When Should a Start-Up Seek Patent Protection?

By Neil Wilkof In carrying out due diligence, how many times have I heard this refrain from a start-up: “Oh yes, we have a couple of a patents or patent applications, but they don’t really address our current activities.” And so I ask–“so what about seeking patent protection for the current activities?” The answer tends […]

An Innovation Cliff? Is It P&G’s Problem or All Our Problem?

By Neil Wilkof Forget Silicon Valley and Apple. If one really wants to understand long-term success in innovation, one should leave the California West Coast and sojourn in the US Midwest. In particular, one should focus on the likes of 3M (in Minneapolis) here  and Procter & Gamble (in Cincinnati) here. Is is here, where […]

University-generated information: Is it more public or private?

By Neil Wilkof The involvement of universities in commercial activities is a complex issue. Roughly speaking, these endeavours can be divided into two categories. First there is the commercialization of publicly-funded university research and the concomitant rise of technology university transfer offers. Secondly, especially in the U.S., universities have sought to earn licence fees through […]

Kodak, Patents and the Deal That You Can’t Refuse?

By Neil Wilkof Let’s start from the end: No, I am not going to let this subject disappear quietly. Several months ago I wrote about “Patent Valuation, T.S. Eliot and the Theatre of the Absurd” here, where I commented on the steadily decreasing valuation of the Kodak patent portfolio. The saga continues. Last week it […]

Patent Valuation, T.S. Eliot and the Theatre of the Absurd

By Neil Wilkof It is one of the most famous stanzas of modern English language poetry. Thus T.S. Eliot concluded his poem– “The Hollow Men”: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. And so […]

Of medieval marauders, tulips and the sale of patent portfolios

By Neil Wilkof This Kat has been away from the blogosphere for ten days or so, having been privileged to participate in IP Week held in Singapore, here, under the primary auspices of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), here. The vigor and commitment to strengthening IP and making Singapore an IP hub is […]