Inventor awards

By Donal O’Connell Reward & recognition: Most innovative businesses provide rewards and some form of recognition to inventors. There are two main reasons for having a reward and recognition program in place for inventors. Firstly in certain jurisdictions there are legal requirements to take into consideration. Secondly and more importantly, a good comprehensive reward and […]

Pull vs Push

By Donal O’Connell Pull versus push: Pull vs Push is well known in marketing and supply chain logistics. Push marketing brings content to the user. Also known as “traditional marketing,” push is the grandmother of modern marketing. Direct mail marketing, such as catalogues and brochures, are prime examples of push marketing. Yes, you guessed it, […]

IP Risk Management Process and System

By Donal O’Connell Intellectual Property (IP) Risk: Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or  loss will occur, whereas risk management is the process of analysing exposure to risk and determining how best to then handle such exposure. Risk mitigation means that you do something about it. By its […]

Assessing a supplier from an IP perspective

By Donal O’Connell Supplier Relationship Management: Good supplier relationship management is the discipline of strategically planning for, and managing, all interactions with third parties that supply goods and/or services to an company in order to maximize the value of those interactions. In practice, it entails creating closer, more collaborative relationships with key suppliers in order […]

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 […]

The Seven Cs

By Donal O’Connell What is innovation? Innovation starts with thinking differently.  It is a process of questioning, experimenting, learning and adapting. It requires an appetite for risk, a willingness to question, an open mind to look at things without preconception and perhaps most importantly, patience and perseverance. Innovation can take many forms. It can be […]

Corporate Intellectual Property Department Governance

By Donal O’Connell Governance Governance is the act of governing. It relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power, or verify performance. It consists of either a separate process or part of decision-making or leadership processes. In modern nation-states, these processes and systems are typically administered by a government. When discussing governance in particular organisations, […]

A Holistic Approach to Software Management

By Donal O’Connell 1. Introduction Computer software (or just software) is a general term primarily used for digitally stored data such as computer programs and other kinds of information read and written by computers. Today, this includes data that has not traditionally been associated with computers, such as film, tapes and records. Software is a […]

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 […]