IAM Magazine issue 12

June/July 2005

Thinking outside the black box – using IP to beat the market

Just a few years ago, the investment community dismissed the use of patent indicators to predict stock portfolio performance as alchemy. Now attitudes are beginning to change

Features

Employee inventions in Japan (co-published editorial)

Following a series of high-profile court cases, the Japanese government has introduced new rules designed to clarify issues around compensation for employees whose inventions are subsequently patented by their employers

Set the right royalty rate

Although not a big amount in itself, the royalty rate a brand attracts can lead to significant income for its owner. It therefore pays to make sure that you get the figure right

Proving the value of intellectual asset management

Justifying the investment necessary to implement a meaningful intellectual asset management strategy need not be a thankless task

IP issues in outsourcing to China (co-published editorial)

There are a number of legal and practical issues that need to be addressed by companies currently considering the manufacture of high technology products, research and development, and IT outsourcing in China

Taking advantage of change

If an IP owner is to extract maximum value from its patent portfolio, it is vital to ensure that the portfolio is properly organised and analysed. This is the only way to be confident of identifying all potential revenue-generating opportunities

Tricks of the trade

Licensing deals are made, not born. And that means those looking to commercialise their intellectual property in this way need to have a strategic approach to the negotiation process

A capital market approach to IP valuation

The application of capital market principles to the valuation of IP will lead to a more realistic assessment of how much specific properties are worth

Risk mitigation strategies for offshore outsourcing (co-published editorial)

Offshore outsourcing can offer companies a range of significant benefits. But for those that fail to take care of IP-related issues, it can turn into a nightmare

IP ownership in Jamaica (co-published editorial)

The caveat “Take nothing for granted” is apt for corporate executives in their treatment of intellectual property, particularly in Jamaica’s context

IP ownership in English law (co-published editorial)

In most cases under English law, IP created by an employee during the course of his employment belongs to the employer. However, contracts are the best way to cement this situation

Employee inventions in Germany (co-published editorial)

Employees whose work leads to the creation of patents in Germany are entitled to receive remuneration. And although the process through which this is done is complicated, no company can afford to ignore it

Insights

Portugal’s technology transfer challenge

Portugal has done well out of EU membership but, as Europe expands, the country’s economy faces problems. University tech-transfer could be part of the solution.

Olswang’s patent attorney move is a risk

English law firms do not often offer patent prosecution services. Olswang is one of the few that has decided to buck the trend.

Big Blue gets its man

Kevin Rivette is one of the pivotal figures in the development of intellectual asset management. He has now surprised many by swapping life as a consultant for the high-profile pressure of a senior position at IBM

Columns

From the brink to the bank

For a variety of owners, selling patents is considered off limits. Some, however, are beginning to take a more pragmatic view and they are finding a growing number of willing buyers

How to choose a patent attorney

Ensuring a start-up has a capable patent attorney working on its behalf can be crucial to achieving success. As a result, it would be an unwise VC that left the hiring decision to the company’s management

Europe’s Technology Licensing Block Exemption – one year on

Last year, the European Commission issued a revised Technology Transfer Block Exemption, with the aim of making it easier for companies to assess their licensing deals for compliance with the competition rules. But how useful is the new block exemption in practice?

Europe’s Technology Licensing Block Exemption – one year on

Last year, the European Commission issued a revised Technology Transfer Block Exemption, with the aim of making it easier for companies to assess their licensing deals for compliance with the competition rules. But how useful is the new block exemption in practice?

A light in the darkness

One hundred years after Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, can physicists find the Theory of Everything on Wall Street?

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