IAM Issue 10

Why directors must take responsibility for intellectual property

Boards of directors in the US that leave IP decisions to management without
appropriate board oversight may unwittingly create substantial risk. In addition
to subjecting their company to potential litigation and liability, they may also
face significant personal exposure

Columns

No more name-calling, please

Large patent portfolios fall victim to
patents suits from small, independent
asserters not because such people
are “extortionists”, but because the
portfolios they target are not as strong
as their owners would like to think

A new patent regime for India

Recent changes to India’s patent
laws mean that the country now
offers increased protection to
research-based pharmaceutical
companies and software producers

Mining for gold in these golden years

Mounting pressure on the pensions
systems means that Baby Boomers
now approaching retirement age
could find their accumulated nest
eggs dependent on IP value

IP-based university spin-offs – why should VCs bother

There are VCs out there who think
that spin-offs based on universitycreated
intellectual property are a big
deal. But, in Europe at least, there
are not as many as there used to be

Insights

Headaches aplenty as the US grapples with reforms

It is sometimes all too easy to see
the US as a paradise for IP owners.
But while things may be good
Stateside, they are far from perfect.

Europe’s anti-CII lobby should target the real enemy

The new year has begun with proposed European
legislation on computer implemented inventions stalled
yet again. This is testament to the highly effective
efforts of anti-directive groups. If only they could see
they have identified the wrong opponent, Europe’s
competitiveness could be greatly enhanced

Features

Europe’s IP future

The first pan-European IP Summit, held in Brussels on 2nd and 3rd December
2004, brought together senior representatives from industry, the law, policy
making and administration

Towards accurate and reliable IP valuation

No company can afford not to value the intellectual property it owns.
But finding a way to get an accurate understanding of a portfolio of rights
remains a very tricky task

From patents to finance

Traditionally it has been difficult to obtain cost-effective and reliable valuations
of patents and patent portfolios. A new approach may just change this and
bring major benefits to companies both large and small

Effective licensee monitoring

Businesses that include proper contract language instructing a licensee how
to calculate a royalty, and that have a proactive licensee monitoring programme,
are best positioned to achieve higher royalty revenues at reduced monitoring
costs, without damaging business relationships

Chinese lessons

Bad news stories are all too common an experience for IP owners in China.
But there is another side to the country as well. For those prepared to go
beyond the headlines and to invest in protection strategies, the Chinese
market need not be a threatening one