IAM Issue 38

It's time to replace the pyramid

Although there is no intention to defraud, the current global patent system is essentially one big pyramid scheme. There is now an opportunity to do something about it.

Features

The man from the ministry

The UK’s IP minister outlines his
policy priorities and examines some
of the issues facing patent owners
in Europe and further afield

How senior management can execute strong patenting

Executing more effective patenting
requires senior managers to create
a winning patenting culture, apply
levers to prevent default patenting
and enable people to meet the
additional requirements

Use it or lose it

If patent owners want to generate
maximum returns from the
monetisation of their rights, they
need to look beyond well-worn
money-making strategies

Integral IAM and new product processes are the future

It is only a matter of time before the
integration of IP and product
development becomes part of the
mainstream business process.
Companies have to decide whether
they want to be leaders or laggards
as this happens

Changes at the top

There has never been a better
opportunity for IP executives to claim
their rightful place as leaders of
corporate growth and value creation

How emotions will drive the consumer recovery

Consumers are ready to start
spending again. Companies that
can learn the lessons taught by the
masters of intangible asset
management will be the first
to benefit

Europe’s pharmaceutical sector inquiry: politics v facts

Dawn raids marked the start of a
European Commission inquiry that
focused on the pharmaceutical
sector’s use of patents. However,
the final report from the inquiry
team did not herald the crackdown
many had feared

Columns

IP investorPenny wise, patent foolish

Businesses adept at generating
inventions from R&D frequently fail to
recognise outside patent opportunities.
Who or what is to blame?

IP lawyerCryptic questions on software patenting in Europe

EPO President Alison Brimelow was
seeking clarity when she asked the
office’s Enlarged Board of Appeal to
consider the patentability of computer
programs in Europe. Unfortunately, she
may not get what she is after

CIPO forumSwing dance: IP valuations on the rise

IP valuations have sunk to record lows,
but we’re now poised to see things
swing in a new direction

Industry Focus: Health Care

This issue's featured industry data includes key patent ketrics for companies in the Health Care Industry.

Insights

A war by any other name

NPEs – or patent trolls – are
far from the evil they are often
said to be. But that will not
stop some operating
companies from waging war
on them, as well as the law
firms and funds with which
they work

Letter to the editor

Speaking up for IP: greater coordination and greater focus on societal benefits needed

Industry insight

Promoting collaboration across the IP lifecycle

Driving collaboration across the
intellectual property lifecycle maximises
return on your IP investments, writes
Adam Kenney of Thomson Reuters