2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for us. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people […]

Prior art search – the gold standard

By Donal O’Connell Prior art Prior art or state of the art or background art in most systems of patent law constitutes all information that has been made available to the public in any form before a given date that might be relevant to a patent’s claims of originality. If an invention has been described […]

IP CloseUp 30 is a handy tool for those who want to track the most active IP stocks in an instant

By Bruce Berman IP CloseUp is pleased to announce the IP CloseUp® 30 a free, all-in-one information update of the leading patent stocks. A click or a tap is all investors, innovators, lawyers and or businesses to track the ups and downs of the rapidly expanding universe of IP-sensitive stocks. In addition to Acacia, WiLAN and Virnetx, smaller players like Marathon Patent […]

The Use of IP Valuation in IP Transactions: A Global Survey of IP Brokers

By Efrat Kasznik and Luca Escoffier The valuation of Intellectual Property (IP) such as patents, or of non-patented technologies, is still considered by many to be more of an art than a science. While IP valuation might appear to be a routine task for a technology/patent broker, in fact most of the time it can […]

Stay Ahead of the Competition

By Lily Li Every diligent MBA student learns about Porter’s 5-forces analysis (pictured above) in one form or another. In effect, the competitiveness and ultimate value of any company or product depends on its relative market position to competitors, new entrants, substitute products, consumers, and suppliers. An effective patent strategy can improve your market position […]

Dirty data within an IP Data Management System

By Donal O’Connell Intellectual Property (IP) rights are valuable assets for any business, possibly among the most important that it possesses.  It is therefore imperative that the associated IP data is also treated with the respect that it deserves. Data integrity is data that has a complete or whole structure. All characteristics of the data […]

What marketing should know about IP

By Duncan Bucknell IP is a source of great value for our organisation – keep in touch with the IP function. Messages around IP successes can really leverage our success in the market.  You have to be very careful about what you say to the world, but when you get it right, you can sing […]

IP Philosophy for corporate, IP Strategy for Business Units

By Duncan Bucknell Can you really have a cohesive IP Strategy at the corporate level? I don’t think so. Unless of course they are one and the same thing.  (Small companies with effectively one business unit obviously have the same IP Strategy for both.) Otherwise, each business unit needs its own defined IP Strategy – […]

What is an Intellectual Property Strategy?

By Bill Meade Introduction: Intellectual property (IP) is as complicated as a gothic cathedral … and can be more expensive.  The complexity of IP is such that if you do not manage your IP, it will manage itself.  Now, autopilot can be a fine way to manage IP if your industry is stagnant, competitors are […]

The importance of patent protected differentiators to mobile device manufacturers

By Tim Higginson Mobile device manufacturers need to focus on acquiring or developing: user-facing, patent-protected differentiators in order to compete in the brutal game between non-Apple manufacturers. This is for two primary reasons 1)  The vast number of consumers do not care about the internal specifications of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc) •  so differentiating […]