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 […]

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 […]

IPR Strategies for the South-East Asian Knowledge Market

By Helika Jurgenson at the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk  Many European SMEs may be under the impression that they do not conduct R&D in South-East Asia, because they do not have a research facility there. The likelihood is however that in reality, a high proportion of them engage in activities which fall under at […]

Protecting Your Company’s Value? Think Beyond the “Usual IP Suspects”

By Jackie Hutter Entrepreneurs seeking to maximize their company’s value must think beyond the “Usual IP Suspects,” that is, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. I call these forms of IP the “Usual Suspects” because they are what entrepreneurs and their advisers invariably focus on when questions arise about protecting a company’s value. While these […]

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 […]

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 […]

Intrapreneurs And Patents: Lessons Learned

By Mary Juetten The battle cry for those in the business of identifying and protecting intellectual property (IP) has long been “ You can’t protect what you don’t know you have.” This especially true for early-stage companies, who amass a lot of IP in a short period of time. Furthermore, identified and protected IP matters […]