IAM Issue 19

August/September 2006

IV moves from myth to reality

Until recently, Intellectual Ventures had operated in almost total secrecy, revealing nothing and seemingly happy to allow rumours about its business model become accepted truth. Now, however, senior directors Nathan Myhrvold and Peter Detkin are beginning to talk


The European IP market needs a revolution

The European R&D and patenting world treat intellectual property as a legal right and nothing else. Most companies and investors want that attitude to change. If it does, a number of exciting possibilities can begin to emerge. What Europe needs most is intermediaries from outside the law

Intellectual asset risk-linked securities

The convergence of the capital and insurance markets may have created new opportunities for intellectual asset finance

Tackling the shadow over the international patent system

Pendency times are on the rise in the world’s major patent offices and industry is being damaged as a result. Although everyone agrees there is a problem, finding a solution remains a difficult task

The best of both worlds

Mixing open source and closed software can prove to be an effective – and profitable – corporate strategy. Philips is one company that has come to understand this

Cooperation the key to reducing pendency times

As most of the world’s patent applications are filed through the Trilateral offices, it falls to them to work out how the current pendency time crisis can be solved

A global evolution: the growing role of IAM

For organisations that have made a commitment to the principles that underpin intellectual asset management, the availability of the right technology to help in the task is crucial

The importance of customer valuation

Although the famous adage about the value of brands still stands, it is also worth remembering how that value is created so as not to lose sight of another old adage which reminds us that the customer is king

The Supreme Court creates licensing doubts

There is no disputing that the Supreme Court’s ruling in eBay v MercExchange delivered a blow to patent trolls. Less clear, however, is the effect it will have on others who seek to monetise their rights


Kicking and screaming?

It remains to be seen whether patent owners will need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century

Freedom to operate

A thorough freedom to operate analysis is a vital part of any venture capital deal in the technology sector

Crashing into Moore’s Law

The speed of computer processing has doubled every 18 months for the last four decades, just as Moore’s Law predicts. Whether it will continue to hold true, though, is another issue

Is SaaS the future of IP management?

The growing popularity of software as a service could have a profound impact on the IP industry

Pfizer wins latest round in Chinese Viagra dispute

When the patent relating to Viagra was invalidated in China, it created headlines across the world. But as the latest decision in the case shows, the dispute is actually an example of the country’s IP system functioning properly


Europe may be on the move but big battles lie ahead

Although the Community patent now looks to be dead in the water, the signs are that progress could soon be made on both the EPLA and the London Protocol. For this to happen, however, patent owners must seize the moment

Outsourcing means that India moves ever closer to the centre stage

A growing number of companies are looking at the possibility of offshoring aspects of their patent procurement work in India.