IAM Magazine issue 78

July/August 2016

Hard times in the global patent market; but hope too, in places

Times are tough for IP dealmakers: pressure to monetise rights is increasing just as patent values are falling and deal volume is declining. There is uncertainty, too, around eligibility and SEPs. These findings and more are revealed in this year’s IAM IP market benchmarking survey
Joff Wild and Sara-Jayne Clover


Know thyself: how well do you understand your own IP strategy? Premium content

A groundbreaking benchmarking study by Columbia University examines the IP development programmes and patenting strategies of a number of leading research institutes and discusses the implications of the results
Orin Herskowitz and Brady Butterfield

Meet this year’s US Patent 1,000 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 383 entities that hold portfolios of over 1,000 assets, representing over 57% of all US patents currently in force
Michael Chernoff

IP climate change in Asia

Over recent years, many Asian countries have moved from developing status to become large-world economies. This has had a significant impact on the way that IP is viewed and used in the region
Marek R Wernik, Dongsuk Bae, Zarif Imam, Hideyuki Ogata, Dick Thurston and Donald M Boles

A strong foundation

The Siam Cement Group started building its IP function a decade ago amid a major R&D
Jacob Schindler

If it’s broke, fix it

The market has arguably never been tougher for NPEs. In order to survive, several are now changing their business models; but it is not yet clear whether they can do enough to pull through
Richard Lloyd

Two years after Octane – fee shifting in patent litigation

Patent owners and companies defending against accusations of patent infringement should take into account the heightened risk for fee-shifting awards in the wake of the Octane and Highmark decisions
Katharine Wolanyk

Accelerated prosecution for licensing programmes

Accelerated prosecution can result in impressive savings – for the right sets of patents. However, any cost effectiveness will depend on the technology and the value of the licensing programme being developed
Greg Benoit

The Asian perspective on IP’s global realignment Premium content

The IP market’s centre of gravity appears to be shifting inexorably from the United States to Europe. But what do Asia’s IP owners make of this trend? We sat down with them to find out
Jack Ellis

IP incubation: the FuturePlay approach

Patents can greatly increase the value of a start-up and its prospects of success. Korean venture studio and start-up incubator FuturePlay has developed a model for lean start-ups that does not shortchange patent protection
Sungjae Hwang

Reverse R&D decline and strengthen IP rights – a recipe to reinvigorate growth

Since the mid-1960s, government R&D funding has plummeted, while more recently IP rights have been eroded; the result has been a decline in total factor productivity growth. Fortunately, some green shoots promise to alter this trajectory
Michael LoCascio


Latest inductees into IP Hall of Fame named

Established to recognise the achievements of men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to IP law and practice, the IP Hall of Fame has three new members

Seen and heard

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


IP insider: The patent follies of antitrust zealots

Consumers love new technology and innovative prowess in technology is a key source of economic strength. Yet patent systems – central drivers of that prowess – are under new waves of attack
David J Kappos and David J Teece

Intangible investor: Au contraire?

With many financial investors increasingly bearish on patents, true contrarians with an eye for a bargain are in a good position to profit
Bruce Berman and Bruce Berman, Brody Berman Associates Inc, USA

IP strategist: IP risk management: a case study

Risk is the chance of something going wrong, causing damage or loss; but many companies ignore IP risks and react only once the risk has materialised. In most cases this is too late to mitigate cost effectively
Donal O’Connell

IP lawyer: Maximising IP value in a 3D printed world

As manufacturing changes due to the proliferation of 3D printing, patent filing strategies must change with it
Matthew Jefferies

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


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