IAM Magazine issue 11

April/May 2005

Slugging it out

Software patent controversies have put intellectual property onto the front pages of newspapers across the world. A supporter of such patents tries to convince an opponent of their worth

Features

Mixed signals could spell danger for RFID

It is one of the big stories of 2005, but developments in RFID may be undermined by standards organisations

The Dow dynamic

Dow Chemical was embracing intellectual capital management before most people had even heard of it. Nowadays, the concept is rooted at the heart of the company’s strategic planning. Three of Dow’s senior IC professionals explain how it works and look at the challenges they still face

The effect of corporate

There are a number of major challenges to face when putting together an IAM programme. Follow a few simple rules, however, and the task becomes a little less daunting.

The effect of corporate culture on IAM initiatives

There are a number of major challenges to face when putting together an IAM programme. Follow a few simple rules, however, and the task becomes a little less daunting

How liquor companies learned to fight counterfeits

The drinks industry is not alone in facing a serious threat from counterfeiting in developing markets such as China. However, the way liquor companies have responded may prove instructive to those operating in other sectors

Pushing US trademark law to the limit

The passage of the Trademark Dilution Revision Act 2005 through Congress has raised further questions about the limits of US trademark law. In supporting an expansion of their rights, some believe that trademark owners could end up doing themselves more harm than good

Insights

AUTM’s members must face up to their biggest challenge

The annual AUTM meeting, held in Phoenix in February, was the best attended ever. Delegates still face major challenges back on campus, though.

California runs stem-cell risk

Hollywood-fuelled enthusiasm – and blue-state contrariness – moved California voters last year to authorise a US$3 billion handout for the funding of stem-cell research. Unfortunately, it appears that nobody stopped to think through the IP consequences. As a result, the project could now be at risk

Dyson may rue his trademark gaffe

James Dyson, the British entrepreneur now conquering the US, made his fortune on the back of patents. His knowledge of trademark law does not seem to be so strong.

Columns

The uncommon commons

The arguments about the extent to which IP law should affect the free exchange of ideas are getting fiercer. But those who say patent rights have gone too far should pause to think who, in the end, would benefit from their curtailment

Securing IP ownership is a key VC goal

There are many reasons why VCs should seek to ensure that a company in which they invest owns the IP that underpins its business case. If the rights remain in the hands of the company’s founders, on the other hand, there is potential for serious trouble further down the line

Patent rights… and wrongs

A recently published book by two Massachusetts economists makes a valuable contribution to the debate about the future of the patent system in the US. But not all the authors’ conclusions stand up to scrutiny

Playing trademark catch-up

In the world of IAM, trademarks are often the poor relation to patents. They should not be

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