IP Strategy is Increasing Focus at Innovative Companies: Here’s Why

By Jackie Hutter After more than 8 years, I can report that IP Strategy is an increasing focus at innovative companies, and there is a solid reason why this is so. By way of background, for many years, I have been part of a small minority of IP experts who advocate that companies desiring to […]

Creating an IP Strategy and Acquiring Support from Your Executive Team: an Interview with Lisa McFall, Head of IP at Workday

By Damian Durrant Lisa McFall is an IP star in Silicon Valley.  After litigating patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for a decade, she went in house at Yahoo! and ran its IP litigation and conflict management program for five years. She left in 2009 to co-found Ovidian […]

The rise of the Private Commons

By Joren De Watcher 1. What is a Private Commons? A growing number of my clients are asking me to advise them on a new way of using Intellectual Property (“IP”). The question typically arises from a request to address business value that is under-used, insufficiently captured, or both. Very often, this business value is […]

Silicon Valley GCs focus on IP Management and Strategy

By Damian Durrant At the recent 27th Annual All Hands Meeting organized by the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel (SVAGC), intellectual property matters were forefront, and particularly IP strategy, litigation and portfolio management. Over three hundred counsel and representatives of the dynamic Silicon Valley technology community attended the conference, which also addressed pressing corporate regulatory, […]

Intellectual Property in China’s Food and Beverage Industry

By Alex Bayntun-Lees In 2011, China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest consumer market for the food and beverage (F&B) industry, with the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reporting an annual growth rate of around 15 per cent in F&B imports for the previous five years, totalling around US$98 billion by 2012. Chinese demand […]

China and the next Great Wall

By Adam Bulakowski Summary: Valuable IP will define an upcoming chapter in China’s growth story. China recognizes that innovation is an imperative for its long-term economic growth. Less discussed amongst the country’s initiatives to promote innovation is the fact that China’s national system for protecting IP rights continues to strengthen. The rapid evolution of China’s […]

Intellectual Property In All Places: Non-Traditional IP Lessons Learned

By Mary Juetten In this series’ last installment, I tackled the IP lessons learned in traditional startups.  Here, I explore IP paint points experienced by some non-traditional companies, such as non-profit, non-tech, and online education startups. Completely not by design, but the founders I feature here are all female! Lesson #1: It’s all in a […]