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 […]

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 […]