CC license everybody can also change and readapt my files, which at the end helps me more to get more peoples knowledge and make at the end a much rounder and well produced end product. That's why I decided to go for the Creative Commons License.

Income:


I want to explore and research more about the magnetic levitation module and if I have this done I want to make a small crowdfunding campaign on either kickstarter or indiegogo to see if the people are interested in my product and are willing to invest money/coins for it.

Develop a plan for dissemination:


1. Make a crowdfunding campaign.
2. Reach agreements with privateers or shops to sell my product.
3. Attend to make talks and share my knowledge about what I learned on conferences or labs.