IAM Magazine issue 72

July/August 2015

The inside perspective

The global IP market is changing at a rapid pace. This is reflected in the findings of IAM’s latest benchmarking surveys, which record the views of market makers across the world
Joff Wild and Sara-Jayne Clover


The IP of the IoT  

Intellectual property will be at the core of tomorrow’s hyper-connected world, where the Internet of Things will facilitate greater interaction between our homes, workplaces and vehicles. Here, we take a look at some of the likely key players
Julia Elvidge, Jim Morrison and Martin Bijman

Opportunity India

After years of near-zero patent litigation activity, major international licensing players are dipping their toes into India’s judicial waters. The early results suggest that this is a venue to watch closely
Jacob Schindler

The strategic counter-assertion model for patent portfolio RoI

Targeting the revenues of other companies according to the patent assertion risk they present effectively defines your patent development and external acquisition strategies
Kent Richardson and Erik Oliver

Double standards

The IEEE’s new patent policy was meant to bring clarity to licensing negotiations over standard-essential patents. But with a group of companies insisting that they will not license under the new terms, they have instead brought division and accusations of a biased process
Richard Lloyd

Constructing a holistic corporate patent monetisation strategy

A well-rounded monetisation strategy should combine enforcement with technology-driven alternatives. A systems engineering approach to using patents can improve financial statements, increase market share and enhance enterprise value
Ron Laurie

The 1,000 club – the entities that own over half of all in-force US patents Premium content

Last issue, we revealed the companies that own the 100 largest portfolios of active US patents. Here, we expand the list to name each of the 369 entities holding portfolios of over 1,000 assets, representing over half of all US patents currently in force
Michael B Chernoff

Quality patents becomes the new mantra in China

After several years of intensive growth in patent filings and grants, the Chinese government and businesses in the country are turning their attention to improving the strategic value of intellectual property. A group of industry insiders discuss the issues this raises
Jack Ellis

Spring festival

This April, top IP executives, investors and strategists from around the world convened in Beijing for IPBC China. The focus was on the latest developments in this most exciting of emerging IP markets
Jack Ellis and Joff Wild

No longer just for defendants

Invalidity studies have emerged as a valuable resource for patent monetisation, management and investment, and are increasingly being used by rights holders and even potential buyers
Maulin Shah

In search of the next patent war Premium content

As the smartphone patent wars peter out, a wide-angle view of the shifting legislative and technological landscape worldwide might help to pinpoint when and where the next litigation frenzy will ensue
Pramath Malik and Manikandan Balasubramanian


Broken by a system that encourages bad behaviours, IPXI closes down

IPXI could have been a game-changing way to license patents; but after six years of trying, its members and management have thrown in the towel. Its CEO’s explanation for the failure laid the blame on a US system that incentivises conflict over deal making and leaves plenty for those who want to further weaken the rights of patent owners to contemplate

Seen and heard

A round-up of IP-related quotes, observations and opinions from the recent past …


IP insider: Strong patents doctrine: how intellectual property fuels competition

In the midst of the current US patent reform debate, the hackneyed notion that patents are incompatible with a competitive marketplace rears its head again
David J Kappos

The intangible investor: Uncertainty rules

Confusion over new patent hurdles and lower damages awards is creating an opportunity for licencees and buyers who can recognise a bargain
Bruce Berman

IP strategist: It might be time to revisit your IP strategy

When financial market conditions change, savvy investors generally take a fresh look at their portfolio strategy and make adjustments accordingly. Intellectual property is no different
Louis Carbonneau

IP lawyer: Federal Circuit saves complementary products from exhaustion

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has overturned a holding of exhaustion in a case involving separately patented, complementary inventions
Doris Johnson Hines and Lauren J Dreyer  

Data centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past Premium content

A selection of key IP facts and figures, as reported by IAM and other sources

Co-published editorialRoundtable

Days of change

The US patent landscape is evolving at a rapid pace. A panel of leading lawyers discusses developments and predicts what might happen next

Co-published editorialIndustry insight

Open for innovation

The world’s top IP owners are racing to keep the golden age of innovation alive, writes Bob Stembridge


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