Geoffrey the $500M Giraffe

By Sebastian Custodia The Toys “R“ Us bankruptcy has been in the news over the last year. The company’s downfall has been well documented, and the unfortunate fate of the brand that has been ubiquitous in the toy world for several generations of kids and parents was emotional for many. Although a variety of shortcomings […]

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

By Duncan Bucknell It’s been widely said (and attributed to Peter Drucker), that culture eats strategy for breakfast. Whilst Mark Fields made that particular phrase popular, Drucker definitely made it clear that culture will block attempts to implement a strategy that is incompatible with it. So what does that mean for IP Strategists? If you […]

Startup Patent Strategy: US Patent Non-Publication

By Jackie Hutter The Takeaway: For startups whose development efforts lag behind a looming US utility application filing deadline, use of the “Request for Non-Publication” in US patent filing can allow them to preserve the option of shoring up their patent protection for an extended period in the future, while still retaining the priority date of […]

Transfer Pricing and Trade Secrets

By Oliver Treidler and Donal O’Connell  Transfer pricing is probably the most important issue in international corporate taxation. In taxation and accounting, transfer pricing refers to the rules and methods for pricing transactions between enterprises under common ownership or control. A transfer price is the price at which members of a group transact with each other, […]

Why I Still Help Small Companies

By Duncan Bucknell Almost all of my work time is spent working for multi-billion dollar clients around the world.  So why do I still bother helping small companies and startups? Because I believe that collectively they make the greatest contribution to innovation and because every time I have a conversation with them, I get a […]

IP Strategy Excellence – are you ready to step up?

By Duncan Bucknell A lot has been written about IP Strategy, and most of it is vague and unhelpful. Over the past few months I have been designing a program to give you practical, concrete skills and insight into IP Strategy.  (I have been thinking about a program like this for about 20 years – see […]

Need Broad Patents Fast? Try This.

By Jackie Hutter That title got your attention, didn’t it? It was meant to. After another successful round of patent application examinations for several clients in the last year, I thought others would like access to my proven patent acquisition methodology. Certainly, there’s a lot more than I can include in this post, and what […]