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The websites covered by the terms and conditions specified herein
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the intellectual property (IP) in which most of the presently existing
IP associated with the MG Taylor "Family of Organizations,"
System and Method resides. MG Taylor Corporation (MG Taylor) is
licensed to develop and market certain expressions of this IP in
the form of specific services and products including: DesignShops,
NavCenters, CyberCon, PatchWorks Designs, WorkFurniture and, 7 Domains,
Weak Signal and CHOICE Workshops. Atheneaum International (AI) and
knOwhere, Inc. (knOwhere), are licensed by MG Taylor to provide
a mix of products and services that stem from this IP. In addition,
they have certain expressions of it, in various service/product
mixes, for their own exclusive use, some of which is protected by
IP of their own.
AI retains ownership
of specific WorkFurniture designs and related methods, trade marks
and design and utility patents. knOwhere, Inc., has ownership in
certain products and services and Yolke, Inc. in certain computer
programs and applications.
MG Taylor has licensed
the DesignShop® process to Ernst
& Young, LLP (E&Y) for commercial application and to
a variety of client organization NavCenter environments for
internal use. Other product/service licenses with various organizations
are in progress.
This Intellectual Property
is protected by a variety of means:
Trademark & Service Mark
MG TAYLOR®, MGT®, the bull's-eye design logo, ANDMAP®,
DESIGNSHOP®, KNOWLEDGE FACTORY®, KNOWLEDGEWALL®, MGT
EXECUTIVE SYSTEMS®, RDS® REMOTECOLLABORATION®, TAKE-A-PANEL®,
VALUE WEB®, WEAK SIGNAL®, 10 STEP KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT WORK
PROCESS®, 7 DOMAINS®, HYPERTILE®, MANAGEMENT CENTER,
NAVIGATION CENTER, NAVCENTER, BUSINESS OF ENTERPRISE,
DESIGN/BUILD/USE, DESIGN FORMATION, JOURNAL OF TRANSITION
MANAGEMENT, KWIB, RAPID DEPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS,
SCAN/FOCUS/ACT, 10 STEP KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT MODEL,
THREE CATS, GROUP GENIUS, CHOICE(SM) DESIGN SESSION(SM),
DISCOVERY DAY(SM), PATCHWORKS(SM), 'SPOZE (SM) are trademarks and
service marks of iterations and licensed to MG Taylor. These
marks may be used publicly only with permission.
KNOWHERE®, OUTFITTING THE VIRTUAL WORKPLACE®, KNOWHERE(SM)
STORE, ZOOMTRAX(SM) are trademarks and service marks of iterations
and licensed to knOwhere, Inc. These marks may be used publicly
only with permission.
FOUNDATIONSERIES®, OCTOPUS®, WORKPOD®, WORKWALL®,
CUBE OFFICE, CUBE WALL, DOG, FOUNDATION II SERIES,
HUSKY, SAILDOG, SEADOG, THE INTELLIGENT WORKPLACE,
WORKFURNITURE are trademarks and service marks of iterations
and licensed to Athenaeum International (AI). These marks may be
used publicly only with permission.
CYBERCON®, CYBERCONN, KNETWEB(SM) are trademarks and
service marks of iterations and licensed to Yolke Corporation.
These marks may be used publicly only with permission.
As a licensing agent of iterations, MG Taylor has invested a great
deal of time, energy, and resources in these trademarks and service
marks, and in intellectual property in general. The proper legal
usage of these marks is critical to building and maintaining the
brand of the respective organizations. Misrepresention of trademarks
and service marks can result in loss of these marks and the respective
organization's distinct brand recognition. "Kleenex" "xerox,"
"styrofoam" and "coke" are just a few such examples.
So that you may help protect this intellectual property, we asked
that you download our "TRADEMARK
DOs AND DON'Ts," and the current "LIST
OF REGISTERED MARKS," two PDF
documents that provide guidlines for correct mark usage.
The Persona of Matt
and Gail Taylor and CAMELOT, the sailing vessel, are established
and protected. MG Taylor has certain right of use to this Persona
The look, sense, touch
and feel - the Trade Dress - of Taylor environments, processes and
subsystems are established in the mind of the customer
and protected from unfair competition. MG Taylor, AI
and the knOwhere Stores have certain right of use of this Trade
Dress. E&Y has right of use of the Trade Dress for the development
and use of the DesignShop process in certain applications.
Explicit Trade Dress
elements are being established for each environment, product and
service - as example, the FoundationSeries WorkFurniture units,
the knOwhere stores and NavCenter environments.
