A derivative innovation is a secondary product or service derived from a platform innovation. Derivative innovations include new server-client configurations based on a new network architecture or operating system for a cell phone, for example. These innovations are slight modifications of the main product. In the case of Microsoft-like software, the platform is Windows and derivatives are a new office suite; for CDMA-like platforms, derivative innovations are various features available to service providers; for a major satellite system, the derivative innovations are various launching options or capabilities offered to users.
Courtesy of: Praveen Gupta
Added: Jan. 22, 2008