There is a tendency in life, though particularly in business, to covet ideas, research, and innovations. R&D of any kind, personal or professional, is often kept under lock and key for fear someone may steal our brilliance. It's hard to make a counter argument, or at least it has been in the past. We are a people obsessed with patents and lawsuits.
However, there is a movement afoot, and there has been for a number of years, to make it passe to covet intellectual property. This movement takes the mantra that "information wants to be free." And the mantra is spreading. Put the New York Times on-line for everyone to see all of the content free, make wireless available for all, everywhere. And if you are working on an innovative concept, share it and you will be amazed by how much your concept will improve as a result of outside input. And your concept, will inspire the creativity of others.
My boss is bolted into the innovation and design worlds, having spent most of his life fiddling around with ideas, concepts, and cool "stuff". He has attended and spoken at innovation conferences with some of the greatest minds of our times, some you know and some you've never heard of. Their insights are too good to keep to myself and sadly aren't covered well by mainstream media. So I'm doing my part to spread the world.
Have a look at the following sites and the podcasts of speakers, and you'll have a tough time not be innovative, regardless of your field:
The above picture can be found at http://experiencecurve.com/archives/poptech-the-conference-that-is-out-20ing-the-web-20-summit