Intellectual Property and Shandong’s Tech-driven Growth

By the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Team Business continues to boom in Shandong, with manufacturing dominating the economy; in the past the province has been a cradle for some of China’s better known national champions, such as electronics manufacturers Haier and Hisense, and others are likely to soon follow. Machinery and component manufacture has […]

How much do you REALLY need to raise on Kickstarter or IndieGogo?

By Noah McNeely Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo, have created an unprecedented level of access to funding for inventors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups.  It’s easier than ever before to develop a new product, manufacture it, and launch it to market, but it’s also easier than ever before to make some huge mistakes, which can […]

IP Case Study: Protecting design and innovation in China

By Alex Bayntun-Lees Innovative technology that is used in consumer products can be protected under invention or design patents in China, but this will not offer 100% protection against others illegally using the innovations in knock-off products, particularly while the patent is still pending. However, when it comes to products with functional technology, consumers are […]

Patent Product Mapping – the rationale, the challenges and the techniques

By Donal O’Connell Definition: Patent claims can be mapped to a variety of parameters to support critical business decisions. As the name suggests, patent product mapping is about clearly linking a patent and one or more of the claims of that patent to a specific product or a specific component, part, feature or function within […]

Death of a Ringtone

By Donal O’Connell, Bruce Godfrey, and Nick Filler How Nokia’s smartphone software strategy failed and ultimately killed the brand Background Much has been written about the ups and downs of the cellular / mobile phone industry over the past 25 years, and particularly the smartphone industry in more recent times.  There seems to be a […]

3 Essential Components to a Foreign Filing Patent Strategy

By Peter Cowan For the price of one globally filed patent, one can likely file 10 new patents in a single jurisdiction.  For a business with budget constraints, the result is trying to find the balance between a broader portfolio of unique patents or a large global portfolio covering only a few inventions. For one […]

Strategic Patenting 4: A Case Study of Success

By Jackie Hutter The Takeaway: In the 4th post in this Strategic Patenting Series, a case study is presented of a company that created durable market-making patent protection for a successful consumer product innovation using a disciplined patenting strategy. The strategic patenting efforts of Procter & Gamble undertook with its market-leading Swiffer Wet Jet® floor […]

Geographical Indications, an undervalued IPR

By Severin de Wit In a very competitive environment, where pricing for agricultural products has been in a downward trend, producers of agri-food and agricultural products are looking how to add value thus escaping the “commodity curse”. Products with a strong traditional origin or traditional appeal have offered producers to move into a more lucrative […]

Intellectual Property Theft – I Can Invent, Manufacture, and Commercialize Faster Than They Can Steal…?

By Michael D. Moberly Three ironies… The first irony is that some companies tout an ‘I can invent faster than they can steal’ strategy at a time when intangible – knowledge-based assets have clearly outpaced tangible (physical) assets as the dominant source of most company’s value, revenue, value and ‘building blocks’ for growth, profitability, and […]

The Future of the Innovation Patent System

In the context of the current review of the current Australian Innovation Patents System [i] By Ian A. Maxwell For a standard Australian patent to be granted, an invention must be amongst other things both novel and inventive. The test for novelty differs from one patent jurisdiction to another but has some universally common features. In […]