Your Patents Probably Don’t Matter. Or Do They? How to Know the Difference.

By Jackie Hutter Let’s cut through the noise and get real about patents: they rarely matter to business value, but when they do matter, they typically matter A LOT. Sadly, there are few people out there–even those appearing as patent experts–who can distinguish between these two vastly different scenarios. This means that most patents, and […]

Patents – which countries to file in?

By Duncan Bucknell List key markets in size order. Add countries where competitors will manufacture. Add other particularly important countries for logistics – eg. is there a country that everyone will have to transit through? Review and reorder the list based on overall strategic importance with the above factors in mind. Get a quote from […]

Trade Secrets

By Donal O’Connell 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 an economic advantage over competitors or customers. The scope of trade secrets is virtually unlimited. A trade secret is therefore defined […]

IP for App Developers in China

By Alex Bayntun-Lees In 2014 China’s iOS App downloads surged with a 30% increase in quarterly downloads between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015. This rapid growth, stimulated by the release of the iPhone 6 and heavy investment in Apple’s retail presence in the country, has pushed China to the top spot for App downloads worldwide[1]. […]

The Naked Truth: 30% of US Unicorns Have No Patents

By Efrat Kasznik and Lynn Dudinsky It seems that not a day goes by without a commentary about Unicorns, a Silicon Valley-coined term used to describe a startup (pre-exit) with a valuation exceeding $1 billion. The number of Unicorns, the vast majority of which are US software companies, has recently crossed the 150 mark, according […]

5 Reasons to Add Design Patents to your IP Portfolio

By Justin Kunz, Douglas Yerkeson and Jeffrey Goodwin From smartphones to yoga clothing, sinks to software icons, design patents are the trending asset in intellectual property (IP) circles. Investments in design patents, which protect an article’s look or ornamental design, have been steadily increasing over time (see Fig. 1). Based on recent trends, we expect an increase […]

Inventor awards

By Donal O’Connell Reward & recognition: Most innovative businesses provide rewards and some form of recognition to inventors. There are two main reasons for having a reward and recognition program in place for inventors. Firstly in certain jurisdictions there are legal requirements to take into consideration. Secondly and more importantly, a good comprehensive reward and […]

Google Goes Elementary: ABC.XYZ

By Daniel L. Rogna In a major corporate overhaul, Google has subordinated itself to a new parent company named Alphabet, which is using a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) name as its landing page: ABC.XYZ. By adopting a .XYZ domain name, Google is creatively referencing the name Alphabet and simultaneously highlighting the new gTLD program. […]

Patents: How the tech industry is shifting from quantity to quality

By Marshall Phelps and Peter Vanderheyden In days gone by, patenting was a numbers game. Quantity was prized, quality was brushed aside, and whoever held the most patents was deemed the winner. The size of your patent arsenal was the focus, not what the arsenal could actually do for you. Ironically, the rise of the troll […]

New gTLDs in Action (and Comedy)

By Daniel L. Rogna A year and a half after rolling out the first new generic top-level domain (gTLD), over 600 new domains have been delegated and about five million new domain names have been registered in the new gTLDs. Despite these impressive numbers, the feeling is that the average consumer is still unaware of […]