IAM Issue 16

February/March 2006

The I-stuff effect

One way of tackling the silos that have emerged around the IP and intangibles nexus in many companies is to think about I-stuff. It is a term that encapsulates a completely different approach to the issue


Efficient execution of an IP strategy

Innovation and business strategies are often well integrated inside companies. Less clear, however, is where intellectual property fits in

The vanishing billion dollar patent portfolio

When Chevron bid US$18 billion for Unocal in 2005, one of the things that may have caught its eye was the California oil company’s patent portfolio. If that was the case, Chevron has probably been left very disappointed

IP-based open innovation pre-empts trolls

Many companies see patent trolls as a growing threat. A new approach to innovation effectively stops the trolls in their tracks

Business method money

A strategic approach to IP management and commercialisation is possible in the financial services industry. However, for it to be successful a number of pre-conceived ideas have to be tackled head on

Patent value continues to soar in 2005

Intellectual Property Economics, a US IP economics consulting and research firm, has assembled the top 25 judgments/settlements of US patent infringement cases for 2005. The figures show that the sums being generated are higher than ever

The deal makers

Lawyers have traditionally done best out of advising IP owners. Now, however, a new breed of adviser is emerging and they have their eyes on the big bucks too


High-stakes debate brews over injunctive relief in US patent cases

Permanent injunctions are a potentially devastating part of US patent litigation. A Supreme Court case could lead to changes in the way that they are imposed

Implementing a patent plan

For many start-ups, building a powerful patent portfolio could mean the difference between success and failure. The trick is understanding the best way to maximise potential value

Laws of nature and the nature of law

Current proposals for the reform of US patent law are far-reaching. Even so, they would reinforce the hegemony of large corporations in the IP ecosystem. Whether this is a wise step for the long-term good of American innovation is open to question

Skin deep

A recent survey on patent quality in the United States poses more questions than it answers

The benefits of off-shoring IP work (co-published editorial)

A growing number of businesses and attorney firms are seeing the benefits of outsourcing some aspects of the IP lifecycle, writes Leon Steinberg


European industry’s chance to make a real difference

The European Commission’s decision to initiate an open consultation process on the future of patents in the EU is a major chance for industry to make clear what it needs.

Japan’s lessons for the wider IP world

For the last four years, Japan has been undergoing something of a revolution. Changes are coming thick and fast as the Prime Minister seeks to put IP rights at the centre of the country’s economy. There is much for others to learn from what has been happening