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. […]

The challenges with keeping things secret

By Donal O’Connell Why keep secrets? There are number of intangible assets within companies which by definition must be kept secret. 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 […]

The first horseman of the IP Apocalypse: Big Data (and the demise of patents)

By Joren De Wachter 1. What is Big Data? One of the most important, and talked about, technological developments occurring in the last couple of years is referred to as “Big Data”. Big Data is the name given to the phenomenon of very fast-growing creation, collection, communication and use of digital data. According to IBM, […]

Would Your Employees Sell Their Network Password?

By Eric Ostroff Sailpoint recently released its 2016 Market Pulse Survey, which examined employees’ roles in IT security. The results should terrify employers. The report can be downloaded here. This report echos a theme I’ve been repeating here often: employees can be the biggest threat to your trade secrets. Consider the following findings: 65% of […]

IP consultancy, innovation and the 4 horsemen of the IP apocalypse

By Joren De Wachter I’ve been in Intellectual Property (“IP”) consultancy for over seven years now; having started the field back in 2008 when it was still very much a novelty. Especially for the Information Technology industry, where a lot of software companies were ignoring IP, and its relevance on their business models. Things have […]

Tackling the scourge of counterfeit products online

By Donal O’Connell The online world: E-commerce is the buying and selling of products and services, or the transmitting of funds or associated data, over the Internet. These business transactions occur either business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-consumer or consumer-to-business. It is estimated that there are about 20 million e-commerce stores selling products on the internet around the […]

Inventing can be a Risky Business

By Noah McNeely In my career, I work with inventor-entrepreneurs on a daily basis.  Some are experienced business people, some are new to the concept of building a business, and some really have no clue what building a business entails.  But, one thing they have in common is that they are passionate about their ideas […]