The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 14, 2013

Have a smart idea? General Electric would like to give you thousands of its patents.

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BUSINESS — GE, through a partnership with product development startup Quirky, is enabling everyday people to utilize the mega-conglomerate's technology for new inventions. The Quirky community of inventors will be encouraged to innovate on technologies that GE (GE, Fortune 500)produces.

Those are technologies most everyday inventors wouldn't dream of touching for fear that they'd get their pants sued off by giant companies -- like GE. But GE emphasized the importance of big companies connecting with a community of entrepreneurs to push forward innovation.