Will blockchain technology fuel a new patent war or prevent one?

By Bruce Berman The race is on to gain control of a new technology that has the power to reinvent banking and make transactions and other agreements between parties cheaper, safer and easier to complete. Like disruptive inventions that preceded it, blockchain has businesses, large and small, jockeying for leadership. This means that patents are likely […]

Tips for Protecting your Brand in South-East Asia

By the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Team Business in South-East Asia – the facts and figures Economic growth in South-East Asia has been, and is likely to remain strong. As its economies have shifted from exports to a broader base of growth drivers, both consumption and investment in the region has soared[1]. Between 2015 […]

Prevention not cure: online IPR in South-East Asia

By the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Team South-East Asia possesses a population of around 600 million people; of these, there were 203 million internet users in South-East Asia at the end of 2014.[1] While the share of internet users varies by country (Myanmar’s internet penetration equates around 1.2%, whereas in Singapore it is around […]

The Four Horsemen of the IP Apocalypse – Conclusion

By Joren De Wachter The relationship between Intellectual Property and technology is a complex one. It is not clear how the causality runs – does Intellectual Property arise as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution, operating as a mechanism that slows down innovation and reverses redistribution of wealth (effectively ensuring that capital investment earns a […]

Where do IP related risks originate?

By Donal O’Connell Introduction: By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with intellectual property (IP). Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or loss will occur. Risk management is the process of analyzing exposure to risk and determining how best to then handle such exposure. […]

The fourth horseman of the IP Apocalypse: Peer-to-Peer, the Crowd and social media

By Joren De Wachter 1. What is Peer-to-Peer? In its origin, the expression “peer-to-peer” refers to a computer network, where a distributed computer application architecture partitions tasks or workloads between peers. However, the concept has since moved to social and economic spheres, where it covers issues such as distributed networks, based on the equipotency of […]

IP Strategy is Increasing Focus at Innovative Companies: Here’s Why

By Jackie Hutter After more than 8 years, I can report that IP Strategy is an increasing focus at innovative companies, and there is a solid reason why this is so. By way of background, for many years, I have been part of a small minority of IP experts who advocate that companies desiring to […]