The partnership with Quirky focuses on the development of co-branded products based on thousands of patents being opened up.

GE and the social product development company Quirky have partnered to enable anyone to get involoved in the development of new products. GE will open thousands of its patents and new technologies to the Quirky community on a new platform.

The first of these will be optical systems, including holographic and fast-focusing lens technologies, barrier coatings, telematics and asset tracking technology. The hope is that these patents will inspire new ideas and revive the concept of patents as sources of inspiration rather than restriction.

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