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Barack Obama’s powerful IP lesson for Europe

On 12th July, US President BarackObama wrote to Nancy Pelosi,Speaker of the House ofRepresentatives, requesting thatshe spearhead efforts to ensureadditional funding for the USPatent and Trademark Office(USPTO).

When hypocrisy is the least of it

A December 2009 deal thatMicron Technology did with anNPE exposes issues that go tothe very heart of corporate IPmanagement.

Features

Dateline Munich

A world class speaking faculty of IP thought leadersdebated with delegates from around the word at thethird IP Business Congress, held this year in Munich.Creating value from IP and other intangible assets wasthe theme of the event, and what is abundantly clear isjust how many possibilities there now are to do this forthose willing to think creatively about what they own.

The case for copyright

Strategic thinking on the creation ofIP value tends to focus on patents.However, those who open their eyeswill find enormous potential, as wellas major challenges, in whatcopyright has to offer.

Bilski and the case for IP audits

The Supreme Court’s recentdecision in the Bilski case shouldencourage US patent owners toundertake a systematic audit of theirportfolios. Failure to do so could endup being an expensive mistake.

Tapping into CIPO expertise

The CIPO Manifesto Working Groupheld its second meeting at the IPBusiness Congress in Munich. Itsfocus was on identifying bestpractices in IP value creation.

BP needs authentic IP

Although BP was aware of theimportance of its corporatereputation, the company's internalprocesses have not helped it toweather the political and regulatorystorm unleashed by the DeepwaterHorizon disaster.

The intangibles decade: looking forward to 2020

We are entering the intangiblesdecade. At a meeting held earlierthis year, experts from a rangeof disciplines predicted what thiswill mean.

Understanding the market for advanced IP management systems

The purchase of IP managementsystem software is a significantinvestment. So how do you decideexactly what you need and who isbest placed to meet yourrequirements?

The licensing take-off at EADS

Four years ago, Europe’s topaerospace company decided itshould be making a lot more of itsIP portfolio. Now it is beginning toroll out a sophisticated licensingprogramme. In this article, some ofthose involved in developing itexplain how it was done.

Hooking the corporation on the value of intellectual assets

It's a three-step process topersuade a company that it canprosper and grow through investingin intellectual asset management.

Navigating the software and business method maze

Recent decisions in the US andEurope concerning the patentabilityof software and business methodsmay have provided greater clarity,but they have not brought furtherharmony. This has significantimplications for portfoliomanagement strategies.

The CIPO toolkit

Intellectual property is an asset thatcan create real value for thebusinesses that own it. Butconvincing a board of directors thatthis is so is not always easy. ChiefIP officers from a variety ofcompanies explain how they did it.

Columns

Measures of success, Part II

Understanding patents starts with abusiness’s ability to identify needs,establish expectations and measureperformance. It’s easier said than done,say three experts.

Intent or no intent – that is the question

The recent ruling in the Solo Cup caseprovides some insight into what USpatent owners can do to protectthemselves from false marking claims.

Roundtable

Inside China

A special roundtable on recentdevelopments affecting IP ownersin China

Industry insight

The evolution of business method patenting

Bernard L Bilski is certain to be a namethat will long be remembered in patenthistory.

Industry Focus: Health Care

This issue features key patent metrics for companies in the Health Care sector.

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