IAM Issue 17

The IP Hall of Fame

The IP Hall of Fame is designed to honour those who have made an
outstanding contribution to the development of today’s IP system. The first
inductees were announced in February 2006


Looking for good patents

Venture capitalists need to know if
the companies they are investing in
possess good patents. The question
is: what is a good patent?

Trademark rights in designer names

It is common practice for designers
to use their own names as brands.
A recent preliminary decision from
the European Court of Justice
shows that there can be
considerable pitfalls in doing this

Patents don’t kill innovation, people do

Many believe that because patents
are too readily obtained, the bad
ones are gumming up the system and
destroying innovation. They are wrong

Troll wars – revenge of the inventor?

The Supreme Court’s decision in the
upcoming eBay case could have
profound consequences for the US IP
system. Whether these will be
welcome is another matter

Effective M&A planning (co-published editorial)

During most M&A transaction, IP is
not usually a primary consideration.
But, writes Asa Le Fustec, it should be


It’s a tough licensing world for semiconductor companies

The complexity of technology licences and cross-licences has increased
in many industries, but nowhere more so than in the highly competitive
semiconductor sector

A sharing, caring IBM

IBM and open source do not seem the perfect match at first sight.
But Big Blue makes no secret of its desire to get its fair share of the action
and is already making money from the Linux system. However, some doubt
whether this strategy can work in the long term

Intangible lessons from Scotland

Scotland’s Intellectual Assets Centre is a unique organisation. Funded
by the Scottish Executive, the Centre’s remit is to help the nation’s
businesses understand the importance of intellectual assets and to
consider them actively in strategic planning

The Phelps perspective

As a pivotal figure in IBM’s reworking of its intellectual property strategy,
Marshall Phelps is a worthy entrant into the IP Hall of Fame. He is now
helping to rework Microsoft’s approach to patents

Introducing the IAM Finance Panel

With banks and other financial institutions taking a much closer interest in
intellectual property, IAM has put together a team of experts that will help
keep readers updated on key developments

The power of intangible assets

An analysis of the S&P 500® over recent decades show just how important
intangible assets have become to business organisations


It’s not all doom and gloom in China; someone please tell the USTR

If the USTR is to be believed, China
and IP rights just do not mix. But such
a simplified view does not reflect the
real situation.

AUTM members must look beyond the bottom line

North American universities have created and licensed
out intellectual property that has done a great deal to
enhance the lives of people around the world. But that
does not mean they could not be doing more

Germany gives hope on IP crime

Recent German legislation shows that
those lobbying for stricter laws on IP
crime are not always banging their
heads against brick walls.