IAM Issue 28

February/March 2008

The Philips formula

Intellectual property has always been important to Philips, the Dutch electronics multinational. But under the inspirational leadership of Ruud Peters, the company’s IP & Standards business group has scaled new heights

Industry insight

Keeping up with changing times

Elizabeth Bevier, of Thomson Scientific IP Management Services, looks at portfolio management requirements in the wake of USPTO rule changes


Shareholders none the wiser as SFAS 141 has a minimal impact

The major accounting initiative designed to improve the reporting of intangible value in the US was supposed to bring greater clarity. But a new study shows that SFAS 141, like IFRS 3, has failed to live up to the hype

Meet the middlemen

Over recent years a number of new business models for making money out of IP have emerged and along with them have come the IP intermediaries. They may not be universally loved, but they show no signs of going away. In fact, we can expect to see many more evolve

Inside the antitrust maze

There is more competition and antitrust scrutiny of IP owners than ever before. And it is only going to get more intense

Shooting the patent divestiture rapids

Building a successful and sustainable patent divestiture programme requires embracing the key decision points through which a corporate organisation must work

The case for a balanced approach to patent exhaustion

Over the last few years, the US Supreme Court has heard a number of major patent cases. As 2008 gets underway it is due to decide another that could have a significant impact on the issue of exhaustion

Rising prices and changing strategies

The patent brokerage business has experienced a lift-off over the last five years, driven mainly by the activities of Intellectual Ventures. But although many more deals are now being done, its future still lies largely in the hands of this bold and mysterious operation

Patent value 2007: settling in, settling down

It is hard to identify many clear winners and losers in the US patent litigation stakes 2007; although Vonage will be pleased that the year is over and it is still in business

A new kind of online marketplace for IP

A group of IP stakeholders has got together to form Open-IP Consortium, a standards-based, online patent exchange


The ins and outs of licensing

Are we ready for a world where all business relationships begin to look like licensing transactions?

The journey is the reward

The International Organisation for Standardisation is seeking views on the establishment of a standard for valuing patents. The move should be welcomed

EPC 2000 in practice

On 13th December 2007 the European Patent Convention 2000 came into force in all contracting states, extensively changing the original convention

Intelligent re-design

With some predicting recession for 2008, it is time to speak out about the value that IP can bring

Restless natives

There are more ways to make money from IP rights than ever before. The key is knowing which one works for you


CIPOs must be at the centre of the business if they are to thrive

Sir: In previous issues of IAM you have discussed what makes a good chief intellectual property officer ( IAM 25, pages 31 to 36; IAM 26, pages 8 to 10). We have found that the most successful heads of IP often organise themselves in a different way from others.

Reality bites as EPO fees go up and Council approves major review

An exclusive interview with IAMreveals that the new president of the EPO is determined to tackle the problems the office faces both internally and externally. It will be a tough task