The elusive workings of true invention are amenable to technique. Inventor DAO will detail and collaborate in the use of its proven invention approaches that have in past efforts been used to produce large scale, rapid intellectual property development programs and their resulting portfolios.

See a representative sample of patents produced with these methods in the table below, covering a wide range of important mobile, social, media, and commerce inventions that emerged in the last wave of transformative technologies.

Generative Frameworks

A Generative Framework is a set of functionalities within an evolving market context, one that leads to a large number of useful and potentially valuable inventions.

For example, location, identity, time, and topic metadata generated by a mobile phone, in the context of an emerging, ubiquitous high speed mobile data network is a generative framework. When your device knows where you are, and the device in the pocket of a driver also knows its location, a ride-hailing application with great efficiency and transparency can be created. Similarly, a device aware of time and location may direct you to special, limited offers in your vicinity.

When we say “blockchain,” we really mean this kind of generative framework and not simply a distributed ledger. The generative framework includes distributed ledger technology, but also consensus models, token economies, self-sovereign identy, non-fungible, security, work, and other emerging token models, and more. Blockchain is every bit the generative framework that mobile + social technologies proved to be in the last great wave of technological innovation.

Root and Fruit Development

A broadly applicable set of inventions may be considered the roots of a tree of applications and products. This technique seeks to identify the branches of such a tree, and the varieties of “fruit” it may bear.

This conceptual framing maps well to the division between open, foundational technologies (the root) that cannot and should not be subject to patenting efforts, and the applications across a range of categories that will be built atop this foundation (the fruit).

Inventor DAO will focus on the fruit inherent in the promise of blockchain, crypto, tokenization, and related Web3 technologies. This also happens to be where banks, technology, consultancies, and future patent trolls are mounting well-funded efforts to capture and own the future of the emerging blockchain industry.

Virtual product development

Virtual Product Development, or “VPD”, is a deceptively straightforward technique. In VPD, a productization of some invention is articulated, and the invention team is given a virtual “green light” to develop that product and take it to market. This entails early stage product development: wireframes, business model development, features and requirements, and even marketing plans built around expected consumer personae.

As the Inventor team builds out this product (which, to be clear, there is no current, actual intention of developing) functionality or market conditions that are not yet understood will be revealed. For example, in a commercialized media mashup product, a way of identifying rights attaching to remixable media may not be extant yet is required for the product to function. Here, the team drops a conceptual “black box” that as yet “magically” performs whatever is needed to continue the VPD. Once a stopping point and reasonably complete product definition has been achieved, the team can return to these black boxes and find what is or needs to be inside of them. Frequently, these black boxes contain those most interesting and powerful inventions, because they represent a need for non-obvious, necessary solutions to difficult problems.
Taken further, a VPD may be extended into a full ecosystem development around the original product concept. What suppliers, marketing, or hardware partnerships are required to build out a full ecosystem? Will APIs be made available, and if so, what functionality and information do they expose? How is that monetized?
Virtual Product Development can be a most fruitful technique for accelerating development of both marketable products and foundational intellectual property.


A mashup unexpectedly combines disparate elements to create something new and useful. Ideally, the elements are drawn from entirely different contexts. In this way, they have the potential to combine separately powerful capabilities in the service of something new and equally powerful.

An example, drawn from another field of innovation to illustrate the principle: we might make a mashup of flight control systems and a “Tilt Brush” style artist’s tool. Tilt Brush provies a method for creating 3D drawings–sculptures, really–within virtual environments using hand controllers. The artist shapes a three-dimensional scene through direct, hands-on manipulation.

In our mashup, this creative technique would be applied in the context of commercial flight control. In a mashup of functionality and context, the flight controller would “paint” ribboned paths for incoming aircraft. These paths would persist visually, communicate flight paths to the aircraft, and be consumed as they are traversed by the planes assigned to them.  The result might be a more effective, rapid, and safer way to visualize the potential movement of commercial aircraft.

Combining this technique sith Virtual Property Development technique would reveal even more inventions as the technological or experiential, safety, and other requirements of an actual product of this nature would further reveal design and implementation problems that only further invention could address. In intentional, purposeful invention processes like these, fundamental and valuable intellectual property inevitably emerges, and well ahead of its emergence in conventional product development.

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