IAM Issue 12

Thinking outside the black box – using IP to beat the market

Just a few years ago, the investment community dismissed the use of patent
indicators to predict stock portfolio performance as alchemy. Now attitudes
are beginning to change

Features

IP ownership in Jamaica (co-published editorial)

The caveat “Take nothing for granted” is apt for corporate executives in their
treatment of intellectual property, particularly in Jamaica’s context

Tricks of the trade

Licensing deals are made, not born. And that means those looking to
commercialise their intellectual property in this way need to have a strategic
approach to the negotiation process

Risk mitigation strategies for offshore outsourcing (co-published editorial)

Offshore outsourcing can offer companies a range of significant benefits. But
for those that fail to take care of IP-related issues, it can turn into a nightmare

Proving the value of intellectual asset management

Justifying the investment necessary to implement a meaningful intellectual
asset management strategy need not be a thankless task

IP issues in outsourcing to China (co-published editorial)

There are a number of legal and practical issues that need to be addressed by
companies currently considering the manufacture of high technology products,
research and development, and IT outsourcing in China

Taking advantage of change

If an IP owner is to extract maximum value from its patent portfolio, it is vital to
ensure that the portfolio is properly organised and analysed. This is the only
way to be confident of identifying all potential revenue-generating opportunities

A capital market approach to IP valuation

The application of capital market principles to the valuation of IP will lead to a
more realistic assessment of how much specific properties are worth

IP ownership in English law (co-published editorial)

In most cases under English law, IP created by an employee during the course
of his employment belongs to the employer. However, contracts are the best
way to cement this situation

Set the right royalty rate

Although not a big amount in itself, the royalty rate a brand attracts can lead
to significant income for its owner. It therefore pays to make sure that you get
the figure right

Employee inventions in Germany (co-published editorial)

Employees whose work leads to the creation of patents in Germany are
entitled to receive remuneration. And although the process through which this
is done is complicated, no company can afford to ignore it

Employee inventions in Japan (co-published editorial)

Following a series of high-profile court cases, the Japanese government has
introduced new rules designed to clarify issues around compensation for
employees whose inventions are subsequently patented by their employers

Columns

Europe’s Technology Licensing Block Exemption – one year on

Last year, the European Commission
issued a revised Technology Transfer
Block Exemption, with the aim of
making it easier for companies to
assess their licensing deals for
compliance with the competition
rules. But how useful is the new
block exemption in practice?

A light in the darkness

One hundred years after Einstein’s
Theory of Relativity, can physicists
find the Theory of Everything on
Wall Street?

From the brink to the bank

For a variety of owners, selling patents
is considered off limits. Some,
however, are beginning to take a more
pragmatic view and they are finding a
growing number of willing buyers

Europe’s Technology Licensing Block Exemption – one year on

Last year, the European Commission
issued a revised Technology Transfer
Block Exemption, with the aim of
making it easier for companies to
assess their licensing deals for
compliance with the competition
rules. But how useful is the new
block exemption in practice?

How to choose a patent attorney

Ensuring a start-up has a capable
patent attorney working on its behalf
can be crucial to achieving success.
As a result, it would be an unwise VC
that left the hiring decision to the
company’s management

Insights

Olswang’s patent attorney move is a risk

English law firms do not often offer
patent prosecution services. Olswang
is one of the few that has decided to
buck the trend.

Portugal’s technology transfer challenge

Portugal has done well out of EU
membership but, as Europe expands,
the country’s economy faces problems.
University tech-transfer could be part of
the solution.

Big Blue gets its man

Kevin Rivette is one of the pivotal figures in the
development of intellectual asset management. He has
now surprised many by swapping life as a consultant for
the high-profile pressure of a senior position at IBM