Better Patent Services for Innovators: Patentability Reviews

By Jackie Hutter Patent professionals can do a better job providing patentability review, or “opinion,” services for innovators. As most readers would recognize, a patentability review assesses whether the invention to be claimed will meet the legal requirements for patentability. In the US, this entails an assessment by a patent attorney, which can be based […]

Deception and IP Strategy

By Duncan Bucknell An act of deception has won many a military battle – from Sun Tzu to the Trojan Horse, from Alexander the Great, Hannibal or Napolean to the Spaniards defeating the overwhelmingly more numerous Incas. Here are some examples that I have seen deployed to mislead a competitor – what would you add? […]

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 […]