IAM Magazine issue 40March/April 2010
After almost a decade of failed
negotiations, 2009 saw EU
member states commit to the
creation of an EU patent and single
patent court. A panel of leading IP
professionals discuss their hopes
and expectations for a unified
European patent system.
There is more to winning a complex
multi-jurisdictional IP litigation than
just having a good case.
Duncan Bucknell and Ben Lehman
Now is the time to be deciding
which IAM strategies to select
whose outcomes will track to your
corporate objectives and timelines
in 2010 and beyond.
Joseph W Jennings
US jewellery company Zale
Corporation has overlooked its
primary intangible asset. Sales
and market capitalisation have
fallen as a result. But all is not lost.
Detailed analysis shows that a high
percentage of the most successful
early-stage VC-backed businesses
in the United States have a strong
Joseph Hadzima, Bruce Bockmann and Alexander Butler
Bad habits in intellectual capital
management can end up causing
companies major problems. It is
important to recognise the sins in
order to put in place the solutions.
China’s economy may be forced to
change over the coming years as
the export market becomes more
challenging. This could present
both foreign and domestic
companies with new opportunities.
To seize them, they must
understand their brands.
Jonathan Low and Vincent Leung
An IP portfolio is a diamond in the
rough. In the hands of the right
craftsman, it can be polished to
reveal its full value. The trick is
finding these individuals and giving
them the best chance of doing
their job well.
For those interested in the financing of IP and other intangibles, the next decade looks to be full of promise.
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For all the talk of out-of-the-box
innovation, perhaps there are also
some lessons to be learned from inside
Half-baked press coverage of IP
activities devalues patents and
impedes innovation. Blame both
reporters and patent holders for not
knowing the facts.
The Bilski case will be closely watched
to see whether the Supreme Court
will use it to address determination of
patent eligibility well beyond business
Lock See Yu-Jahnes and Jamar W Tyndale
This issue's featured industry data includes key patent metrics for companies in the Information Technology Industries.
Ocean Tomo PatentRatings
Co-published editorialIndustry insight
Understanding and adjusting to the new rules covering divisional applications is critical – as is the need to track the new deadlines, writes Andrew Schimmoeller, a legal researcher for Thomson IP Management Services at Thomson Reuters.
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