All processes related
to this IP and its use except where publicly disclosed is held in
Trade Secret. This includes processes related to facilitation, design,
fabrication, building, installing and the use related to physical
environments, work processes, computer systems, technical infrastructures,
work augmentation tools, language means, mediums of networking and
exchange, transportation of physical and virtual goods, operation
of value webs and supply chains etc.
A System and Method
Manual is in progress that describes both Patent and Trade Secret
materials. This Manual will be used as the basis for all licenses,
capability transfer, education and training processes.
A Patent is in pending
related to 6 subsystems of the System and Method. This patent involves
several levels of language and a process-architecture based on iteration,
recursion and feedback of agents acting in an environment of agents.
The patent involves a language that describes and operates the processes
and is, itself, in patent pending.
Ownership of Materials
Except as otherwise
noted, the information and/or software within this website ("Materials")
are the exclusive property of the individuals and organizations
as noted. All Materials are copyrighted
and protected by worldwide copyright laws and treaty provisions.
Except as noted, they may not be copied, reproduced,
modified, published, uploaded, downloaded, posted, transmitted,
or distributed in any way, without written permission. Except as
expressly provided herein, the owner of this intellectual property
grants no express or implied rights to you under any patents, copyrights,
trademarks, trade names, or trade secret information.
Summary of IP Strategy
our IP strategy is comprehensive and aggressive. The purpose it
not to attempt an exclusive use over some future section of the
knowledge-economy - the purpose is to establish a way to steward
a body of ideas into useful products and services while legally
protecting the emerging Value Web® community that invests, develops
and employs them. Certain aspects of the patent is expected to be
issued within the coming year.
Philosophically, we have a strong leaning toward
open source development. In many realms that we work,
however, there is question if the culture and operational traditions
are in place (yet) for this to work in the short term. As IP protection
is becoming a strategic process in many fields, we intend to have
it and then act differently in regards what we do with
it. Open Source is well covered by Eric Raymond in The Cathedral
and the Bazaar - his web page is:
It is the
intention of iterations, MG Taylor, AI, knOwhere, and Yolke
to partner with each other and Value Web members and organizations
to develop this IP into a number of products, services and organizations
by a systematic process of Intellectual Capital creation. The primary
strategy for doing this will be the employment of the system and
method itself in the creation and facilitation of these enterprise
of IP has its own set of rules. Rules by which IP is created and
held. The notion of what can be protected has undergone a radical
change in scope in the last few years. Many business processes can
now be patented, for example. Persona and Trade Dress protection
has become quite strong. Some IP is established by government franchise:
patent, trademark, copyrights are examples. Other IP has to be established
in the market place: Persona, Trade Dress are this way. These never
exist by a certificate of ownership - they are established
first in the minds of the public and, then, in the successful litigation
of unfair competition. Trade Secret is assumed as long
as an organization exercises diligence in protecting it.
across the board different about IP - from other kinds of law -
is that ownership has the burden of protecting it. Ownership cannot
be passive. Extreme diligence is required. IP is hard to get and
easy to lose. For this reason, MG Taylor exercises a high level
of diligence in protecting this IP. This is sometimes misunderstood.
It can be seen as harassing and nit picking. However, how
a trademark is presented on a page can lead to loosing of that mark.
This is just the way it is. In the future, a new game will
emerge and we intend to be part of it. In the mean time we also
intend not to be excluded from the very work we have invented.
today process patents, register trademarks and the like, and think
that they are exercising robust IP. This is rarely adequate in todays
environment. Few firms are up to date on the subject and fewer have
a comprehensive IP strategy. Intellectual Property is likely to
be one of the most competitive arenas as we enter the 21st. Century.
One thing is sure, if you have it you can always give it up. If
you do not have it you are unlikely to recover it in the future.
Policy for Use of Web Site Materials
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All members of the MG Taylor ValueWeb community must act
as a fiduciary to other members of the community and to the MG Taylor
ValueWeb system itself. Persons within the MG Taylor Value Web community
are advised of their fiduciary obligations to the communty. Briefly,
these obligations include:
I. DUTY OF CARE -- that is an obligation to act prudently under
II. DUTY OF LOYALTY -- that is an obligation to act in the interests
of ValueWeb. In other words, those within the community should not
seek to obtain undue advantage from the experience.
III. DUTY OF CONFIDENCE -- that is a recognition that everything
that you hear during an event is confidential. You may not pass
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that you receive during an event should be treated confidentially
Persons within the MG Taylor Value Web community are expected to
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concerning these obligations, please contact MG Taylor.
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