Cyber criminals are not trying to steal your IP

By Donal O’Connell The headlines: “Valuable intellectual property targeted by cyber attacks” “Cyber Crime – Intellectual Property Theft” “IP theft is ‘most damaging’ cyber-crime for UK businesses” “Intellectual Property Cyber Theft: Get Real” “Protecting companies intellectual property from cyber crime” These are just some of the attention grabbing headlines of recent times, However, I would […]

The Four Horsemen of the IP Apocalypse – Conclusion

By Joren De Wachter The relationship between Intellectual Property and technology is a complex one. It is not clear how the causality runs – does Intellectual Property arise as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution, operating as a mechanism that slows down innovation and reverses redistribution of wealth (effectively ensuring that capital investment earns a […]

Where do IP related risks originate?

By Donal O’Connell Introduction: By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with intellectual property (IP). Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or loss will occur. Risk management is the process of analyzing exposure to risk and determining how best to then handle such exposure. […]

The fourth horseman of the IP Apocalypse: Peer-to-Peer, the Crowd and social media

By Joren De Wachter 1. What is Peer-to-Peer? In its origin, the expression “peer-to-peer” refers to a computer network, where a distributed computer application architecture partitions tasks or workloads between peers. However, the concept has since moved to social and economic spheres, where it covers issues such as distributed networks, based on the equipotency of […]

The third horseman of the IP Apocalypse

By Joren De Wachter 1. What is Open Source? Open Source is a system to license software. There are many different definitions of Open Source. One of the better ones can be found on Wikipedia. In essence, Open Source software is software that is licensed under a very different license from proprietary software. When buying […]

The second horseman of the IP Apocalypse: 3D Printing (and the demise of copyright and design rights)

By Joren De Wachter 1. What is 3D-Printing? A 3D-printer is a machine that builds objects, by adding very tiny layers of material on top of each other. It “prints” in three dimensions, using a process called “additive manufacturing”. The cheapest 3D-printers are now available for less than €500, and they can print objects such […]

The ASEAN Economic Community and What it means for Intellectual Property

By the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk Team It is still common in the West to encounter confusion or lack of recognition of the ‘ASEAN’ acronym that groups the Southeast Asian nations. Not surprising really, given that there have been few memorable ASEAN events of consequence for foreign businesses over its near 50 year history. […]