IAM Issue 33

Features

False patent marking: a trap for the unwary patentee

There has been a recent surge in
false patent marking suits in the US.
To avoid becoming victims,
companies need to take proactive
steps now

Understanding and unifying diverse IP strategy perspectives

In today’s economically uncertain
era, a strong and unified IP strategy,
combined with the ability to execute
it, will reduce costs and risks while
increasing company value

Use intangible assets to weather the financial crisis

As economic and financial
uncertainty persists in many parts
of the world, now is the time for
companies to harvest their
intangibles. After all, they are often
the real drivers of value, revenue
and overall sustainability

Made in China - a glimpse into the future of patent information

Something’s going on in China.
From humble beginnings, an
unstoppable momentum of
innovation is building. If global
trends continue, China looks set
to dominate the patent information
landscape

A flight to quality

The developed world is slipping into
recession and established
investment vehicles are crashing
into disrepute. What will be the
knock-on effect for IP assets - and
those tasked with their management
and monetisation?

The cream of the crop

Becoming an IP Hall of Fame
inductee is no easy thing. That’s
why those who have made it this
year are all acknowledged leaders
in their respective fields

Columns

The consequences of Bilski

The recent
Bilski
decision should
encourage US patent applicants to use a
variety of claim types, include a machine
or transformation in the body of the
method claim, and include more specific
embodiments in the written description

Overlooked and understated

The most valuable patents a company
owns may not be those that drive
licensing deals, but those that underpin
products and secure freedom of action

Towards a moral theory of capital

While there is much debate about why
we have a financial crisis and how
to solve it, one thing is clear: as a
society that depends on the creation of
capital, we know very little about how
capitalism works

Examining re-exams: part one

Inter partes
re-exams did not catch on
immediately, but they are becoming
increasingly popular at the USPTO

Roundtable

The truth about China

The reports about IP and China in
the mainstream media and the
actual truth are often two
completely different things, say a
panel of experts taking part in this
special roundtable

Insights

The IP challenges facing Barack Obama

Patents, trademarks and
copyrights are crucial US
assets. The new president has
major decisions to make that
will affect their ongoing value
to corporate America