How to determine the value of intellectual property in divorce cases

By Efrat Kasznik With approximately 50 percent of all U.S. (first or second) marriages ending in divorce, the proper identification and allocation of all marital assets is critical to the post-divorce well-being of both spouses. In a recent seminar sponsored by the Jewish Federation, financial advisor Tali Alon and family law attorney Esther Rosenfeld discussed […]

Music royalties – a siren song for niche investors seeking higher yield

By Bruce Berman A small but growing number of investors are buying the rights to musician’s future earnings, hoping to beat the fixed income returns and other markets. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “Music Royalties Strike a Chord,” these fixed income investors are lured by future returns of 8%-12% annually, when […]

The Psychology of IP Risk Management

By Donal O’Connell The psychology associated with risk: There are a variety of psychological factors which influence how people react to risks. Research conducted on this topic has helped to understand people’s risk perceptions; how “rules of thumb” influence how people evaluate risk; how risk perceptions influence people’s concern about risk; and how optimistic biases […]

10 Reasons to Start a Patent War

By Nigel Ravenhill   Patent wars have been part of the intellectual property landscape since the middle of the 19th-century and the frenetic innovation of the early days of the industrial revolution. Many of modern history’s most famous inventors were central figures, and their fortunes based on fortuitous legal decisions that concurred with their oral […]

Using Contracts to Protect your IP in South-East Asia: Licensing and Technology Transfer Agreements

By Helika Jurgenson at the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk  Many companies wishing to do business in  South-East Asia choose to license their IP to third parties in order to be able to expand their business ever more rapidly and conveniently. Well-drafted licensing and technology transfer agreements are the key to a successful business endeavor […]

Intellectual Property Value in Startup Investments: A View from Silicon Valley

By Efrat Kasznik Intellectual property assets (IP Assets), primarily patents and software, have been the driving force behind high tech companies, but often times investors fail to understand their unique value as strategic business assets.  Investors tend to focus on the defensive value of IP Assets, as it relates to protecting the company’s own products, […]

Using Contracts to Protect your IP in South-East Asia: NDAs and Employment Contracts

By Helika Jurgenson at the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk  IPR protection is an essential part of SMEs’ business strategy and it often defines the success of the business. Thus, it is very important for the SMEs to be aware of all of the possibilities to protect their IP. In today’s blog post we are […]