IAM Issue 16

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

Features

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

Insights

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

Columns

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