What Makes a Patent Valuable

By Louis Carbonneau In our last Pointers, we explained in detail how much recent court decisions and new rules at the USPTO had negatively impacted the value of US patents. This is not to say that all patents are worthless, far from it. Actually, based on the fact that we have recently received strong offers […]

Alternate Intellectual Property Valuation Approaches

By Weston Anson and Joshua Cawthorn Techniques for valuing intellectual property continue to develop, especially as access to information becomes easier and more efficient. The practice of valuing intellectual property has only been around for the past few decades, during which time the practice itself has grown and refined. Valuation is necessary in a number […]

Lifting the IP Fog of War

By Paul Adams In the 19th century the Prussian military genius Carl von Clausewitz coined the term the ‘fog of war’, to describe the uncertainty commanders face in battle. Clausewitz observed that officers who could pierce this fog, who could reduce relative uncertainty, consistently defeated opponents even when outnumbered and outgunned. This observation directly led […]

Top 5 IP challenges – and solutions – for all executives in 2015 (Part 2)

By Peter Cowan Last post I outlined the top 5 IP challenges all startups, investors, executives, and business leaders – not just IP focused leaders – will have in 2015.  These challenges directly impact R&D departments, legal groups, innovation teams, and even finance departments. The challenges revolve around the need for an evolving IP leadership. […]

Top 5 IP challenges all executives will face in 2015 (Part 1)

By Peter Cowan As much as the IP leaders wish IP to be top-of-mind in every business and investor, in reality this is not always the case.  In an ever more globalised environment, there are seemingly more immediate needs to speed up R&D execution, lower local manufacturing costs to compete globally, and constant pressures to […]

Patent Product Mapping – the rationale, the challenges and the techniques

By Donal O’Connell Definition: Patent claims can be mapped to a variety of parameters to support critical business decisions. As the name suggests, patent product mapping is about clearly linking a patent and one or more of the claims of that patent to a specific product or a specific component, part, feature or function within […]

Strategic Implications of Trade Secrets

By David Wanetick Trade secrets are the Rodney Dangerfield of intangible asset management: they don’t receive the respect they deserve. Trade secrets are valuable both as an as an alternative to patents and as a compliment to patents. What are Trade Secrets? Trade secrets are proprietary information, knowledge, formulas, methods, designs or processes. What differentiates trade […]


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