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noun adaptation, alteration, breaking of precedent, change, change in method, departure, digression, divergence, diversification, exchange of obligations, modernization, modification, mutare, neoterism, new device, new idea, new method, new phase, novare, novelty, radically new measure, revision, revolution, shift, variation

INNOVATION. Change of a thing established for something new.
     2. Innovations are said to be dangerous, as likely to unsettle the common law. Co. Litt. 370, b; Id. 282, b. Certainly no innovations ought to be made by the courts, but as every thing human, is mutable, no legislation can be, or ought to be immutable; changes are required by the alteration of circumstances; amendments, by the imperfections of all human institutions but laws ought never to be changed without great deliberation, and a due consideration of the reasons on which they were founded, as of the circumstances under which they were enacted. Many innovations have been made. in the common law, which philosophy, philanthropy and common sense approve. The destruction of the benefit of clergy; of appeal, in felony; of trial by battle and ordeal; of the right of sanctuary; of the privilege to abjure the realm; of approvement, by which any criminal who could, in a judicial combat, by skill, force or fraud kill his accomplice, secured his own pardon of corruption of blood; of constructive treason; will be sanctioned; by all wise men, and none will desire a return to these barbarisms. The reader is referred to the case of James v. the Commonwealth, 12 Serg. & R. 220, and 225 to 2 Duncan, J., exposes the absurdity of some ancient laws, with much sarcasm.

INNOVATION, Scotch law. The exchange of one obligation for another, so that the second shall come in the place of the first. Bell's Scotch Law Dict. h. t. The same as Novation. (q. v.)

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As important as risk taking and striving to achieve great product/service innovations are today, striving for incremental innovations to present-day processes is similarly worthwhile.
While we consider ourselves an innovative company," said Emerson CTO Randall Ledford, "we are not so egotistical to think that innovations come from inside the company.
The "disruptive innovation theory," first described by Clayton Christensen in the 1997 book The Innovator's Dilemma (see sidebar), holds that organizations have the best chance of creating new growth by bringing disruptive innovations into a marketplace.
IBM intends for this pledge to form the basis of an industry-wide "patent commons" in which patents are used to establish a platform for further innovations in areas of broad interest to information technology developers and users.
As is explained in Seeing What's Next, sustaining innovations "are improvements to existing products on dimensions historically valued by customers.
The Construction Innovation Forum is a non-profit, international organization founded in 1987 to encourage and recognize innovations that have improved the quality or reduce the cost of construction.
They accept innovations and can then persuade others to do the same.
By moving forcefully forward with adequate investments behind innovations of promise, such organizations become identified as market leaders, creating reputations and market positions that constitute barriers to entry by their competitors.
Jim Smith, general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures - will provide a variety of perspectives on innovation with a focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of the electronics, semiconductor and EDA industries.
Such innovations don't come without at least a little pain, however: The new ice-cube trays cannibalized Rubbermaid's existing product and rendered about $1 million worth of tooling obsolete, Schmitt says.
More than that, though, the success that the event has had over the years reinforces that Arizona is a state that supports innovation and that it is welcoming to the entire breadth and depth of technology-related business and academic endeavors.
Stem Cell Innovations is developing PluriCells[TM], a new human stem cell technology derived from primordial germ cells of fetal tissue.

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