From acorns to oak trees: how patent audits help innovations reach their full potential

What can Aristotle teach us about intellectual property? A core component of the ancient Greek philosopher’s world view was the idea that the true meaning of any object can be understood only by examining its fullest potential. So, for example, the essence of an acorn is not a round nut or squirrel food or even a seed; it is an oak tree. This higher calling is what guides the acorn along its path from a tiny seed to germination and growth to become one of the largest, strongest trees in the forest.


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