IAM Magazine issue 75

January/February 2016

Update in progress

For over a decade, Microsoft’s IP group has been one of the best in the business. But as the company’s culture and direction evolve, its billion-dollar team must now transition to a new approach
Richard Lloyd


The brokered patent market in 2015 – driving off a cliff or just a detour? Premium content

Asking prices are down, but the brokerage business is not in as poor health as it may first appear – especially for a select handful of players
Kent Richardson, Erik Oliver and Michael Costa

Constant Clark

UK vacuum pump innovator and manufacturer Edwards has been through a significant period of change in recent times. Through it all, ensuring that its IP portfolio remains strong, has been global head of IP Charles Clark
Sara-Jayne Clover

Protecting local R&D in the BRICs

Western multinationals face particular challenges and risks when it comes to protecting intellectual property based on R&D carried out in Brazil, Russia, India and China
Martin A Bader

Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow

The US patent system may have lost some of its mojo, but that doesn’t mean that these assets are any less deserving of attention. For small and medium-sized businesses in particular, it is more crucial than ever to keep their IP house in order
Jack Ellis

PIPCO investing in a brave new world Premium content

The challenging and uncertain patent enforcement environment has wreaked havoc on small/micro-cap public IP company valuations. However, the associated volatility has created money-making opportunities for public market investors
Mark Gober and Kevin Rivette

Landscaping standard-essential patents

Standard-essential patents are increasingly the subject of lively debate among market observers. Yet little is known about the overall number and occurrence of SEPs and whether they are worth all the fuss
Dr Tim Pohlmann

Creative Korea

Patent sharing is a key element of Korea’s high-profile bid to boost its SME ecosystem. IAM talks to corporates, investors and patent aggregators about whether IP assets can produce a more dynamic economy
Jacob Schindler

Sustainable patent management in enterprises

Patents are increasingly important in the information and communication technology sector, prompting some of the leading players to develop innovative strategies to maximise their value
Santosh K Mohanty and Akhilesh C Srivastava


Few losers, many winners as the smartphone war comes to an end

It broke out in 2009 and raged across the world for five years; but unlike most wars, the battle relating to smartphone patents benefited multiple parties and had just one real loser

Seen and heard

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


Out from the murky morass

In the third of a three-part series, we explore how emerging clarity in other provisions of US patent law are proving a timely antidote to the oversaturation of Section 101 jurisprudence
David J Kappos

Japanese rise to top in patent sales

As patent sales continue to make headlines, it appears that the largest sellers are motivated by a mix of business need and changing attitudes
Bruce Berman

Twenty years after TRIPs, are we any closer to global patent harmonisation?

With increasing market globalisation, corporations and patent experts are feeling the pressure to create IP assets that have value across a wide range of jurisdictions. Critical to this is the further harmonisation of national patent laws – but is this any closer to becoming a reality?
Sherry Knowles

Australia breaks new ground with genetic patentability ruling

The Australian High Court has handed down a highly anticipated decision on the validity of Myriad Genetics’ patent claims for isolated gene sequences, including mutations in the BRCA1 gene
Jonathan Kelp and Robert Cooper

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 editorialIndustry insight

The Top 100 Global Innovators: Using patent data to identify the world-leaders in innovation

Patent metrics can tell us much about the health of businesses and how they are planning for the future, writes Bob Stembridge


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