IAM Issue 10

February/March 2005

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


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


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


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