What’s our one truly unlimited resource? Intellect. Our minds. Our ability to think through problems. The limiting factors with intellect are often related to execution. A great many ideas are literally put on a shelf and forgotten. What if you could match up fallow ideas with problems in need of a fix?

That’s what Marblar is doing. The start-up is mining university patents with the eventual aim of finding applications for them by publicizing the patents and asking readers to help fit those solutions to the right problems.

Putting idle resources back into circulation is a common theme at dMASS. We’ve shown how companies are harvesting value from bare rooftops, grassy lawns, empty rooms, and neglected tools through sharing, bartering, leasing, and other means. It’s interesting to see how intellectual property can be brought back into the fold as well. Are you aware of similar examples?