IAM Issue 15

December 2005/January 2006

The Bayh-Dole battle

It has been described as among the most important pieces of legislation passed in the US since the Second World War. But despite its clear successes, not everyone is convinced that the Bayh-Dole Act has been an unremitting force for good over the last 25 years


Value-oriented IP management

Successful value-oriented IP management must be focused on the quality of IP assets, the exploitation process and complementary assets rather than on a one-dimensional value concept

Intellectual asset strategy and the board of directors

Changes to the way in which corporate governance is approached mean that boards of directors will spend more time on IP management issues than they have in the past. For intellectual asset professionals, one of the challenges this presents is helping senior decision makers focus on the right areas

A powerful look inside the knock-off economy

Tim Phillips’s book Knock Off goes right to the heart of IP crime by demonstrating the immense damage it causes not just to business but also to people’s lives. He pulls no punches when discussing the role IP owners must play if the problem is to be tackled effectively

Closing the innovation value gap

In order to continue generating valuable intellectual assets and to stay competitive, companies must be committed to expenditure on innovation. The problem for many, however, is that they do not see the returns they expect from this commitment, and this can cause trouble with investors

Europe’s first patent value fund

Funds that invest in patent portfolios are not common anywhere. In Europe, however, they are unknown. Until now, that is. Based in Germany, IP Bewertungs AG pays to take a share of patent portfolios in the hope of securing lucrative licensing deals that will see their overall value increase


Business method patents in the US look set to rise

A recent decision by a USPTO board of appeal means it may well become easier to obtain patent protection for business methods in the US. Meanwhile, a case due to be heard by the Supreme Court could provide further clarification in this controversial area

An American original

The next time a call centre asks you to “select one for this, two for that or three for the other thing”, think of Ron Katz. He is virtually everywhere

Start-up patent strategy

It is money wasted if a start-up company has a large patent portfolio and does not develop a strategy to maximise its potential benefits

Perfectly secure

As traditional methods of making money available to borrowers become less attractive, the sale and licence back of intellectual property could emerge as a favoured tool. But it will need a leap of faith from both parties in a transaction if this is to happen

Is your domain name management strategy financially viable? (co-published editorial)

Protecting brands online can be a costly and often confusing venture. Dominic Speller of CPA looks at the types of domain names a company should register and at how extensive protection strategies should be


A fight that goes to the heart of copyright

At first sight, Google Print (now Book Search) versus the publishers looks like the music industry’s fights with Napster, Grokster and KaZaA all over again. But there are several important differences which may mean that, unlike the music file sharers, Google comes out on top

The recent IPO judges controversy must be the last

There has been sharp criticism of the decision by senior members of the US judiciary to attend a recent international judges forum hosted by the IP Owners Association.

LES shows that in-house talent will inherit the earth

The role of IP professionals inside corporations has never been more complex, or more important. The recent LES event in Phoenix bears testament to this.