Individual Patents that Built Empires

By Damian Durrant Whether addressed from a strategic or tactical perspective, few topics in IP receive more attention than the patent portfolio. Yet, for all the conference sessions and chatter about managing the aggregate, much of the value of any portfolio often resides in a few key individual patents, something Workday’s Head of IP Lisa […]

The second horseman of the IP Apocalypse: 3D Printing (and the demise of copyright and design rights)

By Joren De Wachter 1. What is 3D-Printing? A 3D-printer is a machine that builds objects, by adding very tiny layers of material on top of each other. It “prints” in three dimensions, using a process called “additive manufacturing”. The cheapest 3D-printers are now available for less than €500, and they can print objects such […]

The ASEAN Economic Community and What it means for Intellectual Property

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By the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Team It is still common in the West to encounter confusion or lack of recognition of the ‘ASEAN’ acronym that groups the Southeast Asian nations. Not surprising really, given that there have been few memorable ASEAN events of consequence for foreign businesses over its near 50 year history. […]

The challenges with keeping things secret

By Donal O’Connell Why keep secrets? There are number of intangible assets within companies which by definition must be kept secret. A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others, and by which a business can obtain […]

Creating an IP Strategy and Acquiring Support from Your Executive Team: an Interview with Lisa McFall, Head of IP at Workday

By Damian Durrant Lisa McFall is an IP star in Silicon Valley.  After litigating patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for a decade, she went in house at Yahoo! and ran its IP litigation and conflict management program for five years. She left in 2009 to co-found Ovidian […]

The first horseman of the IP Apocalypse: Big Data (and the demise of patents)

By Joren De Wachter 1. What is Big Data? One of the most important, and talked about, technological developments occurring in the last couple of years is referred to as “Big Data”. Big Data is the name given to the phenomenon of very fast-growing creation, collection, communication and use of digital data. According to IBM, […]

Would Your Employees Sell Their Network Password?

By Eric Ostroff Sailpoint recently released its 2016 Market Pulse Survey, which examined employees’ roles in IT security. The results should terrify employers. The report can be downloaded here. This report echos a theme I’ve been repeating here often: employees can be the biggest threat to your trade secrets. Consider the following findings: 65% of […]


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